Catholic High School Guide 2021

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Academy of Mount St. Ursula

Founded by the Ursuline Sisters in 1855, the Academy of Mount St. Ursula is the longest continuously operating girls’ secondary school in New York and celebrated its 165th anniversary last year.

Students can take Advanced Placement courses in American History, Biology, Calculus, English, Government and Politics, World History and Spanish. Juniors and seniors are eligible to take college level courses through partnerships with St. John’s University and Mercy College. 

Clubs include performance choir, debate, anime, culture clubs, dance, marketing club, fashion, musical theater, photography, retreat teams, Student Council, Ministry and Service activities. 

Service opportunities include Cardinal Hayes Program for Exceptional People, Fordham Bedford Community Services, P.O.T.S., United Nations involvement, social justice causes and involvement in community agencies, churches, parishes and elementary schools. The sports program includes basketball, cheerleading, cross country, softball, STEP, and volleyball

Enrollment: 300; 100 percent of graduates are accepted into college and 99 percent attend. Principal: Sister Jean Marie Humphries, O.S.U., Ph.D.; tuition/fees $9,950. For admissions, contact: (718) 364-5353, ext. 237, or admissions@amsu.org.  Ms. Imam, the admissions and recruitment director, can be reached at limam@amsu.org

The school website www.amsu.org features information about virtual chats, events, shadow days, tours and open houses.

 

All Hallows High School

All Hallows is an all-boys school founded in 1909 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers taught in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice.

The school offers Advanced Placement courses in computer science, world history, U.S. history, biology, English literature, government and politics, micro-economics, Spanish and AP Capstone Research Program. It also offers courses that will earn college credits sponsored by St. John’s University and St. Francis College. There are also joint programs with Fordham University.

Students can participate in a Saturday Academy that offers courses from the Gilder Lehrman School of American History, Engineering Tomorrow and several interesting non-academic subjects. All Hallows also participates in the Theater Development Fund Open Doors Program and leadership programs including the National Hispanic Institute, PeerForward, Futures and Options and the Foróige Leadership Program in Ireland.

Students can participate in more than 40 after-school activities. The athletic program includes basketball, baseball, soccer, track, bowling and golf.

Enrollment: 450, 99 percent of graduates attend college; President: Ron Schutté; Principal: Susan A. Natale; tuition: $6,900; information: Isaac Alcantara, Director of Admissions, (718)-293-4545, ext. 135.

Open house: Saturday, Oct. 30, 11a.m.-3p.m., in person; Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., virtual, www.allhallows.org

Cardinal Hayes High School

Cardinal Hayes High School, a boys’ school, was founded by the Archdiocese in 1941.

The Middle States-accredited school offers Advanced Placement courses in U.S. history, world history, English literature, English language, chemistry, calculus and Spanish language. The school offers The Academy Program for students with learning disabilities.  

Student activities include National Honor Society, Student Council, chorus group, guitar club, chess club, school newspaper and drama club, among others.

The athletic program includes baseball, football, basketball, soccer, track and field, bowling, golf and lacrosse.

Enrollment: 800; 98 percent of graduates attend college. President:  Dr. Michael Carey; Principal: William D. Lessa; tuition $7,150; information: Mr. Shawn Antoine II, Admissions Director, (718) 292-6100, ext. 192. 

Open house: Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8 p.m., www.cardinalhayes.org.

Cardinal Spellman High School

Cardinal Spellman High School, a co-educational school, was founded by the Archdiocese of New York in 1959.

Advanced Placement and college credit courses are available in English, theology, U.S. history, biology, chemistry, government and politics, calculus and Spanish, giving students the opportunity to earn up to a year of college credit.

All students are supplied with a Chromebook laptop.

Students can choose from more than 50 clubs and activities.

The athletic program for boys and girls includes 30 teams in all major sports. The school has two all-weather fields, a fitness center and a weight room. In addition, there are two art studios and a 1,001-seat auditorium comparable to professional theaters in New York City.

Enrollment: 1,200; 100 percent graduation and college acceptance rates. President: Mr. Daniel O’Keefe; Principal: Jeri Faulkner; tuition: $9,800, $950 in fees; information: Deirdre Gibbons, director of admissions, (718) 881-8000, ext. 273, admissions@cardinalspellman.org

Open house: Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 26, 5-8 p.m. Fill out an inquiry at cardinalspellman.org for a fast pass to skip the line.

Fordham Preparatory School

Fordham Prep is a Jesuit boys’ high school founded by Archbishop John Hughes in 1841.

Students can select from 20 Advanced Placement courses, including art history, biology, Chinese language, English literature, macroeconomics, music theory, physics 1, psychology, Spanish literature, statistics and studio art. A classical language, Latin or Ancient Greek, is required for freshmen. Modern language courses available beginning sophomore year are Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish.

More than 60 clubs and activities include astronomy, aviation, business, chess, creative writing, cyber security, diversity alliance, frisbee, jazz ensemble, marine biology, outdoor adventure, and speech and debate.

