Mary Help of Christians Academy (New Jersey)

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Mary Help of Christians Academy
Address
659 Belmont Avenue
North Haledon, NJ, (Passaic County) 07508
Coordinates 40°56′48.59″N 74°11′20.06″W / 40.9468306°N 74.1889056°W / 40.9468306; -74.1889056Coordinates: 40°56′48.59″N 74°11′20.06″W / 40.9468306°N 74.1889056°W / 40.9468306; -74.1889056
Information
Type Private, All-Girls
Motto Beauty, Truth, and Joy
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1924
Founder Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco
Status Open
CEEB code 310485
Principal Sr. Marisa DeRose, FMA
Vice principals Erin Jerman
Elizabeth Manzello
Faculty 37.6[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 240[1] (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 6.4:1[1]
Campus size 16 acres (65,000 m2)
Slogan The Future is Here.
Athletics conference North Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Sports Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball
Team name Blue Jays[2]
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
Tuition $10,400 (2015-16)[4]
Director of Admissions Katie Caufield
Athletic Director Davida Ostrander
Academic Counselors Dr. Thomas Haring
Carolyn Barrett
Youth Ministry Sr. Brittany Harrison, FMA
Director of Marketing Christine Lombardo
Website

Mary Help of Christians Academy is an all-girls, Roman Catholic high school in North Haledon, in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades. Operated by the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, the school is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, though the school is operated independently of the Diocese.[5] Founded as an orphanage in 1921, the school took its current identity as a Catholic high school in 1944, and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1978.[3]

In the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 240 students and 37.6 classroom teachers (on a full-time equivalent basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 6.4:1.[1]

History[edit]

Mary Help of Christians Academy, a Catholic preparatory school in the Salesian tradition, embraces the charism of reason, religion and loving kindness as inspired by St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello. The school was founded as an orphanage and later became a boarding school for young women. It is situated on a 16.33 acre tract of land that was known as the Muhs Estate on Belmont Ave in North Haledon. In 1921, the Muhs Estate was sold by its owner to the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco of the Eastern Province, and in 1924, Mary Help of Christians Academy opened its doors. The academy was established with 76 boarding students and 5 day students, most of whom were orphans.[6] At present, Mary Help of Christians Academy is a comprehensive college preparatory day school, which offers Advanced Placement courses, dual enrollment college credit bearing courses, and specialized internships in a variety of career fields.

The academy hosts summer programs for younger children in which students at the academy volunteer their time as camp counselors.[7]

Athletics[edit]

The Mary Help of Christians Blue Jays[2] compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), made up of private and public high schools located in Bergen County, Hudson County and Passaic County, which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, MHCA spent one year as a member of the smaller Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL).[9]

Sports offered at Mary Help include Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Dance Team, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Mary Help of Christians Academy, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Mary Help of Christians Academy, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 28, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Mary Help of Christians Academy[permanent dead link], Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed March 14, 2012.
  4. ^ 2015-2016 High School Tuition and Enrollment Fees, Mary Help of Christian Academy. Accessed December 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Passaic County, Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson. Accessed Jun 4, 2017.
  6. ^ History, Mary Help of Christians Academy. Accessed December 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Welcome, Mary Help Christians Camp. Accessed December 28, 2015.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 4, 2017.
  9. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed December 28, 2015.

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