St. Catharine Academy
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|St. Catharine Academy|
|2250 Williamsbridge Road
New York City (Pelham Gardens, Bronx), New York 10469
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic;
Sisters of Mercy
|President||Sr. Patricia Wolf|
|Principal||Sr. Ann Welch|
|Enrollment||730  (2008)|
|Student to teacher ratio||17:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and gold|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Through the Looking Glass|
The Sisters of Mercy, founded by Mother Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland, opened an academy in the Washington Heights section of New York City in September 1889. The classes included were grades 1 through 12. At that time, the first academy resembled the large estates which surrounded it. Toward the end of the 19th century as registration increased, the Sisters erected a new building across the street at 539 West 152nd Street. In 1900 the University of the State of New York granted a Regents charter to the school.
The rapid growth of the area and the great increase in enrollment showed the inadequacy of the accommodations. The elementary grades in the academy were discontinued and these classrooms were used for high school students.
Facilities were not sufficient even with this change, so it was necessary to build a much larger school. In the fall of 1953 the old building was sold and the academy moved to its present location at 2250 Williamsbridge Road. The school continues to undergo a series of renovations and improvements.
The present enrollment of St. Catharine Academy is approximately 750 girls.
Sisters of Mercy
St. Catharine Academy is a high school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Regional Community of New York.
Annual tuition is approximately $7,000. There is also an annual general fee of $700, which covers calculators per student, paper supplies, report cards, student IDs, and other necessities.
St. Catharine Academy is chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Mercy Secondary Education Association and the National Catholic Education Association. Programs for each student are planned to meet the requirements of the New York State Education Department.
St Catharine is known for sports such as junior varsity and varsity volleyball, junior varsity and varsity basketball, varsity soccer, junior varsity and varsity cheerleading, and varsity softball. SCA's school colors are blue and gold.
- Bella Abzug (1920–1998) – Congresswoman and international feminist leader; graduated from Walton High School in the Bronx and so is not an alumna of St. Catherine Academy
- June Allyson (1917–2006) – actress
- Margaret Bourke-White (1904–1971) – photographer
- Grace Paley (1922–2007) – award-winning short-story writer
- Amanda Serrano (born 1988) – IBF Female World Super Featherweight champion boxer