Welcome to
St. Sebastian Catholic Academy

St. Sebastian Catholic Academy – Building Strong Values – serving the Parishes of Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians (BVM), Queen of Angels, St. Teresa and St. Sebastian, established in 1926. We offer a values centered curriculum, and an academically challenging environment with Jesus Christ as our role model.

Our school serves 466 girls and boys in nursery through eighth grade. Each class has approximately 25-30 students who are heterogeneously grouped. All levels of ability are reflected in our student population. We are a multicultural school with over 40 nations represented throughout the student body. A strong sense of family pervades our school community.

St. Sebastian Catholic Academy provides a Catholic learning atmosphere in which students may develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially. Each student is recognized as a unique individual with special talents and abilities. We strongly encourage daily prayer, Sunday worship, and responsible moral conduct.

St. Sebastian Catholic Academy is located close to the geographical center of New York City. Woodside is an exciting, dynamic and perhaps the most ethnically diverse community in New York City. For more than eighty years, this Catholic School of Excellence has prepared young people to move into leadership positions and service in the Church, national and local governments, medicine, education, finance, business and many other professions.

A public library, park, and several forms of public transportation are within walking distance of the school. We have new soundproof windows to keep out city noise and help our students to focus. Most of the students walk or carpool, but others take the train or private buses. Crossing guards are at nearby intersections for the morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times. We have a full time security guard as well.

We recognize the sacrifices being made by parents of our students to give them a quality education. To this end, the faculty and staff of St. Sebastian Catholic Academy pledges itself to loving service to our students and their families through the ministry of Catholic education.

In the Vincentian tradition of service, students may join Choir (Grades K-8); Altar Servers (Grades 5-8); Junior Lector, Safety Patrol, Elizabeth Ann Seton Service Volunteers (Grade 8).

Seasonal projects are continuous throughout the year as outlined in our Diocesan Catholic Identity Plan.

Our Mission

St. Sebastian Catholic Academy is dedicated to developing mature Catholic individuals who practice the virtues and values taught by Jesus Christ. We create an environment conducive to learning within the atmosphere of the faith community of the Roman Catholic Church.

We strive to develop a working relationship of mutual respect with our pastor and his associate priests, with the principal and her staff, with the teachers, and with our students and their parents. Each student is recognized as a unique individual with special talents and abilities. This is especially highlighted in our deep appreciation of the diverse cultural backgrounds of so many different ethnic groups that contribute to the makeup of our student body. A variety of learning experiences, including computer technology, are offered to support these talents and expand their abilities.

Members of the wider parish community are encouraged to give of their talents and time to help the teachers and administration meet the needs of the individual student. Our aim is to develop the moral, intellectual, physical, emotional and social aspects of each person. We strive to create an innovative setting that allows each student the opportunity to succeed to the best of his/her ability and to discover and utilize his/her God-given talents.

From The Pastor

Welcome to the website of St. Sebastian Catholic Academy in Woodside, New York.

As Pastor, I am very proud of our Catholic Academy, serving the Parishes of Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians (St. Mary’s), Our Lady Queen of Angels, St. Teresa and St. Sebastian.

We are also happy to exclaim that Jesus Christ is the center of our Academy and our role model.  We strive to deepen our relationship with Him and to know him with our hearts.

We also look to Jesus to guide our study and learning this academic school year.  All learning and study is an opportunity, like Jesus, to be of service to our brothers and sisters now and in the future.

Please pray for our school community; our Principal, Faculty and Students, that we might look to Jesus each day and grow into the people that He wants us to be.

Reverend Kevin P. Abels
Pastor