44 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
All-Honors, All-Girls, Catholic, College Prep
President: Sr. Margaret Ormond, O.P. (‘60)
Principal: Dr. Leslie Poole Petit (P‘14, ‘19)
Admission Director: Madeleine B. Metzler (‘07), 212-744-0195, ext. 131, [email protected]
Average Class Size: 22 with a student-teacher ratio of 8:1.
Top 5 or Most Unique Extracurricular Activities: Girls Who Code, Mock Trial, Pre-Med Society, Student Prints (Newspaper), Literary Journal
Unique Academic Programs: Four-year Service Learning Program and Retreat program integrated into Theology curriculum; Senior Social Justice Seminar Series with Regis High School
Open House: In-person on Saturday, October 16, from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Virtual Mini-Open House on Wednesday, October 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is mandatory for both events at dominicanacademy.org/admissions/visit-us.
Percentage of Seniors Attending College: 100
Top 2021 Seniors Attending: College of the Holy Cross, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University
Most 2021 Seniors Attending: Cornell University, Fordham University, New York University, Villanova University
College Credit Courses: 15-plus Advanced Placement courses in Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, English, Environmental Science, Latin, Macroeconomics, U.S. Government, Physics, Psychology, and U.S. History
Admission Requirements: Dominican Academy requires applicants to take the TACHS Exam and submit both the TACHS Applicant Record and complete an online application. Strong applicants score in the top 15 percent on the TACHS Exam, exhibit good grades in school (85 percent/B average or higher), and demonstrate the desire to join a tight-knit community of motivated learners.
They consider first, second, and third-choice applicants for admission, but give strong preference to first-choice candidates. Only first-choice candidates will be considered for merit scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
Supplemental materials such as letters of recommendation, personal statements, etc. are not required but are recommended. These materials may be sent by hard copy or electronically to the attention of the Admissions Office by December 15.
Scholarships/Financial Aid Availability & Requirements: Dominican Academy offers a select number of full- and partial-tuition merit scholarships. They invite first-choice students with outstanding academic performance in school and on the TACHS Exam to participate in an in-house scholarship exam and interview process.
All scholarship candidates and their families must meet a D.A. faculty or staff member for a personal interview. A teacher’s recommendation is required. Qualified candidates will be invited directly by the Admissions Office in January 2022.
Financial Aid: Financial aid determinations will take into account all TACHS/HSPT scores, grades, and supporting materials. Interested families must submit a financial aid application electronically through School & Student Services (SSS) no later than December 15.
The Financial Aid Committee will finalize awards only after the SSS file is complete and supporting documentation is submitted. Please note that Financial Aid packages cannot exceed more than half the cost of tuition.
Percentage of Students on Academic Aid: 30 percent of students receive some kind of financial support from Dominican Academy.
School Motto: Veritas (Truth)
What makes Dominican Academy a Top High School? Dominican Academy is dedicated to academic excellence and community building through study, prayer, and action. In the tradition of St. Dominic, its intellectual and spiritual program guides and challenges students to seek truth and justice in their world and to make meaningful contributions to society.
This year, Dominican Academy celebrates its 125th jubilee. Since its founding in 1897, Dominican Academy has consistently ranked among the premier Catholic high schools in both New York City and the United States.
Located in an historic mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Dominican Academy (D.A.) unites academic rigor with a warm, family-like atmosphere. Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, D.A. stands alone as the only all-honors high school for young women in New York State.
D.A. guides and challenges students to seek truth and justice in their world and to make meaningful contributions to society.
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, Intro to Modern Art, and Intro to Computer Programming.
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 brother school, Regis.
There are over 30 student-run clubs including Campus Ministry, Drama Club, Student Council, Culture Club, and more. D.A. partners with the Frick Collection to offer sketching classes taught by museum professionals, at no extra charge.
In addition, the expanded Athletics Program includes intramural Tennis and the following Varsity sports: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Cross Country, Indoor & Outdoor Track, and Volleyball. Student-athletes compete as members of the Catholic High School Athletic Association. Last year, over 40 percent of D.A. students participated in athletics.