Saint Dominic Academy

Saint Dominic Academy

Saint Dominic Academy (SDA) is a private college-preparatory for girls in seventh through twelfth grades, located in Jersey City, in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. The school, which is situated within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, and is administered by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey, has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1991 and expires in May 2018.

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 255 students and 26.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.5:1. The school's student body was 51.8% White, 20.0% Hispanic, 14.1% Asian, 9.0% Black and 5.1% two or more races.


The school was founded in 1878 by a community of nuns from New York, with the objective to educate children of immigrants, primarily German. On March 7, 1942, SDA moved to its present location on Kennedy Boulevard. In 1994, a new wing was open with new computer labs, science and language labs. The school celebrated its 135th birthday on October 23, 2013. In 2015, Saint Dominic Academy received a generous donation of a building located on Fairmount Avenue in Jersey City. This building was once the Jersey City Women's Club and is now known as Siena Hall, which opened in April 2016 and is used for school-related events.

Saint Dominic Academy is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.


Certain minimum requirements have been established by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and Saint Dominic Academy for graduation. These are expressed in terms of successful completion of specific courses and credits.

Graduation requirements:

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Math (exceeds the NJ State standards)
  • 3 years of History
  • 3 years of Science
  • 2 years of a World Language (Spanish and French)
  • 4 years of Religious Studies
  • 4 years of Physical Education and Drivers Education
  • 1 semester of Art and Music
  • 1 semester of Computer Literacy
  • 4 electives
  • Community service hours vary per grade level and are required for graduation

Academic Levels - College Preparatory/Honors/Advanced Placement:

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

Physical education

Physical education courses are conducted at Saint Peter's University located just a few blocks away from the high school. Students have use of the University's gym/athletic facilities including fitness center, basketball and tennis courts, jogging track, and a competitive swimming pool.


Saint Dominic Academy Blue Devils compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The school's interscholastic sports include:

  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Track & Field
  • Swimming
  • Softball

Extracurricular Activities

SDA hosts a range of after-school clubs. These clubs consist of a moderator and an executive board made up of seniors (normally) and are elected by the fellow members of that club. It is encouraged to join as many clubs as possible by the school. Some of the clubs that are run are:

  • Anime Club
  • Asian Interest Club
  • Dominican Youth in Action Club
  • Drama Club
  • Glee Club and Dominoes
  • Hospitality Club
  • Liturgical Choir
  • Math Club
  • Metropolitan Club
  • Mock Trial Club
  • Multicultural-World Languages Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Peer Ministry Program
  • Publications:
    • Elan Literary Magazine
    • The Trumpet (Newspaper)
    • Domenica (Yearbook)
  • Student Council
  • SOFAR (Student Organization for Animal Rights)
  • Student Ambassador Club

Notable alumni

  • Dolores Lee (born 1935), former pitcher who played from 1952 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.


External links

  • Saint Dominic Academy website
  • Data for Saint Dominic Academy, National Center for Education Statistics

Saint Dominic Academy

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