Fast Facts

Student Demographic
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Graduation Rate

100 % 



  • Founded in Newark, New Jersey, in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.

  • The academic year 2020-2021 marks 152-years of continuous education.

  • In 2019, a Board of Trustees formed to guide and govern the Academy.

  • The Academy is a private, Middle States accredited, college-preparatory high school for young women.

  • 260 students drawn from Newark and the surrounding areas. (Ideal maximum capacity is 300).

  • 61% of students are Black, 42% are Hispanic, 30% are White, 5% are Biracial, 2% are Native American, and 2% are Asian.

  • 45% of students are Roman Catholic.

  • 71% are eligible for free or reduced lunch through the Federal School Lunch Program, based on federal poverty guidelines.

  • Average daily attendance is 97%.

  • Student to faculty ratio is:  11 to 1.

  • Tuition of $5,800 in 2020-2021 compares with an actual cost per student of approximately $14,000.

  • Annually, 100% of graduates continue their education after high school at colleges of their choice.

  • College preparatory program includes honors, AP and dual college credit courses.

  • A Biomedical Science course is included in a rigorous STEM curricular.   

  • Curriculum includes multiple electives, extra-curriculars, clubs and sports programs.

  • A supportive academic environment is highlighted by an innovative Freshman Program that provides students with the skills, self-confidence and discipline to succeed in high school, college and life.

  • A challenging service education program, Students-in-Community, reinforces the importance of community, civic responsibility and the Gospel value of helping others.

  • SVA’s Women’s Leadership Forum Program provides mentoring, modeling and networking opportunities for students and alumnae with professional women.

  • An $8.6 million academic wing, completed in 2004, houses a library/media center, classrooms, offices, a student services center, art studio and gym/auditorium.

  • Approximately 15% of alumnae actively participate in SVA annual appeals and fundraising efforts.