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Marylawn of the Oranges Academy

Private | 6-12 | 160 students

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Posted October 11, 2012

PLEASE READ Today I found out that my alma mater was closing down. I graduated from Marylawn in 2009. The beginning of my senior year, the school was taken over by a woman who was, in my opinion, very uncaring and disrespectful of the students, faculty and traditions we held dear. She began replacing faculty left and right, dishonored and disrespected elder alumni by beginning a lengthy and expensive remodel of the small in-school chapel, located on the main floor, which had been in honor of and donated by people crucial to the traditions we held there. These alumni and supporters grew angry, but she continued to do what she saw fit. She fired one of the best educators I ever had, a history teacher who gave a lot of homework every day, but also stayed after school, sometimes for hours to make sure you understood everything, got your homework done in a distraction free environment and even helped with homework for other classes. Our 6 day changing curriculum was abolished, though it is essentially what helped the majority of the students who attended prior to her takeover in 2008 and my graduating class, get into major universities, with scholarships. I am very sad to see it go.


Posted July 14, 2012

i feel extremely duped by the recruiters at Marylawn . I wish that there were some legal grounds that I could pursue in an effort to recoup some of the tuition. I was led to believe that the curriculum was rigorous and discipline problems were virtually unheard of, all of this is a bunch of lies. The school should be closed and the administrative staff held liable for misrepresentation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

I am a former teacher at this school, and I can say that it is a poisonous environment for a child. The good reviews here have been submitted by students who are out too long to give good testimony. Marylawn's principal and administration provides little to no leadership and zero discipline in a school filled with girls from the inner-city who need extreme discipline. Teachers here are looking for a way out. Turnover is constant which includes at least 5 teachers who left in 2011-12 This school claims extreme stats like 100% graduation and college acceptance rates. What it doesn't tell you is how students are passed despite 95% being on a math and reading level far below high school proficiency. The school is losing students fast, so they are extending themselves into middle school to fill the school. I'm worried for this middle school program without resources. Don't send your child here. You are better off in Irvington or Newark Public Schools
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 5, 2012

When I first attended school visits the administration made sure that they only showed students who reflected their "good behaviour". Naturally, I fell for it and I began attending the school. Throughout my experience of Marylawn I can honestly say that I have learned nothing except for what my previous schools have taught me. They constantly make remarks about how much better they are than public schools when in fact most of their children have come from failing high schools. Most of the students at Marylawn are inner city children as said before who are trying to escape the high schools of their given district. Marylawn is obviously greedy for money as they allow horrible failing students to pass on grade through grade without so much as stopping to see if they've actually learned anything. The discipline of this school is in a horrid shape as the students ultimately run over the children. I have sat in classes where little to no teaching has been done. The poor quality is shown in every student who you spot leaving the school. From the ones who roll their skirts up to the ones who roll over their teachers with vulgar language. I am incredibly happy to be going to Columbia.


Posted March 22, 2012

I am a graduate of Marylawn, Class of '95. I was ready for the curriculum at Syracuse University. I went onto earn my MBA as well. I will say that I was less than impressed with the college counseling but apparently girls continue to be accepted to colleges across the globe. A course can be at an AP level but it's up to the student to go to a site, pay for, take and pass the test before she is awarded college credit for it. The comment regarding inner city students is irrelevant. There are Catholic schools in every neighborhood in America. There's a reason parents choose to send their girls to Marylawn and I would submit that it is foremost the Catholic education in a single-gender environment. You get that at Marylawn and so much more!


Posted May 19, 2011

I am the woman that I am today because of the foundation that I got while at Marylawn. I am a graudate of the class of 2002 and have had many successes in life because of the quality education and caring environment that I experienced. There were and continue to be plenty of quality prep courses in the Sciences, Languages, and History that challenge the young women to be inquisitive and constant learners. It is also an environment that fosters leadership, a sense of community, and sisterhood. Marylawn prepared me not only for college but also for the world beyond. I am now an educator, working towards becoming a school administrator; and I owe it all to my time at MLA. So I would definitely recommend this as a great school!


Posted March 1, 2011

I am a recent graduate student of Marylawn of the Oranges (Class of 2009). I am currently attending the University of The Arts as an animation major. I must say that I absolutely would not have come this far if it were not for the education I received from the diligent teachers that grace the hallways of the Academy. I came from a middle school in which the teachers only cared about picking up their pay checks at the end of the week, they could careless whether or not you attended class or if you understood the material that was being taught. It was a huge change for me once I began attending Marylawn of The Oranges. Immediately, the staff knew my name even if I had never met them before. I felt as though I was important and not just another number on a student rooster; day after day the teachers instilled in me the drive to achieve any dream I could possibly think of. Long story short: If you are looking for a school where your daughter won't be ignored and will receive one of the best educations possible I would most definitely give this academy a try. In the end you will absolutely not be disappointed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2011

marylawn is a terrible school. not like it was in the 70's. nobody from south orange or maplewood send their daughters there anymore. all the students are from the inner city trying to escape inner city schools. there is only 1 ap class offered at marylawn. send your daughter to oak knoll, kent place, or saint e's if you want them to get a quality education.


Posted December 26, 2010

Marylawn does not have a strong academic program as stated. Administration says there are AP classes, but there is only one. The classes there are not challenging as stated by individuals. I believe that the current cirriculum is not worth the money asked.


Posted June 4, 2007

The academic challenge in (Mona)is really great!If I were you I would send your child to (Marylawn of the Oranges Academy).(Marylawn of the Oranges)Marylawn of the Oranges academy had a lot of activities and sports you can participate in.If I were you I would sent my child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2007

Marylawn is the best! The AP classes really help. Come see for yourself why so many choose Marylawn as their 2nd home. I'm a parent and an administrator at the school, so I know!
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted January 10, 2006

This is an excellent choice for parent looking for a solid college prep program for their high-school aged daughters. The school/clases are small and students receive individualized education and preparation. They also provide religious training (catholic) and a nice variety of extra curricula activities based on students interests.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 90% 16%
Hispanic 7% 22%
Two or more races 1% 1%
White 1% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Dartmouth College
Villanova University
College of Saint Elizabeth
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Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Step team
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French, Latin

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:35 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Christine H. Lopez
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • All girls
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (973) 378-7975

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Religious
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Dance Team
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Drill (Step) Team
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French, Latin
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • Marylawn of the Oranges Academy is a Catholic college preparatory school educating grades 6 through 12. By providing a small, personalized environment enriched in our over 75 year tradition of academic excellence, we not only encourage, but challenge every student to bring forth her unique talents, abilities, and strengths. At Marylawn, we are committed to shaping tomorrow's leaders, one woman at a time.
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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
85
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
150

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$5000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Seton Hall University
Howard University
Columbia University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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445 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
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Phone: (973) 762-9222

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