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Class is in Session ...From the pages of South Jersey Magazine...

So, you’ve made the decision to send your child to private school. What now? With many great learning institutions in South Jersey that each offer varying academic and extracurricular experiences, the choice really becomes about doing the research to find the right fit for your family. We’ve collected information from the area’s top private high schools to gain accurate statistical data in several key areas like tuition cost, SAT scores, the percentage of students going on to attend four-year colleges and more. In addition, we asked the schools to fill us in on what new and notable changes are taking place across their campuses.

TUITION, PER YEAR
Moorestown Friends: $28,650

Doane Academy: $18,400

St. Augustine: $17,350

Bishop Eustace: $16,700

Holy Cross Academy: $11,300

Our Lady of Mercy Academy: $10,995

Camden Catholic: $9,315

Paul VI: $9,295

Gloucester Catholic: $9,075

SAT: TOTAL SCORE
Moorestown Friends: 1886

Bishop Eustace: 1704

St. Augustine: 1695

Doane Academy: 1596

Our Lady of Mercy Academy: 1586

Paul VI: 1555

Gloucester Catholic: 1540

Holy Cross Academy: 1500

Camden Catholic: N/A

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Bishop Eustace
Math: 561
Critical Reading: 583
Writing: 560

Camden Catholic
Math: N/A
Critical Reading: N/A
Writing: N/A

Doane Academy
Math: 542
Critical Reading: 533
Writing: 521

Gloucester Catholic
Math: 511
Critical Reading: 514
Writing: 515

Holy Cross Academy
Math: 504
Critical Reading: 496
Writing: 500

Moorestown Friends
Math: 628
Critical Reading: 630
Writing: 628

Our Lady of Mercy Academy
Math: 504
Critical Reading: 538
Writing: 544

Paul VI
Math: 519
Critical Reading: 519
Writing: 517

St. Augustine
Math: 580
Critical Reading: 565
Writing: 550

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ATTENDING 4-YEAR COLLEGES
Doane Academy: 100%

Moorestown Friends: 100%

Our Lady of Mercy Academy: 100%

St. Augustine: 98%

Bishop Eustace: 97%

Holy Cross Academy: 93%

Paul VI: 84%

Camden Catholic: 77%

Gloucester Catholic: 65%

STUDENT-TO-TEACHER RATION
Doane Academy: 7:1

Moorestown Friends: 7:1

Our Lady of Mercy Academy: 7:1

Bishop Eustace: 12:1

Camden Catholic: 12:1

St. Augustine: 12:1

Gloucester Catholic: 15:1

Paul VI: 15:1

Holy Cross Academy: 22:1

NUMBER OF AP CLASSES OFFERED
Paul VI: 19

Bishop Eustace: 18

Moorestown Friends: 18

St. Augustine: 15

Camden Catholic: 11

Holy Cross Academy: 11

Gloucester Catholic: 9

Doane Academy: 8

Our Lady of Mercy Academy: 1

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID
Doane Academy: 47%

St. Augustine: 40%

Bishop Eustace: 35%

Camden Catholic: 33%

Gloucester Catholic: 33%

Holy Cross Academy: 30%

Moorestown Friends: 29%

Paul VI: 25%

Our Lady of Mercy Academy: 20%

NUMBER OF HONORS CLASSES OFFERED
Moorestown Friends: 30

St. Augustine: 29

Camden Catholic: 26

Holy Cross Academy: 24

Paul VI: 17

Bishop Eustace: 16

Our Lady of Mercy Academy: 16

Gloucester Catholic: 11

Doane Academy: 9

ENROLLMENT
Paul VI: 1,106

Camden Catholic: 750

St. Augustine: 685

Bishop Eustace: 635

Gloucester Catholic: 515

Holy Cross Academy: 400

Moorestown Friends: 302

Our Lady of Mercy Academy: 120

Doane Academy: 115

What’s New Around Campus
Bishop Eustace
This school year, the school has added a HoverCam Document camera in each classroom throughout the campus. The cameras help teachers not only display images, but also record, zoom and integrate other technological advances for learning in the classroom. They’ve also added six new Touchboards into the Science Building classrooms.

Camden Catholic
Camden Catholic kicks off the 2016-17 school year with the unveiling of the Information Commons, a renovated and expanded library space which elevates the high school learning experience. Among the Commons’ features is the Msgr. Bob McDermott Collaborative Learning Center, a class- room fitted with computers for all students and audiovisual equipment to enhance the critical thinking experience. Teachers will use this space for collaborative and active learning to promote student-driven discovery, inquiry and innovation.

Doane Academy
The school has opened Winzinger Field, a new baseball field that faces the Burlington- Bristol Bridge. It is the first time that the school will have a regulation home field.

Gloucester Catholic
Students will take notes, communicate via a “closed” email system, compose writing assignments, gather statistics for Excel spreadsheets and more on their newly issued Samsung tablets.

Holy Cross Academy
The Holy Cross Academy Partners in Faith Grant was recently developed in order to pro- vide tuition assistance for families who intend on continuing a Catholic education into the high school level at Holy Cross Academy. All students entering ninth grade for the 2017/18 school year, who have attended one of the Catholic primary partner schools in the Diocese of Trenton, will be considered for a Partners in Faith Grant valued at $2,000 per academic school year.

Moorestown Friends
The school introduced a summer co-op program for rising seniors this year. The four-week educational immersion program gives the students several hands-on experiences and professional training in areas such as workplace etiquette, interviewing skills and working within a team environment. The students receive weekly re- views from company hosts to gauge their progress as well as making sure individual goals are being met.

Our Lady of Mercy Academy
For the first time in 36 years, OLMA has a new Head of School, Brooke A. Coyle. Coyle comes to the school via St. Augustine where she was a teacher and director of guidance for the past 19 years.

Paul VI
A new prayer garden now stands just outside Major Timothy Curry Field. Benches placed beneath the statue of the Blessed Mother offer students an outdoor setting for a few moments of prayer or quiet reflection.

St. Augustine
The school has just completed the construction of the Navone Athletic Training Facility, which houses a weight training facility, an artificial turf surface, a batting cage and concession stand. The school has also recently renovated its Study Commons, which serves as a student center on campus.

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 7 (October, 2016).
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Author: South Jersey Magazine-- Editorial Staff

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