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South Orange, NJ
Students enrolled: 160

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445 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079

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(973) 762-9222
(973) 378-7975
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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.

- submitted by a community member

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

July 09, 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

July 05, 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.

- submitted by a community member

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!

- submitted by a community member

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!

- submitted by a community member

March 01, 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

January 02, 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.

- submitted by a community member

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.

- submitted by a community member

June 04, 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

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 a teacher

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 student
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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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Marylawn of the Oranges Academy
445 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ  07079
(973) 762-9222
Last modified Marylawn of the Oranges Academy is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
Marylawn of the Oranges Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top