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A showcase of Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Trenton  Trenton Catholic Academy . . . . . . . . S3  St. Rose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S5  St. John Vianney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S6  Red Bank Catholic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S9

 Notre Dame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S10  Holy Cross Academy . . . . . . . . . . . S11  Donovan Catholic . . . . . . . . . . . . . S13  Villa Victoria Academy . . . . . . . . . S15

 S tuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . S16  M ater Dei Prep. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S17  Christian Brothers Academy . . . . . S18


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Students encourage eighth-graders by sharing their Catholic high school experiences Story by Rose O’Connor, Correspondent


s they begin to settle in as the new leaders in their grammar schools, eighth-grade students are also beginning the next phase of their educational journey as they consider their options for selecting a high school.

Photo courtesy of St. John Vianney

“We start each day in prayer. That really calms and focuses me.” Brendan Fitzgerald, a senior in Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, also finds a similar atmosphere in the Monmouth County school, recently named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2017. “My favorite part about CBA is the unique sense of close-knit community that the school offers. Nothing quite compares to being able to meet and know so many people,” he said. During a recent high school visitation day for middle school students in Saint Paul School, Princeton, Gabriella Morabito, a sophomore, and junior Matthew Caccavale Jr., both from Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, spoke to students about the faith development they receive in their high school.

Photo courtesy of Red Bank Catholic High School Facebook

Catholic high schools in the Diocese offer students a sound and innovative academic program, rooted in the teachings of Christ. Each year, graduates from these schools receive millions of dollars in scholarship monies to attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. While data supports the success of Catholic high schools, no one can promote the schools as well as those who attend them. Felix Lopez, an 11th-grade student in Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, describes his time in high school thus far as a unique experience. “We are one big family with how we support one another,” he shared. Meghan DiMercurio, a junior in Villa Victoria Academy, West Trenton, concurs. “I would say that Villa Victoria Academy is a place where we are all family. Villa is like a second home and everyone, students and teachers, welcome you with open arms. Villa also provides the skills to help young women succeed in their journey of learning and of faith.” “We start each day in prayer. That really calms and focuses me,” Morabito said. Caccavale also spoke to the faithfilled atmosphere in Notre Dame High School. “We can express our faith. In our classes and retreat experiences, like Kairos, it’s a great way to keep our Catholic faith strong,” Caccavale said. Jane Pangilinan, a senior in Red Bank Catholic High School, recounted that she definitely feels more connected to her faith at RBC. “Your faith opens your eyes, and we then see things through the eyes of our faith. My years at RBC and my religion classes here have definitely brought me closer to God,” she shared.

botics team, encourages students in the eighth grade to participate in extracurriculars in high school. “Go for it. If you’re interested in something, definitely go for it and give it 100 percent. This helps you grow and move out of your comfort zone,” he said. DiMercurio also will be busy this year at Villa Victoria Academy. “I am on the track and cross

country teams; the math team; the a cappella singing group here at Villa, the Decibelles; another singing group, the Honeybees, and will be performing in the Villa musicals,” she said. “I spent my sophomore year as the director of debate in the Junior Statesmen of America Club. I have also been on the student council executive board and in See High • S14

Extracurricular Activities The academic programs in Catholic high schools, cultivated in an atmosphere centered in Gospel values, are further strengthened by the athletic programs and extracurricular activities that allow students to develop their leadership skills and learn to collaborate with different people. Lopez, who plays on the TCA soccer team and is a member of the school ro-

Photo courtesy of Notre Dame

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OCTOBER 5, 2017 •

Trenton Catholic Academy Upper School

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175 Leonard Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08610 • 609-586-3705 •

Polycom video conferencing, Chromebooks, Thinkpads. Project Lead the Way, a STEM curriculum that allows students to “develop in-demand, transportable skills.”

About us …

Trenton Catholic Academy mirrors the global community. While we are a diverse community, we are also a close-knit, Iron Mike family.

Open House:

Oct. 12, 6 to 8 p.m. Number of students • 200 Typical student-teacher ratio • 15:1 School colors • Blue and White Scheduling • Modified block Percentage attending college • 98 percent Spiritual life • Masses for holy days and special occasions, whole school prayer services, students serve as readers and altar servers during Mass, retreat days, opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Communion services, volunteer with hospice, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Allies Inc. and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) Updated technologies • A Promethean Active Wall and

Tuition • $9,900 Financial assistance • Eighty percent of our students receive tuition assistance in the form of financial aid. Prospective students are also encouraged to take the annual scholarship test, as academic scholarships are awarded to students who receive the highest scores. The scholarship test is on Nov. 4. College scholarships awarded to graduating seniors in 2017 • approximately $3.5 million Special needs • The guidance department and Catapult Learning Services assist students with their individualized education plans. Students receive tutoring and additional instruction as needed on a regular basis. Students interested in vocational and technical training have the opportunity to take Vo-tech classes at Mercer County Community College. Academic highlights • Forensics, genetics and biotechnology and Project Lead the Way Computer science and engineering courses. Qualified students may also apply for dual enrollment with Mercer County Community College and receive college credits for English 101 and

