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About This School

Cardinal McCarrick High School is a private high school in South Amboy. 469 students go to Cardinal McCarrick High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. The student to teacher ratio at Cardinal McCarrick High School is 15:1. South Amboy High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Italian
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 66%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3%
Multiracial 2%
Asian 2%
Hispanic 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    My son started his Sophmore Year in Cardinal McCarrick High School and both my son and can't say enough positive things about the school.. He was nervous about starting a new school at first but was welcomed by the Football Coaches and Players on his first day of practice.. His grades improved tremendously with the help of the teachers staying after and caring about his future.. The Track Coach is amazing! Transferring from a Public High School to Cardinal McCarrick is the best decision I've made.. I truly feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and he is being taught well and cared for!

  • (2 years ago)

    We are one of the new families joining the Cardinal McCarrick High School community and hoping that the school is moving upward with all the positive vibes it deserves. Really hoping that the whole administration is sincere in making the school what it should be. We believe in change and so far all we see and feel are good. Otherwise we will be an avid observer on where the school is going and scrutinize what must be corrected. It takes the whole school community to make it a better place.

  • (3 years ago)

    I had a child in Cardinal McCarrick. I have heard they are trying to recruit kids from inner cities if they excel in sports. I have also heard about bullying from certain atletic team members and administration turning their heads tothis behavior. With all thats going on withthe eduacation system these days you would think faculty would want to get this under control. I guess what it comes down to is if you're desperate for enrollment numbers you will put innocent kids in jeopardy. Such a shame for a "CATHOLIC" school

  • (3 years ago)

    My son was a student in this school and I couldn't pull him out fast enough. The classes were a joke. Kids were out of control while teachers stood by and did nothing. There is virtually no discipline in this school. I would advise parents looking into schools for their children to defiantely look elsewhere. Enrollment should speak for itself with a Freshman class of 88 there is a problem.

  • (4 years ago)

    Can not for the life of me understand why a teacher who does so much for the school both in and out of the classroom would be let go due to budget cuts etc. The school is being run with four administrators for a student body of less than 380 (far from the 469 stated at the top of the page). How is that fiscally responsible? As a parent I am outraged. There really wasn't much thought put into the release of this teacher. Too much funny business is going on in other classrooms and ineffective teachers are still employed.

  • (4 years ago)

    Best kept secret in NJ Education. Excellent Academic Athletics and Extracurricular programs. Small community with extraordinary and dedicated teachers. As good parents we welcome the inconveniences. that is how we measure how much the school is working with the parents to benefit the students. If you don't want to be inconvenienced send your child to a public school or to a bigger school. They will never inconvenience you.

  • (4 years ago)

    Someone once said something like this 'If you like the work I'm doing tell others. If you don't tell me' You cannot judge the educational level of a school by complaining about administrative nuisances. Cardinal McCarrick HS is a great school with excellent programs to prepare students for college the rest is 'icing on the cake'

  • (4 years ago)

    My child is a senior and i am very pleased with the education he has received. The teachers are easily accessible and on top of any problems that occur. He did very well on the sats obviously he was taught well. They do need to look at the kids there that do not want an education and recommed they go elsewhere so they do not impact the others. The sports programs are also very well run.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is going downhill quickly. The administration is horrible and are not helpful to the parents what so ever. They do nothing but inconvience parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a senior at CMHS and the four years I have spent at this school have been the best. I have made so many great friends participated in soccer softball lyceum student council NHS French NHS foreign Language club and the drama club and I am currently taking three AP courses. The teachers and staff have done so much to help my classmates and I become prepared for our futures. Not only are we prepared for college but we are deeper in our faith and become well-rounded individuals. Both of my older sisters attended this school and two of my cousins are actually in the school with me right now and my family and I have noticed how much the school has improved over the past 10 years or so. My memories of this school will never fade.

  • (5 years ago)

    Wow! in response to the AP parents they obviously do not know how difficult that AP exam is and how more than 1/2 the students that take it do not get 4's and 5's but still receive college credit. Maybe these parents need to be a little bit more involved in their childs academic career and do some research! For a school that receives as little funding as it does it gives our children quality education and discipline. Any parent that has a complaint has obviously not been involved!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very disappointed in the fact that so many key figures have left the school in the past 2 years. It seems the administration does not value the faculty and staff that keep good families coming to Cardinal McCarrick. At one time there was a lot of service projects and community projects going on. The past few years have yielded nothing in terms of Christian service. It's one thing to teach the Gospel but another to show students how to live it. As for the AP classes please ask what percentage of students actually pass the AP exam and receive college credit for the course.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is a freshman and is enjoying it. She has made new friends loves her teachers and classes. She loves retelling the stories of the different saints as taught by Sister. Biblically she will learn a lot from this school and is already supprised that she has passed her first Math test with a 93% that's to tell you the quality of teachers. She has already joined the Drama team and wants to join the Science Club. The school has a lot of activities to keep the students involved as indicated by the calender we received. Our reason for sending her there was I love the fact that Religious Studies was for the entire four years and there was an outline what will be studied each semester along with their discipline and academic programs. To the teachers and Staff a hearty Thank You.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child attends CMHS and is now a sophomore. The school has changed so much in the last year it is just wonderful. After reading the old reviews I felt it necessary to comment about all the wonderful new teachers technology sports and clubs CMHS has to offer. THe new young staff bring new insite to the teaching of our children. The students are excited about learning. The Honors freshman program is wonderful. The science teacher brings wonderful idea to the kids and they feel excited about science a very difficult subject. The English History Math Foreign language programs have all changed. Plus the fact that our children are getting a strong religious background makes this a well rounded school. Yes the school was in flux for awhile. But with the new adminstration dicipline academic and social acitives have reached a new high.

  • (9 years ago)

    I would definetly say this school has no control over some students and teachers this is my first year here and many teachers have left in the middle of the year.

  • (9 years ago)

    The school has no control of students some teachers don't teach. It is an disappiontment of of a school. My daughter gets better education at a public school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I was a past student. The school lacked many extracurricular activities but the class size was great and I enjoyed knowing everyone who was there. Since it was small it allowed me better relationships with my teachers. My senior year there was a change in principal whom allowed very little school spirit and was way more strict than the last principal. He allowed the seniors very little privileges and treated us like small adults. Many students and teachers lost confidence in the school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Cardinal McCarrick Highschool was a great school to go to... my daughter's freshman year. Unfortunately by the time she reached her senior year so many changes had occured that she was begging me to take her out. Its High School not a military camp. There is a huge lack of social activities and no school spirit. The new administration has created a school to their liking with not very many fun and confidence building processes. The school is trying to be very competitive with other schools in the area. This isnt a healthy system

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter has been attending this school since Freshmen year. She is currently a Junior. So far so good. She likes the school and she loves her teachers. The teachers at Cardinal McCarrick are very dedicated teachers. They go the extra mile to make sure that the student's needs are met. My daughter has learned quite a bit and has achieved academically. She is an honor roll student. She works hard and enjoys her school life. However when she volunteers to work on certain school projects - she is never chosen. That hurts her feelings. We have taught her to hold her head up high and keep on striving for what she wants. Regardless she loves this school and her friends. She has met wonderful people at Cardinal McCarrick. So have my husband and I. It is a great school academically.

  • (10 years ago)

    By having a child in each of the local private High Schools St Mary (Cardinal McCarrick) has a much warmer family atmosphere which I believe is conducive to learning. I am pleased with both of my girls' educations but happier with St. Mary.

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