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44 East 68th Street

New York, NY 10065

(212) 744-0195

All-Honors, Catholic, All-Girls

Principal: Dr. Leslie Poole Petit

Students: 245

Teachers: 30

Average Class Size: 18 to 22 with a student-teacher ration of 8:1

Top 5 or Most Unique Extracurricular Activities: Pre-Med Society, Literary Journal, Girls Who Code, Women's Empowerment, Mock Trial

Open House: Virtual - Saturday, October 17, from 10-11:30 AM; Wednesday, October 28, from 5-6:30 PM; Registration is required and can be completed at

Admission Director: Madeline Metzler, (212) 744-0195 ext 131

Percentage of Seniors Attending College: 100

Top 2020 Seniors Attending: Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Dartmouth College, New York University, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, Yale University

Most 2020 Seniors Attending: Cornell University, New York University, Villanova University, Loyola University Maryland

College Credit Courses: Over 15+ Advanced Placement courses including Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, Economics, English, Environmental Science, European History, Government, Latin, Mandarin, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, and U.S. History

Unique Academic Programs: D.A. challenges young women with a comprehensive and rigorous academic program. All classes are either Honors or Advanced Placement (A.P.) level. D.A.’s curriculum provides a full college preparatory education—from the humanities and language to science and mathematics. Students can choose from over 20 elective courses, such as Civil Rights in America and Intro to Modern Art, and 15+ A.P. courses.

Admission Requirements: Dominican Academy requires applicants to take the TACHS Exam and submit both the TACHS Applicant Record and our online application, available on our website. Strong applicants score in the top 15% on the TACHS Exam, exhibit good grades in school (85%/B+ average or higher), and demonstrate the desire to join a tight-knit community of motivated learners. We consider all applicants for admission, but give strong preference to First and Second choice candidates. Only First Choice applicants are considered for merit scholarships and need-based financial aid opportunities. Supplemental materials such as letters of recommendation, personal statements, etc. are not required but are recommended. These materials should be sent electronically to or mailed to the attention of the Admissions Office by December 11.

Financial Aid Requirements: Dominican Academy offers a select number of full- and partial-tuition merit scholarships. We will invite first choice students with outstanding academic performance in school and on the TACHS Exam (at least 93% LPR in all sections on the TACHS) to participate in our scholarship awarding process. All scholarship candidates must meet a D.A. faculty or staff member for a personal interview. A teacher’s recommendation is required.

Dominican Academy is committed to collaborating with families to ensure that financial concerns do not inhibit a talented student from receiving a top-notch education. Interested families must submit a financial aid application available no later than December 11. Limited need-based financial aid is granted at the school’s discretion. The Financial Aid Committee will finalize awards only after the SSS file is complete. We will be unable to grant financial aid to families who do not submit the SSS and supporting documents.

Percentage of Students on Academic Aid: 33

School Motto: Where Smart Girls Become Intelligent Women

What makes Dominican Academy a Top High School? Since its founding in 1897, Dominican Academy (D.A.) has stood alone as the only all-honors high school for girls in New York State, and has been recognized twice as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Niche school rankings named D.A. as the third Best Catholic Girls High School in New York State, and as one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the U.S. for 2020-2021

As a Roman Catholic school in the tradition of St. Dominic, life at D.A. is built upon the pillars of Study, Community, Just Actions, and Prayer. D.A. sponsors semi-weekly masses in the school’s chapel and several school-wide masses throughout the year. In addition, students in all grades participate in annual service and retreats as part of the Service Learning Program. D.A. students engage in advocacy through service, international solidarity trips, and Senior Social Justice Seminar series co-hosted by our brother school, Regis.

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