Monitor Magazine High School Showcase Oct 2021

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FIRST IMPRESSION Choosing Catholic education made easier with consolidated info for prospective parents, students BY EMMALEE ITALIA  Contributing Editor


he Diocese of Trenton’s Catholic schools now have some new tools in their promotional arsenal, in the form of brochures now available both in print and online that both inform and celebrate the benefit of a Catholic education. Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, has seen firsthand the efficacy of getting critical infor “It’s a one mation into the hands of prospective parents and students. stop shop to “It’s a great way to inform parents about all the great things going on find out more in our schools Diocese-wide,” he about our high explained. The content is driven, he said, by schools ...” answering the following questions: “If I were a parent investigating a Catholic school, what would I like to know? How many Catholic schools are in the Diocese? What are their test scores? Where do students go after they finish Catholic high school?” Two separate brochures were created with two audiences Continued on 50

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in mind – prospective and current Catholic school parents, and prospective high school students looking to attend open houses. Both are available for viewing and download online; print copies have been sent to all Catholic schools of the Diocese. “The High School Open House document is to assure that students in sixth through eighth grades know how great our high schools are,” Dr. Schmidt said. “It’s a one stop shop to find out more about our high schools and their open house dates; it’s a go-to document for kids and their parents to help them know what the process is.” In addition to open houses, timely information such as admission testing and acceptance letter due dates are included. Also highlighted are academic statistics, the Catholic identity of diocesan high schools and college scholarship dollars awarded to graduating seniors. The SnapShot of Catholic Schools brochure “is aimed more toward current Catholic school parents, validating the invest-

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The SnapShot of Catholic Schools provides information for current Catholic school parents. ment [they] are making in Catholic schools; for prospective parents, it explains why you should consider Catholic education for your student,” Dr. Schmidt pointed out. Some impressive statistics of the brochure call attention to the impact of Catholic education. Members of To download brochures the Class of 2021 are enrolled in more than and for more information, 250 different colleges visit catholicschoolshaveitall. and universities; many org or were recognized by National Merit and as catholic-schools. Presidential Scholars. The Catholic faith experience includes daily religion classes and prayer, participation in Masses and Reconciliaiton services, as well as various service opportunities and involvement in the local parishes. Focusing on the incredible successes of Catholic schools – graduation rates, university acceptance, scholarships and catholicity – has been fulfilling for Dr. Schmidt. “Just seeing the extensive list of schools our graduates go to,” he noted, “and the fact that the class of 2021 received over $141 million in college scholarships – that’s an average of about $160,000 per student – it’s just incredible.” Print copies of the brochures may be ordered by calling the Department of Catholic Schools, 609-403-7149, or email dcsinfo@ 50   THE MONITOR MAGAZINE   October 2021



Fall Open House - October 27th, 6-8pm

Scholarship Test November 13th & December 4th Register online at

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DONOVAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Co-ed International Baccalaureate World School 711 Hooper Avenue, Toms River OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 24, 2 – 4 p.m. and Oct. 26, 6 – 8 p.m. CONTACT: Admissions: 732-349-8801 x 2426, Since 1962, Donovan Catholic has provided a focused, rigorous educational environment where students excel in academics, athletics, performing and fine arts, gain confidence and succeed in a faith-based, student leadership-centered and safe environment. Donovan Catholic offers advanced placement and honors classes, and electives to enhance various fields of study. Collectively, 2021 graduates were awarded more than $26.6 million in scholarships. Our teachers hold secondary and post-secondary degrees from acclaimed universities. Students are empowered to become leaders and strive for academic excellence, participating in various clubs including Campus Ministry, Student Council, National Honor Society and Student Ambassadors. Our Catholic identity mirrors the teachings of Pope Francis: the principles of forgiveness, love, and service to others will support the school’s commitment to enriching the faith of the entire Donovan Catholic community. Donovan Catholic athletics encourages its student-athletes’ academic priorities, promoting individual growth and leadership skills through participation in all aspects of the school. Our scholar-athletes have achieved remarkable distinctions. We have an athletic training facility, air-conditioned gymnasium, two locations with sports fields and experienced coaching staff. Our Performing Arts program offers two productions a year and award-winning show choirs as well as our band ensembles, allowing students to gain

self-confidence and self-awareness. Some graduates have even performed on Broadway and become newscast members. The high school community of Donovan Catholic educates its students to live their faith, respect and serve others in a global society, and pursue academic excellence in a college preparatory environment.