The athletic program includes 41 individual teams across 18 sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, crew, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, swimming and diving, squash, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.

Enrollment: 960; 99 percent of graduates attend college. President: Father Christopher Devron, S.J.; principal: Joseph A. Petriello ’98, Ph.D.; tuition: $21,560; admissions: (718) 584-8367.

Open house: Thursday, Oct. 14, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (per health regulations); www.fordhamprep.org/admissions

Msgr. Scanlan High School

Msgr. Scanlan High School is a college preparatory co-educational school founded by Msgr. Arthur J. Scanlan in 1949.

Advanced Placement courses are offered in English, Spanish, biology, U.S. history, U.S. government and computer science. The school is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Activities and clubs include English, history, Spanish, math and National Honor societies, and campus ministry. There are also art, gaming, sewing, dance, chess, technology and other clubs.

Msgr. Scanlan partners with Amazon.com for the Amazon Future Engineering Program for engineering, computer science and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The championship athletic program includes volleyball, track and field, cross country, baseball, basketball, softball and cheerleading. 

Enrollment: 470, 100 percent graduation rate, 98 percent of graduates attend college. Principal: Kris Keelin; tuition: $7,550, plus fees; Chris Florentino, director of admissions, cflorentino@scanlanhs.edu, or (718) 430-0100, ext. 231.

Open house; Saturday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.; www.scanlanhs.edu 

Mount St. Michael Academy

Mount St. Michael Academy, a boys’ school (grades 6 through 12), was founded by the Marist Brothers in 1926.

Advanced Placement courses are offered in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Spanish, U.S. History, World History and U.S. Government. 

Senior electives include business math, sports medicine, engineering, psychology, criminal justice, anatomy and physiology. 

The Mount offers 30 extracurricular activities and clubs. Students may participate in the art club, robotics, fencing, video game club, various culture clubs, Student Council, comic book club, coding and chess/dominoes club.

The athletic program includes football, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, track and baseball.

Enrollment: 710; One-to-One Chromebook Program. President: Peter P. Corritori, Jr. '71; Principal: Brother Steve Schlitte, F.M.S; Tuition: $8,950; plus fees; Information: Thomas Fraher, Director of Admissions, (718) 515-6400, ext. 228.

Open house: Sunday, Oct. 3; www.mtstmichael.org

Preston High School 

Preston is a girls' school founded by the Sisters of the Divine Compassion in 1947.

The school is accredited by the Middle States Association and was honored with the National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils.

A technical arts program, engineering workshops and a wide selection of senior electives are offered.

College credit courses, including Advanced Placement and University at Albany courses, are available in U.S. history, women’s history, English literature, English language, biology, environmental science, Spanish language, Italian, calculus and studio art.

Students can choose from more than 35 clubs and activities including anime, art, science, newspaper, honor societies and cultural clubs, and activities such as yearbook and annual music production.

The athletic program includes volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, cheerleading and step team.

Enrollment: 400; 100 percent of graduates are accepted to college. Principal: Jane Grendell; tuition: $11,995; fees: $1,000.

Open house: Webinar, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m.; In-Person Sunday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and Mon., Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m.; www.prestonhs.org.

Saint Barnabas High School 

Saint Barnabas is an independent, Catholic, girls’ preparatory high school in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx. With a challenging curriculum, an array of extra-curricular activities and an emphasis on service, its goal is to embrace global diversity and educate young women to develop the confidence and leadership qualities to excel in college and beyond.

The school’s Three-Tier Academic Platform offers Advanced Placement, Honors and Regents courses, portfolio assessments and college credit courses.

Cardinal Dolan blessed the school’s state of the art STREAM Center (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art and Math) this month.

Internship programs in education, law, business and medicine/health care are offered to seniors.

Activities and clubs include robotics, choir, drama, dance, cheerleading, literary magazine, yearbook, chess and academic honor societies.

The athletic program offers softball, basketball, volleyball, track and field, soccer and golf.

Enrollment: 220; 100 percent college acceptance rate. Principal: Henry Triana; tuition: $9,450; information: (718) 325-8000.

Open house: Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Jan. 8, 2022, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.stbarnabashigh.com

St. Catharine Academy

St. Catharine Academy, founded in 1889, is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. The school building and grounds are handicapped accessible.

The signature program is STEM. Eleven Advanced Placement Courses are offered in English, math, science, computer science, language, art and social studies. Dual credit courses are offered in conjunction with St. John’s University in the areas of English, Fine Arts and Language.

Clubs and activities include Student Council, service projects, campus ministry, anime, art, women’s empowerment, robotics and five National Honor Societies.

The athletic program includes volleyball, basketball, softball, cheerleading and competitive dance.

Enrollment:  411; 99 percent of graduates attend college.  President:  Sister Patricia Wolf, R.S.M.; Principal: Sister Ann M. Welch, R.S.M.; tuition: $11,000; fees: $800. Information: Kathleen Alston, director of enrollment management, kalston@scahs.org or (718) 882-2882, ext. 147.

Virtual Open House, Sept. 21, 6:30-7:30 pm; In-person Open House, Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Information Night, Nov. 3, 6-8 p.m. www.scahs.org.

St. Raymond Academy for Girls

St. Raymond Academy for Girls is a Catholic high school whose diverse and supportive community, inspired by the teachings of Jesus, empowers young women to strive for excellence and reach their potential as strong leaders in a dynamic society.

Advanced Placement courses are offered in Spanish language, Spanish literature, English literature and composition, and U.S. history.  

Clubs and activities include the National Honor Society, student ambassadors, student council, prom, robotics, debate, yearbook, book club, mission, choir and art club.      

Athletic programs include cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, softball and a marching band.

 Enrollment: 280; admission requires an entrance exam. TACHS code is 220. 99 percent of graduates attend college. 

Principal: Sister Maureen Flynn, A.S.C.J.; tuition: $7,900, $450 general fee, sibling discount available; no tuition increase. Information: (718) 824-4220, ext. 1052. 

Open house: Friday, Oct. 22, 5-8 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m.  

St. Raymond High School for Boys

St. Raymond High School for Boys is a Catholic high school founded by the parish and the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1960.

Honors and Advanced Placement programs are available. St. Raymond was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. There is a college credit program with Pace University.

Clubs and activities for students include art club, chorus, band, yearbook, newspaper, Christian service, outdoor club, National Honor Society and Student Council.

The athletic program includes baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, handball, indoor track, lacrosse, soccer, outdoor track and intramurals.

Enrollment: 450; 97 percent of graduates attend college; principal: Judith Carew; tuition: $8,050 for incoming freshmen, plus fees, and remains at that rate for four years; information: (718) 824-5050. 

Open house: Sunday, Oct. 17, 12 noon-3:30 p.m.; www.straymondhighschool.org

MANHATTAN

Cathedral High School 

Cathedral High School, a girls’ school, was founded by the Sisters of Charity with the help of the rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1905.

In addition to an Honors Academy, Cathedral offers 10 Advanced Placement courses in English, social studies, math, science and Spanish. 

Specialized academies in the fields of medicine, law & business and STEM which include internship opportunities and partnerships.

 Clubs and activities include debate, theater, mock trial, STEAM and the National Honor Society. The sports program includes basketball, billiards, cheerleading, fencing, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track and volleyball.

Enrollment: 500; 100 percent of students graduate and are accepted into college; Principal: Maria Spagnuolo; tuition: $9,960; information: (212) 688-1545, ext. 224.

Open house: Sunday, Oct. 17, 12 noon to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6 to 8 p.m. reservations are required; www.cathedralhs.org

Cristo Rey High School

Cristo Rey High School is a Catholic, co-ed, college prep school founded in 2004 by the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, the De La Salle Christian Brothers and the Jesuits serving families of limited financial resources in a unique work-study model.

All students work one day a week in paying, entry level jobs in corporate settings to reduce the cost of their education and gain valuable work experience. Advanced Placement courses are available in Spanish language, Spanish literature, U.S history and English literature.

Clubs and activities include yearbook, art, Black Student Union, Improv, magic club, dance, drama, Big Siblings, choir, Student Council, Girls Who Code and Social Justice League. The athletic program includes soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball.

Enrollment: 393. Admission: applicants must take an assessment test and interview; TACHS test is not required. 99 percent of graduates attend college. President: Daniel Dougherty; Principal: Rosanjela Batista; tuition: $2,000; information: (212) 996-7000.

Open house: Saturday, Oct. 2, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration is required.

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Convent of the Sacred Heart

Convent of the Sacred Heart, 91st Street is a pre-K through grade 12 all-girls’ school founded in 1881. Part of an international network of Sacred Heart schools, 91st Street allows students to study abroad as well as throughout the United States. The Exploring Entrepreneurship program, a collaboration between 91st Street and a Sacred Heart school in Atherton, Calif., gives students a unique opportunity to engage with some of the world’s leading finance and technology companies.

At Sacred Heart, students are empowered to take intellectual risks. Students learn how to progressively cultivate skills of critical analysis, creative thinking, leadership and ethical judgment. We offer more than 90 courses so students have a strong academic foundation and can pursue a variety of academic and intellectual interests. A low teacher-student ratio fosters strong connections between students and teachers.

Sacred Heart’s FutureLab Project is transforming the school’s science and technology program and spaces. Scheduled for completion in fall of 2022, FutureLab will include a digital media lab, two MakerSpaces, seven science labs, two additional multi-purpose classrooms, and more. The project creates extraordinary opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Sacred Heart also boasts a 50-000-square-foot Athletics and Wellness Center, which hosts both P.E. classes and practices for over a dozen Sacred Heart competitive sports teams.

The Athletics and Wellness Center offers a 25-yard, six-lane regulation-size pool, a regulation-size gym, a strength and conditioning studio, an athletic trainer room, a dance studio, and 2,000 additional square feet of space dedicated to athletics and wellness.

