Saint Ann's School (New York City)

Saint Ann's School is an independent school in New York City known for its strength in the arts as well as academics. The school is a non-sectarian, co-educational pre-K–12 day school with rigorous programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The school has no grades, relying instead on full-page anecdotal reports from teachers.

The school is located in Brooklyn Heights. It includes 1,090 students from preschool through 12th grade and 267 faculty, administration, staff members on an urban campus including:

  • A central 13-story building with a freshly restored 19th century facade housing the 4th through 12th grade.
  • A new lower school building
  • Two adjoining brownstones, one of which houses the school's fine arts dept.
  • A preschool and kindergarten located nearby.

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History

Saint Ann's School was founded in 1965 with 63 students and seven teachers in the basement of the St. Ann's Episcopal Church under the aegis of the vestry of the church and several interested parents. In 1966, the Church purchased the former Crescent Athletic Club House, a building designed by noted Brooklyn architect Frank Freeman, for the sum of $365,000, which has since served as the school's main building.[1] Stanley Bosworth became its first headmaster. In 1982, Saint Ann's School formally disaffiliated from the church, having been granted a charter from the Board of Regents of the State of New York. When Bosworth retired in 2004, Larry Weiss, formerly the head of the upper school at The Horace Mann School, began his tenure as head of school at Saint Ann's. In September 2009, it was announced that Weiss would not return to Saint Ann's for the 2010–2011 academic year. In May 2010, Vincent J. Tompkins, Jr., the Deputy Provost at Brown University, was named Weiss's successor. He assumed leadership of Saint Ann's beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year.[2]

Academic program

Academically, Saint Ann's is extremely strong: the school allows its high school juniors and seniors to essentially design their own curricula. Furthermore, in a 2004 survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal, Saint Ann's was rated the number one high school in the country (for having the highest percentage of graduating seniors enrolling in Ivy League and other highly selective colleges).[3] In late 2007, the Wall Street Journal again listed Saint Ann's as one of the country's top 50 high schools for its success in preparing students to enter top American universities.[4]

Arts

The school's visual and performing arts program includes:

Languages

Saint Anns offers courses in:

Divisions & Demographics

The school is organized into four divisions — preschool, lower, middle and high school. The vast majority of the students are from Brooklyn and Manhattan, although other boroughs are represented. Approximately 22 percent of the student body receive some level of scholarship aid (8.5 percent receive tuition remission; 13.5 percent receive financial aid); nearly 10 percent of Saint Ann's students are faculty children. Approximately 21 percent of the student body are students of color.

Published Community Members

The school maintains a list entitled "The Growing Shelf" which documents all published community members.

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

Actors

Filmmakers and screenwriters

Musicians and Writers

Other Notables

Notable parents of students

See also


References

  1. Gray, Christopher: "129 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights; 1906 Building, Once an Athletic Club, Now a School", The New York Times, 2000-08-13.
  2. Hager, Emily B.: "Saint Ann’s Chooses New Headmaster", The New York Times, 2010-05-19.
  3. April 2, 2004 Wall Street Journal, Cover Story (Personal Journal)
  4. Staff writer (2007-12-28). . The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-COLLEGE0711-sort.html. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  5. Lee, Linda. "A NIGHT OUT AT THE: Paramount Hotel; The Pajama Game", The New York Times, May 27, 2001. Accessed November 3, 2007. "A product of St. Ann's School in Brooklyn, Mr. Abrahams, 23, had invited a batch of friends from high school to join him. He lives in North Park Slope, exactly 41 minutes from here, he said."
  6. Aleksander, Irina. "Private-School Poppets Welcome Ferrell, Hugh Grant, Reality-Show Cameras", "The New York Observer" June 16, 2009.
  7. Kalogerakis, George. "Mind Games", New York (magazine), February 18, 2002. Accessed November 15, 2007. "Connelly grew up mostly in Brooklyn Heights, the daughter of a clothing-manufacturer father and antiques-dealer mother. She attended Saint Ann's and started modeling when she was 10."
  8. Levy, Ariel. "The Devil & Saint Ann's", New York (magazine)." "And certainly, many a bright-eyed youth has passed through the halls of Saint Ann’s and come out the other end an artiste of one sort or another (Zac Posen, Jennifer Connelly, Paz de la Huerta, et al.)"
  9. Levine, Bettijane. "A Beautiful Journey to Professional Nirvana", Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2002. Accessed October 25, 2010.
  10. Amdur, Neil. "Friends Reunite for Film, but Actress’s Death Casts Pall on Premiere", The New York Times, April 14, 2007. Accessed November 7, 2007. "Lily Wheelwright and Ry Russo-Young were friends while growing up in the West Village and pursuing their artistic dreams as classmates at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn."
  11. Ogg, Alex. "The Men behind Def Jam: the Radical Rise of Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin". London: Omnibus, 2002. p. 50." ""The son of an art dealer, Michael Diamond attended St Ann's, an exclusive private school in Brooklyn..."
  12. http://www.saintannsny.org/pubs/growing-shelf/growing-shelf.html#andrew_kirtzman
  13. Levy, Ariel. "The Devil & Saint Ann's", New York (magazine)." "And certainly, many a bright-eyed youth has passed through the halls of Saint Ann’s and come out the other end an artiste of one sort or another (Zac Posen, Jennifer Connelly, Paz de la Huerta, et al.)"
  14. Aleksander, Irina. "Private-School Poppets Welcome Ferrell, Hugh Grant, Reality-Show Cameras", "The New York Observer" June 16, 2009.
  15. Aleksander, Irina. "Private-School Poppets Welcome Ferrell, Hugh Grant, Reality-Show Cameras", "The New York Observer" June 16, 2009.
  16. Aleksander, Irina. "Private-School Poppets Welcome Ferrell, Hugh Grant, Reality-Show Cameras", "The New York Observer" June 16, 2009.
  17. Aleksander, Irina. "Private-School Poppets Welcome Ferrell, Hugh Grant, Reality-Show Cameras", "The New York Observer" June 16, 2009.
  18. Aleksander, Irina. "Private-School Poppets Welcome Ferrell, Hugh Grant, Reality-Show Cameras", "The New York Observer" June 16, 2009.