Lacordaire Academy

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Lacordaire Academy
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Front Building of the Lacordaire Academy
155 Lorraine Avenue

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United States
Coordinates40°50′30″N 74°12′5″W / 40.84167°N 74.20139°W / 40.84167; -74.20139Coordinates: 40°50′30″N 74°12′5″W / 40.84167°N 74.20139°W / 40.84167; -74.20139
TypePrivate, Co-ed
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
Sisters of St. Dominic
NCES School ID00863533[1]
Head of schoolMegan Mannato[4]
Faculty34 FTEs[1]
Enrollment227 (plus 10 in PreK, as of 2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio6.7:1[1]
Color(s)  Black and
SloganInspiring Young Minds. Educating Tomorrow's Leaders.
Team nameLions[2] Mascot Rory The Lion
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
PublicationZephyr (literary magazine)
NewspaperLaco Nation
Tuition$15,800 (grades 9-12 for 2022-23)[5]
Admissions DirectorSaydi Callahan Keefe
Athletic DirectorOrdel Goldson

Lacordaire Academy is a Catholic college preparatory school with a coeducational prekindergarten to eighth grade and an all girls ninth through twelfth grade student body. The Academy was established by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, New Jersey. The school is located in the Upper Montclair section of Montclair, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States.

Lacordaire Academy has been accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1951.[3] The school is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools[6] and is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[7]

As of the 2017–18 school year, the school had an enrollment of 227 students (plus 10 in PreK) and 34 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 6.7:1. The school's student body was 50.7% (115) White, 22.9% (52) Black, 4.8% (11) Asian, 10.6% (24) Hispanic and 11% (25) two or more races.[1]

The school was founded in 1920, and named for Pere Henri Lacordaire, a Dominican priest who lived in post-revolution Paris.


Lacordaire Academy provides many clubs and organizations that students can join based on their own interests and availability. At Lacordaire, a student can create any club that she desires as long as they find a moderator and people to join.



The Lacordaire Lions compete in interscholastic sports under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association[2] competing on an independent basis.[8]

Sports offered include:[2]

  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Softball

A runner from the school was the Non-Public B individual champion in 2002.[9]


  • The Checkerboard (Newspaper)
  • Veritas (Yearbook)
  • Zephyr (Literary Magazine)
  • Laco Ledger (Middle School)


  • Multicultural Club
  • Mission Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Forensics
  • Drama Club
  • Lego Club
  • L.A.C.O Service Club
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Feminist Club
  • Couch to 5k
  • Chorus
  • Science Mentors
  • Chess Club
  • Harry Potter Club
  • Poetry Out Loud
  • Sports Club

Graduation requirements[edit]

All Upper School students follow a college preparatory program. All requirements must be fulfilled or substituted with a course of equal value.

  • 6 full-year electives
  • 4 years Religious Studies
  • 4 years English
  • 4 years Comprehensive Health/Physical Education
  • 3 years Mathematics
  • 3 years Foreign Language
  • 4 years Science
  • 2 years United States History
  • 1 year World History
  • 1 year Fine Arts
  • 1 year Computer Science
  • 1 semester Project Justice Internship

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e School data for Lacordaire Academy, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Lacordaire Academy, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Lacordaire Academy, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed January 30, 2022.
  4. ^ Welcome from the Head of School, Lacordaire Academy. Accessed January 30, 2022.
  5. ^ Tuition and Financial Aid, Lacordaire Academy. Accessed January 30, 2022.
  6. ^ List of Member Schools, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed May 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Essex County Catholic High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed May 10, 2017.
  8. ^ League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  9. ^ NJSIAA Girls Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 1, 2020.
  10. ^ "Sister Elizabeth", Democrat and Chronicle, January 18, 1972. Accessed October 25, 2017. "She attended a small girl's high school, Lacordaire in Montclair. The school, across the street from the McAlister home had a senior class of 13 when Maureen graduated.... In June of 1961, Maureen became Sister Elizabeth McAlister, then devoted her full energies to completing the last two years of study at Marymount."

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