English 102, taught by an MCCC instructor. Extracurricular activities • Robotics Club, Video Production Club, Drama Club, Chess Club, Spirit Club, Mock Trial, Student Council and the National Honor Society Sports programs available • Basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, track and field, cross country and cheerleading Parent involvement • Parents are invited to the school for various informational meetings throughout the year. They are encouraged to participate in events sponsored by the PTA, and to visit the school website regularly for new information and utilize the Parent Portal, which allows parents access to test scores and assignment information to remain current with their child (ren)’s academic progress in school. Application process • Prospective students should complete the admissions forms, including records release and recommendations, visit the website at www. Apply for financial if applicable, take the scholarship test Nov. 4, interview with a TCA administrator  To learn more contact • Renée Rogers, admissions, 609-5866705, ext. 119, or, www.


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Open houses ideal time to learn about

school communities


ith the excitement of going back to school just beginning to fade, high schools around the Diocese are looking ahead to next year and gearing up enthusiasm through their yearly open houses – a time when prospective students and their parents visit a high school to take a closer look at the place that could be the next step in their education.

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During October, these open houses provide Catholic high schools an opportunity to showcase the venerable benefits of Catholic By Dorothy K. education and their academic programs. “Parents like meeting with students LaMantia directly,” said Maryanne Bedford, director of St. Rose High School, Belmar. Correspondent admissions in “The one-on-one between [a student] tour   guide and family allows them to experience the school and what we have to offer – and to get to know someone in the school more personally. There is no script. Kids learn from kids, and what they say is genuine.” Bedford was among the administrators and Photo courtesy of Holy Cross Facebook planners from four diocesan high schools to speak about the importance of open houses, their format and their impact on the school and the families who attend.

Photo courtesy of Donovan Catholic

Photo courtesy of Notre Dame

Open houses typically run two or three hours on a Sunday afternoon or a weekday evening and introduce parents and their children to the building, academics and extracurricular programs – including athletics, arts, community service and a wide variety of clubs – that will be part of the student’s daily experience. Teachers from every academic department, guidance counselors, administrators, current students and parents are on hand to answer visiting parents’ or students’ questions, ranging from course expectations to financial aid, and to defuse the anxiety that accompanies any child’s preparation of taking the next educational step. Current students serving as ambassadors accompany a family on a tour of classrooms, science labs, the library, chapel and athletic field, where guests can see how well Catholic schools are keeping pace with educational demands of the 21st century.   For example, said Katelyn Venuto, director of admissions in Holy Cross Academy, Delran, “In our science labs, our guests will see a student working on an experiment. They will also see that every student at Holy Cross has ownership of a new laptop in the classroom.”  Innovation is also forefront in Donovan Catholic, Toms River. “Students will see STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] projects in our science labs and visit Griffin TV, our television studio,” said the school’s principal, Dr. Edward Gere. In some schools, a parent of a currently enrolled student joins in the walk to provide a parent’s perspective, too.

“We are here to partner with families,” said Laura Sarubbi, director of enrollment management in Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville. “One parent said to me, ‘The minute I walked in the door, I felt at home.’” The presence of student ambassadors and parents allows families to make connections to each other, which some consider to be the crowning touch of an open house, school officials agreed. Because of the student ambassadors, “Middle-schoolers can start to visualize themselves in the environment, so it’s not so overwhelming, and to start to see themselves in their high school career and how they will make their mark on the future,” Venuto said.  “Incoming parents praise the open house because of the positive energy and enthusiasm of our student ambassadors and teachers,” Gere said. “For many, it seals the deal.”

“We see it this way: they’re bringing their family to meet ours ... this will be their home.” The concerted mission of the school’s professionals, its parents and students cultivates the sense of family, the administrators said, which becomes the event’s most effective selling point. “We see it this way: they’re bringing their family to meet ours,” Venuto said. “It’s important because this will be their home, where they will spend most of their time.”  As the schools seek to enroll students from both Catholic and public schools, they also extend the invitation to non-Catholics. “We welcome students of other faiths. It enriches student experience,” Gere said. “It is our response to the tone set by Pope Francis, which stresses the universality of the Catholic faith and its welcoming nature.” Sarubbi agreed. “The teachings of Jesus Christ permeate all we believe: the hard work ethic, putting others first, respect for self, being of service to each other. Our students learn that here. Non-Catholics want their kids to be part of this community and tradition.” 

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St. Rose High School 607 7th Ave., Belmar, NJ 07719 • 732-681-2858 •

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About us … Major renovations have taken place at St. Rose, including six new science labs and a new library.

