Hudson Catholic Regional High School is a regional four-year co-educational University-preparatory Catholic high school in Jersey City, in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. The school was established in 1964 by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, and currently serves young men and young women in ninth through twelfth grades. The high school was conducted by the De La Salle Christian Brothers of the Baltimore District, later the District of Eastern North America, from its inception until 2008; the remaining Brothers were withdrawn in the summer of 2012, leaving the school entirely in the hands of the Archdiocesan education office. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1972.
As of the 2015–16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 495 students and 24.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 20.6:1. The school's student body was 36.2% Hispanic, 19.2% White, 16.6% Black, 11.3% Asian, 0.2% Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander and 16.6% two or more races.
In 1958, Archbishop Thomas Boland announced a campaign to build additional high schools throughout the four counties of the Archdiocese of Newark. To help achieve this goal, he requested the De La Salle Christian Brothers to administer Hudson Catholic Regional High School for boys, one of seven such high schools owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Catholic teaching and values are integrated into each educational activity, program, curricular and extra-curricular program at Hudson Catholic.
The Bergen Avenue location of the school was formerly the site of the Jersey City Armory. In the eighteenth century the site was the home of Jane Tuers, a member of the Van Rypen family and an American Revolutionary War heroine. Today the adjacent area is known as McGinley Square.
While the school was under construction in 1964, St. Patrick's Parish hosted Hudson Catholic's first class of 143 students. In the following year, students moved into the partially completed school building. On April 20, 1968, Bishop Martin Stanton officiated at the laying of the cornerstone and the blessing of the school facilities. In June of that year, Archbishop Boland presided at the school's first commencement ceremonies and presented diplomas to 109 graduates.
On April 11, 2008, Hudson Catholic announced that the school was to close on June 30, 2008, due to declining enrollment and a rising deficit. A campaign was started to save Hudson Catholic Regional High School led by current students, alumni, faculty, and the surrounding community. On May 7, 2008, it was announced at a meeting that $500,000 was raised and the school would stay open.
There were about 320 students in the fall of 2008. The school became coeducational in 2009.
From the time of its founding in 1964, Hudson Catholic was staffed by De La Salle Christian Brothers, a religious congregation of men in the Catholic Church who are devoted exclusively to the education of young people. The Brothers of the Christian Schools, as St. John Baptist de la Salle's followers came to be known, live in a prayerful community in a residence on campus. The "FSC" designation after the name of Brothers (as listed in the directory) is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase for Brothers of the Christian Schools. They take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They are not priests, since St. La Salle wanted them to consider teaching as their only vocation in life and as an indication of their commitment to young people. The Brothers ended their service to Hudson Catholic in July 2012.
Students who attend Hudson Catholic are required to take four years of both Religion and English, in addition to three years of Science, History and Mathematics. Only two years are required for a Modern Language and Physical Education. However students do take more than the required years of the school's set academic requirements. The average class size is 26 students.
The school year is divided into two semesters, each having two quarterly marking periods. Mid-terms are administered at the conclusion of the first semester in late January and Finals are administered at the conclusion of the second semester in early June.
75% of the Hudson Catholic faculty have master's degrees, while one member possesses a Doctorate and two others a PhD. The 43 teaching faculty members share 49 Master's degrees and three members of the faculty are also adjunct professors at area colleges.
The De La Salle Scholars Program is a comprehensive and integrated 4-year program intended to provide a scholarly, liberal education. The requirements are designed to meet the special needs of the academically gifted student. Accelerated content, in-depth study, small group discussion, interdisciplinary approaches and experimental learning opportunities are integral parts of the Scholars Program.
Student participants De La Salle Scholars are a select group of students who commit themselves to the pursuit of truth and knowledge. These scholars are expected to be active learners who take responsibility for their education.
Student selection Students are selected for the Scholars Program based on their overall intellectual ability as demonstrated by their grammar school grade point average, their high school entrance test scores, and recommendations provided by a teacher and/or counselor. Eighth grade students who select Hudson Catholic Regional High School as one of their choices for secondary education and who meet the criteria will be invited to join the Scholars Program. The invitation is accompanied by a scholarship offer of no less than $1000.00.
At Hudson Catholic, students are strongly encouraged to become involved in one or more of the extra-curricular activities and/or sports sponsored by the school, which include: Amnesty International, Biology Club, The Commentator, Drama Club, Filipino-American Club, French Club, Hawk Yearbook, Lasallian Youth Group, Music Club (School Choir), National Honor Society, Peer Ministry, Spanish Club, Student Government, Technology Club, History Club, Anime/Manga Club, Madden Club, Ebony Club, Chemistry Club, Math Club, Model United Nations, Mock Trial,and just newly added a Forensics club.
The Hudson Catholic Regional High School Hawks compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which includes private and public high schools in Hudson County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.
In addition to intramural sports, interscholastic teams sponsored by Hudson Catholic include:
The boys' basketball team won the Group A state championship in 1976, defeating Holy Spirit High School in the tournament final.
The Hudson Catholic hockey team won the parochial state hockey championship in 2000, defeating Seton Hall Preparatory School by a score of 2–1, and then defeated Bayonne High School by a 4–2 margin to win the Tournament of Champions.
The boys wrestling team won the North Jersey Non-Public Group B state title in 2008 and 2009.
In 2014, the baseball team won its first state title, finishing the season with a 19–10 record and defeating St. Joseph High School by a score of 7–0 in the Non-Public B tournament championship game.
Br. David S. Baginski, FSC Guidance Center is an integral part of the Hudson Catholic campus. Located on the first floor, the Guidance Center is one of the busiest rooms on the campus. Contained within are two Counseling Offices, the College Placement Office and The Learning Center for Compensatory Education and Supplemental Instruction.
A full-time counselor runs the College Placement Office. In addition to the various catalogs, brochures, and viewbooks that are available, the room is equipped with high-speed cable Internet which enables the students to take virtual tours of college campuses, as well as apply on-line when applicable. A TV/VCR is available to view the video library of colleges and universities.
Three counselors are assigned to the freshman, sophomore and junior classes. The counselors coordinate school programs and events such as the SAT's, college fairs, career days, financial aid seminars and study skills workshops.
As of the 2006–07 school year, Hudson Catholic is the home to 200+ Pentium computers, three computer labs, High–speed wireless cable internet, Virtual Reality Unit, Mini-networks in labs, Video microscopy, Electronic balances, Digital microscopes, Level 3 SMART classroom (Biology Lab), and ten Smart Boards.
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