St. Rose of Lima, Rockaway Beach, School Facts
General Background – “Christ is the reason for our school”.
St. Rose of Lima School was founded in 1966, and has been servicing the students of the Rockaway community since then.
Location – 154 Beach 84th Street (Rockaway Beach section of Queens).
Enrollment – St. Rose of Lima School consists of a diverse population of 437 students from Pre-K through 8th grade “proudly reflecting the community we serve”. (data from school year 12-13)
Test Scores – Our students perform equal to the Diocese of Brooklyn, and above neighboring public schools on NYS mandated tests.
Teaching Staff – Our fully qualified faculty of dedicated teachers range in years of service from 1 – 35 years, most with their Masters and others working at attaining it. We are fortunate to have two religious sisters on staff.
Class Size – Presently, we have three PreK classes, three K classes, two classes on each level of grades 1st to 8th -- averaging 23-25 students in each class, and one 7th grade.
Programs – St. Rose of Lima offers a variety of diversified educational programs besides the regular NYS & Diocesan curriculum. We have Title I services in reading and math. We are also an Emotional Literacy School sponsored by a grant through Yale University.
Physical Education – (for Grades Pre-K to 8) staffed with a certified teacher in physical education, including dance and health. This is a full time position.
Resource Room – staffed with two full time certified teachers for children with Individual Educational Programs designed by the Board of Education requiring SETTS.
IEP Accomodations -- Children who need outside services--namely, speech, OT, PT, SEIT, SETTS--are able to have these services during the school day if the parent provides a copy of the most recent IEP and a P4 submitted to the agency that provides these services.
Music Program - (for Grades Pre-K to 8) staffed with a part time teacher consisting of music theory and appreciation, singing, and chorus.
Preschool Programs – 3 and 4 year olds attend a full day program based on the Montessori method. We have 3 Pre-K classes.
There is an aide in the PK classes.
Aquinas Program - Honor students from Grades 7 and 8 working on a project that goes beyond the everyday curriculum.
After School Program – Open to Grades Pre-K to 8, five days a week, at an additional fee. It consists of homework time, snack and play.
Spanish Program – Grades K to 8 consisting of basic language skills.
Breakfast and Lunch Program – Nutritious lunches provided daily by the Board of Education Office of Food and Nutrition. Breakfast is free for all; lunch fees are determined by the NYC DOE OSFNS.
Technology – Fully equipped, state of the art computer lab with full Internet access, staffed with a full time teacher for Grades K to 8. Each classroom is equipped with Internet access. There are SMARTboards in grades 2 through 8. Kindergarten through first grades have Mimio technology.
Guidance Counselor – a part time counselor is on staff for all students.
Nurse – a full time nurse for all students provided by the Board of Health.
Art – done on a weekly basis by each individual teacher. We also have a parent volunteer who does special art classes with the children.
Rita Daly Learning Center – spaciously designed library for Grades Pre-K to 8; equipped with a SMARTboard and Internet access. The library is up-to-date and staffed by a parent volunteer.
School Chapel – Siloam Chapel is available for individual class use.
Community Outreach – Help to Our Young at Heart Senior Citizens, participation in the Propagation of Faith, Holy Childhood Association, St.Jude Hospital Math-A-Thon, American Cancer Society American Heart Association, Rhett Syndrome Foundation, Pennies for Leukemia Patients, Juvenile Diabetes, Parish Food Pantry, Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hour House, to mention a few.
After School Clubs – opportunities for students to join a Tach preparation course in the Fall, Mission, Wiffle Ball, Yearbook, Chorus, Girl Scouts and Student Council.
CYO -- students have the opportunity to join the parish CYO basketball teams.