Student and Family Resources

Terranova Test Results

2021 Fall Terranova Results

The results below are the Mean National Percentile of the Normal Curve Equivalents for the Queens South Schools and our Academy. 


3rd Grade Reading Language Math Total Battery
Brooklyn Diocese 55 46 51  
Queens South 55 45 49 49
SFDSCA 61 49 57 58
4th Grade Reading Language Math Total Battery
Brooklyn Diocese 60 48 45  
Queens South 59 48 43 50
SFDSCA 65 56 58 63
5th Grade Reading Language Math Total Battery
Brooklyn Diocese 61 50 47  
Queens South 58 46 42 52
SFDSCA 58 48 54 56
6th Grade Reading Language Math Total Battery
Brooklyn Diocese 59 54 53  
Queens South 51 46 46 52
SFDSCA 58 59 69 65
7th Grade Reading Language Math Total Battery
Brooklyn Diocese 61 70 57  
Queens South 57 68 51 59
SFDSCA 65 76 81 74
8th Grade Reading Language Math Total Battery
Brooklyn Diocese 65 65 64  
Queens South 66 65 62 67
SFDSCA 68 68 73 72

Going Green

St. Francis de Sales Green School Program


Google Classroom/Chromebook (Grades 5-8)

Student Guide to Google Classroom

Chromebook Handbook

How to Connect Your Child’s Chromebook to WiFi at Home

Student Quick sheet to Google Classroom

Chromebook Repair Sheet


Reading Level Correlation Chart

Wit and Wisdom (Grades K-3)


Go Math (Grades K-6)

Please note that Student Editions and Practice Books are combined in our Go Math Program so pages may be incorrect. Please use the chapter and section as your guide.

Kindergarten-Grade 5

6th Grade: Student Edition | Practice Book



Parent’s Guide to iReady Assessments

Parent Guide to I-Ready

I-READY Parent Meeting 3.2.21

The New York Standards have higher expectations and increased rigor in both English language arts and mathematics. For reading, this includes more complex texts, including both informational and literary texts, as well as close reading and thoughtful use of textual evidence. In mathematics, there is an increased demand for balance between conceptual understanding (why), procedural fluency (how), and application (when).

 The New York Standards do not represent a prescribed curriculum, but rather a framework within which educators can help students master key skills and become college and career ready.

 The iReady diagnostic assessments help educators and parents help determine where to focus instructional time to ensure all students are on track to meet the rigorous expectations of the New York Learning Standards.

Click Here To Take The I-Ready Tour


  • The adaptive Diagnostic covers the main domains: Phonics, Phonological Awareness, High-Frequency Words, Vocabulary, Comprehension of Literature, and Comprehension of Informational Text
  • Diagnostic includes multimedia paired passages in which students are asked to synthesize ideas from multiple sources
  • Assessment and instruction are offered for both reading comprehension of informational and literary texts
  • Online lessons provide explicit instruction on key skills across all domains, including close reading of authentic text
  • Engaging, animated characters model close reading and finding evidence within text


  • The adaptive Diagnostic covers the main mathematical domains: Number and Operations, Algebra and Algebraic Thinking, Measurement and Data, and Geometry
  • Diagnostic questions include new technology-enhanced items
  • Assessment and instruction emphasize conceptual understanding as well as procedural fluency and reflect the standard’s focus on rigor, relevance, and coherence
  • Tasks draw on multiple standards to ensure students are making important connections between math concepts
  • Content builds across grades and major topics are linked within grades


Heggerty Phoemic Awareness (Nursery and Pre-K)

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Pre-Kindergarten lessons are meant to supplement the existing literacy curriculum and are easily integrated into half-day or full-day preschool programs. When lessons are taught consistently each day with explicit teacher modeling and scaffolded support, teachers see improvement in students’ reading, spelling, and writing, as the students learn to hear the sounds in words.

Overview: 35-weeks of daily systematic phonological and phonemic awareness lessons for use in half-day or full-day preschool programs as a supplement to existing literacy curriculum.

Intended audience: 3, 4 & 5 year old preschool classrooms (last year of preschool before Kindergarten) and Transitional Kindergarten classrooms.

