Maria Regina High School

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Maria Regina High School
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Caritate Et Veritate
With Charity and Truth
500 West Hartsdale Avenue
Hartsdale, New York, (Westchester County), 10530
United States
Coordinates 41°1′59″N 73°48′36″W / 41.03306°N 73.81000°W / 41.03306; -73.81000Coordinates: 41°1′59″N 73°48′36″W / 41.03306°N 73.81000°W / 41.03306; -73.81000
Type Private, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1957
CEEB Code 332287
Principal Mrs. Valerie Reidy
Vice principal Rosemarie Decker
Asst. Principal Kathleen Hatzell
Faculty 33
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 536 (2008)
Student to teacher ratio 16:1
Color(s) Royal Blue and White         
Athletics conference Catholic High School Athletic Association
Sports Volleyball, Cross country, Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Softball, Cheerleading
Team name Tigers
Accreditation National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Newspaper Queen’s Banner
Yearbook Reginian
Affiliation Sisters of the Resurrection

Maria Regina High School, commonly referred to as Maria, is an independent Roman Catholic all-girls high school in Hartsdale, New York in Westchester County. The college preparatory school was founded in 1957 by the Sisters of the Resurrection.

Mission and Philosophy[edit]

Maria Regina High School is a Catholic school, which is dedicated to the education of young women. Its key objective is to develop within each of them a true sense of Christian values using a holistic approach that fosters the integration of each person as an individual within a global community.

Academic excellence is sought within a Catholic environment which reinforces the dignity, the respect and the call to discipleship of all, thus enabling the students to make a generous contribution to the Church, the community and the nation. The entire school program, whether it be the curriculum or the extra-curricular activities, challenges them to develop their intellectual potential and physical/social skills.

Recognizing the diversity of the personal, cultural and intellectual backgrounds present among the students, Maria strives to increase its awareness of their individual and group uniqueness in an effort to respond to the crucial needs of youth in today's society. It is only with an integrated effort on the part of the entire staff, as well as the students and their parents, that the philosophy of Maria Regina can be implemented.


With the rapid growth of population in Westchester County, especially in the vicinity of White Plains, the need arose for suitable schools that would prepare students to take their place in the business, social, and cultural life of the County. Maria Regina High School was founded in 1957 by the late Francis Cardinal Spellman as the First Archdiocesan Catholic High School for girls in Westchester County. The school is located on a historic spot of land where, in July of 1781, the French troops under the Compte de Rochambeau encamped, assisting General Washington to the south and west to threaten the British holdings in New York

The former Bingham estate was purchased by the Archdiocese in the spring of 1957. Preparations were begun immediately to renovate the entire building to make it suitable for a temporary high school and also a convent for the Sisters of the Resurrection who staff the school. Sister Mary Gertrude, C.R. was appointed the school's first principal.


Admission into Maria Regina is determined through the student's results on the TACHS examination. Maria Regina also looks at the students academic record for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, and results on standardized examinations for the 6th and 7th grade.


Maria Regina offers several partial scholarships and one full scholarship, all of which are awarded based on the results of the TACHS examination. The highest scorers who put Maria Regina as their first choice receive the scholarships. For this scholarship to be renewed every year, the student must have an overall average greater than 90 at the end of each academic year.


Maria Regina offers a rigorous college preparatory program. Graduation from Maria Regina requires successful completion of the four year course of study. A total of at least 26 credits is required for graduation. The Maria Regina program includes four years of mathematics, English, social studies, and theology, three years of science and a foreign language, and one year of art and music, although many students opt to take four years of science and a foreign language, and more than one year of art. Physical Education and Health are also requirements for graduation. Honors and Regents classes are available in all disciplines, and AP classes are offered in biology, English Literature, American History, and European History. There is also a wide variety of electives to choose from for the juniors and seniors.

Maria Regina also sponsors the College Link Program, in which college courses offered at Iona College and St. Thomas Aquinas College can be taken by students at MRHS. Students enrolled in this program have the opportunity to earn college credits that can be transferred to their college of choice.

Maria Regina has two wireless computer labs with a total of fifty computer workstations and a high-speed laser jet printer. In addition to those computers, there are 15 computer workstations in the library and another laser jet printer. There are also 18 SmartBoards in classrooms through the building.

Diploma Requirements[edit]

Graduation from Maria Regina requires the successful completion of the four year course of study. All students must complete a minimum of 18 academic credits. A total of at least 26 credits are needed for graduation.

Required ("core") subjects

  • Theology (4 years) 4 units
  • English 4 units
  • Social Studies 4 units
  • Mathematics 4 units
  • Science 3 units
  • Second Language 3 units
  • Health 1/2 unit
  • Art 1/2 unit
  • Music 1/2 unit
  • Physical Education (4 years) 2 units

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Leadership, Service and Spiritual:

  • Future Educators of America
  • Mission Outreach
  • National Art Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • National Italian Honor Society
  • National Spanish Honor Society
  • New York State Science Honor Society
  • Power Squad for Charity
  • Respect Life
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
  • Student Council

Extracurricular Clubs :

  • Art Club
  • Book Club
  • ITV News Team
  • Writers Club


  • Reginian (yearbook)
  • Queen's Banner (newspaper)

Language and Culture clubs:

  • African American Club
  • Asian American Club
  • Gaelic Society
  • Italian Club
  • Polish Circle
  • Spanish Club


  • Choral Ensemble
  • Guitar Club


Maria Regina High School is an active member in the Catholic High School Athletic Association. Other member high schools include Cardinal Spellman, Mt. St. Ursula, Preston, and Sacred Heart. All Maria Regina teams also compete in non-conference tournaments, games, and matches so that the schedules are highly competitive. Athletes are required to successfully complete and maintain the same course load as other students. Over one-fourth of the student body participates in interscholastic after-school athletics programs.

  • Volleyball - JV and Varsity
  • Soccer - Varsity
  • Tennis - Varsity
  • Cheerleading - JV and Varsity
  • Cross country - Varsity


  • Basketball - Freshman, JV, and Varsity
  • Cheerleading - JV and Varsity


  • Softball - JV and Varsity

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