Open House:

Oct. 12, 6 to 8 p.m. Number of students • 500 Typical student-teacher ratio • 12:1 School colors • Purple and Gold Scheduling • Traditional Percentage attending college • 100 percent SAT scores • Critical reading 663/609; math 698/630; writing 707/649 Spiritual life • Campus Ministry, morning prayer and class prayer, Masses, class retreats, Christian and community service Updated technologies • Every student receives an iPad

for school. Computer labs include Chromebooks, Macbook Airs and HP Laptops. Two 3-D printers in the library as well as a fully interactive TV studio Tuition • $12,000 Financial assistance • Financial aid available, apply with FACTS> Scholarships for all grade levels College scholarships awarded to graduating seniors in 2017 • $20.23 million in scholarships and grants

both before and after school

Academic highlights • 225 AP tests taken in 17 subjects. Project Lead the Way engineering program began in fall 2017

Sports programs available • 20 athletic teams

Special needs • Extra time, preferential seating and teacher assistance based on learning plan. Each student’s plan is individualized.

Application process • Students must fill out an online application, send in three years of records including test scores, and take the high school placement test

Extracurricular activities • One hour club period run during the school day twice a month. 50+ club options available

To learn more contact • Maryanne Bedford, director of admissions, 732-681-2858, ext. 305,

Parent involvement • PTA, Athletics Club, Arts Council and several on-campus committees

Thursday October 12, 6:00-8:00 Freshman for a Day - October 18, 20, 25 & November 2 High School Placement Test - Saturday, November 4 Admissions Application Deadline - Friday, December 1

Visit our NEW website to RSVP and for exciting St. Rose upates!

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St. John Vianney High School 540A Line Rd., Holmdel, NJ 07733 • 732-739-0800 About us … The SJVHS community is committed to our motto: Knowledge, Commitment, Involvement, through participation in spiritual, academic and extracurricular programs.

Open House:

Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Oct. 26, 7 to 9 p.m. Number of students • 930 Typical student-teacher ratio • 15:1 School colors • White and Gold Scheduling • Block Scheduling 4x4 Percentage attending college • 99 percent SAT scores • Consistently above state and national average Spiritual life • Monthly schoolwide Masses and weekly Masses in the chapel; bi-weekly service field trips; retreats; participate in Mass; participate in Life Teen meetings Updated technologies • SJVHS has been a 1-1 tablet PC school for 11 years.  Our teachers and students make extensive use of 21st century learning tools.  Blackboard (Learning

Management System) and e-textbooks support our curriculum goals.  Wireless projection enables teachers’ mobility between collaborative groups in the classroom.  Technology also allows our teachers to integrate flipped learning instruction. 3-D projectors and a 3-D printers enhance our science and engineering curriculum. Tuition • $12,600 Financial assistance • Tuition assistance is available to students who demonstrate financial need. Applications must be completed and submitted on line to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Scholarships available • More than a dozen scholarships, The Monsignor Strano Memorial Scholarship and The Kenneth Szyarto Memorial Scholarship College scholarships awarded to graduating seniors in 2017 • Over $32 million in grants and scholarships Academic highlights • AP Academy, Early College Academy, engineering courses, AP courses, dual enrollment classes, 32 honors courses, computer science classes, college prep courses, virtual high school courses offered, 60 percent of staff members hold advanced degrees. Special needs • ESL program for students who are not native English speakers, in conjunction with the Monmouth

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Ocean Educational Services Commission, in-class support for reading, language arts, mathematics, and compensatory education. SJVHS also has an in-house academic support counselor and a PYXIS program available for all students. Extracurricular activities • 50 service, social and academic clubs are offered. Battle of the Classes; SJV’s Got Talent Show; Spirit Week with Homecoming floats; International Festival Night; Junior Ring Ceremony; Christmas concert and fall drama/spring musical Sports programs available • 33 varsity teams with JV and freshman levels, football, baseball, basketball, cheer, dance, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, cross country, hockey, volleyball, golf, bowling, wrestling, swimming Parent involvement • Parents get involved with fundraising events, PTA, Booster Club, School Board, AdvancEd committee work Application process • All applicants must fill out an application (online) and register for the High School Placement test. To learn more contact • Admissions Coordinator, Patti Gilmartin,, 732-739-0800, ext. 155, director of advancement and marketing, Jillian Chandler,, 732-739-0800, ext. 133

Saint John Vianney High School

Open House Saturday October 21st, 10am-1pm Thursday October 26th, 7pm-9pm Pre-Register for Open House and Placement Test at Placement Test, Saturday Nov. 4th, 8am

540A Line Rd., Holmdel, NJ 07733 Please contact Admissions Coordinator, Patti Gilmartin for additional information or to set up a private tour, 732-739-0800 Ext. 155

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A showcase of our Catholic schools


arish, regional and diocesan Catholic schools across Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties look forward to presenting the benefits of their schools to the families of prospective K-12 students this fall. Call a school in your area or visit its website to find out when open houses are scheduled, arrange a tour and more.


