St. John Villa Academy was founded in 1922, when "Clair Manor" in Arrochar, Staten Island was purchased by the Sisters of St. John the Baptist.
In September 1923, the Sisters opened a school called St. John’s Novitiate and Boarding School. The first elementary school class of 24 students graduated in June, 1926 and by the early 1930’s, high school classes were added.
The Academy campus has grown significantly since "Clair Manor’s" acquisition in 1922. Additions include: the construction of the current elementary school building in 1931, a new chapel in 1938, the original high school building in 1957,and completion of a new gymnasium in the mid-1980’s. In 2006, a new addition to the high school was opened, expanding academic and program space.
Today, St. John Villa Academy remains a private, Catholic elementary school and high school proud of its long tradition of quality education for the children of Staten Island and Brooklyn. Villa’s commitment to educating students for the future is evident in every classroom, from the available state-of-the-art computer technology and new textbooks, to the Advanced Placement courses, Scholar’s Program and Science Discovery Institute, in the high school. Through our collaboration with Wagner College and St. John’s University, students may even earn up to 30 hours of college credit while a high school senior.
The SJVA academic program continues to be enriched with new and revised courses, program offerings and coordinated curriculums grade to grade. The Academy combines this strong academic program with a wide range of artistic, athletic, and intellectual activities. St. John Villa offers students the experiences and skills they need to face the challenges of tomorrow. In smaller classes, teachers create a warm and supportive atmosphere that encourages an individual’s potential, promotes religious values and fosters responsibility, integrity, respect and service to others.
Since its inception, the Academy has graduated over 8500 students. Almost 80% of SJVA alumni continue to reside and work in the NY/NJ metropolitan area.