Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education in Woodstock, The Bronx, is a legendary charitable school for Latino youth in the South Bronx.

Education is the key to success in our country. As a group in New York City, we tend to not be very educated, but this is one of the most important ways forward.

Since Casita Maria serves the Latino community, it’s not only about education, but arts and education.

These kids represent OUR future.

Casita Maria Educational Programs

Casita Maria has an Elementary School, a Middle School and a High School.

Casita Maria Elementary School

The Elementary School serves children from kindergarten through fifth grade. The programs are well-rounded.

In addition to a core of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), Casita Maria emphasizes literacy and supports that with homework help, arts instruction, physical education and nutritional guidance which helps create whole individuals.

Casita Maria Middle School

The Middle School is for 6th – 8th graders.

At this critical period in a child’s transition into adolescence, Casita Maria supports its students with arts and social-emotional instruction.

Casita Maria High School

The High School is for 9th – 12th graders. The emphasis is on preparing for college.

Casita Maria offers a SmART Leaders program for women of color. These are the future leaders of our country.

The William E. Simon Scholarship helps support students with outstanding academics through their high school years. A little help can make a big difference.

The Origins of Casita Maria

Casita Maria was founded by Claire and Elizabeth Sullivan (as in Ed Sullivan, the legendary TV host of the 1930s – 1970s) in East Harlem in 1934.

The sisters were public school teachers who recognized the need for school enrichment and recreational activities for children of families who had recently arrived from Puerto Rico.

The school’s programs work, so the organization has grown with the help of New Yorkers like you.

The mission remains the same, but now Casita Maria students come from all over. The Hunts Point community is mostly Puerto Rican with some Dominican, Mexican, and African American families.

Support Casita Maria

Casita Maria Fiesta is an annual October Gala that supports Casita Maria programs. It’s a chance to meet leaders of New York City.

You can donate directly here.

Visit Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

928 Simpson St, Bronx, NY 10459
(at East 163rd St)
Woodstock, The Bronx

(718) 589-2230


(6) to Hunts Point Ave. Walk 1 block west on E 163rd St and turn left on Simpson St.

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