Dominican Academy

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Dominican Academy

44 East 68th Street
New York City (Upper East Side, Manhattan), New York 10065
United States
Coordinates 40°46′8″N 73°58′.5″W / 40.76889°N 73.966806°W / 40.76889; -73.966806Coordinates: 40°46′8″N 73°58′.5″W / 40.76889°N 73.966806°W / 40.76889; -73.966806
Type Private, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1897
President Sr. Margaret Ormond, O.P.
Principal Dr. Nicole Grimes
Faculty 26
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 216
Color(s) Blue, White and Gold             
Slogan "Where Smart Girls Become Intelligent Women"
Athletics Basketball, Cross-Country, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Track, and Volleyball
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication The Muse (literary magazine)
Newspaper Student Prints
Yearbook The Dominican
School fees $650
Tuition $16,200
Admissions Director Madeleine Metzler

Dominican Academy is a Catholic college preparatory school for girls founded by the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now Dominican Sisters of Peace). It is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

44 East 68th Street

The Mansion at 44 East 68th Street was built in 1921 as the private residence of Colonel Michael Friedsam, the former president of the B. Altman and Company and one of the premier art collectors in America at that time. The five-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.

Upon Friedsam's death, his collection, valued at a whopping $10,000,000 (in 1931), was split between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. The house itself went to Friedsam's close friend, Benjamin Altman of B. Altman and Co., under the provision that it be used for educational purposes. At that time, Altman sold the building to the Dominican Sisters for $1. Dominican Academy has seen hundreds of young women thrive in its hallowed halls.

The Library, which previously held part of Colonel Friedsam’s extensive art collection, has over 7,000 books with special art, literature, and classics collections. The library subscribes to more than 60 magazines and newspapers.

The Science Lab was renovated over the summer of 2010, underwritten by the generosity of the Reunion Class of 1958 and the family of a beloved deceased alumna. Computers are readily available in the library, computer room and throughout the building for student use.

Accreditation and Awards

Established in 1897, Dominican Academy is named for its founders, the Dominican Sisters. The Dominican Sisters of Peace continue to sponsor the school. The president of Dominican Academy is Sr. Margaret Ormond, O.P., former prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and a graduate of Dominican Academy. The current principal of Dominican Academy is Dr. Nicole Grimes, who joined the Dominican Academy family in 2014 and became principal in 2015.

Dominican Academy is accredited by Middle States, the New York State Board of Regents, and has been recognized twice with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[2] the highest award an American school can receive.[3][4]


As a private Catholic college preparatory, all of Dominican Academy’s classes are either honors, advanced, or Advanced Placement level. One hundred percent of each graduating class attends accredited four-year colleges and universities. The 58 members of the Class of 2016 were awarded over $14.5 million in college scholarships and grants, and will be attending prestigious institutions in the U.S. and abroad. The Class of 2016 had 5 National Merit Commended Scholars (top 3% nationally) and one National Merit Finalist (top 1% nationally). The 39 members of the Class of 2015 were awarded over $12 million in scholarships and grants. The 60 members of the Class of 2014 earned over $15 million in college scholarships and grants. The Class of 2014 had four National Merit Commended Scholars.

Total enrollment is 216 young women. There are 26 faculty members. The Student:Teacher ratio is 8:1.

Students complete a curriculum in subjects such as religious studies, English, history, mathematics, science, foreign language, technology, fine arts, and dance. Every student at Dominican Academy takes at least two years of Latin. Students must also study at least two years of French, Spanish, or Chinese. In total, every student must complete 5 years of language. Electives available include Art History, ballroom dance, forensics, prophets of nonviolence, and psychology.


Admission to Dominican Academy is based on the student’s Test for Admissions to Catholic High Schools (TACHS) score (see, grade school academic records, and her teachers’ recommendations. Dominican Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, or ethnic origin.

Cultural Activities

Every student attends at least two yearly cultural trips through the Culture Series. This past year's offerings included a vocal workshop with opera singers and Broadway actors at Lincoln Center and a rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic.

Dominican Academy students have the opportunity to learn alongside the Great Masters at the Frick Collection. The Frick, located a mere two blocks from D.A., is one of the pre-eminent art museums in the United States and houses paintings by world-renowned artists including El Greco, Rembrandt, van Dyck, and Vermeer. Interested students attend programming on-site at the museum, at no extra charge.

Students are invited to a yearly trip abroad (past destinations have included Italy, England, Germany, Greece, France, & Spain), as well as to a winter weekend ski trip.

Extracurricular activities

Some activities offered at Dominican Academy include: Art Club, Book Club, Billiards Club, Computer Club, Couture Club, Culture Club, Dance Club, The Dominican (Yearbook), Drama Club, Debate Club, French Club, Glee Club, Latin Club, Mock Trial Team, The Muse (Literary Magazine), Science Club, The Student Prints (Newspaper), Spanish Club, Shakespeare Club and Culture Club.

The athletic teams at Dominican Academy include Basketball, Cross-Country, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Track, and Volleyball.

In addition to the extracurricular activities hosted at Dominican Academy, students can participate in activities and events with neighboring boys’ schools, including their official brother school, Regis High School.

Service Activities

Dominican Academy is committed to the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community, and ministry. The school celebrates mass monthly, and each class has a yearly retreat. Additionally, juniors and seniors have a special retreat program.

Service activities at Dominican Academy include: a week-long service to the Oscar Romeo Center in Camden, NJ; a Summer service trip to Ecuador; New York Cares Day; and opportunities to volunteer at local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and daycare facilities.

Service organizations at Dominican Academy include Amnesty International, Campus Ministry, Liturgical Choir, Junior Ladies of Charity, Pro-Life Club, National Honor Society, SADD, Student Ambassadors, and Student Council. Dominican Academy requires each student to complete a certain number of service hours per year.


  1. MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  2. Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  3. CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department, Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  4. Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."

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