Notre Dame High School • Lawrenceville • 609-882-7900, Our Lady of Sorrows • Mercerville • 609587-4140, St. Ann • Lawrenceville • 609-882-8077, St. Gregory the Great Academy • Hamilton Square • 609-587-1131, St. Paul • Princeton • 609-921-7587, www. St. Raphael • Hamilton • 609-585-7733, Trenton Catholic Academy • Hamilton • Lower School 609-586-5888, Upper School 609-586-3705,

MONMOUTH COUNTY Holy Cross • Rumson • 732-842-0348, Holy Innocents • Neptune • 732-922-3141, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel • Asbury Park • 732775-8989, Red Bank Catholic High School • Red Bank • 732-747-1774 St. Benedict • Holmdel • 732-264-5578, St. Catharine • Spring Lake • 732-449-4424, St. James • Red Bank • 732-741-3363,

The following private Catholic schools have also announced their open houses in The Monitor:

All Saints Regional • Manahawkin • 732364-4130, Donovan Catholic High School • Toms River • 732-349-8801, www.donovancatholic. org St. Aloysius • Jackson • 732-370-1515, www. St. Dominic • Brick • 732-840-1412, www.

Stuart Country Day School • Princeton • 609-921-2330, Villa Victoria Academy • Ewing • 609-8821700, Mater Dei Prep • Middletown • (732) 6719100,


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Catholic education gives students tools to be successful in life, faith


ducation is the vehicle by which the world is driven to change. A Catholic high school education is essential because it is a system that is based on values, ethics and faith. Catholic secondary education is based on the Gospel teachings of peace and acceptance. Parents who invest in Catholic education invest in their child’s future. Catholic schools from Pre-K to grade 12 focus on educating the whole student: mind, body and spirit. Students who attend Catholic high schools are treated as individuals. Catholic high school teachers recognize that working in a Catholic school is not only a job, but also a vocation. Teachers encourage their students to develop their talents and skills as they grow emotionally and spiritually, celebrating their milestones and Sacraments as a community. In the small group setting of Catholic school classrooms, students are treated with kindness and compassion. Catholic education is innovative, and educators are constantly seeking new programs to bring to the classrooms. Catholic schools throughout the Diocese are implementing STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math) programs, preparing students for careers that are emerging on a daily basis or have yet to be created.

“The focus of Catholic high school is more than just an excellent academic education – it is about the formation of the whole human person.” Catholic schools are also at the forefront of technology. Catholic high schools invest funds into researching and purchasing new technological programs and teach students to ethically manage their way through the world of information. These schools have digital research resources that mirror the resources available at colleges and universities. Technology is integrated in all curricular areas, ensuring that students have the best resources for learning and

Steve DiMezza, St. John Vianney High School Principal

application of their knowledge. Our schools also provide students with personal guidance regarding college and career readiness. The administrators and guidance staff begin the college preparation process from the first day of freshman year through senior year, providing students with information and helping them create a path to a successful post-secondary experience. Counselors encourage students to explore colleges and universities that fit their career and financial needs. Catholics high school students have been recognized yearly for their outstanding receipt of grants and scholarships each year to the top colleges and universities. Sports and service are also essential components for creating a well-rounded young person who is prepared to accept the challenges of the real world. Students are encouraged to participate in various sports programs, which have levels for all abilities, from freshman, to junior varsity to varsity. Students who are involved in sports learn about teamwork and become part of a com-

munity. The Catholic Athletes for Christ program teaches that God is present on and off the field, and students take great pride in being able to pray together before each game. Catholic high schools also require students to complete community service, with a minimum of 30 hours to be completed in senior year. The community service programs organized by the high schools introduce students to the surrounding communities and help teenagers fulfill God’s call to help those in need. Teachers, administrators, coaches and staff are invited to join students in service. All students at all grade levels are asked to consider serving others both in and out of the school. The focus of Catholic high school is more than just an excellent academic education – it is about the formation of the whole human person and guiding students in their call to be disciples of Christ and messengers of God’s Word, which the world so desperately needs. Steve DiMezza is the principal of St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel.

Celina intended to major in politics, but her advisor suggested a macroeconomics course, and she soon found herself drawn to other classes in the Busch School of Business and Economics. “I liked solving economics problems,” she says. Her professors were challenging, but supportive. “They were really engaging and cared more about us understanding the concepts than giving us a grade.” Catholic University empowers students to be global citizens, working to improve the conditions of the world around us by creating opportunities for others.

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Red Bank Catholic High School 112 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 • 732-747-1774

About us … Red Bank Catholic educates leaders who are ethical 21st century stewards of our future. We represent 139 years of Catholic education in the Mercy tradition.

