Mount Royal Academy

Mount Royal Academy is a Catholic Liberal Arts school nestled in the hills of New Hampshire`s Lake Sunapee Region.
Our curriculum is classical in that it engages the great ideas of human history and seeks to impart a love of truth, beauty, and goodness.
At MRA we understand that the student is not one-dimensional but is a complex harmony of body, soul, intellect, will, and emotions. These faculties must each be formed both inside and outside the classroom.
Inside the classroom, teachers use a systematic approach in all subject areas that builds upon information and skills students have already mastered.
Students are encouraged to develop the skills of discernment, freedom, and wonder in order to make good choices in regards to personal, academic, and family life.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NH School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 197 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,750
  • Acceptance rate: 95%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Mount Royal Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Hampshire for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
IEP support, personalized support
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
197 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade
Mount Royal Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
(Out of 1600)
Classroom Dress Code
Proprietary Uniform

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition stated is an estimate only. Tuition differs based on grade level, number of children per family, etc. Inquire for details
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Matt McMenaman
Admissions Associate
Byron Hamilton


Total Sports Offered
6 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Drama

School Notes

  • Mount Royal recognizes each student`s dignity as a child of God, uniquely created with their own strengths, weaknesses and "calling".Our curriculum is classical in that we appreciate the developmental stages of our students and use that understanding when making important curriculum decisions. In the elementary years the focus is on developing a strong foundation in phonics, reading comprehension, writing, spelling, penmanship, grammar, composition, math concepts and math facts. We believe it is important for our students to learn about our world through religion, science and history and have a strong foundation in the arts.In the High School students study in this "classical" approach by reading challenging "Great Books"; analyzing the authors` worldviews and the books` themes and supporting details; evaluating their transcendent truths, measuring them in light of errors, comparing them with Natural Law, the Church`s teachings and Scripture; and relating these truths to the students` real life experiences. This in-depth study, illuminated by our Catholic faith, makes Mount Royal`s academics unique in many ways. The high school offers college-preparatory math, science, literature, history and Latin; as well as, theology, art, choir, and physical education. Mount Royal Academy`s Catholic faith is central in our educational philosophy.
  • As stated in our mission we are called to inspire students to grow in their knowledge of and love for God, which will enable them to love and serve those around them. To accomplish this mission we look to Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, as both our model and our means. We also acknowledge the vital witness of our parents, teachers, administrators, board of trustees, and priests as they reveal the Christian message, not only by word, but also by their example. We understand that the teaching of our Catholic faith is not limited to religious instruction in the classroom or during liturgical celebrations throughout the year but through modeling Christianity as a comprehensive way of life. It should animate our attitudes and be integrated into all our activities as we strive to create an environment in which students` faith and virtue will gradually mature.
  • * Adapted from The Holy See`s Teaching on Catholic Schools by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Mount Royal Academy cost?
Mount Royal Academy's tuition is approximately $9,750 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Mount Royal Academy?
The acceptance rate of Mount Royal Academy is 95%, which is higher than the national average of 73%.
What sports does Mount Royal Academy offer?
Mount Royal Academy offers 6 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball and Track and Field.
What is Mount Royal Academy's ranking?
Mount Royal Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Hampshire for: Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for Mount Royal Academy?
The application deadline for Mount Royal Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
I am delighted to share my review of Mount Royal Academy, a school that has had an incredibly positive impact on my family. With three children attending this institution, I can confidently say that Mount Royal Academy is nothing short of exceptional.The heart of any educational institution lies in its faculty, and at Mount Royal Academy, the teachers are nothing less than amazing. Our experience has been characterized by dedicated educators who go above and beyond to nurture and inspire our children's growth and development. The level of care, expertise, and passion that the teachers bring to their roles is truly remarkable. My kids have thrived academically under their guidance, and it's evident that these educators are committed to not only imparting knowledge but also fostering a love for learning.Furthermore, the headmaster of Mount Royal Academy deserves special recognition for his unwavering commitment to the school's mission and the well-being of every student and their families. His leadership sets the tone for the entire institution, creating an environment where both students and parents feel valued and supported. It's clear that the headmaster genuinely cares about the whole family, and this sense of community and camaraderie is one of the school's standout qualities.In addition to the outstanding academic experience, Mount Royal Academy provides a holistic education that embraces faith, moral values, and