|Here is a list of some quick facts about Staten Island Academy that might interest you.
School Year: 2012-2013, 128th Year
Head of School: Albert R. Cauz
Founded: 1884 by Anton Methfessel as The Staten Island Academy and Latin School; the Academy traces its roots to the Methfessel Institute, founded in 1862.
Total Students: 350
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1
International Students (Living in the US to attend the Academy): 3
Number of New York City ZIP codes represented: 20
Number of Staten Island ZIP codes represented: 12 (of 12)
Diversity of Students
Middle Eastern: 5%
Languages spoken by Academy families at home: 24
English, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Arabic, Portugese, Hindi, Tie, Russian, Urdu, Turkish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Bengali, Polish, Punjabi, Korean, Hebrew, Mandarian, Cantonese, Tagalog, Farsi, Albanian, and German
Number of Bus Routes: 6
Free Staten Island Pioneer Bus Routes: 4 (reaching all 12 Staten Island ZIP codes)
Elective Island Charter Bus Routes: 2 (reaching Staten Island and Brooklyn)
Students from public schools: 28%
Students from private schools: 38%
Students from parochial schools: 26%
Students from foreign schools: 8%
Students from home schools: 1%
Costs, Tuition and Financial Aid Statistics
Annual Academy Operating Budget: $9M/year
Per-Student Cost of an Academy Education: $31,500/student/year (for the 2011-2012 school year)
Tuition (Parent Contribution) for School Year 2011-2012
Part-time Pre-K: $16,500
Full-time Pre-K: $21,900
Kindergarten-Grade 4: $22,995 (See what’s included)
Grades 5-11: $27,500 (See what’s included)
Grades 9-11: $26,075 (See what’s included)
Grade 12: $29,050 (See what’s included)
Students receiving some form of aid: 40%
Total financial aid grants: $1.7 million
Average financial aid grant: $13,100
Average income of families receiving financial aid: $121,000 per anum
Academy (Annual) Fund Contributions
Total Contributions: 502
Total Giving (Academy Fund 2008-2009): Over $735,000
Teaching Faculty: 50
Total Faculty/Staff: 81
Faculty Highest Degrees:
Bachelors plus Masters: 86%
Faculty of Color: 12%
Class of 2006-2011 Acceptances
Programs of Note
Mathematics “POWER TRACK” Program
Our Mathematics "POWER TRACK" Program begins in Grade 8 and is the leading mathematics program on Staten Island, the class sequence of which is now the model for the Board of Education, which is revising the Regents curriculum. Our approach -- which includes Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, AP AB Calculus, and AP BC Calculus -- includes teaching mathematics by examining material in four different ways: symbolically, graphically, numerically, and verbally. Learn more about POWER TRACK Mathematics.
Advanced Placement (AP) Curriculum
There are 12 AP courses offered to students in Grades 11-12, including
English, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Spanish Language, French Language, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Computer Science, European History, US History, Studio Art, and others by independent study. In total, 11 faculty members teach AP courses.
Clubs and Activities and the School Trip Program
Our extracurricular and school trip programs are the basis of our “Students at the Center” philosophy. We encourage active student participation in school trips and extra-curricular activities including community service, student government, academic competitions, student clubs, student exchange programs, JV and Varsity sports, numerous arts programs and productions, and other after-school offerings. Our school trips take students from Staten Island to the Brooklyn Bridge to Boston to London. Learn more about student life, athletics, and the arts.
The arts curriculum includes arts study for all students at every grade level, and extracurricular opportunities in the arts abound. The Fine and Performing Arts Department is led by an incredible team of wonderful artists -- musicians, dancers, painters -- who endeavor each day to bring their love of their medium to our students, the Academy family, and the greater Staten Island community. Learn more about the Arts program.
Led by a team of outstanding coaches, Academy students are as committed to their teams as they are to their classmates. We play in independent, private, and Catholic school leagues, both here at home and in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, New Jersey, and Long Island. We are proud that athletic travel, supplies, equipment, and uniforms are included in the cost of tuition. Learn more about athletics.
Community Blog Network
The online student blog network is a network of community-written blogs that powers our new website and school communications channels. At the heart are our students, who write, edit, and post stories and news as part of The Quill, the student newspaper for Grades 9-12, The Tiger, the student newspaper for Grades 5-8, and The Paw Print, the student and teacher newspaper for Grades Pre-K through Grade 4. The Academy has also embraced the latest Web 2.0 social media tools -- including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr -- to enhance our existing school information channels. Learn more about the blog network.
students are encouraged to take advantage of the summer opportunities presented to them. Starting with our Summer Experiences Panel in the fall, when students discuss their summer adventures in a school-wide assembly, Upper School students learn about summer opportunities all year long and start to plan for the summer. At the Summer Opportunities Fair, students can learn about local, national and international programs. Learn more about summer opportunities.
The Academy prides itself in providing extensive professional development opportunities for its faculty. All faculty members are expected to take online courses at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. In addition to dedicated Professional Development days throughout the year -- including professional workshops, speakers, and activities -- The Richard E. Diamond Faculty Enrichment Grants, funded by the Diamond family in honor of Academy Class of 1949 alumnus Richard E. Diamond, provide three-to-five faculty members each summer with a stipend to travel and work on a curriculum-related project. Faculty members apply, awards are granted by the Head of School, and winners present the experiences to the Academy community in an annual fall assembly. Additional professional development resources are extensive.
College Guidance Program
The College Guidance Program at Staten Island Academy is one of the leading college guidance programs in New York City. Led by the former President of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling, the program is tailored to each student’s needs based on the qualities he or she is looking for in a school, his or her academic performance and extracurricular interests. Learn more about our college guidance program.
The Upper School House Program
The Upper School House Program promotes student initiatives, peer leadership, inter-grade camaraderie and the school’s commitment to excellence. Each student in Grades 9-12, along with each faculty member of the Upper School, is assigned to one of five “Houses,” each named for a prominent figure in the school’s history. Houses compete against each other and earn points based on academic and athletic accomplishments, as well as community-service initiatives. Learn more about the Upper School Houses.
Community-Wide Diversity Initiatives
The Academy’s commitment to diversity extends into all school programs and initiatives. Led by the school’s Diversity Coordinator and a Diversity Committee comprised of faculty members, school administrators and parents, the Academy’s diversity initiatives foster an open, united, and inclusive community that recognizes and celebrates the distinct voices of which it is comprised. In 2009, Staten Island Academy and Wagner College have partnered to team students for mentoring and multicultural training. Learn more about our diversity programs.
The Academy offers a comprehensive summer program that includes its Summer Day Camp, the Summer Institute for the Gifted, Discovery Science, multimedia computing, as well as instruction in tennis, soccer, basketball, dance, and gymnastics. In addition, students are exposed throughout the year to summer travel, service, and study opportunities throughout the country and the world. Learn more about the Academy’s Summer Programs.
||Did you know that 27 languages are spoken in the homes of our Academy families? English, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Arabic, Portugese, Maloyalam, Hindi, Tie, Russian, Creole, Urdu, Turkish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Bengali, Polish, Punjabi, Korean, Hebrew, Mandarian, Cantonese, Tagalog, Farsi, Albanian, and German.