Open House:

Oct. 22, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Number of students • 831 Typical student-teacher ratio • 11:1 School colors • Green and Gold Scheduling • Traditional Percentage attending college • 99 percent SAT scores • Critical reading: 545; math: 532; writing: 538 Spiritual life • Freshman convocation; class level Masses; retreats; campus ministry; community outreach; Crop Walk, March for Life

Updated technologies • Seven full computer labs, state of the art math lab and language lab, wireless access, multimedia podiums integrated with computers, internet and projectors, smart boards, STEM lab Tuition • $14,160 Financial assistance • Limited financial aid is available; based on need and submission of an application to FACTS Grant and Aid Management. Scholarships available • Scholarships in the form of financial aid are awarded to families who qualify, based on their application for financial aid. Scholarships are awarded to the top ten students who sit for the placement test in November. College scholarships awarded to graduating seniors in 2017 • $32,549,502 Advanced placement • 17 AP classes are offered; RBC also

Facebook: Red Bank Catholic High School Twitter: @RBCCaseys and @CaseysSports Instagram: Red Bank Catholic

has a dual enrollment program at Seton Hall University and Brookdale Community College. Special needs • In-class support, learning consultant on staff. Academic highlights • Please see website for curriculum guide. Qualified students are also able to participate in a cross curricular Capstone Program and senior Internship program at local businesses. Extracurricular activities • More than 60 clubs, activities and service organizations; three student-run publications; numerous dance and theatrical productions. Sports programs available • 29 sports, all three seasons: freshman, JV and varsity. See website Parent involvement • PTA, Booster Club, Performing Arts Parent Association Application process • Applications are due Nov. 3. Placement test on Nov. 4. Students must apply on line at and click on the Admissions link. Please contact the Admissions Office at 732-7475113 for additional details or visit the website. To learn more contact • Cheryl Thompson, director of admissions, 732-747-5113, email thompsonc@

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Notre Dame High School

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601 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 • 609-882-7900, ext. 183, About us … ND is special because all

students are valued, celebrated and loved for the gifts they bring. Number of students • 1,104 Typical student-teacher ratio • 15:1 School colors • Blue and White Scheduling • Block Percentage attending college • 98 percent SAT scores • Mean SAT Scores total: 1136; Evidence-based reading and writing: 571; math: 565 Spiritual life • Schoolwide monthly liturgy, Mass is offered twice weekly in the chapel, student-led Communion services and Adoration/Reconciliation on a weekly basis, service-learning, campus ministry, Catholic Athletes for Christ, retreats, social justice Updated technologies • Broadcasting studio, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program, film studio, robotics, campus WiFi,

Cyber Patriots Tuition • $13,545 (Catholic), $14,045 (Non-Catholic) Financial assistance • Tuition assistance is available based on financial need College scholarships awarded to graduating seniors in 2017 • $16 million over a 4-year period Advanced placement • Number of AP Courses Offered: 15; special programs: summer academic camps, senior internships and independent research projects for credit, academic support, blended learning, college partnerships Special needs • Academic support is offered for students with learning challenges. In addition, ND offers academic strength and conditioning as well as student tutors who are members of the National Honor Society. Extracurricular activities • Over 50 clubs and organizations and nationally recognized service-learning program Sports programs available • 55 athletic teams (21 varsity sports teams) with over 800 student-athletes Parent involvement • A variety of parent organizations help to support the mission of Notre Dame: Performing Arts Parents Association (PAPA), PTA, Post Prom, Post Prom Fashion Show and Auction Committee. The Board of

Governors oversees a variety of committees that involve many of our parents. Application process • Online application via Standard Application Online how-to-apply Two ways to apply • Early Decision Deadline: Oct. 20 (Placement test date: Oct. 21, students must interview by Oct. 31). Regular Admission Deadline: Jan. 31 (Placement test date: Feb. 3, students must interview by Jan. 31 To learn more contact • Laura Sarubbi, director of enrollment management and marketing, 609-882-7900, ext. 130,,

Celebrating 60 years of academic excellence, tradition and community. Notre Dame High School 601 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 609.882.7900 ext. 130 or 183

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Holy Cross Academy

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5035 Rt. 130 South, Delran, NJ 08075 • 856-461-5400


Instagram: @hcaLancers

About us … Holy Cross is celebrating its 60th year of offering a Catholic education in Burlington County.

Number of students • 400 Typical student-teacher ratio • 13.9:1 School colors • Maroon and White Scheduling • Block Percentage attending college • 98 percent SAT scores • Verbal: 587; math: 581; combined: 1168 Spiritual life • With addition of Father Colavito, there is a new direction. Mass for Life: Oct. 25; Blue Mass: Sept. 29 Updated technologies • STEM Lab in process – introduction of Robotics Club

Tuition • $12,100 Financial assistance • Some merit scholarships, financial aid based on need College scholarships awarded to graduating seniors in 2016 • $18.3 million Special needs • Supplemental instruction and compensatory education services. Classroom accommodations based on individual service plans. Academic highlights • See the website curriculum guide at Extracurricular activities • 35 clubs and activities offered during flex period, Special Olympics, Interact and Catholic Athletes for Christ are some of our popular clubs Sports programs available • Fall, winter, spring sports

(football, soccer (boys and girls), basketball (boys and girls), lacrosse (boys and girls), baseball, softball, track, cross country Parent involvement • PTA and Booster Club Application process • See website, homepage To learn more contact • Katelyn Venuto 856-461-5400, ext. 3007;;

