Union Catholic Regional High School

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Union Catholic High School
Union Catholic High School is located in New Jersey
Union Catholic High School
Union Catholic High School
Union Catholic High School is located in Union County, New Jersey
Union Catholic High School
Union Catholic High School
1600 Martine Avenue


Coordinates40°37′31″N 74°21′29″W / 40.62528°N 74.35806°W / 40.62528; -74.35806Coordinates: 40°37′31″N 74°21′29″W / 40.62528°N 74.35806°W / 40.62528; -74.35806
MottoQuality education in a faith-based environment
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1962; 57 years ago (1962)
OversightArchdiocese of Newark
School code311362
PrincipalSister Percylee Hart, RSM
Faculty43.6 FTEs[1]
Enrollment780 (2015-2016[1])
Student to teacher ratio17.9:1[1]
Color(s)     Blue
     Silver and
Athletics conferenceUnion County Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Team nameVikings[2]
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
NewspaperThe Prophet
Tuition$14,340 (2017-18)[4]

Union Catholic Regional High School is a private accredited high school located in Scotch Plains, in Union County, New Jersey, United States. Its motto promises to provide a "Quality education in a faith-based environment." Founded in 1962 as separate schools for boys and girls, each with its own separate administration and faculty, it has been coeducational since a merger of the two schools in 1980. The school is an active participant in the Anytime/Anywhere learning program. Students from three counties attend the school. The school operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[5]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 780 students and 43.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 17.9:1. The school's student body was 47.4% White, 22.7% Black, 13.3% Hispanic, 12.1% Asian, 0.8% American Indian / Alaska Native, 0.1% Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander and 3.6% two or more races.[1]

The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since November 1969; the school's accreditation expires in May 2023.[3]


Requirements for graduation[edit]

A minimum of 124 Credits is required for graduation and is distributed as follows: English, 20; US History, 10; World History, 5; Lab Sciences, 10; Mathematics, 15; World Language, 10; Phys. Ed., 8, and Religion, a passing grade each year.

Course levels[edit]

Union Catholic offers many classes at a variety of levels that range from easy to difficult. Levels include Basic, Regular Adapted, Regular, Honors, Accelerated, and Advanced Placement (AP).

Advanced Placement courses are offered in AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP United States History, AP United States Government and Politics, AP European History, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Physics B and AP Spanish Language. Accelerated and Honors courses are offered in English, History, Mathematics, World Languages and Science. Most courses available have an Honors/Accelerated/AP equivalent available for students to take provided certain prerequisites are met.


The Union Catholic High School Vikings[2] compete in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[6] Prior to the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in the Mountain Valley Conference, which included public and private high schools in Essex County, Somerset County and Union County.[7] Dave Luciano is the Athletic Director.

The school participates as in a joint boys' lacrosse program with Wardlaw-Hartridge School as the host school / lead agency, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year.[8]

Union Catholic's girls' volleyball team won the 2005 Non-Public state championship with a win over Lacordaire Academy in the tournament final (25-21, 19-25, 25-22). The win marks the school's first ever state championship.[9][10]

The boys' 4 × 200 m relay placed first with a time of 1:28.81 at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in New York City, on March 16, 2008.[11] The boys' 800m sprint medley relay team took first place at the Nike Outdoor National Championship held on June 18, 2008. Their time of 1:31.72 broke the school's record and placed them #7 in New Jersey records.[12]

Union Catholic student Sydney McLaughlin, class of 2017, qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the women's 400-meter hurdles.[13]


Union Catholic High School currently has a Laptop for Learning Program. All Freshman students receive an Fujitsu Laptop. This laptop is used all four years of high school. Laptops are used for scholarly purposes such as taking notes, searching for information, and doing homework. Students also receive their own @unioncatholic.org email address. This email address is used to send information and notes within the building. Wireless Internet is available throughout the building and can be utilized by all students. Some textbooks are available online, so students are not required to bring all textbooks to class. An acceptable use policy is in place to prevent misuse of the Internet. UC also has a virtual library that utilizes various Internet databases. Smartboard (virtual blackboards) are available in some classrooms, and this technology helps to bring learning to life. Union Catholic is committed to using technology and believes that technology brings students into the 21st century.