CONTACT: Patti Gilmartin, 732-739-0800 x 155,

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL Dynamic, diverse Catholic community, Co-ed / college preparatory 601 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 21, 7 – 9 p.m. CONTACT: Laura Sarubbi, 609-882-7900 x 130,

Notre Dame High School offers a powerfully well-rounded college preparatory experience strongly grounded in Catholic values. This experience combines equally outstanding programs in academics, athletics, the arts, service learning and student leadership. We serve students from a range of backgrounds and with a diversity of strengths, providing every learner with the right level of academic challenge. We welcome each one into a positive and empowering environment, preparing them with a foundation of values for life. Notre Dame is a place of growth – intellectual, personal, social, and spiritual – and a school always growing in excellence.

ST. JOHN VIANNEY HIGH SCHOOL College prep private high school; built on “Knowledge - Commitment - Involvement” 540-A Line Road, Holmdel OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 23, 9 a.m. and Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

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For more than half a century, St. John Vianney High School has excelled at preparing students for success in college and in life. At SJV, 99 percent of our graduating seniors go on to college, a goal we work tirelessly to achieve. Our block scheduling allows for longer class times, preparing students for future university study. Our rigorous academic program includes advanced placement, college preparation and honors courses across all subject areas. Want to jump start your college career? Students may enroll in any of SJV’s many dual-enrollment courses or academies, including our Advanced Placement Academy, Early College Academy, and beginning in 2022, our Business Academy. St. John Vianney’s advanced technological infrastructure provides for seamless learning, inside and out of the classroom. Entering students receive a tablet computer equipped with the latest educational software at no additional cost. All classrooms are interactive conference rooms with access to high-speed wireless broadband. SJV’s 38-acre campus also includes 10 athletic fields, a lighted turf athletic stadium, a 12,000 square foot athletic center, and a state-of-the-art performance theater – facilities that help support 35 different student club activities and 30 varsity sports. St. John Vianney strives to educate the whole student, academically, socially and spiritually. Whether working in a food pantry, collecting for their neighbors in need, or praying for their community, SJV students are encouraged to devote Continued on 54

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are young men and women of competence, compassion, commitment and curiosity, and together with over 14,000 alumni, they make up the “Casey Family.”

themselves to lives of leadership and service, living fully the message of faith. It’s why 12,000 SJV alumni are proud to call themselves “Lancers for Life.”

RED BANK CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL A vibrant Catholic co-educational institution 112 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 17, 2 – 4:30 p.m. Registration required – visit CONTACT: Angelica Rocco, 732-7475113, Red Bank Catholic is a vibrant, beloved, Catholic co-educational institution with a storied history, an extraordinary spirit and a record of achievement in the classroom, on the athletic fields, onstage and beyond. RBC was founded in 1927 in the heart of the city of Red Bank. With 166 courses

ST. ROSE HIGH SCHOOL offered, including 17 advanced placement, 39 honors, 12 dual-enrollment college-level courses and capstone project opportunities, each student’s schedule is tailored around their individual strengths and interests, and 100 percent of our graduating senior class continues on to higher education post-graduation. The vast array of extracurricular opportunities offered at RBC includes our 28 competitive varsity sports, our award-winning performing arts programs, over 60 clubs and activities, and our semester-long internship program, which 42 seniors participated in during the 2018-2019 academic year. Red Bank Catholic’s students come from over 50 towns and 70 schools. They

