Happy Anniversary: Adelphi Begins Historic 160th Academic Year!

Middle Schoolers get ready for their first lesson inside their classroom!

Head of School Ms. Romanos poses with Lower Schooler Jose in front of a poster of the new school theme: “Adelphi Through the Years.”

BAY RIDGE – Happy Anniversary to Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn! Head of School Ms. Iphigenia Romanos was excited to welcome students, parents, faculty and staff back to school on Monday, September 12th, 2022 as the historic Bay Ridge private school officially began its historic 160th academic year.

“There’s nothing quite like the thrill of the first day of school, but this year’s opening is extremely exciting for all of us here at Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn,” said Ms. Romanos said. “Not only are we embracing the present with a full calendar of activities, events, trips and traditions that make Adelphi so special, but we are fondly looking back on the past and all that has been accomplished and celebrating the Academy’s 160 years of academic excellence!”

The official theme for the 2022-2023 academic year is “Adelphi Through the Years,” it was announced. Students and staff were excited to see how the theme would be incorporated into daily learning as well as special projects throughout the school year.

One way in which the Academy’s rich history is regularly brought to life and celebrated is through Adelphi’s House system, which allows for each House to accumulate points throughout the year for individual and class-wide academic, extracurricular, social and service-related achievements, as well as demonstrations of good character, service and kindness.  During the first week of school, Adelphians of all ages participated in icebreakers and team-building exercises within their respective Houses — Morrill, Lockwood, Ellinwood and Levermore — each named for some of Adelphi’s earliest leaders. New Adelphians received official letters from Ms. Romanos welcoming them to their respective Houses during a special assembly.

Each year, the House with the most points accumulated by year’s end has its name etched into the annals of Adelphi history, literally, in the form of a trophy — Adelphi’s majestic House Cup — that is displayed in the Academy’s Main Hall all year round. Last year, House Ellinwood unseated House Morrill as the winner after Morrill’s three consecutive victories!

“Members of House Ellinwood have now rightfully seen their House name etched in history alongside House Lockwood — our first-ever winner — and three-time winner House Morrill as 2021-2022 winners of the Adelphi House Cup,” Director of Academy Operations Mr. Albert C. Corhan said. “They have set a very high standard and these proud Adelphians will undoubtedly do everything possible to live up the great legacy of the Academy’s founders and enjoy continued success.”

Lower Schooler Elan was excited to use his new Chromebook on the first day of school!

Upper Schooler Reena celebrates the successful completion of the first day of school!

To begin this special anniversary year, students in every grade level were presented brand new Google Chromebooks as part of Adelphi’s ever-expanding blended learning initiative. Introduced last year to Adelphi’s Upper Schoolers, the now schoolwide initiative allows for students of all ages to incorporate the latest technology into their daily learning.

“Following a highly successful rollout among Upper Schoolers last year, we are thrilled to be able to expand Adelphi’s blended learning initiative to the entire school!” Ms. Romanos said. “Now even the littlest Adelphians will be able to use technology to enhance their daily classroom work, with information and interactive lessons literally right at their fingertips.”

Faculty have been preparing special lessons utilizing the Chromebooks all summer long to ensure that while Adelphi celebrates its already rich history, it is creating another chapter in real time that will be impactful for years to come!

As the oldest private, independent, continuing, coeducational, college-preparatory day school in the borough and one of the oldest in the nation, Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn, “the little school of big dreams” has been “effectively preparing  young people for college, career, and life, one day at a time” for over 150 years.  Founded in 1863 and located in the historic Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, Adelphi enrolls students from three years of age through twelfth grade.  A strong emphasis is placed on small class size, individualized attention, self expression, critical thinking and challenging hands-on learning through Adelphi’s founding philosophy and dedication to the education of the “total child”. Adelphi students excel within a small, intimate, safe, caring, nurturing, and secure environment through Adelphi’s core values and founding principles of pride, tradition, spirit, and excellence. The student-teacher ratio is 8 to 1 and Adelphi is a New York State Regents Exempt Program with a 100% college application, acceptance and attendance rate.  A founding member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Adelphi receives its charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and has been a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools since 1928.  Ms. Iphigenia Romanos serves as Head of School.


* Photos courtesy of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn