Mount Saint Dominic Academy

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Fast Facts

Location
3 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006
Caldwell is a suburban community at the western edge of Essex County
16 miles west of New York City
See Directions & Map

Main Office Phone
973-226-0660

Admissions Phone
973-226-0660 Ext. #1114

Main Office Hours
School Year: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-3:30 PM
Summer: Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM-2:30 PM

Main Office Fax
973-226-2693

Admissions Fax
973-226-2135

School Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-2:45 PM

Website
www.msdacademy.org

Head of School
Sr. Frances Sullivan, OP ’60

Identity
Roman Catholic, Dominican, private college preparatory high school for girls grades 9-12

Religious Tradition
Sisters of St. Dominic

History
Founded in 1892

Accreditation
Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools,
Fully re-accredited 2015

Memberships

New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
National Catholic Educational Association
Dominican Association of Secondary Schools
New Jersey Independent School Athletic Association

Campus
21 acre hilltop campus which is shared with Caldwell University and the Sisters of St. Dominic.
Most classes held in main 1931 Gothic Revival building. Facilities include state-of-the-art science labs, a 19,000 square foot Athletic Center with fitness center, and the 400+ seat Doris M. Byrne Performing Arts Center.

Enrollment and Diversity
Dedicated to education of young women from a variety of ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds.
Over 280 girls from over 50 communities across 7 counties in northern New Jersey.
Approximately 50% of students are from Catholic grammar schools and 50% public schools.

Student to Faculty Ratio
9:1 – No more than 20 students in any academic class

Faculty
More than 60% hold graduate degrees

Spirituality
Christ-centered values and the core Dominican principals of study, prayer, community, and service are the bases of religious education

Graduates
Class of 2017 consisted of 87 graduates, accepted at 167 schools and awarded over $14.5 million in scholarships and grants

SAT Prep
Is included in the English and Math courses for all Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors, comprised of weekly SAT prep classes, PSAT testing to sophomores, juniors and practice, simulated SAT testing

Advanced Placement Courses
100% are recognized and approved by the College Board — Calculus (AB and BC), Statistics, English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1: Algebra-Based, US History, US Government and Politics, Psychology, World History, Studio Art: 2-D Design, and Spanish Language and Culture

Honors Courses
Honors level courses in the following areas: Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, US History, World History, Modern European History, World Languages

Accelerated Math Program
Open to qualified students
Enables completion of either 5 or 6 years of math in 4 years

Signature Programs
Siena Service
Siena Service is a required 4 year program that focuses on the Dominican life pillar of mission; requires specified number of service hours each school year through approved projects in school and outside agencies

Peer Leadership
First semester orientation program for freshmen to help them adjust to the new world of high school while fostering the leadership skills of selected Seniors who facilitate the program

Dominican Preachers
The Mount’s Dominican Preaching Team allows students to continue in the important tradition of the Dominican order, the Order of Preachers. Students have the opportunity to develop and practice their preaching skills, lead the Mount community in prayer and serve important roles during liturgies. Members of the team are also selected to attend the national Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference, held each year in Michigan.

Athletics
Sports offered: Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Winter Track; Member of NJ Independent School Athletic Association and NJ State Interscholastic Athletic Association; Compete in the Super Essex Conference (SEC)

Arts
Cultural enrichment as part of the curriculum as well as extracurricular opportunities: Dance, Chorus and A Cappella groups, Instrumental Ensembles (in conjunction with Caldwell University), Dramatic Arts, Forensics/Debate

Other Student Life Activities
Student Council, School Publications (Argosy newspaper, Golden Fleece literary magazine, Lumen yearbook), Honor Societies-National, National French, and National Spanish, Peer Leadership, Language Clubs (French, Spanish), Campus Ministry, Kind Hearts, Dominican Preaching Team, Social Justice Committee, Clubs: Art, Anime, Ambassador’s, Big Sister/Little Sister, Book, Choir, Dance Team, Drama, Forensic Science, Forensics Team, Environmental, Film, Key, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Lord’s Chords, Law Society, Math, National Honor Society, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Poetry, Relay for Life, Ski, Spirit, Student Council, Tech, and Ways of Meditation.

Tuition 2017-2018
Tuition $17,100
Books & Fees 1,000
Parents’ Association Dues 200
Registration 50
Total $18,350

Financial Aid
Financial aid (up to 50% of tuition per student) is available. Distribution is based on need. Financial Aid must be applied for each school year.

Scholarships
Siena
Each year an award of one full-tuition and four half-tuition renewable scholarships are awarded to members of the incoming freshman class based on academic excellence. These scholarships are renewable every year provided that the student maintains high academic performance.

Dominican
A fund gifted by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell will offer one-half tuition, four-year renewable scholarship

Doris M. Byrne ’40 Scholarship
One four-year half-tuition scholarship is awarded annually based on financial need, academic ability, and commitment to Mount values.

Transportation
NJ Transit bus #29 stops at the entrance to the campus on Bloomfield Avenue. Many school districts provide transportation reimbursement for private schools students (2.5-20 miles from school). Can be used for any mode of transportation.

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