Upper School enrollment: 230 (total school: 690); Head of School: Dr. Joseph J. Ciancaglini; tuition: $56,760; Upper School admissions information: Immy Mullin, imullin@cshnyc.org or (212) 722-4745, ext. 103.

Virtual open house: Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m., to register; www.cshnyc.org

Dominican Academy

Dominican Academy (D.A.) stands alone as the only all-honors Catholic college preparatory school for girls in New York state. Founded in 1897 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, D.A. celebrates its 125th jubilee this year. In 2017 and 2018, D.A. renovated its landmark mansion on the Upper East Side to add classrooms, an expanded student cafeteria and updated security and technological infrastructure. Dominican Academy has been twice named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, is accredited by the New York Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the Middle States Association, and has received honorable mention from the Catholic High School Honor Roll. It was honored by Niche school rankings as the No. 3 Catholic girls’ high school in New York state for 2021.

Students commute from New York City, Westchester, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey to benefit from D.A.’s rigorous curriculum and family-like atmosphere.

D.A. offers an All-Honors and Advanced Placement curriculum, including over 15 A.P. courses, ranging from art history and U.S. government to environmental science and computer programming. Students may choose from more than 20 elective courses across various disciplines.

There are more than 30 clubs and extracurricular activities available to D.A. students, including Student Council, campus ministry, Student Prints (newspaper), yearbook, literary journal, Mock Trial, Pre-Med Society, Dance Club, Women’s Empowerment, Students of Color Alliance, and Girls Who Code. Students participate in monthly liturgies, annual retreats and a four-year service learning program. Annual opportunities for travel abroad are open to all students and their families.

The athletic program includes intramural tennis, and these varsity sports: basketball, soccer, softball, swimming, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and volleyball. The varsity soccer and volleyball teams were division champions in their most recent seasons.

Enrollment: 248 students. 100 percent of graduates attend four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. President: Sister Margaret Ormond, O.P., ‘60; Principal: Dr. Leslie Poole Petit, P’14,’19; Tuition: $19,100; Fees: $650; Information: Madeleine B. Metzler, ‘07, director of admissions and strategic marketing, (212) 744-0195, ext. 131, or mmetzler@dominicanacademy.org

In-Person Open House: Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Pre-registration is required. Virtual Open House: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6-7:30 p.m. An RSVP is required to attend these events. Information: www.DominicanAcademy.org.

La Salle Academy  

All-male, college-preparatory Catholic high school La Salle Academy, located in Manhattan’s East Village, was founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1848.

With a 10 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio, La Salle’s students receive individualized attention in both the physical and virtual classroom. Small class sizes, combined with an ethnically diverse student body and faculty, create a unique environment where students become part of a tight-knit community.

La Salle’s graduates have proven to be successful; the Class of 2020, consisting of 74 young men, achieved a 99 percent college acceptance rate and collectively earned more than $15 million in scholarships and financial aid to attend college or university in the fall.

99 percent college acceptance rate, 97 percent college bound rate, 99 percent graduation rate. President: Brother Thomas P. Casey, F.S.C.; Principal: Kerry Conroy; tuition: $11,000; $725 fees.

Open house: Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in person; Thursday, Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m. Information: www.lasalleacademy.org

Loyola School 

Loyola School is an independent, Jesuit, co-educational school founded in 1900. 

With a student to teacher ratio of 8:1, the school offers a breadth of college prep academic courses, including 19 honors and Advanced Placement courses in a variety of subjects.

The school also offers nearly 30 activities and clubs, including drama, forensics, chorus, orchestra, yearbook, Student Government, dance, photography and service as Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.

The sports program includes soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, golf, and track and field.

Enrollment: 225; 100 percent of graduates attend college. President: Tony Oroszlany; Principal: James Lyness; Tuition: $43,890; For information, call Admissions at (646) 346-8131 or email admissions@loyolanyc.org.

Open house: Thursday, Oct. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; www.loyolanyc.org.

Marymount School of New York

Marymount School of New York, a girls’ school, was founded by Mother Marie Joseph Butler, R.S.H.M., in 1926.

The school received an award of excellence from the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education and the 2015 Blackboard Outstanding School Award. It has been named an Apple Distinguished School, and Headmistress Concepcion Alvar was honored by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools with the 2016 Ransome Prize.

Marymount was the first K-12 school with a fabrication lab in the United States and offers courses in data visualization, engineering, entrepreneurship, physical computing and interactive programming. Marymount is the only school in New York City to offer Bloomberg trading terminals and coursework as part of an expanded financial literacy program.

Advanced Placement courses are offered in English literature, physics, calculus, and statistics, while advanced college-level courses are offered in art history, chemistry, French, Spanish, Latin, molecular biology, U.S. History, 2D design, and drawing. Other AP or advanced courses are available online through Marymount’s affiliate membership in One Schoolhouse.

Humanities classes are held regularly in seminar rooms and galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

There are 50 clubs and activities, including concert choir, campus ministry, digital videography, drama, environmental awareness, mock trial, Model U.N., business and finance club, robotics club and the student technology leadership team.

