Marymount School of New York

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Marymount School of New York
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5th Avenue and 84th Street
1026 Fifth Avenue
New York City (Upper East Side, Manhattan), New York, 10028
United States
Coordinates 40°46′47.5″N 73°57′40.5″W / 40.779861°N 73.961250°W / 40.779861; -73.961250Coordinates: 40°46′47.5″N 73°57′40.5″W / 40.779861°N 73.961250°W / 40.779861; -73.961250
Type Private, all-female
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic[1]
Established 1926
School code 333800
Headmistress Concepcion R. Alvar
Grades PK-12
Enrollment 500+
Color(s) Navy blue and white         
Song Let Us Raise High the Banners
Team name Lions
Newspaper The Joritan
Yearbook The Marifia
Divisional Head/Director of Testing & Learning Resources Jane Bell
Admissions Director Lillian Issa

Marymount School of New York, USA, is a college preparatory, independent, Catholic day school for girls, founded by Mother Marie Joseph Butler in 1926 as part of a network of schools directed by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. The school enrolls students in classes Nursery through XII. Marymount's mission statement reads in part,

"The religious traditions of the School provide a foundation for articulating and exploring questions of personal integrity, ethical decision-making, and social justice. While committed to its Catholic heritage, Marymount School respects the religious diversity of the community and seeks to give all students a deeper understanding of the role of the spiritual in life, an appreciation of individual religious traditions, and a commitment to service."

Marymount has 100% of each graduating class accepted to four-year universities in the U.S. and abroad.


The houses at 1026-1028 Fifth Avenue were built in 1901. They were works of Charles P.H. Gilbert and of architects Van Vleck & Goldsmith. They were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999; the listing included three contributing buildings.[2]

Houses 1026 and 1027 were designed by Van Vleck & Goldsmith; house at 1028 was designed by Gilbert.[3] Joseph Van Vleck (1876-1942) and Goldwin Goldsmith were architectural partners.[3]

Marymount School was founded in 1926 as one of a worldwide network of schools directed by the Religious † of the Sacred Heart of Mary, an international order of women established in 1849 in Béziers, France. In 1903, Mother Joseph Butler, RSHM, was assigned to the United States. Mother Butler purchased the Florence Vanderbilt estate at 1028 Fifth Avenue in 1926 and founded Marymount School of New York.

In 1936 the adjoining Pratt mansion at 1027 Fifth Avenue was acquired, and in 1950, the school purchased the Dunlevy Milbank property at 1026. The three turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts buildings at 1026-1028 Fifth Ave. occupy approximately half the block between 83rd and 84th Streets on Fifth Avenue.

In the past two decades, the school has experienced expansion in size and in program. A gymnasium was built on the roof of the three buildings in 1984, and in 1994, three science labs were created on the top floors of two of the buildings. In August 1999, Marymount purchased a townhouse at 2 East 82nd Street to serve as the home of the Middle School. The new site opened in 2002 and houses Classes IV through VII. Sixteen other Marymount schools exist in the United States, Mexico, Colombia and elsewhere.


Marymount's Upper School (Classes VIII-XII) offers a curriculum of required courses and electives. Honors courses are offered in all major academic disciplines. Field trips drawing upon the resources of New York City, and classes regularly held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (directly across Fifth Avenue), enrich the program. It is one of the only all girls schools in New York that has a fabrication lab.

Membership and accreditation[edit]

Marymount is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools. The school holds memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools, the Educational Records Bureau, the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York, the National Catholic Educational Association, and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.


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