Welcome to St John Villa Academy

Event Highlights

Press release regarding the closing of SJVA

Our Seniors celebrated their prom at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City on May 24, 2018.

Click here to see additional pictures from SI Live, or here for video!

St. John Villa Academy celebrated our 94th Anniversary on Friday, May 4th at the Excelsior Grand on Staten Island. We hope you will join us in congratulating the following individuals who have made a difference in the lives of our students and the Staten Island Community and who we honored at the Gala:

Eugenia Simione '60 Perrotta
The St. Alfonso Maria Fusco Award

Christine Dragula '92 Wonica and Thomas Wonica
The Spirit of the Academy Award

Catherine Parisi '71 '75 Raimondi and Carmine Raimondi
The Lifetime Legacy Award

Tanya Nicklous '96 Glassman and Adam Glassman
The Spotlight on Villa Award

Michael Pinto
The Villa and Community Award

Dr. Fran Curcio, Ph.D.
The Sisters of St. John the Baptist Humanitarian Award

To see the photo album from the Gala, please click here.

On Saturday, April 28th The John J. Bruno Benefit Breakfast for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Benedicta honored Sr. Antonia as someone who makes a difference in the lives of our children.

To see more photos from the event, click on the pictures above.

Congratulations to Sr. Madeleine on being awarded the St. Genesius Award at the Minty Awards Ceremony on Jan. 11th.

It recognizes "her time on the St. John Villa stage and her boundless support and unwavering enthusiasm for the Performing Arts." It is well deserved....thank you for sharing your spirit with us all.

On April 23rd our Seniors commemorated their Senior Retreat.

Our Seniors celebrated their Senior Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral with Cardinal Dolan on April 23rd.

Our Seniors had the opportunity to learn CPR recently.

Congratulations to the HS Class of 2017!

For more pictures form Graduation, see these from SILive.com

Some of our High School Seniors and Juniors soaking up knowledge as well as sun shine on their trip to Hawaii.

SJVA was honored to have Detective Steven McDonald as our Homilist at our All Saints' Day Mass. Our students were inspired by his message of forgiveness.

See our Facebook photo album for more photos.

NY1 also featured our Mass.


Our High School Cheerleaders at the Breast Cancer Walk in Clove Lakes Park on Oct. 16, 2016

During the 31st Annual Family Fun Day, our HS girls volunteered to help at the crafts and face painting booths. They helped make this a truly fun day for many children.

On October 1, 2016, Sue Shepherd, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Athletic Director at Villa, will be inducted in to the second Hall of Fame class of the Metropolitan Alliance of Girls Basketball Officials (MAGBO). We couldn't be more proud of her for this well-deserved honor.

See all the details on SIlive.com.

Congratulations to our Villa Seniors who were the top 3 winners in the Elite Division of the 2016 CYO Archdiocesan Art Contest!

Sophia Belfiore- 1st place
Jaqueline Yordt - 2nd place
Jordyn D'Amico- 3rd place.

Pictured here are Sophia and Jaqueline , 2nd & 1st place winners, respectively.

Congratulations to our Sophomore Cindy Jiaqi Ma on winning 2nd place for her age group in the CYO Art Contest.

Our High School student, Analise Scarpaci, has just finished an 18 month run on Broadway and a 5-week national tour, performing in "Matilda: the Musical". We know there are great things happening for Analise in her future

Her rising career was recently featured in the Staten Island Advance. Click here to read the full article.

Our senior Emily Buss, president of the World of Women Club, delivered 26 baskets to the maternity ward at RUMC at Christmas. The club organized a school-wide advent gift giving drive to collect baby items: formula, bottles, towels, clothes, pacifiers, etc. Thanks to the World of Women and all who participated.

Diana Petrone Vasquenz, the parent of one of our Elementary School students, will be honored with the Louis R. Miller Leadership Award for consistently working to serve the community of Staten Island. The award will be presented to her at a breakfast in February. Congratulations, Mrs. Vasquenz. We are proud to claim you as part of the Villa family!

Click here to see the full article from the Staten Island Advance.


These are a few pictures from our Project Hospitality food drive. We packaged food for 36 individual families which included 44 adults and 80 children for Safe Horizon Victim Service agency and still have plenty to bring to Poor People's dinner on today Nov. 23rd at Hilton. Girls did a great job of showing support.