The athletic program includes badminton, basketball, cross country, fencing, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball and winter track.

Enrollment: 744; 100 percent of graduates attend college. Headmistress: Concepcion R. Alvar; tuition: $54,125; information: (212) 744-4486.

Virtual open house: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m.; www.marymountnyc.org

 

Notre Dame School of Manhattan

Notre Dame is a girls’ school founded by the Sisters of St. Ursula in 1912.

Notre Dame is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the New York Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). It has been named one of the nation’s Outstanding High Schools by U.S. News and World Report. Students can take classes in American Studies through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Advanced Placement courses are available in art history, calculus, computer science, English, psychology, statistics, studio art, U.S. government, U.S. history and world history.

Activities and clubs include art, drama, Girls Who Code, speech and debate, museum club, yearbook and chorus.  The sports program includes basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball, cross country and track.

Enrollment: 355; 100 percent of graduates attend college.  President:  Sister Virginia O’Brien, S.U.; Principal: Karina Vargas; tuition $16,500; information: Director of Admissions, (212) 620-5575, ext. 318. 

Open House: Sunday, Oct. 24, 2-5 p.m. RSVP, registration required at www.cheznous.org.

Regis High School

A Jesuit boys’ school founded in 1914 by anonymous donor and funded today by alumni, families and friends, Regis High School transforms Catholic young men through an academically exceptional Jesuit education in a caring community which inspires leadership, generosity and a lifelong passion for service as Men for Others. Regis is tuition-free and merit-based, giving special consideration to families in need of financial assistance.

All courses are accelerated-honors courses. Required courses include art, computer science, history, English, theology and a three-year science, math and language sequence (choices include Latin, Chinese, German, French and Spanish). Electives include advanced sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), theatre in New York, psychology, contemporary political and social issues, and music and art. Regis offers eight varsity sports and more than 40 student clubs.

Enrollment: 537. Applicants must be baptized Catholics, take a scholarship exam, receive recommendations and complete an interview. One hundred percent of graduates attend college. In the admissions process, consideration is given to those who cannot otherwise afford a Catholic education. Interim President: Christian Talbot, ‘93.; principal: Father Anthony D. Andreassi, C.O. Tuition: none. Fees: $810; information: (212) 288-1100.

Information on open houses, virtual and possibly in-person: www.regis.org

St. George Academy

St. George Academy (SGA) is a co-educational, college-prep, boutique, private Catholic high school located in the East Village in New York City. It was started by the Basilian Order. 

SGA offers a warm, family-like setting, where teachers are compassionate and caring, and where students benefit from individualized attention. It cultivates the highest standards in academics and moral character development.    

St. George Academy maintains small classroom settings where students benefit from one-on-one interaction with their teachers. The college-preparatory curriculum is designed to help students succeed in their university placement ambitions.   

In addition to a rigorous core curriculum STEM program, SGA offers four years of computer coding and robotics.

The athletic program includes basketball, volleyball and soccer.

Clubs and activities include Student Council, travel club, yearbook committee, heritage club, drama club, and many other community service projects and cultural activities.

Principal: Andrew Stasiw; tuition: $15,000 and $500 in fees (financial aid is available); information: (212) 473-3323.

Open house: Friday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 24, 12 noon-4 p.m.; saintgeorgeacademy.net

St. Jean Baptiste High School

St. Jean Baptiste High School, a girls’ school, was founded by the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame in 1929.

The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools. A St. Jean’s student can earn up to 36 college credits by enrolling in Advanced Placement courses in English, environmental science, European and American history, government, Spanish language, chemistry, studio art and art history. Students can also earn college credit through our Bridge Program with St. Joseph’s College in classes such as college writing, Spanish literature and French literature. There are elective courses in English, math, science, social studies, art and foreign language.

An array of activities and athletics are offered including art, coding, newspaper, yearbook and a variety of dance groups. The new athletic program includes volleyball and basketball as well as cross country, indoor and outdoor track, soccer and softball.

Admission: TACHS exam, 80 percent average or higher, good conduct and attendance. Enrollment: 350; 100 percent of graduates enroll in college. Principal: Sister Maria Cassano, C.N.D.; tuition and fees: $10,200; information: admissions@stjean.org.

Open house: Sunday, Oct. 17, 12:30-4 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Virtual, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 5:30-7 p.m. Registration required: www.stjean.org/openhouse

St. Vincent Ferrer High School

St. Vincent Ferrer, a girls’ school, was founded as a parish school in 1888. The Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Springs, Bridgeport, Conn., staff the school.

Advanced Placement courses are offered in English, U.S. history, calculus, chemistry, Spanish, French and European history. Students can earn college credits in Spanish and biology through a partnership with St. John’s University.

St. Vincent Ferrer offers a special Pre-Med Advantage Program that includes AP chemistry, human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and organic chemistry classes, along with advanced biology and physics classes. Other courses include Intro to Coding and Geometric Design and Applications.

There are more than 40 clubs and student activities offered.

