Stella Maris High School

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Stella Maris High School
Stella Maris High School.jpg
View of the school
140 Beach 112th Street
New York City (Rockaway Park, Queens), New York 11694
United States
Coordinates 40°34′47″N 73°49′58″W / 40.57972°N 73.83278°W / 40.57972; -73.83278Coordinates: 40°34′47″N 73°49′58″W / 40.57972°N 73.83278°W / 40.57972; -73.83278
Type Private, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Sisters of Saint Joseph
Established 1943
Closed 2010
School code SM
Principal Miss. Geri Martinez
Grades 9-12
Enrollment approx. 500 (2008)
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Slogan A small school where big things happen.
Team name Flippers
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Publication Sandprints (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Beacon
Tuition $7,100 (2008-2009)
Athletic Director Kevin McCarthy

Stella Maris High School was an all-girls, private, Roman Catholic high school on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York.[2] It was located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. People who attended this school said this was a "small school where big things happen".[3] The highlight event of this school was "Blue And Gold," a school spirit event where the freshman and seniors competed against the sophomores and juniors in a series of events. This school overlooked a beautiful beach scenery and the Atlantic Ocean.[4]


Stella Maris was established in 1943 by the Sisters of St. Joseph.[5]

The school had an estimated 500 students coming from all over the peninsula. The teacher-to-student ratio was one teacher to every twelve students. The tuition was $7,300 per year. Stella Maris was affiliated with Adelphi University and St. John's University for fifteen credits. In the high school was a junior high school called Maura Clarke Junior High School Program. This program closed in 2008.

It was announced on October 19, 2009 that Stella Maris HS would close in June 2010, because of low enrollment. In June 2010 Stella Maris High School graduated its last class and closed its doors, after 67 years of educating the young women of the Rockaway Peninsula.[6]


  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Stella Maris High School in Rockaway Park, New York". Retrieved 2017-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Stella Maris High School Maps and Aerial Images «GeoMapedia»". Geomapedia. 
  4. ^ "One of Queens' three Catholic girls schools will close after 66 years". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-10-13. 
  5. ^ SMHS. "Stella Maris School History". Stella Maris High School website. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  6. ^ Howard Schwach. "Stella Maris HS Closing Doors". The Wave of Long Island website. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 

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