St. Catharine Academy

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St. Catharine Academy
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2250 Williamsbridge Road


United States
Coordinates40°51′32″N 73°51′24″W / 40.85889°N 73.85667°W / 40.85889; -73.85667Coordinates: 40°51′32″N 73°51′24″W / 40.85889°N 73.85667°W / 40.85889; -73.85667
TypePrivate, all-female
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic;
Sisters of Mercy
PresidentSr. Patricia Wolf
PrincipalSr. Ann Welch
Enrollment730 [1] (2008)
Student to teacher ratio17:1
Color(s)Blue and gold         
Team nameHuskies
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
PublicationThrough the Looking Glass
NewspaperThe Phoenix
Tuition$5,850 (2008-2009)

St. Catharine High School is an all-girls, private, Roman Catholic high school in the Bronx, New York. It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.


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.[citation needed] 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[edit]

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.[citation needed]


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.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  2. ^ SCA. "History of Saint Catharine Academy". Saint Catharine Academy website. Retrieved 2007-08-01.[permanent dead link]/[dead link]

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