Cathedral Academy at Pompei is a multicultural, urban, parish school that exemplifies the principles of the Catholic Church and the teaching of Jesus Christ. We strive towards educating the whole child: mind, body, and spirit.
The faculty and staff, as part of Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peter Parish, work in conjunction with the community at large and our school families to develop academic intelligence while fostering integrity and respect for the students, thereby encouraging them to take their place in the Church and Society in the 21st Century. Approved by Father Caruso, Parish Council, Faculty & Staff 12/27/14, Bishop Cunningham 1/12/14
MANY NATIONS, ONE FAMILY Cathedral Academy at Pompei (CAP) students and families originate from 5 Continents and 17 nations. Most children speak and understand 2 or more languages including English. Most of our families are refugees who fled their countries because of wars, famine, and natural disasters. They are bringing new life to the United States and those at CAP want their children to be educated both spiritually and academically.
The Northside has traditionally been one of the settlement areas for those new to our nation. The Italians and Germans were prominent in the early 20th Century, then the Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians and other Southeast Asian groups moved into this sector, and now African, Middle Eastern, and South Central Asian populations have joined the neighborhood. Since Syracuse’s population has dropped to 140,000 people, there is room for new arrivals. Inexpensive housing and work in local hospitals, factories, educational institutions, and construction continue to draw many to the area.
The Northside community is growing in vibrancy, due in large part to its diversity and the Prospect Hill Development plans. Implementation of the plans include redesigning and improving St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and the rehabilitation and creation of homes that attract many to this area of Syracuse.
Three commercial areas exist along major streets on the Northside. They include small shops and businesses owned by individual and family entrepreneuers. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center dominates the area. It hires a culturally, economically, linguistically, and ethnically diverse workforce who are the potential population for new housing development. The children of these new citizens are ideal candidates for Cathedral Academy at Pompei.
There are many blessings to being a pastor but for me, personally, one of the greatest is being part of the CAP community. I find that no matter how much we have to offer our students that they have even more to offer us. CAP reflects both the rich diversity of the human experience and God’s abundant love for all of us.
The Cathedral Academy at Pompei remains at the very core of my success as a professional in the academy and as an active and engaged citizen. At a very young age, I learned how to hone academic skills that have served me well throughout my career. But beyond the outstanding academic preparation that serves as the baseline expectation of Catholic education, the Cathedral Academy at Pompei is best characterized as a "learning family in a faith-filled environment".The challenging academic experience is coupled with unparalleled nurturing and support. Further, the principal and faculty form a strong team who take the academic success and personal development of every single child very seriously and personally. The environment is so fundamentally transformative that I insisted on the exact same experience for my own child.
We have been at Cathedral Academy at Pompei for the past 15 years. We have proudly sent all four of our children (Audrey, 18 - Patrick, 15 - Emily, 11 - Lillianna, 7) to CAP. Over the years we have been so blessed to be part of the CAP family. This school offers our children a warm and nurturing atmosphere where children are children and celebrated for what makes them the same as well as for what makes them different. The strong academic programs in the school are continuously enhanced by volunteers from LeMoyne College, St. Joe's, our parish and the community. We look forward to many more happy years at CAP and applaud all that is being done to make our children’s school experience the most memorable and wonderful that it can be.
I have been blessed to serve as a teacher at Our Lady of Pompei and Cathedral Academy at Pompei since 1972. My many experiences over the years have enriched my life by the many cultures of our students starting from the Italian Americans to the many cultures presently enrolled in our school, including our new Sudanese families. It has always been my goal to give my students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life and be faithful followers of Christ.
CAP is the one place that I know where culture is not only accepted but embraced. Every child brings something to the classroom. In a world where so much chaos exists between cultures, it is nice to know that there is a place where we can all come together in peace and harmony, regardless of our differences, that place is CAP.”
"Our school is fun and loving. No one is mean. The teachers are great and everyone loves us here. God is always a part of our day. Our school is like one big happy family. We are from many cultures but they all come together at the front door because when we walk in our school we are one united family."