With its 130-year legacy of educating and empowering young women, Mount St. Dominic Academy was built by the Sisters of St. Dominic, who left their early post in Jersey City for the more tranquil setting of Caldwell. Picture the Sisters, assisting in the construction of the original school building, carrying bricks and dreaming of a school that would provide opportunities for learning and leading for young women.

Fast forward to 2023, and the Mount continues to welcome a diverse community of young women, providing them with an education rooted in the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and mission, and elevated by innovation, real-world learning experiences and a faculty that specializes in how girls learn best. Opportunities available to students include an entrepreneurship and leadership elective known as the L.E.O. Program, a Capstone in Directed Research, 15 AP courses and a bevy of co- and extracurricular activities including competitive athletics and an award-winning performing arts program.

Parents especially appreciate the school’s small class sizes and personalized instruction, says Principal Laura Hollenbaugh. With a college acceptance rate of 100 percent and alumnae who experience smooth academic transitions, the Mount has “knowing how girls learn best” down to a science.

“Our education helps our students get to where they want to go—from some of the best colleges all the way to the courtroom, the operating room, the director’s chair, to the C-suite and everywhere in between,” Hollenbaugh says. “After the Mount, our alumnae are not only prepared to embark on the journey to adulthood, but empowered to be the positive change they hope to see in the world.”

3 Ryerson Ave., Caldwell