Cathedral Prep’s academic program is a rigorous and unique situation that creates the foundation of success to every student that walks through our doors. The rigorous academics teaches the students to overcome adversity and to work through challenges they may face. The unique part of our academics is the individualized attention we can show every student daily. The beauty of offering a smaller environment allows us to focus on the academic growth of every student, and support them on the path to high achievement. At Cathedral Prep, our student to faculty ratio is 10:1, which offers tremendous opportunity for our students to seek extended help in order to reach their full potential.

Honors Program

Vianney Program

Cathedral Prep School and Seminary is proud to offer an Honors program to the academically talented students. The program is designed to meet the educational needs of the most highly motivated students through a challenging curriculum so to develop their talents and to perform at the peak of their capabilities.

As an Honors student, you will benefit from:

  • Specially designed Honors course offerings and advanced courses for college credit.
  • Specifically designed college courses offered at Cathedral Prep through a partnership with St. John’s University.
  • Classes that aim to develop intellectual curiosity, analytic abilities and awareness of ethical and civic responsibilities.
  • Small class sizes which encourages participation and promotes a close student-faculty relationship. Such an environment also supports their dedication to excellence.
  • Close individual guidance academically so as to give students the support and challenge needed for success.
  • A college guidance counselor who works with students interested in applying for grants and scholarships and advises them regarding college beginning in their freshmen year.

For more information on Cathedral Prep’s Honors program, please contact Principal, Mr. Richie Diaz at

Coordinator: Mrs. Luisa Peluso

The Vianney Program is designed to meet the special academic needs of specific students beginning with their studies in the Fr. Troike Program and continuing over the course for their four years of study and growth at Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary.

The Program does this by:
1. Identifying and meeting the students’ special academic needs, especially in the disciplines of English and Math;

  1. Addressing their academic needs through unique approaches to teaching and learning, including a student-centered classroom environment;
  2. Supporting the academic and social growth of students through regular formal and informal meetings and discussions with various members of the school (administration, faculty, current students); and by
  3. Approaching student achievement and work in unique ways that prevent missed work and other traditional failures that prohibit academic growth and learning.


“St. John Vianney as a young student was lively enough in conversation – his banter was quick and neat. It was a pleasure to listen to him. But, intellectual pursuits rather bewildered him, and he seemed to become helpless as soon as he felt a pen in his hand. Through no fault of his own, his intellect had been permitted to lay fallow. St. John Vianney was a man who started his life as one who very few thought would ever amount to anything, but gave God permission to use him as the vehicle.” {Adapted from The Cure D’Ars, Trochu}

For more information on Cathedral Prep’s Vianney program, please contact Coordinator, Mrs. Luisa Peluso at

Cathedral Prep Launches Vianney Program for Academic Support
August 5, 2015
By Maria-Pia Negro Chin

Another way Cathedral Prep School is helping incoming freshman is through a new academic support initiative called the St. John Vianney Program. Launched this July as part the Father Troike Summer Leadership Program, about half of the incoming class of ninth graders will receive extra academic support.

Principal Richie Diaz said that the idea for the program came after two years of noticing that some incoming students needed a better foundation in math, English and other subjects.

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Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary is fully accredited by the:

Board of Regents of New York State.

Please see the following link for more information on Regents State requirements:

Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary has been awarded accreditation by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), the regional accrediting agencies that span the AdvancED global network.
Please see the following link for more information on AdvancED requirements:

Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary is proud to once again have been recognized by:

The Cardinal Newman Society as a School of Excellence.