The athletic program includes 12 varsity sports and athletic clubs, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, softball, lacrosse, track and cross country.

Two educational trips abroad are offered yearly.

100 percent of graduates attend college. Principal: Sister Gail Morgan, O.P.; tuition: $10,800; information: (212) 535-4680.

Open house: Saturday, Oct. 23, 12 noon-3:30 p.m., and Thursday, Oct. 28, 5-7 p.m.; www.saintvincentferrer.com

Xavier High School

Xavier is a boys’ high school founded by the Jesuits in 1847. The school will open its 175th anniversary celebration on Dec. 3, the feast of St. Francis Xavier.

Xavier is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the Middle States Association.

Advanced Placement courses include computer science, studio art, English language and literature, Spanish, Italian, world history, U.S. history, European history, comparative and U.S. government and politics, calculus, biology, chemistry and physics. Approximately 20 percent of students participate in Junior R.O.T.C. We offer extensive elective options in science, computer science and fine arts.

More than 50 clubs and activities include entrepreneurship, engineering, military history, philosophy and ethics, skiing and snowboarding, mock trial, model UN, speech and debate, and various affinity groups.

The athletic program includes baseball, basketball, fencing, football, soccer, cross country, swimming, bowling, ice hockey, track, wrestling, golf, lacrosse, rugby, volleyball and tennis.

Enrollment: 1,025; 100 percent of graduates attend college. President: Jack Raslowsky; Headmaster: Kim Smith; Tuition: $21,200; Information: (212) 924-7900, ext. 1442.

Open house: Saturday, Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Registration required: www.xavierhs.org/inquire.

 

STATEN ISLAND

Msgr. Farrell High School

Msgr. Farrell High School’s mission is to develop the whole man, a person aware of his own God-given talents, confident in his abilities and oriented to the service of others.

A rigorous college preparatory curriculum includes elective courses such as Computer-Assisted Design (CAD), C# computer programming, web design, teaching the Christian Message, pre-med health sciences, studio art, psychology, robotics, speech and communication, accounting, finance, philosophy, marine biology, and video game design. Many courses offer college credit.

Newly constructed biology, chemistry and physics laboratories and suites have strengthened the science curriculum, with unique career-centered programs such as the Medical Education Development Institute, a partnership with Staten Island University Hospital-Northwell Health, and the Marine Biology Society. Our biology lab is also home to an EPA-approved water testing facility and oyster research tank.  

Laboratory equipment such as LED display microscopes, the Anatomage virtual dissection table and Isolator Fume Hood affords students the opportunity to work on science equipment found at top colleges, universities and medical schools.

The new Communications Center gives students the opportunity to hone broadcasting and publishing skills. Students work on a school podcast, broadcast sporting events, maintain the school website and design the yearbook. Students focus on writing and communication skills in a writing studio housed in the new university-style Brother Henry Wright Learning Commons.

The athletic program includes baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, wrestling, and several intramural sports teams. The new Strength and Conditioning and Wellness Center, under construction, will be a state-of-the-art training and wellness facility available for all students and sports teams.

Extracurricular activities include an e-sports competitive gaming team, speech and debate team, sports broadcasting, The Lion digital newspaper, WFBN Television Network, The Farrell Players drama and improv club, Friends of Staten Island, a student-driven charitable organization, concert and jazz bands and art club.

Enrollment: 800; President: Louis R. Tobacco ‘90 Principal: Lawrence V. Musanti; Tuition: $10,000; Information: (718) 987-2900, ext. 1273. Shadowing days are available for eighth-grade students.

Open house: Sunday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; register via www.msgrfarrellhs.org

Moore Catholic High School

Moore Catholic High School is the only co-educational college preparatory Catholic high school located mid-Staten Island. Safe and secure, MCHS offers excellence in Catholic education in a small class size model. There is a school-wide iPad program.

Moore Catholic offers 10 Advanced Placement classes, St. John’s University-approved courses and honors courses. SETSS tutoring and Kaplan course for SAT preparation are offered during the school day. All students earn a Regents or Advanced Regents diploma.

The athletic program features football, basketball, baseball, softball, track, soccer, cheerleading, volleyball, bowling, lacrosse club and competitive dance team.

The Performing Arts Institute incorporates all aspects of performance, music and dance.

Student clubs, activities and fund-raising events enable students to develop as fully engaged citizens. The school has been awarded four National Honor Society charters.

99 percent of graduates advance to four-year colleges. President/Principal: Mrs. Gina L. DeSantis; tuition and fees, includes Think Pad: $10,000; information: (718) 761-9200.

Open house: Sunday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. www.MooreCatholicHS.org

Notre Dame Academy High School

Notre Dame Academy is a girls’ school founded by the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame in 1903.

The school offers college level courses in French, Spanish, psychology, theology and calculus. Other special courses include chorus, music, advanced studio art, digital photography and graphic design. 

Advanced Placement courses are offered in computer science, computer science principles, biology, physics, Studio Art, calculus, English language, U.S. history and English literature. The school is Middle States-accredited and has a partnership with St. John’s University Extension Program for college credits.

