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Lacordaire Academy

Private | PK-12 | 220 students

We are best known for academics and small class size.

 

Living in Upper Montclair

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $599,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,980.

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Posted April 7, 2014

Most elementary schools require their pupils to wear gym uniforms if they happen to have gym that day. I find it very practical and my daughter doesn't have problem with it. I think this school is set in a charming and nurturing environment where children achieve higher standards because of their small class sizes.


Posted March 3, 2014

Snooty, Pretentious, horrible facility. The worst qualities of Montclair in a nutshell. Several days a week the children wear sweatshirt and pant "uniforms" because the staff too lazy to allow them to change. Too small space, tiny classrooms. Upper level staff uninformed and dismissive. Principle was loopy an out-of-touch during interviews. How do places like this go on?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2010

My son attended Lacordaire from Pre-K through 8th grade. The early grades were very nurturing for him. When he got past grade three things began to change. Teachers become much more demanding. We noticed that teachers were not as helpful if there were academic concerns. Lacordaire has no use for students who learn differently or have a learning disability. They offer no services for students who are very intelligent but learn differently. Their compassion ceases. Some of the teachers, especially in the middle school demean the students and do not treat them with fairness. I know several students who left Lacordaire because the school did not offer any services for students with learning disabilities and teachers did very little to try to understand or service these students let alone raise their self esteem. These scars remain for a long, long time. Don't be fooled by the plays and fluff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

I am a long-time Lacordaire parent. Lacordaire gets the critical elements right and it does so with efficiency that keeps tuition reasonable. A key success element is effective teaching of respect for faculty, but as importantly for schoolmates, both young and old as the school spans Pre-K to 8 in one charming, but small-sized building. Assemblies, which often feature student performance of one kind or another, are celebrations in front of an attentive (and notably diverse - economically and socially) audience of kids. The kids care about each other and greet each other with smiles. Another key success element is spirituality. Lacordaire is a Roman Catholic school, but an inclusive school with a global outlook not parochial in nature. A third success element, no less striking than the others, is the emphasis on academic achievement. Hard working graduates truly have their pick of top high schools. It's a real treasure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

Lacordaire Academy added a number of extracurrricular activities,clubs and sports in order to meet the requests of parents and students. A boys basketball team for grades 6-8, a coed basketball clinic for grades 4-8, a coed running club for grades 5-8 as well as tennis, flag football, and soccer clinics were added to the list. An instrumental program that includes band for grades 3-8, recorders for grades 1 and 2 and individual lessons started last year. Voice and dance lessons are offered in addition to the choral program that exists. Lacordaire has strong performing arts and fine arts program and an award winning forensics (public speaking) team. Currently, Lacordaire's Elementary Division offers 23 various clubs or after school programs and the administration and student council is always open to new ideas as long as there is a moderator to supervise the group.


Posted January 11, 2010

My two sons attended Lacordaire from Pre K to 8th grade and loved it. They recently graduated and received scholarships to all boys Catholic high schools, one received a full scholarship for all four years to an extremely competitive school. The academics are excellent; the teachers are dedicated and kind, and the environment is a nurturing, safe. If you are looking for a competitive Catholic school where your child can learn and have fun, this is the place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

Lacordaire is a fine school that provided my son with an excellent foundation to succeed in high school. The drawback is the ratio of girls to boys. The boys are in the minority. They lack the extra curricular activites and sports to provide variety to a growing male. They have an excellent volleyball team that is co-ed and has wonderful, nuturing coaches
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

Lacordaire Academy has a strong foundation and ideological basis on fostering an integrated, respectful, and secure community. But it is also limited by a strict adherence to this ideology and a lack of future planning for the school and its students. Having two daughters in the school I can confirm the small class size, strong curriculum and great teachers. The disappointments we have encountered and would offer to potential parents as a concern is that the school offers little in the case of extra curricular activities, intramural sports, and the basic resources of a library or cafeteria. The school also suffers from an aging leadership that has displayed more concern for keeping the status quo than attending to the current students needs and wants and planning for the schools, and thus the students, future. For case in point, the school celebrates an 85 year anniversary while lacking an endowment or clear future plan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

Small, intimate, strong foundation,strong english, very spiritual. Strong leadership from principal, need better facilities. Share space with high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

Excellent school. My daughter attended for two years, and the strides she made were significant. The students are constantly challenged by fantastic teachers, and the curriculum was much further advanced than at her prior school. Also, the the school presents two plays - a Shakespeare production and A Christmas Carol - a year, in addition a Science Fair, a championship Forensics team, and many other extra curricular activities. I highly recommend this school to anyone; your child will benefit. My only regret - if I do have one - was that I found out about it later than sooner. But the key thing is my daughter did attend for two years and benefitted. Your child will, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

I'm very pleased with the education my child is receiving. Loving environment, small class size, diversity in the class, very academic. The children do far above what the public schools in the area are doing. Overall, very happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

Great education. Small classes, individual attention. Small classes are still diverse. Overall, an excellent school. However the facility is old, run down and in need of a lot of repair.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 51%
Black 13% 16%
Hispanic 13% 22%
Two or more races 13% 1%
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% (2012)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Forensics League Championship (2012)
  • Qualified for Blue Ribbon School based on standardized testi (2011)
  • Nominated as Honor School by Creative Communications (2010)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
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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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: tap
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: French

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

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

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Brian Morgan, Head of School
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • 973-746-2660
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (973) 783-6804

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Montclair Recreational Sports
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • running, golf, tennis clinics
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • running,golf, tennis clinics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club: tap
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: French
  • Forensics club
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Spruce Up Weekend
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Lacordaire Academy is coed in Pre K-8 but all girls in grades 9-12. The Academy celebrates over 90 years of providing a challenging Dominican Catholic education. We have strong academics, performing and fine arts and many leadership opportunities. It is a counter culture, value based curriculum taught by a certified and dedicated faculty in a safe and happy environment. Lacordaire Academy has a diverse student body, offers small class size and is a nurturing place to learn and grow.
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What are your chances?


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


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
60
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
400

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$8000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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155 Lorraine Ave
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
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Phone: (973) 744-1156

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