Holy Family Academy (Bayonne, New Jersey)

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Holy Family Academy
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239 Avenue A

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Coordinates40°39′24″N 74°8′1″W / 40.65667°N 74.13361°W / 40.65667; -74.13361Coordinates: 40°39′24″N 74°8′1″W / 40.65667°N 74.13361°W / 40.65667; -74.13361
Motto"Women of Vision; learners and leaders for a lifetime"
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
Sisters of St. Joseph
ClosedJune 2013
OversightArchdiocese of Newark
PresidentDr. Karen Fasanella
PrincipalSusan Ward
Faculty29.4 (on FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment173 [1] (2009-10)
Student to teacher ratio5.9:1[1]
Color(s)Purple and Gold         
Athletics conferenceHudson County Interscholastic League
Team nameFalcons
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
PublicationMusings (literary magazine)
Dean of StudiesJean Stroud
Athletic DirectorCarl Figur

Holy Family Academy was a private Roman Catholic college preparatory school for young women located in Bayonne, in Hudson County, New Jersey, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1925 that closed its doors in June 2013. The most recent building, 239 Avenue A, was dedicated in 1954. The school operated under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[3] The school had been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1965.[2]

Students were enrolled mostly from Hudson County, Northern New Jersey, and New York City. As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 173 students and 29.4 classroom teachers for a student to teacher ratio of 5.9:1.[1]

The school was a member of National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA); Assigned School ID: 863985.


Holy Family was established in 1925 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph to provide Catholic higher education for the city of Bayonne. Holy Family's first building was the Clark residence at 115 West Eighth Street. The first students, six boys and forty-three girls, continued the commercial course they had begun at St. Mary's and graduated in June 1926. Enrollment increased and the properties at 109 and 119 West Eighth Street were acquired to meet the need. A four-year program was initiated and the school, after being accredited, graduated its first four-year class in June 1929. HFA graduated its last co-ed class in 1949. In 1954, the most recent building at 239 Avenue A was dedicated. (The Marist Brothers began a school for young men in the Eighth Street buildings.) In 2008 the Sisters of Saint Joseph announced that they were no longer able to own, operate or support Holy Family Academy. In July 2009, Holy Family Academy was renamed Holy Family Academy of Bayonne and governance was assumed by a Board of Trustees. Though the school was still operating under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, it became independent from the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Holy Family Academy of Bayonne was accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools in 2012-2013. The final class of girls graduated in June 2013. On August 17, 2013 the contents of the building were sold through a listing on Craig's list and through advertisements in newspapers and through social media.


HFA's building had a gymnasium/auditorium, chapel, two science labs, three computer labs, a guidance building, and a library media center. Students at Holy Family were required to take four English courses, four mathematics courses, three science courses (four recommended), two World Language (Latin, Spanish or French) courses (four strongly recommended), two United States History courses, one World History course, one Physical Education course, one Health/Driver's Education course, and four Theology courses. The school offered Advanced Placement classes, two college classes through Saint Peter's University, (English Literature and Calculus) and one college course through Caldwell College (Forensic Science), along with a strong Honors program. The Art, Business, and Technology Departments offered many electives. The school overall offered electives in all disciplines.


Adult Organizations[edit]

  • Board of Advisors
  • Mothers' Club
  • Fathers' Club
  • Alumni Mothers
  • St. Joseph's Guild


Holy Family Academy competed in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[4]

  • Fall: Cross Country, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis
  • Winter: Indoor Track & Field, Basketball, Swimming, Bowling
  • Spring: Outdoor Track & Field, Softball


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Holy Family Academy, National Center for Education Statistics, Backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 23, 2012. Accessed March 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Holy Family Academy, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed January 1, 2012.
  3. ^ Hudson County Secondary Schools Archived 2011-10-27 at the Wayback Machine, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed January 1, 2012.
  4. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.

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