Education in the Image of Our Lord
The teachers and staff at St. Anselm Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge hold true to their mission to treat every student with respect and to maximize the spiritual, academic, emotional and social growth of the students.
The spiritual growth of every student comes first. This is accomplished through daily prayer, religious education, events such as Mass, Rosary Rallies, liturgical celebrations and sacramental preparation.
Values and Morals
Students discuss monthly values such as faith, hope, love, charity, tolerance and understanding. The academy stresses the importance of emotional and social growth by building personal responsibility in students, the importance of taking the initiative and the moral courage to deal with obstacles in life. This is done in a supportive and nurturing way.
Rigorous academics are stressed through the application of Common Core strategies in ELA and math and across content areas in religion, social studies and science. There is a comprehensive shared reading list in kindergarten through eighth grades, and students study the traditional foundations of ELA via phonics, spelling and vocabulary development.
An initiative to improve student writing in grades three through eight has been undertaken and all students are required to read a minimum of 25 books.
“Go Math!,” coding in technology classes and the integration of STEM activities had been adopted. Science is supported by lab activities and the use of a fully functioning 24/7 Internet-based “Weather Bug.”
In social studies, students are provided opportunities for project-based learning and the study of contemporary topics of interest to students. Students are involved in service projects such as the Wounded Warrior Project.
Fine arts, music enrichment, and athletic programs are also available.
In educating students, the academy wants it all! The community believes the best and most successful path is via academic rigor, challenge and growth, but most importantly, via personal responsibility, and living a life in “the image and values of our Lord!”