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DeSales Catholic School - Academics - Lockport NY


"Do not train children to  Learning by force and  Harshness, but direct them to  It by what amuses their  Minds, so that you may discover with  Accuracy the particular bent of The genius of each." ~Plato

The Administration and Faculty of DeSales Catholic School believe, as Plato stated so long ago, each child is a genius and it is our responsibility to work with parents and students in discovering it.  DeSales is proud to be a STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) School.  STREAM Education is a philosophical framework for delivering excellence in Catholic education for 21st  century learners! For the latest news on STREAM programming at DeSales visit our "What's STREAMing at DeSales" page.

English Language Arts

As a foundation subject for all other academic areas, DeSales takes a very aggressive approach to childhood literacy. Students begin experiencing the power of books in the classroom in our preschool programs through audio recordings, teacher “read alouds” and students reading together. As a student's progress and improve over time, developing readers are challenged with more age-appropriate texts where vocabulary and comprehension are expanded and broadened. These developing skills are then applied in a cross-curricular fashion so that literacy becomes a foundation for critical thinking and problem solving in all areas: Social Studies, Science, Religion and Mathematics.


DeSales math program has at its core the desire to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the skills necessary to function in a world very dependent upon the application of mathematics.




Edwin Hubble said that “equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” With that in mind DeSales Catholic School holds that science needs to be lived in order to be learned. Students need to both literally and metaphorically get their hands dirty within their personal scientific adventures. 


DeSales Catholic School is a successor to the Catholic schools established in Lockport by the Sisters of St. Mary Namur and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. In upholding these traditions, our Catholic faith is woven into every minute of each school day. 

DeSales Catholic School LogoDeSales is a regional Catholic elementary school, located in the Town of Lockport NY, within the Diocese of Buffalo. The school is a designated STREAM school, a center of excellence that inspires individual students to reach their greatest potential, both inside and outside the classroom, while providing students with the fundamental building blocks to be innovative, critical-thinkers, and responsible future leaders.