High School Overview

Secondary Schools Profile 2018-2019

Paramus Catholic Students

General Background

As of the fall of 2019, there are 26 Catholic high schools located within the Archdiocese of Newark. Enrollment in 2018-2019 was 11,450. 9 schools were coeducational, 7 were single-sex male, and 10 were single-sex female, with three that variously served grades 7-12.

Location of Schools

Our Catholic high schools are located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. 58% are located in suburban settings, 42% are within urban/inner-city areas.

Student Diversity

Our high schools educate a diverse group of students. The enrollment breakdown includes 59% Caucasian, 19% African American, 9% Asian, and 13% other groups or multiracial. (17.3% of our student population overall is Latino.)

Faith Background

Roman Catholics comprise 70% of the student population.

College Matriculation

98.5% of the Class of 2015 went on to pursue a college education. 1% of students have opted for technical or military training. The remaining .5% has opted for gap year programs, or to enter the workforce directly.


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 2018-2019 was $13,000. The mean/average tuition was $11,942.53.


10 of the 26 high schools employ the President/Principal model of administration. Lay principals direct 15 high schools. 13 of the high schools are administered by members of religious communities, or archdiocesan priests.

Teaching Staff

Lay men and women represent 95% of the overall staff. Religious and priests represent 5%.

Academic Program

All the Catholic high schools are college preparatory, which means their instructional programs exceed requirements outlined by the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards. Each school is 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 statistics are based upon the most recent census conducted by the Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Newark. The census is updated annually in the fall.