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Saint Joseph Hill AcademyUnder the Direction of the Daughters of Divine CharityElementary School

Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Greetings,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. In this our centennial year, I am honored to join together with our students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni as we celebrate 100 years of excellence in Catholic education. At St. Joseph Hill Academy Elementary school, we proudly support the mission of the Daughters of Divine Charity of Making God’s Love Visible to All.

St. Joseph Hill Academy Elementary School is a private co-educational Catholic school serving grades Pre-K through 8. The Academy was founded by the Daughters of Divine Charity in March of 1919 when the congregation purchased the property that is now St. Joseph Hill Academy. In the fall of that year, the sisters inaugurated tutoring classes for a group of 25 children. The elementary school officially opened in 1923 with an enrollment of 36 students with classes being held in the convent. In 1925, the first Academy building was erected and dedicated as both a day school day and boarding school. In 1930, Saint Joseph Hill Academy high school was opened with 6 young women graduating 1934.

Over the next few decades the Academy prospered and grew. A new elementary school building was dedicated in 1953, followed by the high school wing in 1958. A pre-kindergarten program was inaugurated in 1991. A capital campaign program began in 1998 resulting in a new elementary school wing containing additional classrooms and a 2nd gymnasium.
The elementary school has a modern technology center used for STEM and Robotics, complete with modular furniture to adapt to the specific type of lesson being implemented. Elementary school students from Pre-K to 8th Grade use iPads, laptops, and Chromebooks to support classroom instruction, allowing for a true blended-learning environment. The elementary school also hosts a wide range of after-school clubs, including: drama, fencing, art, music, computer coding, computer repair, robotics, chess, ballroom dancing, and Zumba.

Today the school continues to adhere to the spirit of the sisters who believe that the communication of Christian values is as essential in the development of the individual as the teaching of the academic curriculum. The students are drawn from all areas of Staten Island. St. Joseph Hill students are predominantly Roman Catholic, however, students of other religions are also served. Today the school serves over 500 pre-k to grade 8 students, with 2 classes per grade. Those who choose St. Joseph Hill Academy do so for its philosophy, excellent and challenging academic program, caring Catholic Christian atmosphere, and philosophy of Summum Bonum – the highest good.
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