Saint Basil Academy (Jenkintown, Pennsylvania)

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Saint Basil Academy
711 Fox Chase Road
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, (Montgomery County) 19046
United States
Coordinates 40°5′20″N 75°6′7″W / 40.08889°N 75.10194°W / 40.08889; -75.10194Coordinates: 40°5′20″N 75°6′7″W / 40.08889°N 75.10194°W / 40.08889; -75.10194
Type Private, All-Female
Motto 'Educate the Girl, Empower the Woman, Enlighten the World'
Religious affiliation(s) Ukrainian Catholic
Established 1931
CEEB code 393450
Principal Gwenda Cote
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 265 [1] (2014)
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Color(s) White and Gold         
Mascot Panther
Team name Panthers
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Publication Laureate (literary magazine)
Newspaper Basilian Pillar
Yearbook Basilianette
Tuition $11,300 per year [2]
Alumni 3000+
Vice Principal Alexandra Penkalskyj
Director of Development Pamela D. Vasserman
Director of Admissions Kimberley Clearkin
Director of Finance Vincent Dolan

Saint Basil Academy is a private, Ukrainian Catholic, all-girls high school in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. It is located in the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and also within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Saint Basil Academy was established in 1931 by the Sisters of Saint Basil.[2]


In the early part of the 20th century, the Sisters of Saint Basil came to the United States. In 1911, the Sisters came to Philadelphia at the invitation of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Soter Ortynsky, OSBM, who was the first Ukrainian Catholic Ordinary in America.[citation needed]

For the first few decades, the Sisters expended their talents to the education of grade school children in the orphanage and parishes, but during these years, they did not forget the idea of a Catholic high school for girls. Saint Basil Academy, a convent boarding school for girls, began on July 19, 1931 in the classrooms of the newly constructed convent building dedicated only a day earlier.[citation needed]

Space and limited facilities on the main campus could no longer provide for updated laboratory and library expansion during the oncoming years. In 1968, the administration of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, undertook the construction of a new building, capable of housing 400 students.[citation needed]

Program of study[edit]

Saint Basil Academy offers academic subjects with an emphasis on preparation for higher learning. Some of the courses are business-oriented and teach skills to those students who are interested in the business and computer fields. Electives are also offered in the fine arts.[3]

Course offerings[edit]


  • Art Appreciation
  • Art I
  • Art II
  • Art III


  • Keyboarding with Computer Applications
  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
  • Business Communication
  • Applied Economics
  • Desktop Publishing

English Department[edit]

  • Honors English I
  • English I
  • Honors English II
  • English II
  • Honors American Literature (Honors English III)
  • American Literature (English III)
  • Advanced Placement English
  • British Literature (English IV)
  • Literary Genres
  • Journalism
  • Creative Writing

Language Department[edit]

  • French
    • French I
    • French II
    • French III
    • French IV
    • Advanced Placement French Language
  • Latin
    • Our Classical Roots
    • Latin I
    • Latin II
    • Latin III
    • Latin IV
  • Spanish
    • Spanish I
    • Spanish II
    • Spanish III
    • Spanish IV
    • AP Spanish Literature
  • Ukrainian
    • Introduction to Ukrainian
    • Ukrainian I
    • Ukrainian II
    • Ukrainian III
    • Ukrainian IV

Music Department[edit]

  • Classical Piano
  • Piano Class for Madrigals
  • Guitar I
  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Madrigals
  • Theory I
  • Theory II
  • Choral Music
  • Music Appreciation
  • American Music
  • AP Music Theory
  • Glee Club
  • Ukrainian Singers
  • Handbells

Health and Physical Education Department[edit]

  • Phys. Ed I
  • Phys. Ed II
  • Phys. Ed III
  • Phys. Ed. IV
  • Health

Science Department[edit]

  • Geological and Atmospheric Science
  • Honors Biology
  • Biology
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Honors Physics

Religious Studies Department[edit]

  • Religion I - The Christian Faith
  • Religion II - Jesus the Christ
  • Religion II - Prayer & Sacraments
  • Religion III - The Church
  • Christian Morality
  • Religion IV - Hebrew Scripture
  • Religion IV - Love & Relationships
  • Death and Dying
  • Peace Through Justice
  • Dating and Sexuality

Social Studies Department[edit]

  • World Cultures
  • Honors Modern European History
  • United States History
  • Advanced Placement United States History
  • United States Government
  • Practical Law
  • AP United States Government and Politics

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ SBA. "School History". Saint Basil Academy website. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Academics - Saint Basil Academy". Saint Basil Academy. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 

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