At Mary Help of Christians (MHC) Academy, prayer and education go hand-in-hand as students realize their potential and watch their passions come alive in a community committed to faith, Salesian tradition and excellence. 

Founded in 1942, the school continues to be taught in the tradition of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. During their time at MHC Academy, students become catalysts for positive change inspired by their belief in God and the Salesian spirituality with a commitment to service. 


The school’s picturesque 16-acre campus has continually adapted to the needs of the surrounding community and at times has served as an orphanage, an elementary school and a boarding school. It assumed its current identity as an accredited, college-preparatory high school in 1944. It’s not uncommon to find students reading outdoors beneath trees on the sprawling college-like campus, and all students receive devices for research to help them prepare for the rigors of college life upon graduation. 

“The MHC graduate is a confident, innovative thinker and lifelong learner who feels the responsibility to contribute to society,” says Dean of Student Affairs Elizabeth Manzella. “Our graduates have developed a strong character in faith and are ready to go out into the world and promote what is morally just and right.” 


MHC Academy is more than just academics—it’s also athletics and nearly 50 extra-curricular activities. Parents appreciate the all-girl, culturally-rich and diverse environment where students are focused on discovering their God-given gifts and where the faculty and staff are focused on helping each student find their career and calling. The student-teacher ratio is 8:1 and 80 percent of teachers hold advanced degrees in their subject areas. 

The school has a robust Advanced Placement program and dual enrollment agreements with Rutgers, Fairleigh Dickinson and Seton Hall University, so students can earn college credit without ever leaving campus—in fact, one student was able to skip her entire freshman year because she took so many dual enrollment courses. 

“Our faith-filled education teaches girls the responsibility to be good citizens, and we create an environment of support and sisterhood that sees each student get accepted into their college of choice each year,” Manzella says.

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