Villa Walsh Academy

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Villa Walsh Academy
Address
455 Western Avenue
Morristown, NJ, (Morris County) 07960
United States
Coordinates 40°47′7″N 74°30′38″W / 40.78528°N 74.51056°W / 40.78528; -74.51056Coordinates: 40°47′7″N 74°30′38″W / 40.78528°N 74.51056°W / 40.78528; -74.51056
Information
Type Private, All-Girls
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founder Religious Teachers Filippini
Director Sr. Doris Lavinthal, M.P.F.
Principal Sr. Patricia Pompa, M.P.F.
Faculty 27.1 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 712
Enrollment 252 (as of 2013-14)[1]
Average class size 50-60 girls in grades 9-12
Student to teacher ratio 9.3:1[1]
Color(s)      Green and
     white[2]
Athletics conference Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Sports Tennis, soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, cheer-leading, winter track, swimming, lacrosse, softball, track & field
Team name Vikings[2]
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
Average SAT scores 2000 (2400 system)
Publication Innervisions (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Towerette
Tuition $18,500
Athletic Director Jennifer Fleury
Website

Villa Walsh Academy is a private Catholic college preparatory school for girls in seventh through twelfth grades located in Morristown, New Jersey, United States, conducted by the Religious Teachers Filippini. The school is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, operating on an independent basis.[4] Its brother school is Delbarton School,[citation needed] with whom they share a transportation system.

The tower at the entrance of Villa Walsh Academy, in Fall.

Villa Walsh Academy is overseen by the New Jersey Department of Education and has accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1987.[3] The school is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.[5][6]

Admissions at Villa Walsh Academy is one of the most selective in the state of New Jersey, with 50 students enrolled from 210 applicants.[5] As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 252 students and 27.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.3:1.[1]

Mission statement[edit]

"The Mission of Villa Walsh Academy, a college preparatory Catholic school, is to inspire our young women to expand their intellectual breadth and depth and to enhance their sense of local and global concern, empowering them to influence their world in a Christian manner." [7]

Curriculum[edit]

Villa Walsh Academy coursework covers theology, mathematics, the sciences, including computer science, humanities, social sciences and the fine arts; presenting a rigorous challenge and solid preparation for a college-bound population. Also offered are Advanced Placement preparation, honors sections, independent study, and academic accommodation for gifted and musically talented students. However, special arrangements for gifted students not capable of being fulfilled within the existing offerings of the academy should be seriously discussed with the administration prior to enrollment.

The school offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP French Language, AP Italian Language and Culture, AP Spanish Language, AP United States History, AP European History and AP Computer Science.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2010, graduates received almost $5 million in scholarships and grant money. Between 2006 and 2010, 11 students were National Merit Scholar Finalists and 62 were National Merit Scholar Commended Students.[5]

In 2006, two students had a perfect 800 in the SAT on critical reading; one had a perfect 800 in math, two had a perfect 800 in writing.[5]

Athletics[edit]

The Villa Walsh Academy Vikings[2] participates in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] Before the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had competed in the Northern Hills Conference an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools located in Essex, Morris and Passaic counties.[9]

The school was recognized as the winner of the 2015-16 ShopRite Cup in Group B, behind first place finishes in soccer, cross country, winter track relays and spring track and field, second place finishes in winter track, and swimming, plus bonus points for having no disqualifications in the fall, winter and spring seasons.[10]

Villa Walsh's most notable athletic teams are cross country and tennis. The tennis team has won multiple tournaments. The cross country team won Conferences in 2006. Additionally, the soccer team has proved itself as a strong parochial soccer team. It has reached the state tournament in two consecutive years. The track team has won the conference, as has the basketball team. Despite playing in arguably one of the most difficult softball conferences in the state, the softball team has held its own playing competitive games with powerhouses such as James Caldwell High School and Pequannock Township High School.

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