Weaving a bright future one child at a time.
Since 1951, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School has strived to instill a desire for life-long learning, leadership and service in each student. The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y., lead our school and serve as staff and faculty for our Pre-K through 6th grade student body.
We are a Franciscan Catholic School that originally served the African-American community and today is open to all families. Our school logo represents the interconnectedness of our Franciscan and Black American heritage.
The T-shaped cross in the center is the traditional Franciscan cross known as the Tau. The colorful and bold pattern behind the Tau cross is a Kente pattern that holds a special meaning to both our school and parish community. Kente is a royal, sacred “woven cloth” that originated in Ghana. It is an icon of African cultural heritage around the world.
Our Kente combines several meanings: to have a sense of direction in life; to live a dynamic life through the help and guidance of others; to live with courage and confidence; and to protect.
The multi-colored, woven nature of the Kente inspired our school tagline, “Weaving a Bright Future.” The tagline intertwines our heritage, mission, and core values. Through these strong bonds, we can help weave a bright future for our students!
Founded in 1951 as a Black American Franciscan school, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School provides a high quality Catholic education. Faithful to our African-American heritage, we welcome students in Pre-K through 6th Grade from all cultures. Celebrating our diversity, we are committed to respect for each person. All charged with this mission strive to create in each student a desire for life-long learning and a commitment to being a builder of the Kingdom of God.