Albertus Magnus High School
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (February 2007)|
|Albertus Magnus High School|
|798 Route 304
Bardonia, New York
Bardonia, New York, (Rockland County), 10954
|Motto||Built on Faith, Bound for Excellence|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||St. Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus)|
|President||Joseph T. Troy|
|Principal||Joseph T. Troy|
|Asst. Principal||Christopher Power|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Gray|
|Athletics conference||Section 1 (NYSPHSAA)|
|Sports||soccer, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, golf, cross country, track, lacrosse, tennis|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Tuition||$9,300 (1st child, 2013)|
|Main Office Tel. No.||845 623-8842|
|Admissions Director||Noreen Power|
|Athletic Director||Joseph McGuinness|
Albertus Magnus High School, also known as AMHS, Albertus, and Magnus, is a Catholic, co-educational high school located in Bardonia, New York, named after the German philosopher and theologian of the same name. It is the only Catholic high school in Rockland County, New York.
According to its website, http://www.AlbertusMagnus.net, the school is the "premier college preparatory school in Rockland County, New York" and it is a "Catholic, co-educational community of faith in which our future leaders strive for academic excellence, seek Truth, and show respect for the dignity of each person." Albertus Magnus High School is administered by the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary Sparkill, New York, which was founded on May 6, 1876 in New York City by Mother Catherine Mary Antoninus Thorpe. Albertus Mangnus High School is one of the many schools and missions in New York State, Missouri, Maryland, Montana, Pakistan, and Peru staffed by the Sparkhill Dominicans in their 130 year history.
Albertus Magnus encourages students to become involved which is characterized by the phrase, "Don't be an eight to two-er". Over half of the student body participates in the many Extracurricular activities available at the school.
At the request of Cardinal Spellman in the early 1950s, the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill founded Albertus Magnus High School. In July 1957 the property was purchased and thus began the journey of Albertus Magnus, the first Catholic secondary school in Rockland County. By September 1960, the new school and convent were ready for occupancy. Since the first graduating class in 1961, 7,189 students have had the privilege of receiving a quality education in a school dedicated to Catholic doctrine and Gospel values.
Albertus Magnus High School's rigorous college preparatory program develops the character of over 450 young men and women each year by offering an academically excellent program with dynamic and varied extra-curricular activities. A major emphasis of the curriculum is teaching Catholic doctrine, responsibility to the community, and spiritual growth. The strength of the Albertus Magnus community is based upon the steadfast commitment of students, alumni, parents, and faculty to the mission of the high school.
The school is accredited by the Board of Regents of the State of New York and received re-accreditation by the Middle States Association, Commission on Secondary Schools in April 2005. The Middle States Validation Team stated the following: • Albertus Magnus High School has many positive attributes that are the hallmark of a good school. The school provides a comprehensive academic program that meets the varied needs of the students. • The staff is well-educated, hard working, enthusiastic, dedicated and caring. • Albertus Magnus emphatically demonstrates a commitment to an environment where all members of its school community share respect, fairness and understanding. • The Administrators are faithful to the Mission and are leading the school in the right direction for the future. Their visibility and presence are significant around the school. • Relationships between Administration, teachers and students are excellent. • The Validation Team applauds "Albertus Magnus High School for doing an excellent job with young men and women entrusted to their care. We applaud you for your commitment to the values and beliefs of the school."
Among the sports and other activities offered by the school include soccer, volleyball, cross country, winter & spring track, football, tennis, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, and lacrosse. The school's mascot is the Falcon.
Other extracurricular activities include cheerleading, mock trial, honor societies, art, choir, computer, drama, Veritas honors chorus, Phenomenon a cappella glee club, literary magazine, Albert, International Club, Albertus Ambassadors, Campus Ministry, Midnight Run, Eucharistic ministers, pro-life, peer counseling, Student Council, Reality Check, Ski/Snowboard Club, Anime literary club, Photography Club, and the school's newspaper, Magnus Monitor.
In April 2005, the school was evaluated by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. The Middle States Validation Team cited the school for its academics, the dedication of its staff and its strong rapport with the students, and the health of its student environment.
Notes and references
- MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27.