FAQ

  1. What are the benefits of an SSCA education?
  2. I’ve heard good things about Catholic schools and it’s an option I am considering, but I want to make sure my child is exposed to the richness of learning from the perspective of multiple beliefs and cultures. Does the Catholic teaching provide those broad perspectives?
  3. What is your school’s teaching approach?
  4. How long does the application process take and when must we apply?
  5. Is financial aid available at your school?
  6. Does your school have early drop off and after school programs?
  7. Do you include a foreign language in your curriculum?
  8. How do you use technology in your classrooms?
  9. What are some of the most popular extra-curricular/enrichment activities your school offers?
  10. What kind of outside activities do your students participate in?
  11. How do you prepare students for high school and beyond?
  12. Do you have a STEM program?
  13. Which high schools do your graduates attend?
  14. What types of community building/outreach activities does the school engage in?

What are the benefits of an SSCA education?

Based on our parent survey, our families appreciate the small class sizes, the ethics and values we reinforce as a Catholic school, the high standards of academic excellence and the sense of community at and about the school. SSCA reflects a caring environment where we understand the independent needs of each student. Our great teachers and diverse student body enrich our students’ learning experience.

I’ve heard good things about Catholic schools and it’s an option I am considering, but I want to make sure my child is exposed to the richness of learning from the perspective of multiple beliefs and cultures. Does the Catholic teaching provide those broad perspectives?

Like our great city, we openly welcome and embrace all faiths, cultures and beliefs. We focus on the shared values and common humanity that resides in the hearts of us all.

What is your school’s teaching approach?

SSCA follows the Responsive Classroom model, which focuses on student-centered classrooms, emphasizing the social and emotional development of the student, positive community, effective management, and developmentally responsive instruction.

How long does the application process take and when must we apply?

Applications are rolling at Saint Saviour Catholic Academy, but the most popular time to apply is usually from the beginning of November. Once all application materials are on file, we usually set up interviews and/or Buddy Days for elementary and middle school students and Play Sessions for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. See the Important Dates section on our main Admissions page for information such as when the application is open, Middle School Open House information, acceptance notifications, etc.

Is financial aid available at your school?

Yes. Financial aid is offered through the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Futures in Education. SSCA also offers in-house tuition assistance, but families still need to apply to Futures in Education first.

Does your school have early drop off and after school programs?

SSCA has early drop off beginning at 7:30 as well as an after school program. Within the after school program, we offer enrichment programs. After school begins at dismissal time and ends at 6:00 p.m. There is a separate fee for each of these programs.

Do you include a foreign language in your curriculum?

Yes. We offer Spanish from grades 2-8.

How do you use technology in your classrooms?

There are Smart Boards or Promethean Boards in all of our classrooms from K-8. SSCA has a 1:1 chromebook program for students in grades 6-8. Additionally, students in middle school use the Google classroom platform for assignments.

What are some of the most popular extra-curricular/enrichment activities your school offers?

We offer a competitive and fun Robotics Program for 7th and 8th grade students who meet the criteria. The Robotics students meet in the early morning before classes begin. We compete with various city schools in the Citywide Robotics Competition. Band and chorus are also very popular early morning/after school enrichment activities. There is also CYO girls and boys basketball. SSCA also partners with the local YMCA to provide swim classes for 2nd grade students through their Swim for Life program as well as a physical education program for middle school students.

What kind of outside activities do your students participate in?

Our school is located just down the block from Prospect Park. Our students are able to enjoy outdoor activities in the park on a regular basis (weather permitting). Outdoor activities include physical education, science exploration for younger grades, etc. There is also a private play space for early childhood students as well as the Open Streets Initiative option.

How do you prepare students for high school and beyond?

SSCA offers Regents classes for Earth Science and Algebra I to 8th grade students who meet the criteria. Our scholastic program also focuses on enhancing the writing skills of the students as well as how to engage in effective online research, a skill that has become increasingly important in the world of higher education.

Do you have a STEM program?

SSCA uses an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of STEM.

Which high schools do your graduates attend?

Our graduates attend a broad array of high schools, both private and public. They have gone on to attend Catholic high schools such as Regis, Xavier, Xaverian, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Dominican Academy, Notre Dame and St. Saviour High School; specialized public high schools such as Brooklyn Technical High School, La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts and the highly competitive Beacon High School; and competitive private high schools in New York City. Many of our students have obtained either full or partial scholarships for the Catholic and independent schools to which they were admitted.

What types of community building/outreach activities does the school engage in?

At SSCA, our very vibrant Parent Association hosts events such as a Welcome Back to School Picnic, Fall Festival, Breakfast with Santa, Ice Skating Night, Roller Skating Night, Annual Auction, and more. We also engage in community outreach with activities such as Christmas caroling and food collection drives for food pantries in Park Slope and neighboring communities, among other activities. SSCA also works with other nonprofit organizations in and around Brooklyn.