BISHOP EUSTACE PREPARATORY SCHOOL Guided by Tradition, Seeking New Paths

Join us for our

Open House Sunday, October 22, 2017 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5552 Route 70, Pennsauken, NJ @BishopEustace

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Pre K - Grade 8 Friday, November 3rd 9 - 10:30 am 732-842-0348


Saint Joseph High School Brothers of the Sacred Heart in Metuchen, NJ since 1901


Sunday, October 15, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Saturday, October 28, 2017 Saturday, November 4, 2017 Friday, November 10, 2017 Saturday, November 11, 2017 Shuttle bus from Metuchen Train Station

Visit us at or Call 732-549-7600 Ext. 221

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Donovan Catholic High School 711 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753 • 732-349-8801

Facebook • Donovan Catholic Twitter • @DonovanGriffins

About us … 100 percent College Prep. International Baccalaureate World School, experimental learning, award-winning performing arts, 26 varsity sports, collegiate scheduling

Open House:

Oct. 19, 7 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 22, 2 to 4 p.m. Number of students • 682 Typical student-teacher ratio • 14:1 School colors • Royal Blue and White Scheduling • Block Percentage attending college • 98 percent SAT scores • Critical Reading: 547: Math: 550 Spiritual life • Daily prayers, daily Mass, vibrant campus ministry program, class and special retreats, school-wide liturgies Updated technologies • Digital textbooks, Kurzweil program for special needs students, Google Classroom Tuition • $12,960 Financial assistance • Financial assistance through PSAS, numerous scholarships for incoming freshmen, current students and graduates College scholarships awarded to graduating seniors in 2016 • Over $27 million Advanced placement • Literature, world history, U.S. history, psychology, biology,

physics, chemistry, environmental science, calculus AB & BC, Spanish, online courses, IB Diploma program Special needs • Academic support program, Foundations CP courses, Jumpstreet Extracurricular activities • Flex time offers opportunity for all students to be involved in clubs, including equestrian club, PAWS club, law club and academic decatholon club Sports programs available • All sports including football, field hockey, ice hockey and gymnastics Parent involvement • Join the PTA or Donovan Arts Society (DARTS), to be involved with sports Application process • Apply online; register for the high school placement test online; submit request for records to your grade school To learn more contact •, Tara Mulligan, registrar, 732-349-8801, ext. 2426, www.

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755 OCEAN AVE, LONG BRANCH, NJ 07740 • 732-222-2731

Where God and Sea Come Together

High-schoolers share journeys with peers Continued from • S2

OUR THEME for 2017: WALKING IN DARKNESS / LIVING IN THE LIGHT Experiences of light and darkness mark every life, inviting us to enter into the mystery of OUR THEME FOR 2017 God and a deeper appreciation of the meaning of our own lives. Our retreats will encourage WALKING IN DARKNESS / LIVING THE LIGHT greater reflection on these experiences in the light of faith;IN focusing in particular on Jesus Experiences ofoflight and darkness mark every life, inviting us to enter into Christ as the Light the World. us at Twitter • Like us on the mysteryFollow of God and @alfonsoretreats a deeper appreciation of the meaning of our own Visit us at lives. Our retreats will encourage greater reflection on these experiences in the light of faith; focusing in particular on Jesus Christ as the Light of the World. Follow us at Twitter @alfonsoretreats Like us on /alfonsoreteats Visit us at

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Villa’s public relations club.” Trinity Dalmazio, a junior in St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, spoke of the opportunities provided to students when participating in extracurricular activities. “SJV offers many different chances to participate in pretty much anything you’re interested in. I am a part of the Ambassadors Club, Creative Writing Club, choir, band, show choir and the school musicals,” she said. “Participating in all of these clubs and activities at SJV has truly helped me to make lifelong friendships, as well as showing me leadership and the value of commitment. “I am also a member of the girls’ varsity tennis team. Being a part of a sports team at SJV has taught me the true value of working as a team, encouraging your peers, and being a true team player,” she said.

Support Systems While each school offers different academic programs and extracurricular activities, all the students agreed on the support they received from the teachers in the high schools. “There are always people here to support us in our academics and extracurriculars,” Lopez said. “They say these years go by fast and they are correct! The teachers are amazing and are always there to help,” Pangilinan said of the RBC staff. Of the teachers in Villa Victoria, DiMercurio offered, “We can always confide in teachers and ask them for religious guidance. This devotion has kept me grounded and calm during a critical time in my emotional journey.” Dalmazio shared the values that led her and her family to choose a Catholic high school. “Going to a Catholic high school was very important to me and my family when deciding on a high school to attend,” she said. “Being able to achieve a quality education, at the same time as furthering my relationship with God, has truly been an amazing part of my life.”

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BEFORE GIVING PERMISSION for your teen to see the latest movie, check out the Catholic rating and faith-based analysis issued by the Church’s media experts. Go to and click on FEATURES/ARTS AND MEDIA.

