The mission of St. Athanasius School, Bensonhurst, is to provide an atmosphere where students’ intellectual abilities and talents are fully developed.
Through various experiences, it is the school’s conviction to enable the students to encounter Christ in every aspect of their lives. There are opportunities to encourage students’ creativity, responsibility, scholarship, leadership and citizenship. Building a cooperative partnership with family and community ensures a caring and safe environment.
As a Catholic school, St. Athanasius’ most outstanding quality is its Catholic identity. It is the underlying theme in all that the school community does each day. By actions, as well as our words, the school teaches the ways of Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher, to its students. The student body prays together through morning prayer, decades of the Rosary and dedication to saints. The school goes to Mass, prayer services in classrooms and church and special events centered on faith formation of the students. Priests conduct weekly classes for the students and are very present to the children every day.
St. Athanasius School, with grades nursery through eight, serves the children of Brooklyn, Staten Island and even has children from Queens. The school excels because it has strong, dedicated teachers, priests and staff. It also follows N.Y.S. Common Core Standards, with N.Y.S.-certified teachers.
The facility has a science lab, new technology lab, SMART Boards, laptops, a full gymnasium, auditorium and an outdoor recreation area.
The school offers free full day Pre-K, Italian classes, art classes, a full-time academic intervention room, Title I services five days a week, SETSS teachers, speech intervention services, two school psychologists and a guidance counselor.
Students learn the importance of giving service at St. Athanasius. The student council collects food for the parish food pantry. They also visit the local hospitals with service projects.