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Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan with His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan Visiting St. Anthony School in Nanuet with Principal Dr. Anna Adam and Regional Superintendent Cathleen Cassel

2017-2018 New York Archdiocese At a Glance

Superintendent of Schools Office
1011 First Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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Our Mission

The mission of the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of New York is to ensure our schools are Christ-centered, academically excellent, and welcoming communities that teach students to be life-long learners and leaders energized by fidelity to Christ, the Church, and one another.

Catholic School Experience

Catholic education in the Archdiocese of New York began in 1800 in St. Peter’s Parish in lower Manhattan. Today, Catholic educators in the archdiocese serve more than 67,000 students from Pre-K to twelfth grade in rural, urban and suburban settings throughout the ten southern counties of New York State. Building on more than 200 years of inspiring students, our Catholic schools offer an excellent, nurturing, values-centered education in a structured environment that helps children of all backgrounds realize their fullest potential as human beings.

In Catholic schools today, a love of learning starts in Pre-K and continues through the years, with 99 percent of our high school seniors graduating and an overwhelming majority of those graduates going on to post-secondary education.

Our Catholic faith is central to what we do, and we proudly teach it. Gospel ideals permeate the substance and structure of our lessons. We share our faith through daily prayer and the regular celebration of Mass as a school community. We foster a spirit of Christian service as an expression of our concern for the needs of others. Character formation and personal spirituality are rooted in the study of Catholic teachings and tradition, as well as sacramental preparation.

Our academic programs grounded in basic skills meet the varied needs of each school community by incorporating technology, advanced math, hands-on science, and foreign language coupled with the various forms of art study. We offer a forward-focused curriculum, integrating technology into classroom instruction, preparing our students to compete in an increasingly complex world.

Our students are motivated to do their best. We help them understand their talents, find meaning in their lives and build on their strengths to achieve success in school and beyond graduation. We provide them with the skills and inspire the self-discipline and confidence needed for them to take their places as compassionate leaders in their communities and in society.

The Catholic school experience is an unparalleled opportunity to develop a child’s mind, heart and soul.

Executive Summary

… our significant investments in technological upgrades is paying dividends with consistent annual math and ELA test advances. Burgeoning individualized instruction programs are also coming to fruition through the use of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Development Training and state-of-the-art software products such as Google Classroom.”

We are pleased to report our Archdiocese schools had a busy and productive 2017–18, and we believe our dedicated staff will expand on those successes and initiatives throughout 2019 and beyond.

Our regionalization strategy and significant investments in technological upgrades is paying dividends with consistent annual math and ELA test advances. Burgeoning individualized instruction programs are also coming to fruition through the use of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Development Training and state-of-the-art software products such as Google Classroom.

The demand for excellence in our students and faculty remains rooted in the core belief that “if it’s not academically superior, it’s not truly Catholic.”

It is our obligation as teachers and administrators to prepare students for life — as citizens, professionals, and, ultimately, preparing them to enter the Kingdom of God. We take that responsibility seriously.

Our fierce determination to keep Catholic education universally affordable also drives us in our daily work. Every archdiocesan student is subsidized through the generosity of parish donors and other benefactors. It is our mission to ensure that every child who desires a Catholic education can receive one.

We remain forever grateful to the families, personnel, and contributors who make our successes possible each day.


The Office of Enrollment and Financial Assistance is proud of the role it plays in recruiting and assisting young New Yorkers in their journey to become productive, spiritually fulfilled citizens. Schools received more than 13,000 applications for the 2017–18 school year, with more than 18,000 students now enrolled in Catholic elementary schools from Staten Island to Kingston.

Schools honor the archdiocese’s commitment of keeping Catholic education accessible and affordable for all families, offering more than 4,900 financial assistance awards and scholarships last year. Schools have also expanded their Latino outreach efforts, visiting congregations and speaking at Masses in 38 largely Hispanic parishes across the region. A Spanish-language Facebook page has also been introduced, which will enable the schools to share and celebrate their story with the Latino community. The Bilingual Parent Helpline continues in its service to families, fielding over 9,000 calls from current and prospective enrollees, and making in excess of 6,500 outbound calls to bring families closer to registration. The schools have internationalized these efforts as well, making inroads at the embassies of 18 countries.

Blended Learning & Technology-Enhanced Curricula

Blended learning and technological upgrades within our schools are paying real dividends for students preparing for the 21st century workplace, as is clearly evidenced in our year-over-year New York State math and ELA test score advancements. The introduction of Chromebooks, Google Classroom, and MAP in our classrooms is providing teachers with a powerful new set of tools to individualize student instruction.

Consistent Growth in Academic Proficiency

For the fourth straight year, archdiocesan schools in every region have outperformed their previous year’s scores on New York State ELA and math exams. Our students are again outpacing New York State and New York City public school students in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding proficiency standards in both math and ELA. They have also outmatched New York State and City schools in proficiency growth for four years in a row.

Our high schools continue to enjoy nation-leading graduation rates. In 2017–18, 99 percent of our seniors graduated, compared with a national rate of 84 percent. Ninety eight (98) percent of our graduates were accepted to college or post-secondary education.

Teaching and Learning

By using NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment tool, student growth is now assessed three times a year through an online adaptive assessment. This new tool assesses student knowledge in math, reading and language arts, and captures data about the students’ understanding of the full spectrum of standards.

