Our History

IMG_5778St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy is a parochial school in the Diocese of Brooklyn for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. The school is located in the Prospect / Leffert Gardens section of Brooklyn. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy is deeply rooted in Christian values and emphasizes the role of the family in the school community. Our school is aligned with the St. Francis of Assisi / St. Blaise Parish, St. Teresa of Avila Parish and St. Martin de Porres Parish.


The school, which opened in 1909, is staffed by the Sisters of Saint Joseph and dedicated lay educators. The original school building, located on Maple Street, was constructed in 1909 and is now the Parish Center and Chapel. The current school building, located on Lincoln Road, was constructed in 1937. The building has 15 classrooms, a technology lab, a science lab, an art room, 5 offices and a large auditorium. The auditorium provides the space for the basketball program and the annual Christmas and Spring shows. The school yard is home to our Peace garden, created in 1999, and a basketball court.


IMG_5820Students represent all levels of ability, both academically and socially, and exhibit positive interpersonal relationships and care for one another. The school community strives to work together to nurture students who are cooperative, compassionate, kind-hearted, good-natured, respectful and responsible.


The principal of the school is Ms. Danielle Gonzalez. The assistant principal is Sr. Barbara Yander, CSJ. The pastor of St. Francis of Assisi / St. Blaise, Fr. Juan Gonzalez, SM, supports the school by his spiritual leadership and guidance. School policy is specified in the Parent/Student Handbook and is in compliance with New York State Education Department as applicable to non-public schools. Policies are amended and adapted with consultation of staff during professional days, faculty and curricula meetings, the Board of Directors, and with parents at Home School Association Meetings.


As educators, we seek to provide our students with an excellent religious and academic education. We believe that the intellectual, affective, social and physical spheres are woven together in the fabric of the whole person. Through an integrated curriculum, cooperative learning, peace education and community service, we strive to develop the skills, abilities, talents and attitudes, which will enable our students to become caring, competent individuals with a sense of reverence for Earth and all its inhabitants.