St. Catharine Academy

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St. Catharine Academy
Address
2250 Williamsbridge Road
New York City (Pelham Gardens, Bronx), New York, 10469
United States
Coordinates 40°51′32″N 73°51′24″W / 40.85889°N 73.85667°W / 40.85889; -73.85667Coordinates: 40°51′32″N 73°51′24″W / 40.85889°N 73.85667°W / 40.85889; -73.85667
Information
Type Private, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Sisters of Mercy
Established 1889
President Sr. Patricia Wolf
Principal Sr. Ann Welch
Asst. Principal Maureen Prochaska,
Melissa Bullock,
Billie Ledermann
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 730 [1] (2008)
Student to teacher ratio 17:1
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Team name Comets
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Through the Looking Glass
Newspaper 'The Phoenix'
Tuition $5,850 (2008-2009)
Website

St. Catharine High School is an all-girls, private, Roman Catholic high school in the Bronx, New York. It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.The Sisters of Mercy, founded by Mother Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland, opened an Academy in the Washington Heights section of New York City in September 1889. The classes included were grades 1 through 12. At that time, the first Academy resembled the large estates which surrounded it. Toward the end of the 19th century as registration increased, the Sisters erected a new building across the street at 539 West 152nd Street. In 1900 the University of the State of New York granted a Regents charter to the school.

The rapid growth of the area and the great increase in enrollment showed the inadequacy of the accommodations. The elementary grades in the Academy were discontinued and these classrooms were used for high school students.

Facilities were not sufficient even with this change. It was then necessary to build a much larger school. In the fall of 1953 the old building was sold and the Academy moved to its present location at 2250 Williamsbridge Road. The school continues to undergo a series of renovations and improvements.

The present enrollment of St. Catharine Academy is approximately 750 girls.

Sisters of Mercy[edit]

St. Catharine Academy is a high school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Regional Community of New York.

Annual Tuition is approximately $7,000. There is also an annual general fee of $700, which covers calculators per student, paper supplies, report cards, student IDs, etc...

Accreditation[edit]

St. Catharine Academy is chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Mercy Secondary Education Association and the National Catholic Education Association. Programs for each student are planned to meet the requirements of the New York State Education Department.ducational purpose.[citation needed]

Sports[edit]

St Catharine is known for a whole list of sports such as JV/Varsity Volleyball,JV/Varsity Basketball,Varsity Soccer,JV/Varsity Cheerleading, and Varsity Softball. SCA school colors are blue and gold.[2]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Margaret Bourke-White (1904–1971) – photographer Grace Paley (1922–2007) – award-winning short-story writer June Allyson (1917–2006) – actress Bella Abzug (1920–1998) – Congresswoman and international feminist leader Michele Swanson(1956)- Executive Vice President, Chevron Corp. Amanda Serrano (born 1988) – IBF Female World Super Featherweight champion boxer

References[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  2. ^ SCA. "History of Saint Catharine Academy". Saint Catharine Academy website. Retrieved 2007-08-01. [dead link]

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