Award Year: 2013

Academy of Our Lady

180 Rodney Street
Glen Rock, NJ, 07452-2826

(201) 445-0622

Patricia Keenaghan, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Newark

School Website


We, the people of Academy of Our Lady, are a faith-filled community dedicated to living Gospel values and serving as a reflection of Jesus’ love.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Academy of Our Lady, Glen Rock, New Jersey, is a Catholic elementary school co-sponsored by Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Ridgewood and St. Catharine, Glen Rock. This Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8 school is part of the Archdiocese of Newark. The motto, “Building the Kingdom, one child at a time,” is lived out as each student develops his/her talents, strengths, interests, and, most importantly, faith. The community spirit engages priests, faculty, parents, and students through their sharing, learning, praying, and serving one another, the neighborhood, and the world. The school is supported by the School Advisory Board, an active Home School Association, the Fathers’ Guild, and members of both parishes. Academic excellence is marked by students’ accomplishments in competitions. The school’s strength begins with a dedicated faculty partnered with supportive parents and involved pastors. Underlying the academic accomplishments is the dedication to serving others with a patriotic fervor echoed in the service learning motto: “In God We Trust: Serving Others as a Reflection of Jesus’ Love.”

Academy of Our Lady follows a tradition of Catholic education since 1953 called St. Catharine School and staffed by the Sisters of Charity. The school received Middle States Association accreditation in 1994 and reaccreditation in 2004. In 1999 the school name changed to Academy of Our Lady.

The faculty and administration possess a spirit of volunteerism, as they tutor, serve on committees, moderate clubs, coach and develop programs to benefit their students. Instruction is diverse and responsive to student needs using several methods and infusing technology across the curriculum. Together, the students, parents, faculty and alumni form a strong learning community focused on excellence, spirituality, and service to others.