Award Year: 2017

Hoboken Catholic Academy

555 7th Street
Hoboken, NJ, 07030-6326

(201) 963-9535

Mr. Matthew Thomas McGrath, Principal at time of Nomination

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark

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To educate the mind, encourage the growth, and enhance the spiritual development of each child emphasizing the Gospel message of love and service.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 52%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • Asian: 21%
  • Two or more races: 16%
Hoboken Catholic Academy choir performs at Ss Peter and Paul Church.

Hoboken Catholic Academy choir performs at Ss Peter and Paul Church.

Hoboken Catholic Academy, a Newark Archdiocesan Pre-K to grade eight school, in Hoboken, NJ, serves children from five Catholic parishes in Hoboken and Weehawken as well as children of other faiths. HCA boasts strong academic, extra-curricular and athletic programs with an emphasis on faith formation and service to others. HCA has a supportive parent association that is an integral part of the school. Its graduates excel in high school, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in Catholic high school scholarships annually.

Devastated by Super Storm Sandy, HCA suffered a massive oil leak when an abandoned oil tank adjacent to the school erupted during the flooding, pouring four thousand gallons of heating oil under the school. Students were forced to relocate to two other sites for the balance of the 2012-2013 school year. It was uncertain that the school would ever reopen and more than one third of the families left. Through the grace of God and a lot of hard work, the school reopened the following September. Since then HCA has thrived!

With an emphasis on professional development, partnerships with local universities, the infusion of technology across the curriculum and the implementation of best practices, HCA is an outstanding place to learn. Through Campus Ministry, Student Council and the National Junior Honor Society, students facilitate a wide variety of service projects. By providing for Hoboken's homeless, struggling mothers, children in area hospitals, the missions and various other causes, HCA students share God's love with others.