School Profile

SCHOOL HISTORY AND COMMUNITY

Saint Dominic Academy is an independent college preparatory school for young women.  Established by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell in 1878, the Academy is one of the oldest private secondary schools in New Jersey.  Its one square mile campus is located in Jersey City, New Jersey’s second largest city, right across the river from Manhattan. The Academy’s student body mirrors the diversity of Hudson County–which boasts one of the most international populations in the country.

At Saint Dominic Academy, students represent countries from every continent. The school community is a special place where girls of different races, nationalities and creeds learn to embrace cultural differences in a universal sisterhood (20% Asian; 15% African American; 30% Hispanic; 35% Caucasian).  As a “Peaceable School” the Academy promotes unity through an environment where every student’s intrinsic worth is recognized and respected by all.

Students come to Saint Dominic Academy from throughout Hudson County, and parts of Essex, Bergen and beyond.  They come mostly by bus and train, learning how to navigate the distance from home to school with the confidence and energy of true “urbanistas”.  SDA’s 5,000 living alumnae can be found in every walk of life, from the financial wizard who headed the Global Management Group for Morgan Stanley, to the pediatrician who volunteers at a homeless shelter.  They are partners in major accounting firms, federal judges, university administrators, poets, politicians, teachers, nurses and entrepreneurs.

ADMISSIONS

The Academy is recognized for its outstanding academics, as a competitive, college preparatory, four-year high school for highly motivated young women.  All of them are expected to go on to higher education after completing the rigorous program the Academy offers.  The graduation rate is typically 100%, despite the challenging circumstances many students encounter in their daily lives.

Students are accepted on the basis of the Archdiocesan Cooperative Exam, school records and teacher recommendations.

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ACCREDITATION AND MEMBERSHIP

Middle States (MSACSS)
College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB)
Dominican Association of Secondary Schools (DASS)
National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS)

FACULTY

Saint Dominic Academy has a faculty of 28 of which over 70% are holding advanced degrees.  A member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell is on the senior administration team.  Two professional counselors are on staff to support student needs.

STUDENT BODY

Enrollment (7-12)  241
Senior Class   44
Faculty/Student Ratio 1:12

 

CLASS OF 2016 – RECENT GRADUATES

Class Size: 64
100% admitted to Four-Year Colleges & Universities
Awarded $9,442,952 in Scholarships and Grants

HONORS AND AWARDS – Class of 2016

The Academy sponsors four National Honor Society Chapters:
National Honor Society (NHS)   – 13
National Chinese Honor Society – 3
National French Honor Society – 9
National Spanish Honor Society – 14

 

CLASSES OF 2008-2016

National Merit Scholarship Program
        (Commended, Semi-Finalist & Finalists)
  6
National Hispanic Scholars
  3
National Achievement Scholars
  1
AP Scholars with Distinction
  1
AP Scholars with Honors
  4
AP Scholars
29
President’s Award for Educational Excellence
83

 

SAT SCORES – Class of 2016

Top 10% Top 25%
Verbal 636.3 540
Math 583.3 530
Writing 608.3 560


ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

4  years of English
4  years of Math
4  years of Religious Studies – Service Program (75 hours)
3  years of History
3  years of Lab Science
4  years of Physical Education, Health & Driver’s Education
2  years of a World Language
1  semester of Art/Music
1 semester of Computer Literacy
4  electives

ACADEMIC LEVELS: CP/H/AP

  • 68 College-preparatory (CP) courses
  • 18 Honors level courses
  • 9 Advanced Placement courses
  • 200 Virtual High School courses
  • 50 College Level courses earning credit from Saint Peter’s University
  • 2 College Level courses earning credit from Seton Hall University

GRADING SYSTEM

A+ 4.0 95 – 100 Outstanding
A 3.5 90 – 94 Excellent
B+ 3.0 85 – 89 Very Good
B 2.5 80 – 84 Good
C+ 2.0 75 – 79 Satisfactory
C 1.5 74 – 70 Passing
D 1.0 65 – 69
Minimum Grade 
for Credit
F

      Anything below 1.0  

 Failing
I  Incomplete

All courses will receive a 4.0 as the highest possible grade. The grade will then be converted to quality points.

 

WEIGHTED GRADING SCALE

Regular Weight Honors Weight
Advanced Placement
Weight
1.0 1.1 1.2
A+ 4.0 4.4 4.8

 

SCHOOL YEAR OF 2016-2017

Advanced Placement:

 Class of 2017     Class Size 44

77.27% Senior Year Enrollment

Class of 2018     Class Size 40

44.50% Junior Year Enrollment

Class of 2019     Class Size 69

24.64% Sophomore Year Enrollment

AP exams are mandatory for students taking AP courses.

 

RANK – Due to the rigorous academic demands at Saint Dominic Academy, rank is not computed.