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Villa Victoria Academy

Facebook • VillaVictoriaAcademy Twitter • @villavictoria1 Instagram • @Villavictoriaacademy

376 West Upper Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 609-882-1700 •

About us … Villa is the oldest Catholic all-girls school in New Jersey providing a safe, challenging environment for girls.

Open House:

Oct. 21, 1 to 3 p.m. Typical student-teacher ratio • 8:1 School colors • Maroon and Gray Scheduling • Traditional Percentage attending college • 100 percent SAT scores • 1767 (verbal, math and writing combined) Spiritual life • Campus minister for all grades, Masses for all holy days and special feast days such as St. Lucy’s birthday (foundress of order), daily prayer at the beginning and end of day, class prayer services, faculty retreat, student retreats

Updated technologies • Flat screen TVs in each classroom linked to new iPads for classroom learning Tuition • $13,800 Financial assistance • Financial aid available to all grades, list of partial and full scholarships found here: College scholarships awarded to graduating seniors in 2017 • Each graduating senior received an average of $250,000 Advanced placement • U.S. history, English literature and composition, U.S. government and politics, calculus AB biology, chemistry. For a complete course listing, visit

Parent involvement • Villa has a Parent Alliance which hosts events throughout the year for families. Parents are encouraged to offer their time to Parent Alliance. In addition, parents are welcome to help with “Class Days” and attend concerts and assemblies during the school day. Application process • Application process includes the high school placement test (HSPT), two teacher recommendations, a transcript, a student survey, a parent interview and a student interview, along with the application and a $50 application fee. To learn more contact • Colleen White, director of admissions, 609-882-1700, ext. 419,

Special needs • No special needs classes offered Extracurricular activities • Advanced Math Team - Vil2a Be2s, Annual Spring Musical, Decibelles (a cappella), Glamour Gals (service club), HoneyBees (vocal ensemble), Inscape Literary Magazine, Instrumental Ensemble, Junior State of America (JSA), other student/teacher initiated clubs include public relations club, stage tech crew, student council, Tailwaggers (animal lovers club), yearbook Sports programs available • Basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track





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. Schedule a private tour or register for our

OPEN HOUSE OCTOBER 21ST from 1-3pm Call 609.882.1700 ext.2


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Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 • 609-921-2330 •

Facebook • stuartschool Twitter • @stuartCDschool Instagram • stuartcdschool YouTube • Smugmug • stuartschool

About us …

In our all-girls environment, the goals of faith, knowledge, social justice, community and personal growth are the foundation of a Stuart education.

or small group assistance in math, reading, writing and study skills. Extracurricular activities • 60+ clubs, trips to places as close as Camden and as far away as Belize, global exchange to one of the 150 Sacred Heart schools throughout the work, five major theater productions each year

Open House: Oct. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sports programs available • 12 JV/Varsity sports teams in 10 sports. Number of students • 455 Boards, new digital arts lab, MakerSpace, iPads and laptops, digital document sharing between students and faculty, wireless internet throughout campus

Typical student-teacher ratio • 7:1 School colors • Green and White Scheduling • Block

Tuition • $14,900 – $37,900

Percentage attending college • 100 percent SAT scores • Average 1356

Financial assistance • 33 percent of students receive financial aid, $2.4 million in aid provided each year

Spiritual life • Campus ministry, Mass, First Friday prayer services, Sacred Heart assemblies

Advanced placement • Nearly two dozen AP courses, STEM and leadership diploma endorsements

Updated technologies • All classrooms outfitted with Smart-

Special needs • Stuart’s Learning Center offers one-to-one

Wonder what a girl can do?

When girls come to Stuart, they enter a community that is both challenging and supportive. From preschool to senior year, their curiosity and zest to learn are fed by outstanding academics and expert faculty–who know girls and know each girl well.

Parent involvement • Parents serve as school ambassadors, on the board of trustees, as career mentors and guest speakers. They aid in development efforts, assist with theater productions, operate the school store and organize school events and activities. Application process • Students may apply using the SSAT Common Application. A visit to campus is also required. To learn more contact • See, or contact Kyle Z. Morse, director of admissions and financial aid, at, or call 609-921-2330, ext. 4115

Stuart girls discover mentors and experiences that unleash the strength within. Here, they are not just transformed, but transform themselves into brave and bold, powerful and wonderful young women.

Join us!

OPEN HOUSES Oct. 24, 6–8 PM & Nov. 9, 9 AM–2 PM OPEN CLASSROOMS Nov. 2, 8:30–10:00 AM

Independent Girls’ Day School PS–12 | Princeton, New Jersey 609.921.2330 x4131

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Mater Dei Prep 538 Church Street, Middletown, NJ 07748 • 732-671-9100 through Christian service. On average, students have completed 100 hours of Christian service upon graduation.

About us … Mater Dei Prep is an independent, faith-based college preparatory high school that fosters individuality and growth within an intimate and inclusive community.

