About Us

Mission Statement

St Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy, a community of diverse learners, is a Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade school sponsored by Holy Name of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary parishes. The academy, accredited by the Middle States Association and approved by the New York State Board of Regents, seeks to provide a rigorous education and religious formation to the students entrusted to its care by fostering the development of the mind, body and spirit. Parents, board members, community supporters and friends of the academy collaborate with a dedicated professional staff of leaders to ensure the academy’s commitment to excellence by offering a curricular and activities program infused with Gospel values, nurturing and challenging life-long learners.


– Development of the child’s awareness of self, other, and God
– A Catholic education that provides experiences which develop knowledge and skills, habits
and attitudes for a Christian life in a Democratic society
– Development of the child’s intellect to full potential growth in the knowledge and love of a personal God through instruction and experiences
– Development of responsibility according to age — self-discipline, a right conscience
– Formation of habits of honesty, respect and obedience
– Mastery of reading and proficiency in all academic subjects
– Encouragement of physical fitness and appreciation for the fine arts
– Respect for cultural and ethnic differences
– Encourage the importance of school and family working together to support all aspects of the child’s development
– That all the above statements will become a way of living and doing

The Five R’s

Rigor: We thrive on high academic expectations that include critical thinking and reasoning as well as imagination.

Relationship: We believe building our relationship with God helps us to know more about ourselves and others.

Reverence: We know that we have a duty to care for the gifts of life, family, friends, and school that God has given us.

Respect: We learn to value our own unique gifts and the gifts of those around us, and to honor the diversity of those we meet.

Responsibility: We realize that we need to be leaders in setting good examples for those in our communities.


St. Joseph the Worker Academy was created by consolidating the best of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Holy Name of Jesus schools in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. The new Catholic Academy under the patronage of St Joseph the Worker opened in September 2012. St Joseph the Worker will continue the great traditions that were begun by Immaculate Heart of Mary and Holy Name of Jesus schools so many years ago. There has been a school building in this location since 1885, when a school measuring 40 by 98 feet was opened. The first school here welcomed six hundred boys and girls who were taught by three lay teachers and four Sisters of St. Joseph.

Today, St Joseph the Worker offers full- and half-day programs of Pre-Kindergarten for 3- and 4-year olds, a full-day kindergarten and grades 1 through 8.