Award-winning, PreK - 8th grade school in East Harlem
Named one of the "Best Private Schools in New York City", St. Ann, The Personal School is a warm, welcoming community with an extended day program and free, early drop-off beginning at 7:15am.
We combine 100 years of Catholic school tradition with a pioneering approach to personalized learning, and we guarantee every child will receive individualized instruction and a customized academic plan. Our award-winning curriculum has recently gained international attention, with more than 200 educators from across North America and as far away as Taiwan visiting us to learn what makes St. Ann so special.
"The Personal School" is not only our teaching style, it is also our call to action. We believe God calls every child by name, and we commit to help each one find their special purpose in life. We welcome all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds to join our diverse student body.
At St. Ann, we believe God calls each child by name. Our community prepares students to take their place in the world through:
The St. Ann family knows that every child has a special purpose in the eyes of God. Our mission is to help YOU find it.
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Teresa Letizia, Principal
This year, Teresa Letizia joins St. Ann, The Personal School as Principal. An educator with more than twenty-five years of experience, Ms. Letizia has dedicated her professional life to researching and introducing the best instructional practices to support students' academic learning, social-emotional growth, and character development.
In her new position, Ms. Letizia will continue to expand St. Ann's role as a pioneer in personalized learning. Since establishing "The Personal School" in 2014, St. Ann has been selected for numerous awards and honors including the prestigious Blackboard Award for Outstanding New York City School. St. Ann has also been profiled as a "Top School to Visit" by Getting Smart, featured as a New York State Education Department "Ed Tech Innovator", and named one of "New York City's Best Private Schools" by New York Family. In addition, St. Ann has become an internationally recognized "model school" for personalized instruction, with over 200 educators from North America, Asia, and Europe visiting to learn its best practices.
St. Ann's mission to help every child find his or her special purpose in life is a natural fit for Ms. Letizia, who views every student's education through both the lens of a teacher and the lens of a mother. With five children currently attending college, high school, middle school, and elementary school, Ms. Letizia has had vast opportunities to observe how children think and learn on a very personal level. She not only understands the importance of a strong partnership between school and home, but also practices it on a daily basis.
Ms. Letizia holds a BA and MS in Elementary Education from Fordham University as well as a Post Masters Leadership Certificate from SUNY Stony Brook.
"Start children off the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."
St. Ann students continue to outperform their peers in NYC charter and public schools in ELA and Math proficiency, as measured by the New York State Exams:
While we are pleased that our students are able to demonstrate their mastery of common core materials and standards, a student's score on the New York State Exam is not our primary measure of academic success. Instead, we hold ourselves accountable for every student to meet their own personal growth target, as defined by their Personalized Education Plan, rather than a predetermined level of proficiency set by the state. (For more information on our instructional methods and philosophy, please continue reading here.)