Saint Dominic Academy
|Saint Dominic Academy|
|2572 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ (Hudson County), 07304
|Motto||Empowering Women for Leadership|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Vice principal||Sr. Mary Lou Bauman, O.P.|
|Head of school||Barbara Griffin|
|Faculty||43.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||490  (2009-10)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.4:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Hudson County Interscholastic League|
|Team name||Blue Devils|
|Accreditation(s)||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Elan (literary magazine)|
|Admissions Director||Andrea Apruzzese|
|Athletic Director||John Nagel|
|Director of Institutional Advancement||Kate Lillis|
|Director of Finance||Sharon Buge|
Saint Dominic Academy (SDA) is a four-year private high school for girls in grades nine through twelve, located in Jersey City, New Jersey. Located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, the school is administered by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1991.
The school was founded in 1878 by a community of nuns from New York, with the objective to educate children of immigrants, primarily German. On March 7, 1942, SDA moved to its present location on Kennedy Boulevard. In 1994, a new wing was open with new computer labs, science and language labs. The school celebrated its 130th birthday on October 23, 2008. As a celebratory gift to the currently enrolled students and faculty, the school was closed on Friday, October 24, in recognition of the long history of the school.
Certain minimum requirements have been established by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and Saint Dominic Academy for graduation. These are expressed in terms of successful completion of specific courses and credits.
Students are required to successfully complete courses in the following areas (numbers refer to years of study):
- Religious Studies – 4 (Includes 40 hours of Christian Service)
- English – 4
- American History – 2
- Physical Education – 4
- Health and Driver Education – 4
- Mathematics – 4
- Foreign Language – 2
- Science – 2 (2 lab sciences)
- World History – 1
- Electives – 4
- Art – ¼
- Music – ¼
- Computer – ½
Full year major courses earn 5 credits; one-semester courses earn 2.5 credits. Two one-semester courses may substitute for a full year.
The credit for Career Development is satisfied by the use of an infusion method in all subject areas, an annual career day and attendance at a variety of career fairs.
A full year failure must be made up in a sixty hour summer session before the student may return to Saint Dominic Academy in the fall. The administration reserves the right to discontinue the enrollment of any student who fails two or more courses in a year. The decision whether any student will be dismissed by reason of academic failure shall be at the discretion of the administration.
The International Baccalaureate is a two-year program that takes place during the Junior and Senior years. The following courses are available:
- Physics SL
- Language HL
- Chemistry SL
- History of the Americas HL
- Biology SL
- Visual Arts HL
- Mathematics SL
- Psychology HL
- Math Studies SL
- French SL
- Spanish SL
- Classical Latin SL
- The other components of the IB Program include Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and Creativity, Action, and Service. (CAS)
Students may take either the entire IB Diploma Program or separate classes in the Certificate Program, with required tests administered before the completion of both programs.
Physical education courses are conducted at Saint Peter's College located just a few blocks away from the high school. Students avail themselves of all of the College's gym/athletic facilities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, basketball and tennis courts, jogging track, and Olympic-size swimming pool.
Saint Dominic Academy competes in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.
The school hosts:
- Dance Team
- Track & Field Team
- Track Team
- Varsity Soccer
- Junior Varsity (JV) Soccer
- Varsity Tennis
- Cross Country
- Varsity Softball
- JV Softball
- Swim Team
- Varsity Basketball
- JV Basketball
- Varsity Volleyball
- JV Volleyball
SDA hosts a range of after-school clubs. These clubs consist of a moderator and an executive board made up of seniors (normally) and are elected by the fellow members of that club. It is encouraged to join as many clubs as possible by the school. Some of the clubs that are run are:
- Anime Club
- Asian Interest Club
- DYAC (Dominican Youth in Action)
- Outdoors Photography Club
- Drama Club
- ELAN (Literary Magazine)
- Garden Club
- Glee Club
- Hospitality Club
- Link Crew
- Math Club
- Multicultural Club
- Model United Nations
- Metropolitan Experience Club
- National Honor Society
- O Ambassadors
- S. O. F. A. R. (Animal Rights Club)
- Science Club
- STUCO (Student Council)
- The Trumpet (Newspaper)
- Dance Club
It is mandatory, unless announced, that the students wear a school uniform. The school has two uniforms, one for spring/summer and one for fall/winter. Some components of the uniform can be worn regardless of the season. The seniors have a slightly altered uniform. The students must also wear brown shoes.
The Spring and Winter uniform consists of (For all students):
- A khaki skirt
- Navy blue knee high socks
- Navy Blue knit skirt
- All students have the option to wear khaki or navy blue slacks throughout the year
Seniors can wear a white or navy blue polo shirt for Spring. In the Winter, they may continue wearing the polos, but they have the choice to wear a white turtleneck. The Seniors also wear a navy blue Varsity sweater.They are also distinguished by their white knee high socks.
Freshmen to Juniors must wear a light blue Oxford shirt. In the Winter, they must wear a white Oxford shirt. During formal occasions, underclassmen must wear a formal blazer.
- Saint Dominic Academy, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed January 3, 2012.
- Saint Dominic Academy, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed January 3, 2012.
- History, Saint Dominic Academy. Accessed January 3, 2012.
- Saint Dominic Academy, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed August 14, 2008.
- School Search, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed July 29, 2008.
- League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
- Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 15, 2007. Archived September 27, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Saint Dominic Academy website
- Data for Saint Dominic Academy, National Center for Education Statistics