Open House Wed., November 3 6:30 p.m. To register, visit

Co-ed Catholic high school 607 7th Avenue, Belmar OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., and Oct. 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CONTACT: Admissions office: 732-6812858 x: 709,

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Scholarship Test Sat., October 23 8:30 a.m. Sat., October 30 8:30 a.m. To register, visit

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beautiful downtown Belmar, New Jersey. We are a vibrant shore community whose faculty and families are committed to providing our students with a faith-based, quality Catholic education. Our rigorous curriculum includes college prep, honors and advanced placement classes, and all of our students are known, valued, challenged and encouraged to be more. With the generous support of alumni and friends, St. Rose High School has been able to greatly enhance our academic offerings. Combined with an innovative drop schedule, we have opened a performing arts studio, a Business Academy, a “Maker Space” STREAM Room, a robotics program and broadcasting studio. All of these additions augment our already expansive curriculum. Athletics and an array of extracurricular activities play an integral part in our educational program. Under the direction of a dedicated coaching staff, our athletes learn how their training can be applied to real-life situations as they plan, prepare, perform, evaluate and give full effort in everything they do. At St. Rose High School our athletic program includes more than 25 varsity sports, many junior varsity and freshman programs. Our goal at St. Rose High School is to meet the needs of all our students and to provide the most rewarding Catholic experience possible.

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY An outstanding Catholic day school for boys on the high school level. 850 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 13, 4 – 6 p.m. Pre-registration required: cbalincroftnj. org/admissions/welcome CONTACT: Jennifer Maccarella, 732-7471959 x 217, admissions@cbalincroftnj. org Christian Brothers Academy has built a reputation rooted in excellence, basing our educational philosophy

on the Lasallian tradition. We focus on developing every aspect of our students through unique activities both in and out of the classroom. Our faculty is committed to a rigorous academic curriculum, while helping each student reach his full potential. The principles of faith and service remain ever-present in our community, always giving our students a chance to help those who are less fortunate. Over the past five years, each graduating class has averaged over 100 hours of service per student, which greatly exceeds the 50 hours required for graduation. Meanwhile, our championship-winning athletics and dynamic extracurricular activities allow for our students to foster an unparalleled brotherhood during their time at the Academy. For over 60 years, CBA has developed young men of faith, character and action who are prepared to serve the Church, world and society as leaders and innovators.

HOLY CROSS PREPARATORY ACADEMY The only independent co-ed Catholic preparatory school in Burlington County 5035 Route 130 S., Delran OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 27, 6 - 8 p.m. Pre-registration required: admissions/important-dates/ CONTACT: David Moffa, 856-461-5400, Holy Cross Preparatory Academy offers a truly unique college preparatory experience. Our collegiate-style block

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schedule ensures students feel comfortable when they step into their first college classes. Courses are single-semester, utilizing extended periods and an accelerated curriculum to mirror what students will experience at the collegiate level. Each student is provided a laptop, allowing them access to class material online to enhance the learning process. Through partnerships with Rowan College of Burlington County and Seton Hall University, South Orange, HCPA offers dual-credit courses totaling up to 60+ college credits. Our Guidance Office utilizes Naviance to help students through the college application process and provides students the opportunity to meet with college admissions counselors during the school day via our annual College Fair and regular visits from universities. Outside of core course offerings, students can take a variety of specialized classes including engineering (STREAM), forensic science, graphic design, and accounting. Visual and performing arts allow students to explore their talents in our studio, inside the dark room or on the stage. The proud athletic history at Holy Cross is visible in the numerous sectional and state titles lining the walls of our gymnasium. No matter what sport you play, Lancer Nation always shows up to support our teams. The HCPA community ensures that positive values and our shared faith are integrated throughout all activities. Teams and clubs regularly participate in group service projects, Masses or prayer services to bring our faith to light in every aspect of the HCPA community. Continued on 58


