Award Year: 2015

Oratory Preparatory School

1 Beverly Road
Summit, NJ, 07901-1699

(908) 273-1084

Mr. Robert Costello, Principal at time of Nomination

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Mission

To develop young men of faith, intellect, and character through an exceptional college preparatory program rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 81%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 5%
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Oratory Prep students conducting a lab in Biology class.

Oratory Prep students conducting a lab in Biology class.

Oratory Preparatory School is a private Catholic school in Summit, NJ, currently serving 350 young men in grades 7-12. From its earliest foundations as Carlton Academy in 1907, Oratory Prep has had a constant focus: attention to the individual. The current motto of "Preparing Lives, One by One" extends that tradition, although growth of the student body in recent years has enabled OP to expand its offerings in and out of the classroom. The challenging curriculum has prepared students to attend some of the finest universities in the nation. Standardized test scores (1800 average SAT, 85% of AP students scoring 3+) are a testament to the learning taking place in the classrooms. That curriculum continues to expand, with elective offerings at an all-time high. New courses in engineering and computer science are scheduled for the current school year. Oratory Prep's athletic program continues to grow as well, both in scope and in success. The school now offers thirteen varsity sports, and sub-levels of most of those sports from junior varsity to seventh grade. This past year OP won at least one conference championship in each athletic season, culminating in the school's first ever state championship (golf). Clubs, activities, leadership training, and guest speakers are consistent offerings. The campus ministry program allows students to serve those in need, attend spiritual retreats, and grow in faith. The mission of Oratory Prep is to graduate young men of faith, intellect and character, and this mission is shared by the entire community.