Mount Saint Charles Academy

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Mount Saint Charles Academy
Mount Saint Charles.jpg
The front of Mount Saint Charles Academy
800 Logee Street
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, (Providence County) 02895-5599
United States
Coordinates 41°59′46″N 71°30′7″W / 41.99611°N 71.50194°W / 41.99611; -71.50194Coordinates: 41°59′46″N 71°30′7″W / 41.99611°N 71.50194°W / 41.99611; -71.50194
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Brothers of the Sacred Heart
Established September 14, 1924
Oversight Diocese of Providence
President Herve E. Richer, Jr.
Principal Edwin Burke, Jr.
Grades 612
Enrollment 850 (average)
Campus Urban
Campus size 22 acres (89,000 m2)
Color(s) Scarlet, Royal blue, and White               
Team name Mounties
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper The Hilltopper
Yearbook Excelsior
Admissions Director Joseph O'Neill
Athletic Director

Richard Lawrence

Raymond Leveille

Mount Saint Charles Academy is a private Catholic junior/senior high school located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.  


By the close of the 19th century, a vast number of Canadians had migrated to the mill town of Woonsocket, RI. The Franco-American clergy of the area cherished the idea of assisting these immigrant families by educating the young, preserving the language and promulgating the Catholic faith. One local clergyman, Monsignor Charles Dauray, took the initiative and laid the foundation for educational institutions that would serve his parishioners. He invited the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to form part of this dream by staffing a school.

Mount St. Charles Academy opened its doors on September 14, 1924 to a number of boarders and commuting students. Br. Josephus, SC served as the first principal.

Three years after the completion of the school a gymnasium, the largest in New England at the time, was added. In the spirit of Brother Josephus, each succeeding principal has attempted to improve the school and its extra-curricular programs. The boys could choose from a wide variety of courses intended to sharpen their intellects as well as a selection of sports to assist in their physical development. In 1963, the Br. Adelard Ice Hockey Arena, named after the "Father of Schoolboy Hockey" and the first built to serve a particular school, was added to the campus.

By the 1970s, with the closing of the all-girls' high school in the city and a diminished interest in boarding schools, the Academy was modernized into a Grades 7–12, co-educational, day school. By 2015, Mount Saint Charles had expanded and incorporated the 6th grade to compete with schools in the area.[2] Desiring to better serve the individual needs of each student, the Academy also established its Teacher Counselor Program, intended to ensure that each student had an adult advocate to monitor his/her progress and serve as an intermediary between the home and school.

During the past two decades, the Academy has further expanded academic and competitive opportunities. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been recognized twice as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.[citation needed] Attempting to perpetuate that success, the Academy has continued to develop its campus including the construction of a new Performing Arts/Physical Education facility in 2000. Future development includes plans for new a new Science Center, a Technology Center and additional sporting facilities.

In 2009 it was announced that Mr. Herve Richer, Jr. would become the first lay president of Mount Saint Charles. Mr. Edwin Burke, former assistant principal and advanced-placement European History teacher, assumed the position of Principal.



The Music Department provides opportunities for students in grades 6 through 12 to participate in a long history of stage bands, jazz bands, brass choirs, woodwind, percussion and strings ensembles. The current format is a junior (high) band and for senior high one band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble.Two jazz bands also exist which have students in grades 7–12: the JV Jazz and the Senior Jazz Band. The senior high band participates in the Woonsocket Autumnfest Parade during the school year.


The program in Chorus includes both junior high and high school students. Through a range of music styles including religious, musical theater and popular songs, students attempt to develop vocal and performance skills.


The Dance program includes modern, jazz, ballet and tap, through an academic and performance based program. Students also gain experience in choreography and performance in different settings.

Excelsior Yearbook

The MSC yearbook publishes a complete and formal summary of each year's social, scholastic, athletic activities. It also contains individual pictures of all students and faculty. Although the teaching staff of the Academy and the respective senior classes are depicted in color print each year, the remainder of the student body is depicted in black and white.

Handbell Choirs

The Arts Department offers the opportunity to participate in handbell choirs performing at school concerts. The advanced group of Excelsior Bells also performs in the community on a regular basis.


Junior high and senior high programs offer theory, training and stage experiences during school hours. In addition, these theater classes schedule public performances.

Campus Ministry[edit]

In collaboration with the Religious Studies Department, the Office of Campus Ministry seeks to provide a range of experiences which form a more reflective faith community. To achieve this goal, the campus ministers guide and develop a range of activities which involve the whole community in a variety of ways.


The school is perhaps best known for its ice hockey program, which is considered to be one of the best in the United States. The Mount Saint Charles Academy men's hockey team won twenty-six consecutive state titles from 1978–2003 and began a new streak with state victories in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Over the years, a total of 20 alumni have been drafted by the NHL. Brian Lawton and Bryan Berard were drafted 1st overall in the NHL Entry Draft. The story of this school's hockey program is recorded in the book Pride on the Mount by John Gillooly. The current coach, Normand "Bill" Belisle, has a record of 990 wins, 183 losses, and 37 ties. In 2006, a documentary was created called Ice Kings, which encompasses the material covered in the book as well as insights from alumni and Coach Belisle.

Boys' volleyball has become another one of the Mounties' sports. The Mounties won back-to-back Division II State Championships in 2001 and 2002. Mount was quickly moved to Division I, but struggled for 2 seasons. In 2007 the boys were moved back to Division II and continued their pursuit of success. In 2008 the boys were DII North Co-Division Champions with Scituate. Later the two Co-Champions met in the state finals where the Mounties successfully procured the state crown, winning 3–1. In 2009 the Mounties went on to win the inaugural Volleyball Hall of Fame Showcase of Champions Tournament, another Division title and its fourth State Championship in 9 years, and finished with a 19–0 record, their third perfect season in the program's brief 9-year history. In 2010 the team completed another undefeated 16–0 regular season, bringing the team to a 42-game win streak and securing another Division II North Championship.

In addition, the Boys Varsity Lacrosse team, formed in the Spring of 2005, has succeeded and is the best. The team won back to back RI Club Lacrosse Championships in 2005 and 2006, and upon entering the Interscholastic League in 2007 won all the games. The team won a state championship in their second season in the league in 2008. Along with the progress of the Varsity program, the Junior Varsity and Junior High teams have succeeded. In 2011, The varsity team won the regular season championship in Division II North, although they lost in playoffs. In the same year, the JV team won the Division II JV state title after defeating South Kingstown 9–6. The JH team attempts to prepare new players for high school championships.

In addition, the Girl's Varsity Tennis team has won several state championship titles, most recently in 2007 and 2008.

The school also won back to back Division II state titles in boys soccer 2004 and 2005 before moving up to Division I in 2006

The swim team also had a leap from Division III to Division I in one year, making it the first team in RIIL history to move two divisions in one year.

In 2015 the Boy's Varsity Soccer team won the Division II state championship over Moses Brown.[3]

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer, Men's 5 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2015
Tennis, Women's 5 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Volleyball, Women's 2 1995, 2009
Winter Hockey, Men's 43 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1968, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Basketball, Women's 1 2001
Swimming, Men's 2 2002, 2003, 2004
Swimming, Women's 1 2003
Hockey, Women's 6 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
Spring Lacrosse, Men's 1 2008
Volleyball, Men's 5 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010
Baseball 2 2009, 2010, 2014
All Cheerleading 3 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011
Total 75

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ "History". Mount Saint Charles Academy. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Soccer Team". Mount Saint Charles Academy. 2015-11-08. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 

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