St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy seeks to proclaim and teach the Gospel Message to its students.
The religious education program strives to awaken in students an awareness and eventual internalization of, Christian values. Liturgies and the sacraments are made accessible to the students and help them to understand and appreciate the richness of the Church’s worship and sacramental life. Principal, pastor, priests, teachers, and parents all share in the spiritual formation of the child. Each one helps the child acquire the skills, virtues, and habits of heart and mind required for effective service to others.
Administration and Faculty view teaching as a ministry and each student as unique in his/her abilities, talents, and positive attributes. Every effort is made to meet the academic needs of the individual child. The administration, teachers, parents and outside agencies all work together to modify, adapt or enrich our curriculum and methodologies to better meet the needs of each child. We are committed to teaching within a Christian environment to better enable our students to develop to their full potential.
At St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy, children are taught that they are God’s special and unique creation. The school’s warm, nurturing and accepting environment makes children feel secure and comfortable. Opportunities for success and achievement in academics, the arts, and service, all help students view themselves as valued members of the many communities to which they belong.
Students in the early grades are introduced to the basic skills, while the emergence of their special needs and abilities is planned for and noted. Older students strive for mastery of content with a greater emphasis on critical-thinking and abstract reasoning skills.
Since most of our students remain at St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy for many years, the atmosphere is usually friendly and relaxed. Every effort is made to make new students feel comfortable and accepted. When differences do arise, students are encouraged and taught to seek peaceful solutions and to carry on in a spirit of Christian forgiveness. School and classroom rules are made known to students and families. Discipline is constructive and always preserves the dignity of the child.
Within our school environment students are taught to respect their bodies as God’s gift. They are guided to form mutually supportive and cooperative relationships through daily classroom interaction and organized after-school activities. Older students have many opportunities to assist and work with children in the lower grades. Service projects encourage students to come together in a spirit of Christian kindness and charity.
Teachers, in their manner, language, dress, and concern for others, are Christian role models or their students. Friendship, familiarity with school routines and procedures, and a commitment to quality Catholic education are reflected in a congenial, organized, and dedicated faculty. In addition to sharing ideas at meetings, workshops, and retreats, teachers support each other in times of sorrow and share each other’s joys.
Parents are partners in the education of their children. Teachers are available to discuss parents’ concerns and to learn more about the children entrusted to their care. Parents’ ideas are given careful consideration and implemented whenever possible.
The office of Catholic Education of the Diocese of Brooklyn determines educational policies and the pastor, principal and faculty work together to implement these policies. The curriculum is mandated by the State of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn. The teachers at St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy are trained Catholic educators who bring both academic expertise and an enthusiasm for learning to their students. Teachers organize their classrooms, plan daily lessons, utilize school materials, and choose the methodologies that work best with their class. Evaluation of teachers and students is ongoing throughout the year. The dialogues, modifications and improvements that result from evaluation enable us to better meet the needs of our school community.