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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 250 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,300
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 9 / Dec. 13
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Dominican Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

School History

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Year Founded
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1996

Student Body

Total Students
250 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
Dominican Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
Number of AP Courses
17 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Art 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 Code
Uniform required

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Nov. 9 / Dec. 13
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Several 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 Director
Madeleine Metzler, Director of Admissions



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
24 extracurriculars
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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Dominican Academy cost?
Dominican Academy's tuition is approximately $18,300 for private students.
What sports does Dominican Academy offer?
Dominican Academy offers 8 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is Dominican Academy's ranking?
Dominican Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for: Most AP courses offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Dominican Academy?
The application deadline for Dominican Academy is Nov. 9 / Dec. 13.

School Calendar

View the Dominican Academy yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

First Day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May 01, 2024 (Wednesday)
Last day of Senior Classes
May 21, 2024 (Tuesday)
Memorial Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
May 27, 2024 (Monday)
Last Day of classes
June 05, 2024 (Wednesday)
Last day of school- Student Assemblies
June 14, 2024 (Friday)

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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 250 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,300
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 9 / Dec. 13
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in New York, NY is $42,877 for elementary schools and $48,288 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New York, NY is 61% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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