Students participate in activities such as the award-winning drama program, forensics, National Honor Society, Interact, service trips and yearbook. 

Sports include basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming, bowling, tennis, cross country, track and cheerleading.

100 percent of graduates attend college. President: Kathryn Jaenicke; principal: Jann Amato; tuition: $10,500; information: (718) 447-8878, ext. 501.

Open house: Sunday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; www.notredameacademy.org

St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School

St. Joseph by-the-Sea is a co-educational school founded in 1963.

St. Joseph’s is affiliated with SUNY Albany, St. John’s University, St. Francis College, Pace University and Iona College for qualified students to earn up to 60 college credits; all students can earn at least 21.

 Advanced Placement courses are offered in English literature and composition, English language and composition, European history, U.S. history, U.S. government and politics, calculus AB, biology, chemistry, Physics I, Spanish language and culture, Italian language and culture, and Latin. 

The school offers an Institute for Scientific Research, an Institute for Robotics and Engineering, an Institute for Veterinary Studies and an Institute for Business, along with internships in medicine, law, business and education. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

More than 35 clubs and activities are offered, including art, book, film and chess clubs; an ITV team; Future Business Leaders of America; Holy Name Society; Ladies of Charity; and speech and debate. There is a large robotics program.

The athletic program includes baseball, softball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle team, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track, wrestling, archery, sailing, fencing and cheerleading.

Enrollment: 1,370; admission: students must be baptized Roman Catholics who have or will receive confirmation; 100 percent of graduates attend college with more than $82 million in college scholarship money.  Principal: Father Michael Reilly; tuition: $8,650, includes iPad; information: (718) 984-6500.

Open house: girls, Sunday, Oct. 17, 1-4 p.m., and boys, Sunday, Oct. 24, 1-4 p.m.; www.josephsea.org

St. Joseph Hill Academy High School, Staten Island

St. Joseph Hill Academy High School, an all girls’ Catholic high school, was founded by the Daughters of Divine Charity in 1930.

Students choose a Stem or Humanities pathway. Arts courses include fine art, music, communication and theater art. Students can take college level courses in history, math, science, English, sociology, psychology and world languages through a partnership with St. John’s University. Advanced Placement courses are available in biology, physics, art history, psychology, European history, world history, U.S. history, U.S. government, calculus, English literature and English language.

The school, accredited by the Middle States Association, has been named to the Catholic High School Honor Roll for academics.

There are more than 30 clubs and activities, including a forensics team, mock trial team, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society and Special Olympics. Campus Ministry offers a Kairos Retreat. A trip abroad is offered every year.

The athletic program includes basketball, bowling, lacrosse, cheerleading, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, fencing, flag football, track and volleyball.

100 percent of graduates attend college. President: Sister Mary Coffelt, F.D.C.; Principal: Maria Molluzzo; tuition: $9,000; information: (718) 447-1374, ext. 9100.

Open house: Sunday, Oct. 24, 11:30-2:30 p.m.; www.stjosephhillacademy.com

St. Peter’s Boys’ High School

St. Peter’s High School for Boys was founded by the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1917.

Advanced Placement courses are offered in English, math, history, economics, computer technology, biology and physics. The school also offers college level courses and a STEAM program. St. Peter’s Boys is Middle States-accredited.

Clubs and activities include band, campus ministry, Celtic club, chess, drama, video game design, Italian heritage, La Sallian Youth, library, literary arts magazine, National Honor Society, newspaper, Student Council, yearbook and zoology.

The athletic program includes baseball, basketball, bowling, golf, hockey, tennis, soccer, track, swimming, wrestling and football.

Enrollment: 500; 98 percent of graduates attend college. President: John Fodera; principal: Michael Cosentino; tuition: $8,675; information: (718) 447-1676.

Open house: Sunday, Oct. 31, 1-4 p.m.; information: www.stpetersboyshs.org

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Archbishop Stepinac High School, White Plains

For almost 75 years, Stepinac has been shaping young men for post-secondary success with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum grounded in Roman Catholic values and traditions. A pioneer in curriculum innovation, Stepinac’s cutting- edge blended learning academic program, acclaimed by Rice University, produces better learning and also prepares students to become globally competitive.

In addition to 26 Advanced Placement courses, Stepinac’s advanced curriculum comprises the Honors Academy. First-of-its-kind-in-the-region, the three-year personalized learning program offers concentrations in engineering, health sciences, economics and finance and law. All students also have the option to complete a certificate program through the Entrepreneurship and Computer Science Engineering programs. The school offers the AP Capstone Diploma program.

More than 25 clubs and activities include an award-winning drama club, a full music and art program, and an active campus ministry program. Stepinac has maintained a top-ranked interscholastic athletic program in a wide range of sports.

Enrollment: 820; president: Father Thomas Collins; principal: Paul Carty. Tuition: $15,000. Admission information: www.stepinac.org.

Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle

For more than 100 years, Iona Preparatory has been the premier, all-boys, PK-12 Catholic school in Westchester County. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, we develop young men into dedicated leaders who strive for spiritual, intellectual and physical excellence. An exceptional academics and college preparatory program empowers students to become leaders in the workplace, in their communities and in the world. For students seeking to develop academic abilities, deepen faith, cultivate character and make lifelong connections, we invite you to discover the Iona Prep difference.

Iona Preparatory Lower School offers a well-rounded program that promotes the harmonious growth of the whole person, fosters higher-order thinking and prepares students prekindergarten through eighth grade for lifelong learning. That learning continues at Iona Preparatory Upper School, which is home to the Superior Talent Enrichment Program that has been expanded to include science, as well as the humanities; a rigorous three-year Science Research Program; and is now the fifth Westchester secondary school to offer the AP Capstone Diploma, along with 17 AP courses.

Graduates have earned more than $130 million in academic, merit-based scholarships over the past five years—more than $24 million alone by the Class of 2021—to schools such as Boston College, Duke, Johns Hopkins, RPI, Virginia and Wake Forest.

Iona Prep is the two-time defending LoHud Tom Whelan Private School of the Year, winning a combined eight Division, League, City or State titles in 2020-2021. Thirty athletic teams across 15 sports rise to the highest level of competition in the Catholic High School Athletic Association. More than 50 student-run clubs and activities allow students to explore new interests and step outside of their comfort zones.

Enrollment: 1,028 (814 Upper School, 214 Lower School). President Brother Thomas R. Leto, Ed.D.; Upper School Principal Kieran Daly, Lower School Principal Deirdre Mone.

Information: (914) 632-0714; tuition: $11,300 to $18,750.

Open Houses: Sunday, Oct. 17, 12-3 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 21, 6-8 p.m. (Grades 9-12); Wednesday, Oct. 20, 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Grades 6-7); and Saturday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (PK-4-Grade 5). www.IonaPrep.org

John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School, Somers 

John F. Kennedy Catholic, a co-educational college preparatory school, was founded in 1934 by the Sisters of Divine Compassion in Katonah and was known as St. Mary’s. It was relocated to Somers in 1966 and renamed.

Students can take college courses accredited by St. John’s University, Iona College, Pace University and SUNY Albany in theology, humanities, mathematics, science and foreign languages. Faculty and students utilize iPads, interactive digital classroom displays, ExamSoft, and the Canvas Online Learning Management System.

Kennedy’s 60-acre campus is the home of boys and girls championship varsity sports. The sports program includes basketball, lacrosse, track, cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, baseball and golf.  

Enrollment: 675, admission is based on TACHS scores; 100 percent of graduates go to college. President and principal: Father Mark Vaillancourt, Ph.D., tuition: $9,600; information: (914) 232-5061.

Open house: Sunday, Oct. 17, 1-4 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m. Information: www.kennedycatholic.org.

Maria Regina High School, Hartsdale

Since its founding in 1957, Maria Regina High School has been a leader in education for young women, providing a rigorous learning environment and strong social and moral guidance in a faith-based tradition.

Maria Regina is committed to the values of scholarship, service and spirit. Students are challenged intellectually, spiritually, athletically, artistically and through extra-curricular activities. By embracing its students' diverse personal, cultural and intellectual backgrounds, Maria Regina develops young women who are prepared to make a significant contribution to their community and society.

Enrollment: 500; Tuition: $12,850; President: Anna E. Parra; Principal: Maria Carozza-McCaffrey: (914) 761-3300.

Open house: Saturday, Oct. 23, 12:30-4:30; www.mariaregina.org

 

Sacred Heart High School, Yonkers 

Sacred Heart is a co-educational school in Yonkers, founded by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars in 1923. 

The school is Middle States-Accredited and follows New York State Regents guidelines. College-level courses are offered in English, business management and precalculus through an association with Westchester Community College. Advanced Placement courses include biology, English and calculus, history and creative writing.

 The athletic program includes volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, and track. Activities include drama club, art club, culinary club, music club, campus leadership, student government and choir. Enrichment programs include international travel and campus ministry. 

Enrollment: 275; 98 percent of graduates go to college. President: Father Robert Abbatiello, O.F.M. Cap.; principal: Frances Acosta; tuition: $9,150; information: (914) 965-3114.

Open house: Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; www.sacredhearths.org.

Salesian High School, New Rochelle

Salesian High School is a boys’ school, founded in 1920 by the Salesians of St. John Bosco.

Students can take Advanced Placement courses in biology, calculus, world history, U.S. history, English language and composition, English literature and composition, psychology and environmental science. Elective classes include architectural drafting, web design, personal finance and entrepreneurship, principles of engineering, and Iona College Link courses in English and political science. Special programs include those for Math Leaders (Full Scholarship), Honor Scholars and Youth Ministry.

Salesian has long been affiliated with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History as one of its Flagship American History Schools. Salesian is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, renewed in 2017.

Clubs include, but are not limited to, drama, history, E-sports, improv, debate, music minis

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