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Lacordaire Academy

Lacordaire Academy
Front Building of the Lacordaire Academy
155 Lorraine Avenue
Upper Montclair, NJ, (Essex County), 07043
Type Private, Co-ed
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Sisters of St. Dominic
Established 1920
Head of school Brian Morgan
Asst. Head of School Lauren Mazzari
Grades PreK - 12
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
Color(s) Black and Red         
Slogan Inspiring Young Minds. Educating Tomorrow's Leaders.
Team name Lions
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Zephyr (literary magazine)
Newspaper Laco Nation
Yearbook Veritas
Admissions Director Joan Hearst
Athletic Director Chris Calveley

Lacordaire Academy is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school with a diverse coeducational prekindergarten to eighth grade and an all girls ninth through twelfth grade student body. The Academy was established by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, New Jersey. The school is located in the Upper Montclair section of Montclair, New Jersey.

Lacordaire Academy is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[1] The school is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools[2] and is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[3]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the Academy has 235 students and 35 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for an average student–teacher ratio of 10:1.[4]

The school was founded in 1920, and named for Pere Henri Lacordaire, a Dominican priest who lived in post-revolution Paris and is known for its rigorous academics and rich history of providing excellent, values-based curriculum in a small and nurturing environment for over 95 years.


  • Activities 1
    • Leadership 1.1
    • Athletics 1.2
    • Literary 1.3
    • Clubs 1.4
  • Graduation requirements 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Lacordaire Academy provides many clubs and organizations that students can join based on their own interests and availability. At Lacordaire, a student can create any club that she desires as long as they find a moderator and people to join.



  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Swimming, Soccer, Golf, Fencing, Tae Kwon Do clinics


  • The Checkerboard (Newspaper)
  • Veritas (Yearbook)
  • Zephyr (Literary Magazine)
  • Student Newspaper in Middle School


  • Black History Club
  • Mission Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Forensics
  • Theater Club
  • Lego Club
  • L.A.C.O Service Club
  • Peer Tutoring

Graduation requirements

All Upper School students follow a college preparatory program. All requirements must be fulfilled or substituted with a course of equal value.

  • 6 full-year electives
  • 4 years Religious Studies
  • 4 years English
  • 4 years Comprehensive Health/Physical Education
  • 3 years Mathematics
  • 3 years Foreign Language
  • 3 years Science
  • 2 years United States History
  • 1 year World History
  • 1 year Fine Arts
  • 1 year Computer Science
  • 1 semester Project Justice Internship


  1. ^ a b Lacordaire Academy, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 23, 2012.
  2. ^ School Search, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed July 29, 2008.
  3. ^ Essex County High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed July 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Lacordaire Academy Secondary, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 23, 2012.

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