School History and Executive Summary

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy formally opened its doors on September 12, 1927 as Our Lady of Perpetual Help School. The area now known as South Ozone Park was expanding, and moderately priced homes brought many young families to the area. The strong Catholic community was in need of a place to worship and a place to have their children educated in the Catholic tradition and faith. The school building was inscribed with the words, “Pro Deo et Patria”, meaning “For God and Country”. The Dominican Sisters of Sparkhill, New York, provided the teaching staff of the new school. Thus began the fine tradition of high-quality spiritual and secular education, which has been the hallmark of our academy to the present day. The first class graduated in 1931.

Expanding needs of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School required the addition of another floor to the building. Construction began in 1963, and a third floor was completed in September of 1965.

Since its opening day in 1927, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy has gone through many physical, technological, and community changes. South Ozone Park, being a microcosm of New York City, has been and continues to be the home of a diversity of cultures and faiths. Therefore, we serve a large percentage of Catholic Christians and Christians, as well as a percentage of children from other faiths. At our academy, we partner with parents to provide children the best possible education and the opportunity to experience our faith-filled community.

As our academy shares the educational mission of the church to spread Jesus’ teachings and to inspire a faithful response to these teachings, the principal, teachers, students, parents, and all constituents experience the power of prayer to build a personal relationship with God. This, in a broader sense, builds the Family of God, the Church.

The students of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy consistently achieve outstanding test scores on New York State assessments, surpassing New York City, State, and other Catholic schools. Our students also are recognized as individuals of integrity, character, and spirituality within our community. Further testament to the academy’s reputation is the fact that the students become candidates for acceptance into local and renowned high schools such as Archbishop Molloy High School, The Mary Louis Academy, Regis High School, and Townsend Harris High School. These successes are due to the students’ experiences of curricula in a variety of ways: teacher-directed instruction; interdisciplinary and multi-sensory instruction; differentiated instruction; use of technology; STEM hands-on science activities; math manipulatives and other student-engaging activities.

Our students return as alumni, doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc., bringing their own children to their alma mater. Our students are the leaders of the future.

Mrs. Frances DeLuca

Advanc-ED Accreditation

Dear Board Members/ Parents/ Teachers/Staff:

  It is my pleasure to inform all constituents of our academy that in this year our academy will receive Advanc-ED accreditation. This accreditation process, which was begun last year, culminates this year with an Accreditation Engagement Review visit from the Advanc-ED-team in the Spring. As we have been engaged in strategic planning for several years, I look forward to the final process where our academy will reaffirm to all present that we, as an academy, are always seeking improvement in every area of this academy.

   As every viable academy must be engaged in an improvement journey that is continuous, it is very important that we have accurate information in order to properly shape our future. Therefore, I always look forward to your suggestions and comments. May God continue to bless you and your dear children.

Video: 12 Months a Year

Here’s a complete video of “12 Months a Year,” the show we recently put on featuring students, alumni, and others.

Mrs. Mercy Guerrero: Teacher of the Month for April 2018

Mrs. Guerrero was born and educated in the Philippines. Her first teaching job was at San Beda Grade School in Manilla where she worked for 22 years. In 2000 she came to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy. To her ‘teaching is not only a career but a vocation



Mrs. Julia Mathew: Teacher of the Month for March 2018

Mrs. Julia Mathew received her Masters Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Reading Education.

Before getting into teaching, Mrs. Mathew was interested in becoming a Pediatric Nurse and even worked in the ER department of a hospital. After several years in the field, she decided to become a teacher. Her passion for the field of education began when she took up tutoring and as being the eldest child, she was always around to help her younger siblings in their studies. She has been a teacher for over 8 years, with this being her first at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy. In addition to teaching fourth grade, Mrs. Mathew is also in charge of the Academy’s Sports program.

She says of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy that “there is a sense of community and family unlike that of any school I’ve worked at before.” Outside of work she enjoys gardening and cooking. We were able to get her to share one of her favorite recipes for Vegan Banana Bread (which is linked below).

Ms. Susan Madaio: Teacher of the Month for February 2018

Ms. Madaio (Mansueto) graduated from St. John’s University with two Masters Degrees in General Education and Special Education.

While teaching wasn’t her initial career choice, she began in finance, Ms. Madaio (Mansueto) found her passion for teaching after listening to her daughter read for the first time. She has been a teacher for over 10 years, with the last 5 as a first grade teacher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy. In addition to teaching first grade, Ms. Madaio (Mansueto) is also in charge of the Academy’s Aquinas program.

The part of the job that she finds the most rewarding is watching her students grow. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her children and cooking.

Next Show Rehearsal Wednesday April 18th in School Gym at 6pm.

 Please note our next rehearsal is Wednesday April 18.  Please tell you friends and family about our performance on Thursday June 7th at 7pm. Help support the school by attending this new musical.

Also still looking for cast members students both boys and girls.