City CHSAA Champs!
Congratulations on a great season to our HS Soccer Team.

Click here for details.

HS Soccer Team Wins Archdiocesan "A" Champs!

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Congratulations to our Minty Award winning chorus and to Erin Durkin, who received the Minty Award as our Theater Player of the Year!

Congratulations to
Sr. Raphael
and the High School Students honored at
our Annual Awards Reception
on April 27, 2015

Click here to see the program and full list of honorees.

Villa Seniors have participated with Where to Turn to promote give-away of Prom dresses to those who cannot afford to buy new dresses. Nicely done, girls!

Link to the Staten Island Advance Article about the program.

The H S Student Council recently held an Easter collection for The Giving Circle, an organization that gives baskets to orphans. We collected enough items to create over 100 easter baskets!

We will all miss Sr. Christina Pessolano, who taught at SJVA for more than 30 years. The text of Sr. Lois' Eulogy for her is here.

Eulogy for Sr. Christina

McKenna Sellitto, 8th grader, Sang the National Anthem
at the Miss Staten Island Pageant

See our youtube channel to hear McKenna's beautiful rendition.

Villa XCountry Makes Good Showing at NYC Mayor's Cup

Congrats to our our HS girls Victoria, Nicole, Annaliese, Ashley & Tamia for taking 3rd place as a team at the NYC Mayor's Cup. A special pat on the back to Victoria Sanfilippo for her personal best, which was good enough for 4th place overall and best from Staten Island! Way to go, girls.

For full results see this article from the Staten Island Advance.

Derek Jeter Day at SJVA Elementary School

For more pictures from our celebration, see our album on Facebook.

An Exciting Cross Country Season Coming Up

The Six Flags Invitational may be a good indicator of what we will see this season. Our Senior Victoria Sanfilippo was the only Staten Islander to finish in under 20 minutes. We expect that Victoria will lead the team to a great season.

Here is an article from the Staten Island Advance about that race.

Mrs. Dorothy Clinton, the track coach for Villa HS, is looking forward to creating a cohesive team and teaching her girls to love the sport.

Runners to watch this season: Annaliese McCauley (Sr.), Nicole SanFilippo (Sr.), Victoria SanFilippo (Sr.), Rosie Mumford (Jr.), Sarah Newgarden (Jr.), Tamia Jones (Soph).

New SJVA Elementary School Student Council members were installed during Mass on Sept. 19th.

Congratulations to all the new officers.

For more pictures see the SJVA Facebook page.

Villa Alumna, Christie Tomasino, named head coach for Women's Basketball at Concordia College

Congratulations, Christie! For full story click here.

SJVA 4th Grader Wins Bronze at Taekwondo Nationals

Congratulations River Ngan on your achievement, dedication and hard work.

For full story, click here.

Villa Girls Volunteer with "Los Promotores"
This is a wonderful program that brings together volunteers from Project Hospitality, El Centro de Immigrante, local colleges and high schools to help students and their mothers from PS 20 in Port Richmond. None of the mothers in the program are native English speakers and many have little more than elementary school education. The volunteers seek to help the children with reading and literacy while fostering a love a learning and understanding of the American educational system in the mothers.

Click here to read the Staten Island Advance article.

On Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the fourth annual Minty Awards ceremony St. John Villa Academy High School won the following awards for the spring production of "Anything Goes"

Outstanding Production Number
Outstanding Choreography

Many thanks to the cast, crew and all who made the production of Anything Goes.
Special thanks to our director Loretta Digiglio Boyle.

May Peace Prevail on Earth

On Monday, May 12, 2014 St. John Villa Planted a Peace Pole, linking ourselves with people all over the world who have planted Peace Poles in the same spirit of peace.

To see more photos from the ceremony and a brief description of the project click on the photo above.

For details about the world-wide Peace Pole Project the logo below.

8 Top Educators are Honored by Wagner College,
Including our Own Sue Shepherd!

Click photo to read the Staten Island Advance article.

Congratulations, Ms. Shep! This is a well-deserved honor.

High School Sports awards were presented on May 19th.

Congratulations to all our Villa Bears on a great year in sports.

