Award Year: 2013

St. Rose of Lima Academy

52 Short Hills Avenue
Short Hills, NJ, 07078-2529

(973) 379-3973

Diane Pollak, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Newark

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To provide an academic environment where moral values, service to others, and positive self-image is developed preparing students for life’s challenges.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 75%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Two or more races: 6%

St. Rose of Lima Academy is a co-educational Catholic school located in Short Hills, NJ. Founded in 1869, St. Rose welcomes children of all faiths, races, ethnicities and national origins, from pre-school through grade eight.

St. Rose is known for academic excellence, where an experienced teaching staff, comprehensive facilities, wide-ranging extracurricular offerings and a nurturing environment seeks to develop the full potential of all of our students. Education at St. Rose is faith and child centered, where students are taught that God has endowed them with special gifts, and they have a responsibility to develop and share those gifts.

In an academically rigorous environment, our students learn independent thinking and respect for themselves and others. St. Rose of Lima Academy offers a broad course of studies, based on the Common Core Standards including reading, mathematics, pre-algebra, algebra, Spanish and Latin.

Through parent involvement and development efforts, St. Rose of Lima has a state of the art science and computer lab. Technology is second to none. In addition to our new labs, Smart Boards are in every classroom, portable ipad labs are available for teachers to check out. Our science program challenges our students to think out of the box while developing an enthusiasm for discovery. Our students and teachers have won numerous awards for their science inventions and most recently were regional winners in the Toshiba Exploravision Science competition.

Rounding out our strong academic program is our commitment to service. Many opportunities to serve others are provided for our students annually. Participating in the parish Stewardship Day and serving at a local soup kitchen are just two examples of how we serve others.