Lacordaire Academy is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school with a coeducational pre-K to eighth grade and an all-womens ninth through twelfth grade student body. The Academy was established by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell in 1920. 

Lacordaire Academy began as a French-English school for girls and evolved into Lower, Middle and Upper Schools housed on a three-building campus with just over 250 students. The school is rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition, which promotes social justice, community service and environmental understanding. The school is named for Pere Henri Lacordaire, a 19th-century Dominican priest famous for his public speaking.

“Parents and students love the high level of academic standards as well as the tight-knit warmth of the connected community,” says Saydi Callahan Keefe, Director of Admissions.

Preparing for College and Beyond

In addition to rigorous academics, the Lacordaire curriculum features everything from public speaking and forensics to performing and visual arts. From an early age, students understand the advantages of being well-rounded.

The school truly educates the whole child, preparing its students for leadership and service opportunities and to meet any challenges that come their way. Through study, service and prayer, Lacordaire students are set to become thoughtful members of society who strive to make the world a better place. The school’s small class sizes facilitate this nurturing environment.

The hands-on teaching methods of Lacordaire’s faculty are a huge reason why the students here all feel so connected – not just to their classes, but to each other.

Facing Challenges Head On

In response to the pandemic, Lacordaire swiftly created a high-end virtual learning curriculum for pre-K through twelfth grade. Students engaged in classes five days a week in their core courses, as well as their extra-curricular subjects. For the 2020-2021 school year, Lacordaire is providing students with the very best options for in-person learning, as well as virtual. 

“We have implemented new health policies and sanitizing procedures for our entire community so as to make this school year as stress-free and safe as possible,” says Callahan Keefe. “A huge advantage that we have in protecting the health of our students and staff is our small size,” she says.

“We take the wellness of our community very seriously. We are a family.” 

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