Address: 12 Newell Street
Motto: “Work hard and be kind”
In addition to core curriculum subjects of Math, ELA (English Language Arts), Science, Social Studies and Religion, St. Stan’s students are offered Music, Computer, Art, and Physical Education as well as Cooking Club, Music Club, and Guitar Club. For students who are academically capable of advanced work, there is the Aquinas Society to ensure that students who are ahead on the learning curve receive an education matched to their ability.
And don’t worry about St. Stan’s ability to catch up in the digital age. Each classroom is equipped with Internet access, and the school possesses a lab with 31 new computers. The Catholic school also provides its junior high students with Spanish classes.
St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy is known for several annual events. At International Night, kids perform in front of their parents and sing about what they’ve learned of other cultures. During Family Fun Day, students and their parents enjoy indoor and outdoor rides and games, as well as plenty of Polish food. The school is also known for its Drama Club performances. Past productions have included The King and I, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, and Grease. They even held their own version of the “So You Think You Can Dance?” competition this year! During their Breakfast with Santa and Breakfast with Easter Bunny events, students are given breakfast, a chance to take photos with Santa and the Easter Bunny and can participate in arts and crafts. Students can also show off their talents onstage at the school’s annual Christmas Show, Spring Show, and Talent Show.
Principal and Chief Educational Officer Christina Cieloszczyk feels that parents should choose St. Stans because of their high academic standards. She is especially proud of their Honors Program. “Our school stands out for our Honors Program in Math and ELA for grades five through eight,” she said. “Based on teacher recommendation and parent agreement, students capable of doing advanced work in these subjects are given the opportunity. Eighth graders in this program have been taking the NYS Regents exam in Math and all have passed.” She also explains that parents will be pleased at the number of after-school activities provided, ranging from Drama Club to Math Club. Whatever a student’s interests, they are sure to find an activity for them. Of course, the school prides itself as a place for children to receive Catholic education, with teachers focused on imparting Jesus’ message of compassion and patience to the students.
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