Lacordaire Academy’s three-acre campus blends a wholesome, small-school education with an academic rigor that prepares graduates to enter the world. The college preparatory school provides a coed education from pre-K through eighth grade, and an all-women’s Upper School. 

“Lacordaire is an age-appropriate, joyful bubble, where parents know their children are safe and loved,” says Director of Admissions Saydi Callahan Keefe. “But we also want our graduates to be ready for the outside world with critical thinking skills, organization, knowledge and creative problem solving.” 


Lacordaire was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, NJ as a French-English school for girls. It has since evolved into a Lower, Middle and Upper School led by a veteran leadership team that works together to uphold Dominican values. 

Lacordaire is currently experiencing its highest enrollment ever; girls who graduate from 12th grade go on to some of the most prestigious colleges in the world, and boys move on fully prepared for high school, often with academic scholarships. The curriculum features a forensics and debate team, Mathematics Honor Society and vibrant performing and visual arts programs, along with an array of other clubs, organizations and sports teams. Three new, state-of-the-art science labs will open this fall. 

Lacordaire boasts a rigorous public speaking program, which is fitting since the school’s name pays tribute to Pere Henri Lacordaire, a 19th-century Dominican priest famous for his gift of public speaking. 

“The pillars of a Dominican school attract a diverse community of students and staff,” she says. “Dominican values are very inclusive in a global sense, and Lacordaire is in demand not only for Catholic families but for students from many different backgrounds.” 


Lacordaire’s commitment to service is evident through an variety of charitable activities, from students volunteering at soup kitchens to singing Christmas carols at local senior centers. 

“We cultivate the Dominican values of community service and loving your neighbor, and that shows in the interactions amongst our faculty as well as children in all three divisions—the older students see themselves as big brothers and sisters to the younger kids, and they want to set a good example,” Callahan Keefe says. 

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