Doane Academy

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Doane Academy
Right Onward
350 Riverbank
Burlington, New Jersey
Type Private, Coed.
Established 1837
Faculty 30 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades Pre K - 12
Enrollment 205 [1] (2014-2015)
Student to teacher ratio 7 [1]
Campus size 13 acres (53,000 m2)
Campus type Suburban on the Delaware River
Color(s)      Blue
Athletics conference Penn-Jersey Athletic Association
NJSIAA Parochial B
Mascot Sparty
Team name Spartans
Affiliation Episcopal

Doane Academy is a coeducational independent private day school located in Burlington, New Jersey. It was founded as St. Mary's Hall in May 1837 by the Right Reverend George Washington Doane, the second Episcopal bishop of New Jersey, and is recognized as the first all-girls, academic boarding school in the United States. Originally founded to offer an education equal to that of men, it accepted girls and young women as undergraduates and postgraduates. In 1966 an all-boys school, Doane Academy, was opened in Burlington in association with St. Mary's Hall. In 1974, the two schools merged to form the co-educational St. Mary's Hall-Doane Academy. In April 2008 the name was shortened to Doane Academy.

Three buildings on campus are of historical importance, including the Chapel of the Holy Innocents, which has been called the first Gothic cruciform church in the United States. The building has been recorded in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), with measured drawings held by the Library of Congress. The campus is currently expanding, with the construction of Rowan Hall (Nov 2014), a three-story building which will add eleven classrooms as well as meeting and administrative spaces.

The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1989.[2]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 205 students and 30 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of approximately 7:1.[1]

On January 9, 2015, the school announced that Mr. Henry M. Rowan and his wife, long-time benefactors, had established a $17 million endowment for Doane Academy, with the proceeds available to the school in perpetuity. Because of their generous donation, Doane Academy is building another building connecting Scarborough Hall (1912) and Odenheimer Hall (1869) in their honor called Rowan Hall. Construction is to be finished by the 2015-2016 school year. The Rowan Family Foundation continues to support the school at a high level.

Doane Academy is a member of NJAIS, NAIS and NAES.


  1. ^ a b c d Doane Academy, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Doane Academy, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed August 9, 2011.

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Coordinates: 40°04′46″N 74°52′00″W / 40.0794°N 74.8668°W / 40.0794; -74.8668