Mary Help of Christians Academy, a leading Roman Catholic high school for young women, is recognized for its rigorous college preparatory program, innovative faculty, competitive sports teams, state- of-the-art facilities and faith-filled Salesian family environment. MHC Academy challenges young women of today and inspires them to be the leaders of tomorrow through a comprehensive college-prep program with Advanced Placement® courses, Middle College courses for college credit opportunities and specialized internships. Students at the Academy come from varied social backgrounds, ancestries and heritages. The school’s commitment to diversity enhances its mission to educate the whole child.


Parents love the all-girls environment on a 16-acre college-like campus where students are focused on discovering their God-given gifts and where faculty and staff are focused on helping each student find her academic field of interest. Girls are made to feel like family at MHC with help from their Big Sister, Little Sister Program. There’s a genuine interest in every student’s well-being with an emphasis on student success that integrates faith every step of the way.

“Graduates of the school are critical thinkers and lifelong learners who are confident and capable of contributing both independently and cooperatively,” says Elizabeth Manzella, Dean of Student Affairs. “Most students graduate from MHC Academy with college credits and can adapt and transition into college life and responsibilities easily,” she says. MHC’s guidance counselors help students find the college that’s the best fit, and one hundred percent of the school’s students are accepted into college each year.


Parents praised the school’s quick response to the coronavirus pandemic. The school hosted live “good mornings” with the Head of School each day so students could pray together before classes began and weekly letters were sent home to parents and students to keep them up-to-date and connected.

“Our daughter loved her freshman year at MHC!” says a parent. “She made friends, was challenged academically, learned a new sport, learned a new form of dance and volunteered. She grew in confidence, discipline and especially faith. Short of physically attending school, our daughter was connected and engaged in every way.”

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