St. Mary High School (Jersey City, New Jersey)

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St. Mary High School
209 3rd Street
Jersey City, NJ, Hudson County 07302
Coordinates 40°43′23″N 74°02′38″W / 40.723044°N 74.043756°W / 40.723044; -74.043756Coordinates: 40°43′23″N 74°02′38″W / 40.723044°N 74.043756°W / 40.723044; -74.043756
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1956
Status Closed
Closed June 2011
School district Archdiocese of Newark
Principal Beatrice Esteban-Messina
Faculty 12.8 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 203 [1] (2009-10)
Student to teacher ratio 15.9:1[1]
Athletics conference Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association
Team name Ramblers
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Dean of Students Pat Laguerre
Athletic Director Thomas Lalicato

St. Mary High School was a private, Roman Catholic high school in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, that operated as part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark until the school was closed in June 2011.

As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 203 students and 12.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.9.[1]


The St. Mary High School Ramblers competed in the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association, which includes public and private high schools in Hudson County, which operated under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.


Despite a tuition that at $4,300 was little more than half of the rates charges by other schools in the Newark Archdiocese, falling enrollment meant that the school would have been too small to justify remaining open. After its founding in 1956, the school grew to a peak of 450 students in the 1980s, which had declined to 381 by 2000. The 2010-11 graduating class of 72 combined with enrollment of under 15 students for the upcoming school year would have put total enrollment at an unsustainably small 100 students for the 2011-12 year, which led the Archdiocese to decide to close the school.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d St. Mary High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 2, 2011.
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  3. ^ Persaud, Vishal. "Announcement St. Mary High School in Jersey City will close in June has some parents, students and staff stunned", The Jersey Journal, February 9, 2011. Accessed September 2, 2011. "Parents, students and staff at St. Mary High School in Jersey City remained stunned yesterday by Monday's news that the school is closing at the end of June.... St. Mary will graduate 72 seniors in June, which would have put the school's enrollment at 93 among the remaining classes. Ten years ago, St. Mary had 381 students, Lalicato said. At its peak in the mid-1980s, the school had more than 450 students."

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