Lesson structure: Whole group

Duration: 10-12 minutes

The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum i uses nursery rhymes to introduce preschool students to language play. The lessons include eight phonological and phonemic awareness skills, taught in a systematic progression. The advanced skill of initial phoneme substitution is taught beginning in Week 19, after students have learned to isolate, blend, and segment with phonemes.

Through two early literacy skills, students also develop alphabet knowledge through daily practice with an alphabet song and letter name and sound practice. Nursery rhymes are taught each week so that by the end of preschool your students will begin to build a repertoire of classic nursery rhymes as they learn to enjoy language play!

This curriculum aligns to the Early Learning and Development standards for children who are 3, 4 or 5 years old. The skills taught provide practice and exposure to prepare students for Kindergarten.


Sadlier Religion Textbook Resource (Grades K-6)

Christ in Us


National Junior Honor Society (Grades 6-8)

The purpose of the Sister Maura Clarke National Junior Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage good citizenship in the students of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Learn More


Fountas and Pinnell Leveling
At Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, we use the Fountas and Pinnell Leveling system to determine each child’s reading level. It is very important for each child to be instructed at their individual level. Leveled books allow students to read and comprehend various types of texts, exposing them to information and vocabulary they can understand. This allows them to gain background knowledge that will help them move onto higher-level texts. It also promotes reading success for all students!
Literacy Overview
10 Ways Families Can Help Their Children Become Better Readers
Independent Reading Guidelines


2018-2019 New York State Testing Comparison


2019 NYS

Testing Program

New York State

(includes all Public and Charter Schools in NY State – no Nonpublic Schools data)

New York City

( only NY City Public Schools – no Charter Schools, no Nonpublic Schools data)

Diocese of Brooklyn

(Academies and Schools within the Diocese with appropriate grade levels tested)

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy
Grade 4-ELA 47.7% 49.6% 54.7% 52.3%
Grade 6-ELA 47.1% 48.4% 59.8% 54.4%
Grade 7-ELA 39.7% 42.7 % 54.9% 53.6%
Grade 4-Math 50.4% 49.4% 51.3% 62.8%
Grade 6-Math 47.0% 43.9% 43.7% 66.7%
Grade 7-Math 43.5% 42.1% 42.4% 57.1%
Grade 4-Science N/A N/A 93.9% 100%
Grade 8- Science N/A N/A 69.7% 95.2%
Earth Science Regents N/A N/A 72.9% 82.9%
Integrated Algebra Regents N/A N/A 89.8% 100%

Curriculum Enhancements

Useful Information

For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:
1) Read and sign a code of conduct
2) Have a background check
3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

St. Vincent de Paul Christian Service Program

This program is designed to help develop the junior high students into people of compassion and knowledge, people committed to justice, and people for others. During three years at Saint Francis, students will provide service to the greater communities of Belle Harbor, Breezy Point and the Rockaways. The hope is that through service, the students will become aware of their responsibility to be of service to all. The development of community, both within and outside the walls of Saint Francis, is a vital goal of the St. Vincent de Paul Christian Service Program and Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. This service is also part of preparing our students for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Learn More

Bus Information
Bus info at New York City Office of Pupil Transportation

Immunization Information

2020-2021 New York State Immunization Schedule

As of June 13, 2019, public, private and parochial schools and child care programs in New York can no longer accept requests for religious exemptions from school immunization requirements. This law applies to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and to all child care settings. Schools and child care programs will continue to accept medical exemptions. 

Children who had a religious exemption and who will be returning in the 2019-20 school year must meet immunization requirements in order to attend school. Children who have not received all required immunizations must receive the first dose in each immunization series within 14 calendar days after the first day of school or enrollment in child care. Within 30 calendar days of the first day of school, parents or guardians of such children will also need to show that they have scheduled appointments for all follow-up doses.

Medical Exemptions: The Immunization Medical Exemption Form from the DOH must used when parents are requiring a medical exemption.

This Medical Exemption Form must be given to the nurse upon receipt from the parents.

Annual Physical Examination Form (CH205)



PDHP and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy present the following offerings for the 2020-2021 School Year