Mount Saint Dominic Academy

Fast Facts

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

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

Admissions Fax

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


Head of School
Sr. Frances Sullivan, OP ’60

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

Religious Tradition
Sisters of St. Dominic

Founded in 1892

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

New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Dominican Association of Secondary Schools

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.
331 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

More than 60% hold graduate degrees
Average tenure is 7 years

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

Class of 2016 consisted of 73 graduates, accepted at 164 schools and awarded over $12.9 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

Caldwell University Course Opportunity
Thru Project EXCEL, Eligible Juniors and Seniors with an interest in a specific course of study can take courses at Caldwell University for college credit

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); 2011-12 Winner of the Ronald San Fillipo Cup for Overall Athletic Excellence

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 2016-2017
Tuition $16,500
Books & Fees 1,000
Parents’ Association Dues 200
Registration 50
Total $17,750

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 by December 15 of that year.

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

MSDA Siena Merit Grants
Each year, seven awards for $2,000 per year for four years are given to members of the incoming freshmen class based on academic excellence. These scholarships are renewable every year provided that the student maintains high academic performance.

Doris M. Byrne Scholarship
One four-year half-tuition scholarship is awarded every year based on financial need and academic ability.

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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