Lacordaire Academy

155 Lorraine Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043
(973) 744-1156

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Private Grades 9-12 62 students Unknown students/teacher

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About this school

Lacordaire Academy is a private high school in Montclair. The principal of Lacordaire Academy is Mary Anne Ford. 62 students go to Lacordaire Academy and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. Lacordaire Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 40% %
Black, non-Hispanic 32% %
Asian 3% %
Hispanic 21% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    All girl school. Good feild hocky team. Campus feel with excellent prep for college. Small classes and individual attention. This extra attention makes all the differnce for behind the curve in certain classes. Teachers care and a good language program in French.

  • (2 years ago)

    Don't waste your money!!! This school is not what it pretends to be. We are so lucky to have found a better private school for our children. Look around!! They put a very good show....and that is how they got us.....DON"T WASTE YOUR MONEY...

  • (5 years ago)

    I just graduated from this school and can say it was the worst deicision of my life. I cannot wait to attend college. It was a challenge going to school everyday there was so much fighting between the girls when no one was around. I am totally surprised at my grades because I do not feel ready for college at all. My friends that graduated from two years before had to come home or shift to community colleges for their second years due to poor grades in college. No One seems to succeed. I thought this might happen because there is so much of a grade curve in most classes and not much content to the courses. Their is a sense of entitlement from most of the girls here and very little bonding except for necessity so they get good letters of recommendation. recent middle states accreditation was bogus and rehearsed.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been lucky to find such a great school for my daughter. This is unique place where faculty challenge her and truly care for her well-being and academics. These components are hard to find for a student anywhere. The manner in which she has been guided and mentored over the last 3 years has reflected in her personal life and character. I am estactic that teachers are willing to go out of their way to help her out. It is a place like this that produces young ladies into great women. Do not listen to those picky and bitter parents/students because they do not get what they want. They do not realize that they pay for an education and more ( and not to get their way). I recommend Lacordaire for everybody! Great things happen at this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Teachers go out of their way to make sure every student gets personal attention and they work very hard to make sure each girl is as successful as she can be. There are so many other places where kids can fall through the cracks - Lacordaire is definately NOT one of them. The most important thing my daughter learned here was the importance of community service and how to stand up and take initiative.

  • (5 years ago)

    Lacordaire is a great place that is safe and is truly a big family. The Academy offers a strong academic curriculim and a wide amount of activities in the arts and athletics. The Head of School/Principal is excellent and is always looking for new offerings and better ways to deliver the curriculum. We are very lucky to be at Lacordaire!

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to this school from 05-09. I was present for the change in the principal. It was a terrible decision and he has ruined Lacordaire Academy. It used to be a safe haven for girls but soon enough everyone began to dread it. He doesn't know how to react to female problems or even relate to them. The faculty is horrible and I found myself personally teaching myself subject material.

  • (6 years ago)

    This shcool was good for my daughter. No public scool would classify her. When we put here in Laco she got the special treatment she needed. Although they are not special ed trained they would do anything to help her succed like more time on test and not having to do certain work and even a chance to re-d0 work or exams. We are not Catholic and that did not matter because the religion classses are not strict and other things are discussed in class. I can't say enough because my daughter would not have graduated high school if it wer not for Lacordaire.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been with the Lacordaire family for plenty of years and this school is fantastic. I cannot stress the appreciation and dedication each facultly and staff member plays at my child's second home. Their ability to take out their own time and help mentor teach tutor coach or advice my daugther throughout the years has made me a life long fan of Lacordaire Academy. She looks forward going to school each day because of the uniqueness she gains each school day. Her perspective in life has developed into a positive something she cannot have gained at a public school. There are countless of positive interactions I have had with the head of school and the faculty there. Go Lions!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Not much improvement since new principal came. He is from a military background and does not seem to understand the needs of an all female environment. Although regular meetings with parents group occur nothing ever really changes. Academics could be more challenging and many free's in schedule. Some do not take gym or health because not enough students to form another class. No transportation for players on teams. Driven by either students or parents. Not many college courses offered nor AP classes. Looked at the Mt St Dominic should have gone there instead since this school does not deliver what it promises.

  • (6 years ago)

    Everyone has their own opinion. This school is terrific I'm very pleased with the teachers and Mr Morgan and also Mrs. Mazzari they do a wonderful job. A little ldiscipline doesn't hurt. Some people takle things the wrong way. Great school to all the staff and teachers keep up the great work that you do

  • (6 years ago)

    I think Lacordaire secondary division has very good academics and a caring nurturing enviornment. The teachers for the most part really seem to care about the students as well as the administration. It does seem that there are some clicks among the students and that can be frustrating for some that do not thrive in clicks. This goes on anywhere however but perhaps more emphasis on inclusiveness toward all students could be implemented someway. I think myspace and texting have not been a good thing for our teens they need to realize that what they post and send is for all to see and can send a very negative image for them and their school. These are things all schools and especially parents need to be aware of and address. To me though Lacordaire is a productive and safe enviornment for our girls much better than the public school system!

  • (6 years ago)

    Since Mr. Morgan became head of the school it has not been the same. All he cares about is money and having a staff that could careless about the students and their well being. There are a few good teachers still working at the school but it is not the same. The girls use to be able to laugh and have smiles on their faces as they walked down the halls but now the girls are scare to even cough in the hallway since it could leave to them getting in trouble.

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent school -- and getting better. The new administration took over in July 2007 and has had to resurrect a school that had fallen well below its past standards of excellence. Yes changes were made some which may have challenged tradition but for the most part most have remained intact. Yes tuition has gone up but families are now getting their money's worth with improved academics a stellar arts heater program parent eacher conferences and more. Is change ever easy? No and no school is perfect. But considering what these folks have accomplished they get my applause.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a student here I would say to look somewhere else. The smallest is not a positive. It hinders alot of freedom and breathing room. The administration is like big brother watching every move and thus causing a secure friendly student wellness environment NOT to exist. Way too many 'favorites' with special rules exist.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our daughter just completed her first year at the high school and we couldn't have been more pleased. The new principal has re-energized the school. The extra attention and nurturing environment was perfect for our daughter. If you are looking at high schools in the area I would strongly recommend it.

  • (7 years ago)

    A year as passed with the new principal and teachers and some positive changes have been implemented. Curriculum is on target and the students are in a supportive nurturing environment small enough for individual attention. Lacordaire is a secure school with a clear vision . It can supply all the ingredients necessary for well rounded young women upon graduation.

  • (8 years ago)

    Although I treasure my memories at Lacordaire where I met many of my friends I must admit that the education they provided was lacking. I had a few great teachers. I also had a few teachers who didn't seem qualified to teach at all. When I entered college I found myself unprepared even though I was ranked as one of the top students in my class and took all the honors and AP classes. The sports were a joke the 'coaches' assigned to the teams were just whichever teacher volunteered to do the job. Great community but needs to work on being an actual school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Lacordaire academy offers so many things it is a great environment for young women that put education first it has a family orient surrounding that allows all to grow there is enough space for everyone to grow academically and socially this is my second year at Lacordaire and I love it. The social family events are elegant and quality that is why fundraiser are needed it not only buy down the cost it gives all the students and parent moments to remember. This is one best experience of my life that I hope will never end.

  • (9 years ago)

    No p.e. Health is an assembly once a semester. sports are for those whose parents drive to games. Clubs are being eliminated due to cost conservation. Teaching is being transferred to on-line courses and computer sites to do at home. Average teachers and school produces Average SAT Scores. Needs new leadership... rumors of financial troubles persist even though fund raising has increased.

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