The Program Overview

Sisters Academy is a successful educational model designed specifically to assist children in urban environments break out of the cycle of poverty through education.

The Academy offers small class sizes– no more that sixteen students per grade, to ensure an individual learning environment. The Academy also has an extended-day curriculum and an 11-month school year.

The learning environment in the Academy is based on a community experience of mutual respect between teachers and students. The extended school day includes two meals, academics, artistic and athletic experiences, group and individual counseling, team building, and leadership training.

The Academy is staffed by professional educators and qualified, professional and highly motivated volunteers who model positive moral values and work together to help students grow into confident, successful adults.

The Academy also encourages its graduates to return to share their gifts by helping other students in the Academy, or by offering assistance in the community in order to give to others what they once received.

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom”
-Oprah Winfrey

Our Curriculum

Sisters Academy is an 11-month educational program with an extended-day curriculum. The Academy utilizes the New Jersey Common Core Curriculum that is enhanced with the supplemental Core Knowledge Curriculum and a Life Skills Program.

Students arrive for breakfast at 7:45am each day. The academic day consists of classes in Integrated Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Latin, Music, Art and Social Studies.
The Academy has a school wide study hall time that enables students to work on their own, yet have a teacher available to offer assistance when/if necessary.

Various additional activities are offered to our students such as: fencing, open gym, golf, yoga, meditation, therapeutic writing, creative writing and boat building to name just a few. There are also programs designed to challenge gifted and talented students, especially in Math and Science.

In addition to the regular on-site offerings, Sisters Academy also provides students with opportunities for field trips to museums, theatrical productions, curriculum-supporting conferences and workshops.

The curriculum is designed to encompass the entire child. The 11-month program is designed to provide students with not only academics, but also interpersonal skills, as well as artistic and athletic experiences within a loving environment. The Academy challenges its students to not only develop connections within its local community but to become aware of and a part of the global community as well.

Life Skills

Sisters Academy of New Jersey offers a formal Life Skills program to its students on a bi-weekly basis. Various faculty members teach a formal class introducing a specific life skill to the students. Having the class bi-weekly allows students to have a week within which to experience and practice actually using some of the skills they learned in the previous Life Skills class.

In addition to this formal program, students also have a specific value for each month which they practice. The faculty chooses one student from each grade, each month who best exemplifies that value to become the Student of the Month.