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

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United States
Coordinates41°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
TypePrivate, Catholic, Coeducational junior/senior high school institution
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
(Brothers of the Sacred Heart)
EstablishedSeptember 14, 1924
OversightDiocese of Providence
PresidentAlan Tenreiro[1]
PrincipalJulie Beauvais
Campus size22 acres (89,000 m2)
Campus typeUrban
Color(s) Scarlet  -  Blue  -  White 
Team nameMounties
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
NewspaperThe Hilltopper

Mount Saint Charles Academy is a private Roman Catholic coeducational junior/senior high school located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.[3]  


In the late 1800s, a significant number of French Canadians migrated to the mill town of Woonsocket, RI. One local clergyman, Monsignor Charles Dauray, sought to preserve the French language and Catholic faith in the region through education. He invited the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, a French Catholic congregation, to staff a school in the city.[4] Mount St. Charles Academy opened 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, Br. Josephus oversaw the construction of a gymnasium, the largest in New England at the time. The early curriculum included a wide variety of courses emphasizing academic and athletic training. 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.

In March 2016, it was announced that the school would not take transgender students, including a statement in their handbook. Alumni of the school took to social media and created a petition to oppose this announcement. A student said that because the school is private and not public, it's up to the school to make their own choices. However, a parent of a different student said that it wasn't right to exclude kids because of how they identify.[8] The school released a statement saying they did not mean to be discriminatory - the school's facilities couldn't accommodate transgender students.[9][10] As of March 10, 2016, the school rescinded the policy.[11]

In 2017, Herve Richer stepped down as president. Alan Tenreiro, a 1992 graduate of the school, was selected as the third president of Mount Saint Charles Academy.[12] Tenreiro was recently named National Principal of the Year for his role in transforming Cumberland High School into one of the most successful high schools in the state.

In 2019, the school received $3.7 million in Educational Institutional Revenue Bonds in order to create a new residence hall.[3] The residence hall was opened that October to house 70 students for the first time in nearly fifty years.[13]



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. The department offers extracurricular bands ranging from Jazz to contemplentary which play year-round. 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 boys' hockey team won twenty-six consecutive state titles from 1978 to 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.

In 2021, Mount St. Charles Hockey Academy was one of only two schools in the entire nation to have all 4 tournament bound teams (18U, 16U, 15O and 14U) qualify for their respective National Tournaments.

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.[14]

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 44 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 3 2002, 2003, 2004
Swimming, Women's 1 2003
Hockey, Women's 6 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
Spring Lacrosse, Men's 2 2008, 2021
Volleyball, Men's 5 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010
Baseball 3 2009, 2010, 2015
All Cheerleading 4 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011
Total 81

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^[dead link]
  2. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ a b Brook M (May 7, 2019). "RIHEBC Issues $3.7 million in Educational Institution Revenue Bonds on Behalf of Mount Saint Charles Academy". Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  4. ^ "Mount Saint Charles Academy ~ History". Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  5. ^ "Mount Saint Charles Academy ~ Our Campus/Directions". Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  6. ^ "History". Mount Saint Charles Academy. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  7. ^ "National Blue Ribbon Schools: 1982 through 2016" (PDF). United States Department of Education. Retrieved 2017-07-18.
  8. ^ Crandall, Brian (4 March 2016). "Students, Parents React to Transgender Policy at Mount Saint Charles Academy". NBC News. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  9. ^ Davis, Katie (March 4, 2016). "NBC 10 I-Team: Mount Saint Charles Academy bans transgender students". NBC News. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  10. ^ Abeni, Cleis (March 7, 2017). "Alumni Condemn Catholic School's Exclusion of Trans Students". The Advocate. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  11. ^ Borg, Linda (March 10, 2016). "Mount St. Charles Academy Rescinds Policy Against Transgender Students". Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  12. ^ "CHS' Tenreiro heading to Mount as President". The Valley Breeze. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  13. ^ Clem, Lauren (October 30, 2019). "Mount unveils Residence Hall as Elite Hockey Program Takes Off". The Valley Breeze. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  14. ^ "Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Soccer Team". Mount Saint Charles Academy. 2015-11-08. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  15. ^ a b Beggy, Carol; Shanahan, Mark (2008-01-02). "A star in the classroom". Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  16. ^ "Ben Mondor". Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  17. ^ "School of Business Professor David Noble to Lead Werth Institute". UConn Today. 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2020-12-10.

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