Benedictine Academy

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Benedictine Academy
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840 North Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ, (Union County) 07208
Coordinates 40°41′2″N 74°12′54″W / 40.68389°N 74.21500°W / 40.68389; -74.21500Coordinates: 40°41′2″N 74°12′54″W / 40.68389°N 74.21500°W / 40.68389; -74.21500
Type Private, All-Girls
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1915
President Sr. Sharon McHugh, OSB
Principal James J. Sarto, III
Faculty 20.1 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 191 (as of 2013-14)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 9.5:1[1]
Color(s)      Green and
Slogan Listen, Learn, Love and Lead...this is the Benedictine Way!
Athletics conference Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Team name Green Bees[2]
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
Director of Guidance Jennifer Buckley
Admissions Director Analisa Branco
Athletic Director Mike Jones

Benedictine Academy is a Catholic parochial, college preparatory high school that serves young women in ninth through twelfth grades in Elizabeth, in Union County, New Jersey, United States. The school was opened in 1915 by the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, Saint Walburga Monastery, and operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[4]

The school is overseen by the New Jersey Department of Education and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1996.[3]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 191 students and 20.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.5:1.[1] Benedictine Academy welcomes students of any race, color, national and ethnic origins. The student body is 29% Hispanic/Latino, 43% Black, 16% White, 8% Asian, and 4% multiracial. The BA faculty comprises Benedictine Sisters, members of other religious communities and lay teachers, 70% of whom have advanced degrees.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In June 2011, Benedictine Academy was recognized as the National Jefferson Award Jefferson Awards for Public Service "Best New School" in recognition of programs developed at the school to combat bullying and human trafficking.[5]


The Benedictine Academy Green Bees[2] compete in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, following a 2010 reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[6]

Graduation requirements[edit]

Graduation requirements include: 4 years of English, Math, Religious Studies, and Physical Education/Health & Safety; 3 years of Science, Social Studies, and World Language; 2 years of American History, 1 year of World Culture, and 1 year of Art. Advanced Placement and Honors Courses are offered in Biology, Pre-Calculus, English Literature, U.S. History, French and Spanish. Elective Courses are offered in Economics, Computer Technology, Psychology, Law, Media, and the Arts.


The school has a computer lab, SMART boards in every classroom, a new interactive science lab, high-speed wireless Internet access for students, and an integrated laptop program.


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