School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center

On June 5, 2024 the  School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) Educational Center in Woodhaven, Queens, New York held a ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of 100 women, and the faculty who accompanied them, in achieving various levels of English speaking and writing skills, math and civics. Two classes are working toward their High School Equivalency Diploma. As one student speaker explained, “We came here to learn English. We found friendship, support, and the freedom to dream. I hope to be a nurse one day.”

The Ladies of Charity at St. John’s University is privileged to support this Center and these women in various ways. 

The Ladies of Charity & Education

Based at a University, we recognize that education is the key to ending poverty.  We promote projects that support education to underserved populations. In 2009 we began a partnership with the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center in Woodhaven, Queens.  This center provides comprehensive educational programs for women over age 18 to learn English as a second language and to prepare them for the High School Equivalency Exam.  Our Ladies offer educational testing and evaluation and provide enrichment lectures for the faculty, board members and students.  

Graduation at SSND Educational Center

June 17, 2018

“We want to change our future!”  stated the student speaker for level three of the five ESL Levels moving up or forward at the SSND Educational Center in Woodhaven Queens.  Ninety women ages 21 and up have taken “the road less traveled,”  stated the Executive Director, Sr. Cathy Feeney, SSND.  It hard work to learn to read, write and speak English. Nearly 75 women gathered with faculty, board members and the Ladies of Charity.  They celebrated not only learning English as a second language or High School Equivalency classes but of learning to build self confidence and the importance of a community of support.  Congratulations to these wonderful women!

For more information about the good work that the SSND Educational Center does, please visit their website