Message from Head of School
As a Catholic school in the Dominican Tradition, we at Mount St. Dominic Academy claim our place in the third century of our life. As we have done since 1892, we continue to empower young women to become leaders in all areas of life that they might pursue.
Over the past few years we have celebrated an array of achievements: our re-accreditation by the Middle States Association, the renovation of our science labs, the construction of our Athletic Center, and the renovation of the Doris M. Byrne Performing Arts Center. We have a full-time Campus Minister on staff, who coordinates our spiritual and service activities. Our athletic teams have been competitive–some have been champions– and remarkable productions have been coordinated in our Theater Arts program. But we most proudly celebrate our graduates. They now routinely earn over $12 million in scholarships. Currently, our graduates are attending over 165 fine schools including Boston College, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Princeton, and Stevens Institute. It seems as if every graduating class sets an impossible standard; yet, each year the next class rises to the challenge.
Our Middle States re-accreditation is particularly significant. The Mount has been continuously accredited by the Middle States Association since 1934 and we take great pride in this notable recognition. The rigorous Middle States accreditation process compels us to take stock of ourselves and set a course for our future, ensuring that we are always striving for growth.
In this effort, we must ensure that every year we attain or surpass the goals which Middle States noted we had achieved. The first goal was to increase the number of students taking AP and Honors courses. We are proud to report that this past year – as in the last few — a majority of students were enrolled in one or more of our 25 Honors and AP courses. Our second goal was to ensure our student’s proficiency as users of technology. By requiring two years of technology courses, our students are proficient in all basic software programs including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access as well as the elements of desktop publishing by the end of sophomore year. Our third goal was to expand our Siena Service Community program, a program that involves all our students and remains an essential component of a Mount education. Today, in addition to completing a set number of community service hours, students are led through a reflection process and channel those reflections into a written paper to deepen their understanding of what it means to commit to the betterment of the global community.
We know that what we have achieved must now serve as the platform for new achievements. We have set a new series of goals for the years to come, goals that will further enhance our students’ skills in areas that are increasingly important to success in college. Specifically, we are developing our students’ writing proficiencies, enabling them to produce more powerful essays and research papers. We are advancing our junior and senior students beyond a mere proficiency in computer skills to a more thorough understanding of how these skills can be applied to a variety of everyday assignments.
Exciting things are happening every day at Mount St. Dominic Academy and there is much, much more in store for our students than ever before. I invite you to come into our lives – to get to know us.
Sister Frances Sullivan, OP ’60
Head of School