Mary Help Of Christians Academy

Mary Help of Christians Academy, a Catholic preparatory school in the Salesian tradition, embraces the charism of reason, religion and loving kindness as inspired by Saint John Bosco and Saint Mary Mazzarello.
Embodying the ideals of "Beauty, Truth, and Joy," young women grades nine through twelve are educated in a family environment developing their spiritual growth, academic excellence, social responsibility and commitment to service.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1941
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students165 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Mary Help Of Christians Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size25 students
Number of AP Courses10 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Literature & Composition, AP French, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP US Government, AP US History, AP World History, FDU: College Accounting, FDU: College Chemistry 2, FDU: College English Composition, FDU: College Environmental Science, FDU: College Marketing, FDU: College Personal Financial Management, FDU: College Precalculus, Rutgers: Anatomy & Physiology 1, Rutgers: Anatomy & Physiology 2, Rutgers: Dynamics of Healthcare in Society, Rutgers: Medical Terminology
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 7 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$11,500
Tuition NotesAcademic Scholarships, Need and Merit Based Financial Aid, and Tuition Financing Available
Average Financial Aid Grant$3,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMrs. Katie Caufield


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBasketball, Bowling, Cheering, Dance, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBasketballBowling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Ambassadors, Art Club, Big Sisters/Little Sisters, Campus Ministry, Debate, French Conversation Cafe, Junior Salesian Apostles, Key Club, Math Tutoring, N.J. Science League, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Peer Tutors, Pro-Life Club, Spanish Tutoring, Student Council, True Love Waits

Arts and Music Programs:
After School Dance, Choir, Mary Help Players, Photography Club, Spring Musical

School Notes

  • Mary Help of Christians Academy, located in the Diocese of Paterson, is a private Catholic secondary school for young women. It is conducted by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, in collaboration with laypersons committed to Catholic education. Within a community rooted in the Gospel and in Catholic teachings, traditions and moral values, Mary Help of Christians Academy seeks to enable young women to establish a living relationship with Christ. This relationship empowers the individual to make a positive impact on her family, local, and world communities.
  • Mary Help of Christians Academy recognizes that the task of education is the responsibility of all: faculty, parents, collaborators and students. By embracing a diverse population, individual differences and abilities, the members of the educating community create an intellectually challenging environment. Here the students can prepare for college and the workplace with a life-long commitment to faith, education, leadership and service in a multicultural society.
  • Mary Help of Christians Academy utilizes the Preventive System developed by St. John Bosco and given a specifically feminine dimension by St. Mary Mazzarello. This system of education characterizes the interaction among the members of the educating community who seek in every situation to appeal to reason and faith with loving kindness. The resulting mutual respect and trust promote feelings of self-worth and confidence.
  • Mary Help of Christians Academy values educational principles and learning experiences extending beyond the classroom. Each student is encouraged to develop solid convictions and to gradually assume responsibility for her personal growth and faith formation. She is thereby empowered to realize her unique plan and purpose in an ever-changing and complex society.
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    Grades: 9-12 | 216 students
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    Lodi, NJ 07644
    (973) 773-2400
    7.5 9-12
  • Demarest
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    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 559 students
    12.7 miles
    315 Hillside Ave
    Demarest, NJ 07627
    (201) 768-7822
    12.7 9-12
  • Paterson
    Grades: 9-12 | 303 students
    3.4 miles
    764 11th Ave
    Paterson, NJ 07514
    (973) 278-1024
    3.4 9-12
  • Summit
    Grades: 7-12 | 308 students
    18.5 miles
    44 Blackburn Road
    Summit, NJ 07901
    (908) 522-8109
    18.5 7-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
I graduated MHCA in 2007. I`m proud to say that my former classmates have remarkable accolades and have changed this world for the absolute best. From faith, community, entrepreneurship, technology, education, finance, and politics.... My friends have been featured in Forbes Magazine for women in technology initiatives, invited to the White House for changing the international view of feeding the homeless, worked alongside our government to save victims of human trafficking, became the producer of some of our favorite morning news shows, and the list is endless. MHCA taught us to be fearless, ethical, structured, and limitless. My fondest memories and closest friends are from MHCA. I`m truly grateful for the experience.
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For those who do not know, MHCA is the sister school to Don Bosco Prep. MHCA is a GREAT all female Catholic High School surviving without all of the extreme marketing and fanfare done by the competition. My daughter will graduate June 2018. The past 4 years have helped her grow academically, socially, through volunteerism and faith. She has received incredible academic scholarships from MANY TOP Universities. She could not have done this without the help of the entire MHCA staff. Led by the warmest nuns you could ever meet who are not afraid to teach the young ladies right from wrong. I love the atmosphere. I love the fact that all of the teachers know her name. I send my kids to Catholic schools for a reason. If you are looking for a school that actually still offers teaching in the Catholic Tradition this is the place. Thank you MHCA - my next child will be attending starting Fall 2018!
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I joined the family at MHC Academy in 2015 as the Director of Marketing, Communications, and Alumnae Relations. Prior to accepting this position, I spent a decade working in education as both a teacher, literacy coach, and district level public relations representative. The bulk of my experience before Mary Help was earned in public and charter school districts.It's not every day that a public school employee makes the decision to cross over into private education, so when it does occur, you can usually rest assured it is with good reason. For me, the decision was a no-brainer. There is truly something unique about this institution, and it's something you can feel as soon as you step foot on our picturesque 16-acre campus. What we like to call "The Mary Help Difference," is something you'll hear quite a lot about when you meet and speak with our students, faculty, and staff, and while not everyone may call it that, they will surely all tell you the same thing: At Mary Help, we are a family, and not a day goes by where we aren't reminded of that in one way or another.As you search for the perfect school for your daughter, you will undoubtedly pour over endless statistics and facts that make it easier to compare schools side-by-side. You'll be impressed by how many of a school's graduates receive scholarships to college, lists of Advanced Placement and college credit earning course options, the range of sports offerings, or the professional caliber of their stage productions. In the end, however, it is likely you'll choose to invest in a school at which you believe your daughter will be nurtured and protected, not just well-taught. We invite you to get to know us and see what Mary Help can do for your daughter and her future.
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