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MATER DEI PREP A co-ed independent, faith-based college preparatory high school 538 Church Street, Middletown OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. To register, visit website or email admissions CONTACT: Mater Dei Prep is a private, Catholic high school located on an expansive 32-acre campus. For 60 years, Mater Dei Prep has attracted talented students who recognize the unique learning opportunities the school provides. Mater Dei Prep’s relatively small size – coupled with its myriad and varied opportunities for academic, physical and spiritual growth – means all students have the opportunity to pursue their own interests and dreams. Individuality is encouraged and supported by an engaged and interested staff. Mater Dei Prep continues to recognize the learning needs of all students including those with unique learning abilities. The Center for Achievement provides in-house instructional accommodations and strategies to ensure each student’s academic success is nurtured and met. In addition, this program comprises of a variety of educational support programs for all students, including a writing center, math center, study skills center and a peer tutoring program for underclassmen. Mater Dei Prep offers a large variety of college-level courses through the Mater Dei Prep College Advantage Program. This dual enrollment opportunity gives students the chance to earn college credit through our partnerships with Rutgers University, Seton Hall University and Brookdale Community College.

STUART COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL OF THE SACRED HEART A Sacred Heart girls independent preschool – grade 12 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton

OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 17, 1 p.m. Register at CONTACT: Joseph Petitto, 609-921-2330 x 4,

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is a leading pre-k to grade 12 private school in Princeton dedicated to the education of girls. For more than 200 years, Sacred Heart education has been educating women through challenging times, and as the stewards of this tradition, Stuart is committed to developing the confident and courageous leaders the world needs now more than ever. Stuart is uniquely positioned to provide an environment where girls shine, are willing and able to take risks, and explore every opportunity. Through a highly personalized and academically rigorous curriculum with nurturing and expert faculty who know girls well, Stuart girls graduate as compassionate and empowered global citizens who are driven to be forces of change in our world.

TRENTON CATHOLIC PREPARATORY ACADEMY Co-ed Pre-K through high school; innovative, relevant curricula rooted in the Catholic faith 175 Leonard Avenue, Hamilton OPEN HOUSE: We invite prospective families to come and see why “It’s a Great Day to be an Iron Mike!” To learn more contact TCPA. CONTACT: 609-586-3705 x 119, Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy has been leading the way since 1962 with outstanding academics, STEM education, award-winning Robotics, Project Lead

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The Way Programs, High School Esports League, First Lego League, championship “Iron Mikes” sports teams, and providing a safe home where every student can grow and succeed. At TCPA, students receive an education that meets the diverse needs of 21st century learners. In addition to traditional and college preparatory classroom instruction, students in grades six through 12 have the opportunity to pursue online learning exclusively through Catholic Virtual. We selected this platform, because it is consistent with our mission and vision, while providing an innovative and relevant curriculum. Faculty-guided and assisted online learning provides both flexibility and individualization that is vital for student development during these uncertain times. Through participation in online courses, our students will also gain invaluable 21st century learning and life skills to prepare them to be lifelong learners. At TCPA our Pre-K through Grade 12 students excel. Class sizes allow teachers to provide individualized attention and support. We offer the opportunity to earn college credits through partnerships with local colleges and universities. The upper school graduation and the college acceptance rate is routinely 100 percent. The average amount of college scholarships and grants extended that graduates receive ranges from $50-$70K.

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Open House Thursday, October 21 at 6:30PM The best way to catch the Irish spirit. Tour the school, meet our faculty & coaches. See arts, lab and activity presentations.

HSPT & Scholarship Test Saturday, October 30 at 8:30AM




Irish Experience Visit Day Visit CCHS in action, attend classes and participate in labs and service activities. Register online:


EWING Every girl has the ability to learn and reach her potential. At Villa Victoria Academy, education is a shared responsibility of the Catholic school community of administrators, faculty, parents & students – it takes a Villa.

