Dominican Academy

Dominican Academy has been educating young women intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually since 1897.
Located in the heart of the Upper East Side on 68th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, Dominican Academy (D.A.) consistently ranks among New York City's best high schools and stands alone as the only all-honors high school for girls in New York State.
Operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace and lay staff, D.A. unites academic excellence and an all-honors curriculum with an intimate, family-like atmosphere. D.A. challenges and empowers young women to be local and global leaders in the 21st century.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1897
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1996

Student Body

Total Students250 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Dominican Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science Principles, Economics, English, Environmental Science, European History, Government, Italian, Latin, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, U.S. History
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform required)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNov. 9 / Dec. 13
Yearly Tuition Cost$18,300
Tuition NotesSeveral scholarships, ranging from a one-time grant as an incoming freshman to a full tuition scholarship are available. Financial aid is available (please note that financial aid awards cannot exceed 50% of tuition, and require the submission of a financial aid application each year).
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMadeleine Metzler, Director of Admissions


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.24 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Art Club, Campus Ministry, Culinary Club, Culture Club, Dance Club, Dominican Preachers, Drama Club, French Club, Glee Club, Latin Club, Literary Magazine, Liturgical Chorus, Mock Trial Team, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Prom Committee, Science Club, Shakespeare Club, Spanish Club, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Yearbook

Club or Organization:
Museum Club, Women's Empowerment

School Notes

  • Accredited by Middle States, the NY State Board of Regents and twice recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Dept. of Education
  • A spiritually rich atmosphere results from a strong foundation in Christian values and leadership
  • Small class size and a student-teacher ratio of 8:1 ensures that each student is personally known
  • Academic excellence and dedication to learning foster a culture of achievement
  • Students are encouraged to assume positions of leadership, and to participate in service activities
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School Reviews

This is an excellent school. My daughter is being challenged and is benefiting from the great education she is receiving here. She and her fellow students are head and shoulders above her fellow Westchester peers that go to private Westchester Catholic schools. She is articulate and can converse with any adult in an intelligent and respectful manner. The girls have an air of sophistication but are not snobby. I am so impressed with every girl I meet from this school. The sports are getting better. There is now a swim team, cross country/indoor track team (not a club) and a tennis team. My daughter is on the student council, enjoys many clubs and is friends with girls from all over the city and Westchester. She is presently a junior and is prepping for her SATs. She scored very well on her PSATs without any prep. The colleges that are contacting her are top tier colleges such as Cornell, Colgate, Carnegie Mellon, Vassar and Carleton to name a few. DA has a great reputation with colleges because the DA alumni perform so well there because they are so well prepared. This school is worth every penny!!
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