Performing Arts Company[edit]

The Union Catholic Performing Arts Company (UCPAC) showcases professional theatre on a high school level. The company celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2006 with their fall comedy: and their spring musical: Sugar which is based on the movie Some Like it Hot. Some of their past plays include: Arsenic and Old Lace, Fools, and Inspecting Carol. Some of their past musicals might include: Pippin, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Honk!, and Seussical. In 2007 the fall comedy was The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, and the spring musical production was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The 2008-2009 UCPAC Season presented the play Incorruptible by Michael Hollinger in the Fall and the musical Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim in the spring. The summer production Love (Awkwardly) was performed on the Union Catholic stage during the Summer of 2009. It then moved to NYC Off-Broadway at the end of the summer. Due to critical acclaim, it returned to NYC in January 2010. In the 2009-10 school year, UCPAC presented Noises Off and Les Misérables. The 10-11 season showed The Nerd and The Drowsy Chaperone. In the 2011-12 year, UCPAC presented The Miss Firecracker Contest and Zombie Prom. The 2012-2013 season showcased Stepping Out and Legally Blonde. The 14-15 season performed Boeing-Boeing in the fall and Hairspray in the spring. The 15-16 season performed The Cripple of Inishmaan in the fall and Bring It On in the spring. The 16-17 season showcased "Rumors" in the fall and "In The Heights" in the spring.The 17-18 season consisted of Peter and the Starcatcher" for the fall play and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" as the spring musical.This upcoming season will consist of "A Flea in Her Ear and Spamalot.

Notable alumni[edit]

Mayor Victoria Napolitano (Class of 2006) addresses the crowd at a town hall meeting
Sydney McLaughlin (Class of 2017) smiles in her Union Catholic track uniform


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Union Catholic Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Union Catholic Regional High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Union Catholic Regional High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed November 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Tuition & Fees, Union Catholic Regional High School. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Union County Catholic High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed August 13, 2017.
  6. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Home Page, Mountain Valley Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 2, 2011. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  8. ^ NJSIAA 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs Archived 2017-07-31 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 22, 2017.
  9. ^ Battaglia, Joe. "Union Catholic captures first state championship", The Star-Ledger, November 13, 2005. Accessed August 5, 2007. "Union Catholic, No. 3 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, shed its hard-luck image behind the play of Harris, who put away six of her team-high 13 kills in the third game to spark a 25-21, 19-25, 25-22 victory over No. 15 Lacordaire for the program's first NJSIAA/PSEG Non-Public championship before 300 yesterday at William Paterson University in Wayne."
  10. ^ 2005 Girls' Volleyball - Non-Public, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 5, 2007.
  11. ^ 25th National Scholastic Indoor Champs March 14-16, 2008 - The New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory, NY NY - 4x200, DyeStat. Accessed November 28, 2011.
  12. ^ 18th Nike Outdoor Nationals: June 19-21, 2008 - North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro NC, DyeStat. Accessed November 28, 2011.
  13. ^ a b Staff. "Union Catholic Track Star Will Be Youngest U.S. Track Star in Olympics", TAP Into Union, July 11, 2016. Accessed July 13, 2016. "Sydney McLaughlin a member of the Class of 2017 at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, set a high school and new world junior record in the women's 400 hurdles at the U.S. Olympic trails."
  14. ^ Mallozzi, Vincent M. "Rookie's Career Path Leads Back Home", The New York Times, November 4, 1990. Accessed November 11, 2017. "TATE GEORGE grew up in Newark, and, at least half-heartedly, became a New Jersey Nets fan.... Indeed, Mr. George, who was a first team all-State and all-City player at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains just four years ago, has come a long way."
  15. ^ Schneider, Jeremy. "With a championship pedigree, Damon Lynn quietly leads Union Catholic's best season in years", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, February 8, 2013, updated January 26, 2014. Accessed July 18, 2016. "Moments after the final buzzer on Jan. 12, Linden coach Phil Colicchio took Union Catholic guard Damon Lynn aside on the Kean University court and put an arm over his shoulder."
  16. ^ Riordan, Kevin. "Moorestown may have its youngest leader", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 6, 2015. Accessed November 11, 2017. "I met Napolitano at the gracious West Moorestown home she shares with Vinny, 27, her husband of nearly four years. He is Gov. Christie's director of constituencies, and she is a designer of e-learning materials for an international data and information firm in Philadelphia. The couple met at Union Catholic High School in Union County, where both grew up."
  17. ^ Giase, Frank. "NY Red Bulls go for attacking players in MLS draft, trade for veteran defender Chris Albright", The Star-Ledger, January 14, 2010. Accessed November 11, 2017. "The only other player with New Jersey ties taken in the draft was Villanova midfielder Mike Seamon, a Rahway native who attended Union Catholic High."
  18. ^ Bob Wischusen, Vision Sports Group. Accessed October 30, 2016. "The Boston College alum and Union Catholic High School Graduate maintained his close ties to the Garden State by calling local New Jersey college football, basketball, and baseball games for the Comcast network from 1997 through 2000."

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