Open House: Oct. 15, 1 to 4 p.m. and Oct. 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Application Deadline: Nov. 17 • Placement Test: Nov. 18

Updated technologies • Mater Dei Prep features a state-of-the-art and continually evolving technology infrastructure including: learning and communications platform through Blackbaud, new Media Scape technology to support students working collaboratively with people across the globe, multi-purpose Commons Room with projectors and device mirroring, network printing, flat screen TVs in every classroom to allow multiple teaching approaches, and high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the campus. Tuition • $12,450

Number of students • 325 Typical student-teacher ratio • 15:1 School colors • Blue and White Scheduling • Hybrid block scheduling Percentage attending college • 95 percent SAT scores • 4-year-accepted students: reading: 533; math: 538; writing: 530 Spiritual life • Students take four years of religion. In addition, the community comes together for class retreats, weekly Mass and daily prayer.- Seraphs also practice their faith MaterDeiPrep2017 Monitor half-page 10x6.75.pdf 1

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Financial assistance • Mater Dei Prep has some merit scholarships available to students who apply to Mater Dei Prep by Nov. 17. Financial assistance may be available to families who qualify based on their financial filing. All filings must be complete by Nov. 17. To learn more, visit

Global Leaders Program Special needs • Mater Dei Prep continues to recognize the learning needs of all students, including those with unique learning abilities. The school provides in-house instructional accommodations and strategies to ensure each student’s academic success. Extracurricular activities • More than 30 extracurricular activities and clubs ranging from academic subjects, music, journalism, and student government, to an award winning theater program, dance, visual arts, Christian service and religion Sports programs available • 22 varsity sports

College scholarships awarded to graduating seniors in 2017 • The Class of 2017 average scholarship was $35,345 per collegiate year.

Application process • After attending a school visit or open house, all prospective students are encouraged to apply online at The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 17. After submitting the application students can register for the ACT Placement Test on Saturday, Nov. 18 by visiting

Academic highlights • College Advantage Program, Advanced course, Capstone Academy, Emerging 12:46 Placement PM

To learn more contact • Admissions officer Christine Altland, 732-671-9100, ext.117, or








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Christian Brothers Academy

Facebook • Twitter/Instagram • @CBALincroft (school news)

850 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738-1698 • 732-747-1959

About us … Christian Brothers Academy is a private all-boys Catholic day school in Monmouth County, NJ and a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School.

Open House:

Oct. 1, 12 to 3 p.m.

@CBAColts (athletics)

Athletics website • Custom Mobile App • ColtsCenter

Spiritual life • Daily Mass in the chapel, schoolwide Masses and prayer services throughout the year Updated technologies: Ne w programs include robotics, media  marketing, theatre arts and enrichmentfocused extracurricular offerings Tuition • $15,950 Financial assistance: $800,000 awarded in financial aid annually College scholarships awarded to graduating seniors in 2017 • $23,576,000 academic scholarships

Number of students • 950 Typical student-teacher ratio • 14:1

Advanced placement • 24 Advanced Placement classes

School colors • Navy Blue and White Scheduling • 6-day rotating cycle, 8 periods per day Percentage attending college • 99 percent SAT scores • 1250 average (combined Critical reading and math).

Special needs • N/A Academic highlights • 94 percent of Class of ‘17 attending colleges/universities ranked by U.S. News & World Report Extracurricular activities • 45 extracurricular clubs and

P a u l VI H I g H S c H o o l

Scholarship Test Saturday, October 28 • 9:00 AM

Reservations for the test, and for our fall events are available at Fall Eagle Days October and November visit dates available. Tours & Touchdowns Friday, October 6 • 6:00 PM Friday, October 13 • 6:00 PM Open House Thursday, November 9, 2017 • 6:30 to 9:00 PM Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please visit to apply For more information please contact: Mrs. Kathleen Stewart, (856) 858-4900 ext. 336,




901 Hopkins Road • Haddonfield, NJ • 856.858.4900 •

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activities Sports programs available • 18 varsity sports programs Parent involvement • Mother’s Club, Father’s Club and Alumni Association for parent/alumni participation. Application process • Visit admissions To learn more contact • email admissions@cbalincroftnj. org or call 732-747-1959, ext. 217

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• Affordable Tuition and Financial Aid

• St. Paul School accredited by the • Proven Successful pre-K-8 Co-Ed School Middle States Association of Schools and by the international agency AdvancED • National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence • Placed 1st or 2nd in the Diocesan-wide • Dedicated, NJ Certified Faculty Scholastic Olympics since 2001

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Sunday, October 15th, 2017 11am to 2pm

We Invite All of Our Current Families to Bring a Friend. ViSiT YOUR CHiLD’S CLASSROOm • SEE THEm iN ACTiON SHOw OFF YOUR SCHOOL • TOUR THE FACiLiTY

The mission of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School is to enable students to celebrate their God given talents by serving others in the Spirit of Christ, and grow into life-long learners.

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The Monitor 2017 High School Open House Issue  

Featuring the Catholic high schools within the Diocese of Trenton