Doane Academy

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Doane Academy
Doane Academy - As Seen From the Delaware River.jpg
Right Onward
350 Riverbank
Burlington, New Jersey
Type Private, Coed.
Established 1837
Headmaster George Sanderson
Faculty 37 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades Pre K - 12
Enrollment 234[1] (2016-2017)
Student to teacher ratio 6.3:1[1]
Campus size 13 acres (53,000 m2)
Campus type Suburban on the Delaware River
Color(s)      Navy Blue
Athletics Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Cross Country, Crew, Basketball
Athletics conference Penn-Jersey Athletic Association
NJSIAA Parochial B
Mascot Sparty
Team name Spartans
Endowment $17,000,000
Affiliation Episcopal
Alumni Society of Graduates of St. Mary's Hall and Doane Academy
The school's 11-acre campus, along the banks of the Delaware River

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 2015), 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 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 223 students (plus 7 in PreK) and 27.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.0:1.[1]

In January 2015, the school announced that Henry Rowan (1923-2015) and his wife Eleanor, long-time benefactors, had established a $17 million endowment for Doane Academy, with the proceeds available to the school in perpetuity. With the donation, Doane Academy has built a new building, Rowan Hall, which connects Scarborough Hall (1912) and Odenheimer Hall (1868) and unifies the campus.[3]

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


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Doane Academy, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Doane Academy, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed August 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Urciuoli, Brielle. "Doane Academy in Burlington City receives $17M gift from Rowan foundation",, January 9, 2015. Accessed June 6, 2016. "A $17 million gift from the Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation will allow the Doane Academy, which was on the brink of closing just 15 years ago, to continue its transformation into a thriving college prep school, the school announced Friday."

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