Secondary Schools Profile 2016-2017


General Background:

In the 2016-2017 school year there were 29 Catholic high schools located within the Archdiocese of Newark. Enrollment in 2016-2017 was 12,492. 12 schools were coeducational, 7 were single-sex male, 10 were single-sex female with three that variously served grades 7 – 12.

Location of Schools:

The Catholic high schools are located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. 59% are located in suburban settings, 41% are within urban/ inner-city areas.

Student Diversity:

The Catholic high schools educate a diverse group of students. Our enrollment breakdown includes 59% Caucasian, 19% African American, 8% Asian, and 14% other groups or multiracial. (16% of our student population overall is Latino).

Faith Background:

Roman Catholics comprise 69% of the Catholic high school student population.

College Matriculation:

98.5% of the Class of 2015 is pursuing a college education. 1% has opted for technical or military training. The remaining .5% has opted for gap year programs, or to enter the workforce.


For the Class of 2015, in the programs of the NMSQT, there were 5 Finalists, 5 Semi-Finalists, and 71 Commended Students. Through the National Merit Scholarship Program 10 students were honored. Through the National Hispanic Recognition Scholars Program 12 students earned distinction. As a total group they were awarded more than $300 million in academic scholarships. Variously the schools have been recognized in the National Service Learning Program, the Jefferson awards and in academic competitions. One Catholic high school has been selected as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.


The median tuition in 2016-2017 is $10,890. The mean/ average tuition is $8,756.21.


11 of the 29 high schools employ the President/Principal model of administration. Lay principals direct 16 high schools. 13 of the high schools are administered by members of religious communities, or archdiocesan priests.

Teaching Staff:

Lay men and women represent 91% of the overall staff. Religious and priests represent 9%.

Academic Program:

All the Catholic high schools are college preparatory. They exceed the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards and are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


Technology is an exceptional advantage in our Catholic schools. Technology is utilized in the curriculum as a tool to enhance teaching strategies. Our schools have computer labs and technology teachers. High school technology includes a wide array of tools, such as Tablet PCs, iPads, wireless laptops, projectors, SMART Boards, interactive white boards, scientific probe ware, broadcasting equipment, Virtual Science, Vernier Science Equipment, Geometry Sketch Pads, Digital Cameras and TV Studios as well as video conferencing.

*Note: All data is based upon the annual Archdiocese of Newark Schools Office Census that takes place in the fall.