For a full list of winners, click here.

Congratulations to our HS Senior Dorothy O'Neill on scoring her 1,000th point on Jan. 26th!

Click photo to read the Staten Island Advance article.

What an exciting way to cap off Villa's 66-55 win over Bishop Kearney!

Villa Girls Make a Splash at CHSAA Novice Swim Meet!
Sophomore Lauren Altieri won the 200-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly and teamed with Sophomore Gabrielle Caruana, Junior Rebecca Grigas, and Senior Rachel Gottlieb for second place in the 200 free relay. Great job, girls!

Congratulations to our HS Junior Victoria SanFilippo on being named to the Advance All Stars for Cross Country Track for the 2nd time.

Click photo to read the Staten Island Advance article.

Breakfast with Santa

Our Elementary School children and their families enjoyed a special day with Santa. The children provided the entertainment and coordinated the activities. We also had some vendors for last minute Christmas shopping. As you can see from these excited faces, everyone had a wonderful time!

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Villa Girl Scouts Continue to Help Storm Victims

On Sunday, December 15th Girl Scouts from St. John Villa distributed food for Christmas in Ocean Breeze to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. This Troop has been dedicated to help the residents of Ocean Breeze since the storm. Their hard work and generosity is inspiring.

Click on the photo above for the full story from the Staten Island Advance and more pictures.

Polar Plunge

Ms. Schirripa and 15 students plunged in to the icy waters off South Beach during the annual Polar Plunge on Sunday, December 8th. They raised $2,410.00 for Special Olympics.

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Olivia Siller is "Kid of Achievement"

Villa Senior, Olivia Siller was honored at the SI Museum Circle of Friends Luncheon on November 11, 2013 as the SI "Kid of Achievement" for her leadership within the school community, her accomplished work as a volunteer through her father's namesake foundation and her contribution to the betterment of her community. She was selected from all the nominees from all the other SI high schools.

Villa Senior is a Commended Student in National Merit Scholarship Program

Elizabeth Higgins has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/national Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Congratulations, Elizabeth, on your success!

Kindergarten Learns the Alphabet in a "U" for "Unusual" Way!

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Click here for details from the Staten Island Advance.

This lovely Crucifix on our campus has been spruced up at the behest of our Elementary School children. They wanted a place to be able to kneel and pray.

The children began a collection to fund the repair of the crumbling base and Mr. Anthony Malfi, a High School parent, took up their cause to become a major benefactor of this repair.

Thank you to all the children and to Mr. Malfi.

Halloween on Campus

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On the 1st Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, our 7th Grader, Danielle Kaminski's first-hand account of the storm has been published by the Staten Island Advance.

Click here to read Danielle's article from the Staten Island Advance.

SJVA HS Choir Performed at Memorial Mass

Our HS choir sang I Believe/Ave Maria at the Memorial Mass on October 27th for our beloved Sr. Placid Zinicola and all our recently deceased alumnae.

Villa Swimmers Win Opening Meet

In the first meet of the season, October 20th, Villa topped Bishop Kearney HS 89-79. Congratulations to Coach Jaclyn Costello and all the swimmers on a great start to the season, in particular to Casey Riley, who had 4 wins, and Lauren Gullickson and Victoria SanFillipo, with 3 wins each.

Keep up the good work, Bears!
Click here to read the details from the Staten Island Advance.

Senior Service Day at Richmondtown - October 16, 2013

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12th Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk

Our High School Cheerleaders on West Street just outside the tunnel

Newly Renovated Gym Floor is Blessed.

During the High School opening Mass Fr. Francis blessed our new gym floor.

See our press release for more details.

7th Grader raised $1,700 for Alex's Lemonade Stand

Congratulations Cristian Vescovi on your efforts and success for a great cause.

Click here to read more about Cristian's efforts.

Recent Villa Grad Wins Robert Curatolo Scholarship!

Ariana Trembone is only the 3rd female applicant to win this award.
Congratulations to Ariana on her well-deserved recognition.

Click here to read the Staten Island Advance article about Ariana

Congratulations to St. John Villa's Newest Alumnae!

Click here to read the Staten Island Advance article about our High School Graduation

"Lights, Camera, Auction" ....Celebrating Villa's Stars - March 8th, 2013

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