A look at the Catholic High Schools of Long Island
More than 11,000 young people discover learning and faith in the 10 Catholic high schools of Long Island. From southwestern Nassau County to the East End, these high schools reflect the tradition, commitment, and family spirit of their communities. Three are owned and operated by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, two grew from local parishes, and five are the apostolates of religious orders. Each has its own identity, but all are defined by academic excellence on a foundation rooted in faith.
Dedication to success in the classroom, however, is the hallmark that sets Catholic schools apart. About 99 percent of graduates from these schools continue their education at college, and last year, they earned more than $355 million in college scholarships and grants.
The religious and lay faculties of Long Island’s Catholic high schools build upon history and tradition to deliver a contemporary education to their students. At St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, for instance, students learn on iPads for a dynamic, interactive program of studies. Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, an all-girls school of the Sisters of St. Joseph, science education is complemented by participation in local and national science fairs, and partnerships with Hofstra University’s Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science and National Grid. In Riverhead, Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School students learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on work in the school’s Apple computer lab. Kellenberg Memorial High School’s Robotics Club brings those disciplines together from design to creation in a collaborative setting.
Alumni of Catholic high schools remain close to the mission of their almae matres. Years after graduating, alumni return regularly to catch a Cougars football game at St. John the Baptist in West Islip. Oyster Bay’s St. Dominic High School welcomes college-age alumni back every winter for a convivial luncheon. At St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, students realize that they are “classmates for four years, and Friars forever.”
What keeps so many graduates connected to their Catholic high schools is the well-rounded, values-centered environment to form the complete person. It’s reinforced by daily mass and food drives at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville. Young men of Chaminade High School in Mineola regularly perform service projects in the community. Young women are empowered by mission trips and a nurturing yet challenging program at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset. A host of extracurricular activities and interscholastic sports at each school further develop friendship, faith, and understanding.
The goal of each Catholic high school is as sacred as it is simple—to provide young people with an education that challenges, inspires, and prepares students to lead successful lives at work, at home, and in the community.
The Catholic High Schools Entrance Exam is used for admission to these 10 schools in the ninth grade. More information about the Catholic High Schools of Long Island can be found at www.CHSEE.org. Open Houses will also be scheduled for prospective candidates and their families in the fall.