OPEN HOUSE OCTOBER 24th from 2-4pm There’s still time to register! Call 609.882.1700 ext.2



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and Nov. 17, 4 – 6 p.m. Registration required: open-house/ CONTACT: Colleen White, 609-882-1700 ext. 419 or ext. 2; for virtual information sessions, application process and scholarship exam Villa Victoria Academy, established in 1933, is one of the oldest, all-girls Catholic schools in New Jersey. The mission of Villa is to respect the inherent dignity of each individual, to educate the whole person and to empower young women to reach their full potential and influence the world in a truly Christian manner. Villa is owned and operated by the Religious Teachers Filippini. Faculty and

staff include lay men and women and our religious sisters. Within the past three years, Villa has added all new wiring for improved Wi-Fi throughout our building, a state-of-the-art dance studio, and a strength, training and conditioning room. Located on a beautiful 44-acre campus on the Delaware River, Villa Victoria Academy draws students from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Villa Victoria Academy offers a middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). Financial aid is available to all students, and scholarships are available to those entering ninth grade. For Fall 2021, Villa is in-person five full days each week, with a traditional schedule of eight classes per day for 40 minutes each and 40 minutes for lunch. With its small classes and individualized attention, Villa Victoria Academy instills character and confidence in its girls, so that each has the ability to achieve success.

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In Their Own Words:


remember walking in those doors and feeling excited but worried about what was coming. But the second I saw people I knew from sports, I knew everything was going to be okay. Starting a new school may be scary, but at Holy Cross we are a family. The most important piece of advice I could give is to participate within the school. At Holy Cross, not only can you be a student athlete, but there are also many diverse options for being in a club. One thing I appreciated was how even with COVID we were still able to come into the school with all the proper procedures. Overall, you will make a lot of memories in high school and the time will fly, so enjoy it.” – Nicole Czworkowski, ’22 Holy Cross Preparatory Academy

OPEN HOUSE October 17th, 2021 @ 11:30 - 2:00 pm Please attend our Open House and pre-register at or contact our Office of Admissions at (732) 549-7600 x221

Admissions Process Complete Online Application Submit grades and standardized test scores Schedule a student interview SJHS Entrance and Scholarship Exams will take place on October 30, November 5, 6, and 13th

The Right Decision for Your Son’s Future. Academic Excellence. Christian Values. B R O T H E R H O O D. Service.

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In Their Own Words:


ighth graders are entering an exciting time in their lives! Deciding what high school to attend is not always an easy task. Good communication with their parents is a great start! Asking the questions: ‘What school supports our family values, spiritual development, academic goals or athletic hopes, or is it a focus on the arts and sciences?’ Our Catholic schools support families in all of these areas. So, take a ride down to the beach in beautiful Belmar and become a part of our SRHS family today!” – Jen Tallarico, SRHS Director of Admission/Enrollment

Donovan traditions of kindness and support. As I prepare to leave Donovan and embark on the next chapter of my life, I know that I am well prepared, not only academically through Donovan’s rigorous curriculum, but also spiritually through the people and experiences that have molded both my faith and my person into the greatest version of myself.” – Olivia Lechner, Donovan Catholic Class of 2022; president, National Honor Society


etween the stellar academics, unique opportunities to practice my faith, and the amazing close-knit community, choosing to call Donovan Catholic my home was the best decision I have ever made. From the moment I stepped on campus as a freshman, I was welcomed by the faculty, staff, and upperclassmen into the wonderful, supportive Donovan family, and now that I am a senior, I have the honor of continuing the

ur Villa Victoria Academy mascot Buzz and our student and parent ambassadors look forward to showing you the Villa difference! Buzz recommends that any time you are considering a new school, plan a shadow day so that you can see what a day at that school is really like and if it might be the best place for you to continue your education.” – Villa Victoria Academy admissions

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