St. Vincent de Paul Christian Service Program

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy strives to foster a Catholic centered education while supporting, developing and encouraging the positive learning that is taking place in the home. We endeavor to create a faith-filled Christian community based on respect and dignity for all people.

Our academic aim is to develop well-rounded, respectful students who are prepared to meet most of the challenges of everyday life. While stressing the intellectual — the personal, social and spiritual growth of the students is also emphasized.

The faculty and administration of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy aim to be role models showing genuine qualities of leadership as we endeavor to love, guide, educate and encourage students to reach their fullest potential. Through mutual respect and cooperation, we try to foster a positive classroom atmosphere as we strive to teach as Jesus taught.

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.

All service performed for the St. Vincent de Paul Christian Service. Credit must meet the following criteria:

1. Benefits the students of Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy or a person or organization beyond the walls of Saint Francis de Sales or  Is for the Parishes of Saint Francis de Sales or Blessed Trinity or Is for a non-profit group or organization that follows the teachings of the Catholic Church.

2. Is performed outside of the regular school day – students will not be excused from school to perform their Christian Service Requirement.

St. Vincent de Paul Log and Reflection

6th Grade Service Hours
All 6th graders are required to complete ten (10) hours of Independent Service. All service for the 6th grade requirement must be performed and documented between the first day of school and May 15th of that school year.

7th Grade Service Hours
All 7th graders are required to complete fifteen (15) hours of Independent Service. All service for the 7th grade requirement must be performed and documented between the first day of school and May 15th of that school year.

8th Grade Service Hours
All 8th graders are required to complete twenty (20) hours of Independent Service. All service for the 8th grade requirement must be performed and documented between the first day of school and April 30th of that school year. It is expected that by February 1st of the school year that ten or more hours be completed. All service performed for credit at the 8th Grade level must be direct service, benefiting the same group or person throughout. 8th graders have the option of performing some hours (up to 5 hours) during the summer prior to the school year.

Please note: Students involved with the National Junior Honor Society will have to complete extra hours to fulfill their service responsibility to stay an active member in the National Junior Honor Society.

Service Grading
Students will receive a Pass (P) on their Report Card when they meet the Christian Service Requirement.

Students will receive a No Pass (NP) if they fail to meet their yearly Christian Service Requirement. This (NP) will be permanent on the students transcript. The student must complete the past due requirement in order to receive a diploma in 8th grade. Upon completion of the past due Christian Service Requirement, a notation will be made on the students transcript.