Mount Saint Dominic Academy

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Mount Saint Dominic Academy
3 Ryerson Avenue

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United States
Coordinates40°50′2″N 74°16′9″W / 40.83389°N 74.26917°W / 40.83389; -74.26917Coordinates: 40°50′2″N 74°16′9″W / 40.83389°N 74.26917°W / 40.83389; -74.26917
TypePrivate, All-Girls
Motto"Empowering Young Women"
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
Dominican Sisters
Head of schoolSr. Frances Sullivan '60, O.P.
Faculty63.1 FTEs[1]
Enrollment308 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Average class size19
Student to teacher ratio4.9:1[1]
Color(s)     Navy blue and
Athletics conferenceSuper Essex Conference
MascotLeo the Lion
Team nameLady Lions[2]
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
PublicationGolden Fleece (literary magazine)
School fees$1,250[4]
Tuition$17,100 (2017-18)[4]
Academic DeansLinda Arndt
Joan Olsinski
Admissions DirectorsPauline Condon
Catherine Bolger
Athletic DirectorLorenzo Sozio

Mount Saint Dominic Academy is a four-year Catholic college preparatory school for women located in Caldwell, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades. The school was founded in 1892 by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell.[5] It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[6]


Mount Saint Dominic Academy has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1934.[3][5] Mount Saint Dominic Academy is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools[7] and the Dominican Association of Secondary Schools.[8] Sr. Frances Sullivan '60, O.P., is the Head of School. The school, whose motto is "empowering young women", has a graduation rate and a college acceptance rate of 100%. Students are accepted into and attend some of the most highly regarded colleges and universities nationwide.

The school shares a campus with Caldwell University and the Sisters of Saint Dominic that covers 21 acres (8.5 ha).[9] Facilities include state-of-the-art science labs, athletic center, and a 400+ seat performing arts center.[10]

Study, prayer, community, and service are the basis of religious education at Mount Saint Dominic Academy. The Siena Service Program is a four-year community service program that consists of a specific number of hours of approved service at in-school or outside agencies.

Mount Saint Dominic Academy provides students with a wide range of honors classes, including Mathematics, Literature, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, World History, Modern European History, Spanish, and French. Graduates from the class of 2014 were accepted into over 180 schools and were awarded more than $14 million in scholarships and grants.[10]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 308 students and 63.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 4.9:1. The school's student body was 71.1% White, 10.1% Black, 7.1% Hispanic, 3.6% Asian, 0.3% Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander and 7.8% two or more races.[1]


The Mount Saint Dominic Academy Lady Lions[2] compete in the Super Essex Conference an athletic conference of private and public high schools located in Essex County, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[11] Before the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had competed in the Northern Hills Conference an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools located in Essex, Morris and Passaic counties.[12] The Mount offers a variety of both Varsity and JV teams, including sports such as Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, and Volleyball.[13] Approximately one half of the students participate in athletics.

The 2011 indoor track team won the NJSIAA Non-Public Relays Champions and the New Jersey Catholic Track Conference Champions and finished second by a single point to perennial powerhouse Columbia High School at the Essex County Track Championships, where The Mount team set several records.[14] The softball team won the Super Essex Conference American Division Championships. The golf team won its third straight North Jersey Girls Golf League title.

The school's swim team won the Non-Public Group B state title in 2012, ending the season with a 13-0 record and winning conference and county titles in addition to the program's first state championship.[15]


Mount Saint Dominic Academy offers a variety of arts courses, such as Photography, AP Studio Art, and Graphic Design; and extracurriculars such as its Art Club, Fall Drama, Spring Musical, and Choir and A Capella groups.

Notable Alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Mount Saint Dominic Academy, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Mount Saint Dominic Academy, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 16, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed November 19, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Tuition, Mount Saint Dominic Academy. Accessed November 19, 2017.
  5. ^ a b History and Mission, Mount Saint Dominic Academy. Accessed June 11, 2007.
  6. ^ Essex County Catholic High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed August 13, 2017.
  7. ^ List of Member Schools, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed August 13, 2017.
  8. ^ Dominican Schools, Dominican Association of Secondary Schools. Accessed July 25, 2011.
  9. ^ Rao, Maya. "CRDA reconciles giving public money to private schools / State agency provided $5 million in casino investment funds to help build gym, dorm in Essex County", The Press of Atlantic City, March 2, 2008. Accessed April 23, 2012. "Both Caldwell University and Mount Saint Dominic are sponsored by the Caldwell Dominicans. Caldwell's and Mount Saint Dominic's operations are totally independent of each other, although they share an administrative building and campus."
  10. ^ a b Fast Facts, Mount Saint Dominic Academy. Accessed April 23, 2012.
  11. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  12. ^ Home Page, Northern Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 28, 2011. Accessed November 25, 2014.
  13. ^ Athletics Home, Mount Saint Dominic Academy. Accessed April 23, 2012.
  14. ^ Staff. "Lions impress in Essex County track", The Progress, February 4, 2011. Accessed April 23, 2012. "In the state Non-Public Relays on Jan. 15 in Toms River, the Mount took the title by totaling 40 points, while Monsignor Donovan, Notre Dame and Bishop Eustace tied for second with 34 points each."
  15. ^ Allen Jr., W.L. Bill. "Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell wins first-ever state title, completing sweep of titles", The Progress, March 2, 2012. Accessed April 23, 2012. "Powered by first place finishes in eight of the 11 events, the swim squad from Mount Saint Dominic Academy edged perennial power and defending champion Mount Saint Mary Academy of Watchung, 88-82, in the State Non-Public, Group B championship meet on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, at the College of New Jersey in Ewing."
  16. ^ Waldman, Tyler (February 13, 2012). "Mount Saint Dominic Classmate Remembers Whitney Houston". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  17. ^ Staff. "Too Cool for School", Vibe (magazine), p. 78, June 2007. Accessed April 18, 2011. "Whitney Houston as a senior at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell, NJ, 1981."
  18. ^ "The Senior Class of Mount Saint Dominic Academy High School Caldwell NJ 1960", US Gen Web Archives Essex County NJ schools. Accessed September 12, 2012.
  19. ^ Career Day, Mount Saint Dominic Academy. Accessed October 25, 2017. "Additional alumnae and associates were present to share in the day:... Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer ’86, New Jersey General Assemblywoman 29th Legislative District"

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