Technology continues to play a key role in our vision, as schools incorporate blended learning by infusing technology into the classroom to assist in differentiation, and support strong student-to-student collaboration. Student centered tools such as iReady and Freckle are complemented by strong research-based simulations to enable students to strengthen their conceptual understanding of the topics at hand.

To support teachers in using data to drive instruction and infusing technology into more classrooms, we’ve created conference days, in which teachers take classes geared toward their own learning needs. The Archdiocese o f New York is now certified to offer Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits, which supports ongoing teacher certification.

After a successful pilot run in a number of schools, the innovative Wonder Workshop Dash and Dot robotics program will be introduced across all regions. This science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiative for kindergarten teaches young children to program robots through computer coding. This type of learning is an effective way to strengthen a child’s problem-solving skills.

More than 400 teachers have become certified in the use of Google Classroom, which helps teachers increase productivity and create a culture of collaboration and communication. More than 100 teachers have completed the Discovery Education Classroom Streaming initiative. Our educators create a dynamic classroom environment by supplementing our already rich curriculum with hundreds of thousands of streaming resources. The program taps into a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.

In keeping with our mission to prepare a child for college and Heaven by providing a Christ-centered education, The Curran Leadership Academy helps develop the next generation of Catholic school leaders who will embrace the mission of Catholic education with vigor and tenacity.

Engineering Tomorrow

Engineering Tomorrow provided sponsored trips for high school students interested in engineering as a possible career choice. Students were able to receive hands?on instruction at facilities including the Bloomberg News Headquarters; The New NY Bridge Project/Tappan Zee Bridge/Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge; The Bayonne Bridge Project; and the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Seventeen mini conferences were also held last year at the Preston High School engineering lab, along with four regional conferences at host schools in each region. Key conference topics included 3D Printing, Bridges, Catapults, Biomedical Phototherapy, Robotics, Global Health/Sanitation, Solar Energy, Water Desalination and reuse, and harnessing the power of wind.

Regional Field Day

Approximately 500 students and staff member from 12 elementary schools — at least one from each of the Archdioceses’ nine regions — participated in the 2018 regional field day for 6th and 7th graders on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. The June event impressed upon children their approaching role as senior students in their schools, and the coming need for them as leaders and role models for younger pupils. The highly successful day began with a Mass, followed by talks, field day activities, music, and a barbecue. Students were clad in tee shirts honoring their region’s respective patron saints.

Early Childhood Education

During the 2017–18 school year, we prioritized our focus on social and emotional support for children in our classrooms. We increased the number of schools who received support from early childhood instructional specialists, social workers and coaches. Classrooms were adjusted to optimize the benefits of center-based learning. These efforts yielded exceptional results on the classroom assessment scoring system (CLASS) in the more than 40 programs visited and rated by outside assessors in the areas of social/emotional support (averaging 6.9 out of a possible 7) and program structure (averaging 6.8 out of a possible 7).

Catholic Education Advancement

The Office of Catholic Education Advancement (CEA) strengthens outreach and increases funds through the coordination of fundraising efforts as they relate to the needs of the Department of Education, the Global Regional School System, parish-based elementary schools and the underserved students attending Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of New York. To that end, CEA administers two 501(c)(3) organizations, Inner-City Scholarship Fund and Champions for Quality Education, which raise funds to help archdiocesan schools and support scholarships for eligible students who attend them. In 2017–18, CEA raised over $18 million for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York, including $1.8 million for nine Catholic school regions and other special programs.

Inner-City Scholarship Fund (Inner?City) offers families with financial needs the opportunity to provide their children with a quality, values-based K–12 education. In 2017–18, Inner City raised $15.3 million in need-based scholarship support for more than 8,000 Catholic school students, preparing them with the skills and values to succeed in college and beyond. Champions for Quality Education (Champions) partners with underserved archdiocesan elementary schools to meet the diverse needs of today’s students. By supporting academic and enrichment programs, as well as capital repairs that would otherwise be out of reach, Champions equips Catholic schools to deliver a competitive, faith-filled education to students of all backgrounds. In 2017–18, Champions awarded over $2 million to implement new educational programs and complete critical facility improvements.

Our Legislative Priorities

We continue to work with our elected representatives to seek publicly-funded support for our Catholic school families, students and schools. Our priority remains adopting a meaningful program to help parents pay tuition — just as lawmakers in 30 other states have done.

  • Some of our other public policy priorities include:
  • Safeguarding our schools against intrusive state and local?government control, regulations, and unfunded mandates;
  • Seeking funding for critical facility upgrades, energy efficiency projects and transportation services;
  • Ensuring our schools receive maximum support for classroom technology under the Smart Schools Bond Act and the federal E-Rate program;
  • Ensure the federal, state, and local governments give our students and teachers their fair share of federally-funded programs under Titles I, IIA, III and IVa of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA);
  • Seeking additional state funds for STEM and Academic Intervention Services; and
  • Advocating for continued expansion of the New York City security guard reimbursement program and New York State health, safety and security funds.


Even as we evolve curriculum to remain competitive in a rapidly changing educational landscape, we remain steadfast in our commitment to faith formation. A Catholic education succeeds in developing the whole person because it is a communal duty that relies on the bold, creative direction from all of our stakeholders. Our 2017-18 Annual Report outlines some of the many accomplishments made in our schools across all nine of our Catholic School Regions in the 2017-2018 academic year. In these testimonials, you will see how the many investments we have made in recent years are yielding outstanding results throughout our school system.

Michael J. Deegan
Interim Superintendent of Schools