By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
In only its second year of existence, Saint Anselm Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge is showing remarkable signs of success, according to school officials, who said the Class of 2014 has earned an impressive $500,000 in high school scholarships.
The school’s Board of Directors and Principal James McKeon also announced that 96 percent of the eighth graders who recently graduated from the school at 365 83rd St. were accepted into their first choice of high school.
The students of the Class of 2014 were offered placements at the following schools: Brooklyn Latin School, Brooklyn Technical High School, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, Dominican Academy, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Fort Hamilton High School, High School of Telecommunication, Technology and the Arts, Nazareth Regional High School, Marymount School, New Utrecht High School, Notre Dame School, Saint Edmund Preparatory High School, Saint Joseph by the Sea High School, Saint Joseph Hill Academy, Saint Saviour High School, Stuyvesant High School, Xaverian High School and Xavier High School.
“There is no doubt that Catholic education is alive and well at St. Anselm and we continue to educate the future leaders of our great community,” Board Vice-Chair John Quaglione said.
St. Anselm Catholic Academy was created last year as an independent Catholic school, run by a board of directors. The school is responsible for its own fundraising to keep it afloat. The academy replaced Saint Anselm Catholic School, a school that operated for decades at the same site under the auspices of St. Anselm Catholic Church.
The converting of parish-based Catholic schools into independent academies is a growing trend in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Several academies have opened in recent years. The Tablet, the newspaper which covers the diocese, reported back in 2012 that all Catholic schools within the diocese will be turned into academies by the year 2017.
Three Bay Ridge Catholic schools – St. Anselm, St. Patrick and Our Lady of Angels – have all become academies.
“We invite neighborhood families to learn more about our academy and see the exciting advancements we are making in learning, technology and faith. We are extremely proud of our students and confident that they will continue to succeed in high school,” Quaglione said.
The academy offers open house tours for parents of prospective students on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tours can also be arranged on different days and different times, officials said.
For more information on St. Anselm Catholic Academy, call 718-745-7643 or visit www.sacany.org.