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April's Chari'Tea Spotlight The Dominican Academy New York



Mission Statement: Dominican Academy, a Catholic college preparatory high school in the tradition of Saint Dominic, challenges and empowers intelligent young women to become spiritual, intellectual, moral and socially responsible leaders in a global society.

Dominican Academy Pledge: In the Dominican tradition, I pledge to search for truth through study, work to create a caring community, reach out to others by preaching and just actions, and enfold my life in prayer.



Dominican Academy was built in 1921 as the private residence of Colonel Michael Friedsam, the former president of the B. Altman and Co. and one of the premier art collectors in America at that time. The six-story building fashioned in limestone was designed by Frederick Frost, with wrought ironwork by Samuel Yellin. Friedsam's collection contained numerous masterpieces by artists such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Jan Van Eyck, and Botticelli. Many of the original architectural elements, including carved marble fireplaces, stained glass windows, and ornate woodwork, are still in place today creating a unique environment for learning.


Fast Facts

  • As a private Catholic college preparatory school, Dominican Academy’s classes are all honors or Advanced Placement level.
  • 100% of each graduating class attends accredited four-year colleges and universities.
  • With a total enrollment of 220 young women and 26 faculty members, a Student to Teacher ratio of 8 to 1 ensures an intimate learning environment.
  • Dominican Academy is accredited by Middle States Association, and has been recognized twice as a “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • D.A. offers 12 Advanced Placement (AP) courses--more than any other New York City Catholic Girls High School.
  • National Merit Awards: 5 Members of the Class of 2016 have been identified as National Merit Scholars (top 3% nationally) and 1 is a National Merit Finalist (top 1% nationally)
  • Founded in 1897, Dominican Academy is a private, all-girls, Catholic, college preparatory school operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace and lay staff. For 118 years, D.A. has represented the very best in Catholic education for young women in New York City.
  • Our students travel from all five boroughs, Westchester County, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut to benefit from D.A.’s stellar academics, extensive extracurricular program, and strong community. The girls come from diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Contact and Donate

Katie Hennessy, '08, Director of Donor Relations, 

212-744-0195, ext. 146



TeaseTea is honored to donate a portion of sales for the month of April to the Dominican School to help fund education and empowerment of girls.

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