character development. This holistic approach has had a profound impact on our children, instilling in them a sense of purpose, integrity, and compassion that extends beyond the classroom. The school's commitment to nurturing well-rounded individuals is truly commendable.As a parent, we moved our family here from out of state to attend Mt. Royal. Moving our family to the area from out of state was not a decision we took lightly. I am happy to say that they are entering their second years at Mt. Royal and we are certain we made the correct decision.I couldn't be happier with our decision to enroll our children at Mount Royal Academy. It has not only provided them with an excellent education but has also become an extended family where they are encouraged to excel academically, grow spiritually, and develop as responsible, caring individuals. This school has truly been a blessing in our lives, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any family seeking an exceptional educational experience coupled with a warm, supportive community. Mount Royal Academy has exceeded our expectations, and our kids are thriving because of the incredible teachers and the caring headmaster who truly cares about our entire family.
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My children have attended for many years. Mount Royal is a wonderful school that truly attends to the needs of each child. The divergent talents and limits of each child are met with a professionalism and attention to detail that is outstanding. There are a variety of ways that my children have been able to get individual attention from teachers and coaches that enabled them to grow consistently over many years. The curriculum gets them reading difficult books and writing insightful essays. The math and science classes instill a love for truth. I highly recommend this school to parents who are looking for alternatives to the main stream educational options.
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This is our first year sending our children. I am continually amazed at how happy they are when we pick them up from school and how enthusiastic they are to return every day. The staff is excellent and the sense of community is 2nd to none. They focus on learning and values. What more can you ask for in this day and age.
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A recent graduate, I've gone to Mount Royal for the majority of my life and I can't recommend it enough. It is a great school with great values
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I attended Mount Royal Academy for High School, and I have nothing but good things to say about my experience. Education: 5/5The quality of its high school level education is superb. The teachers are experts in their fields, many of which I believe are overqualified to be teaching high school level classes. They are eager to see their students learn, and the small class sizes makes it very easy for them to give all their students the attention they need to succeed. As someone currently studying everything from Biology, to Philosophy, to Latin in college, I can say with certainty that Mount Royal Academy prepared me for anything and everything in college. Availability of Extracurricular Activities: Mount Royal Academy does not offer an impressive amount of extracurricular actives compared to other schools when just looking at the numbers; however, that is only because of its small size. If there is a large enough interest in an extracurricular activity not already offered, the board will make sure it is provided. Students expressing interest in baseball, swimming, bass fishing, robotics, debate, and band have all been listened to by the board, and all those activities were provided for them as long as there was an interest. The reason why I only rate it in this respect is that they will not make a club for just one person. They kept an NHIAA swim team for two active athletes, but they did not keep a creative writing club for one participant (R.I.P. my creative writing club). Sarcasm aside, sometimes there just are not enough students to make an official extracurricular club, two being the minimum apparently. Over all, Mount Royal Academy has a close, almost family like, culture rooted in Christian ideal that bring out the best in its students.
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I am truly grateful for my time at Mount Royal Academy. Everything I learned during my four years of high school has well prepared me for my college studies as a nursing student. Mount Royal has a great science program, and I was able to take a college human biology course that prepared me for the anatomy physiology classes I was required to take. Additionally, the school's classical curriculum and use of the Socratic method has taught me how to think, write, and speak clearly. Many of my current college professors have even remarked that I must of had "a great high school education," because the quality of my essays and presentations exceeds that of the normal college student my age. Even the very culture of the school has helped me in my future career. The faculty of Mount Royal promote Catholic virtues, one of them being charity. While I was at this school, I was given so many opportunities to show kindness to others and serve my fellow peers by organizing events through student government or by going to soup kitchens through the National Honor Society. Being exposed to these experiences where I could show charity to others helped me choose to pursue a career in nursing so I could continue to serve others. Mount Royal's rigorous curriculum, caring teachers, and culture routed in the Catholic faith has helped me to become a better worker, student, and person. I highly recommend this school without any reservations.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NH School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 197 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,750
  • Acceptance rate: 95%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in New Hampshire is $13,613 for elementary schools and $31,159 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New Hampshire is 73% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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