Padua Academy

  • Padua Academy is a four year Catholic high school for young women from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
  • It is a community rooted in the Gospel and modeled on the values of St. Francis de Sales and St. Francis of Assisi.
  • Therefore, we endeavor to provide an academic environment which fosters respect for knowledge and for the uniqueness of individuals in relationship to each other, and which nurtures the whole person while challenging her to accept the responsibilities of global stewardship.
  • The goal of Padua Academy is to educate young women in the spirit of love of neighbor flowing from a love of God, rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and modeled on the gentle strength of St. Frances de Sales and the loving respect for creation of St. Francis of Assisi.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12

Student Body

Total Students658 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Padua Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers65 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Hockessin
    Grades: PK-12 | 577 students
    7.5 miles
    6900 Lancaster Pike
    Hockessin, DE 19707
    7.5 PK-12
  • Wilmington
    Ursuline Academy (pk-12)
    Ursuline Academy (pk-12) Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: NS-12 | 406 students
    0.3 miles
    1106 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Wilmington, DE 19806
    0.3 NS-12
  • Wilmington
    Saint Mark's High School
    Saint Mark's High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 520 students
    6.9 miles
    2501 Pike Creek Road
    Wilmington, DE 19808
    6.9 9-12
  • Wilmington
    St. Elizabeth High School
    St. Elizabeth High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 343 students
    1 miles
    1500 Cedar Street
    Wilmington, DE 19805
    1 9-12
  • Wilmington
    Grades: NS-12 | 791 students
    1.2 miles
    2813 W 17th Street
    Wilmington, DE 19806
    1.2 NS-12

School Reviews

I graduated from Padua 3 years ago, and I must admit that I do miss it. I found it fairly difficult when I transferred into Padua my Junior year, mainly because the girls have already formed their friend groups and had already spent 2 years together. I transferred from an all girls' school to Padua so I found it interesting to compare the 2. It was ironic how Padua emphasized " sisterhood" much more than my previous school yet most of the girls did not show it. They were very, very cliquy and unless you were part of a girls' little group they would not associate with you is that really what sisterhood is? At my old school it was not unheard of to sit with or talk to girls who were not in your " group " I also felt judged rather than welcomed when I was considered the " new girl " Aside from the poor way that the girls there show sisterhood, I must say that the academics are top notch and the teachers are always there to help you when you are having trouble in school or even if you are having a bad day.
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The average private school tuition in Wilmington, DE is $11,222 for elementary schools and $16,771 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Wilmington, DE is 85% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).