Academy of the Holy Angels



AHA's History

Celebrating the Past. Embracing the future.

The Academy of the Holy Angels, the oldest private school in Bergen County, was founded in 1879 in Fort Lee, NJ by Sister Mary Nonna Dunphy, a School Sister of Notre Dame, as a "twelve year" boarding and day school for girls that educated students from Kindergarten to 12th Grade.

Originally known as Holy Angels' Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies and Preparatory School for Little Girls, the Institute attracted students from all over the world who came to study language, the arts and Christian Doctrine. Although the Academy's campus relocated from Fort Lee to Demarest, NJ in 1965, their vision, interest in a global curriculum and focus on the empowerment of young women in grades 9 through 12 remains steadfast. For more than 130 years, the Academy has been part of a global network of SSND schools in the United States and throughout the world whose commitment to the mission of "empowering each young woman to reach the fullness of her potential spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially and physically" remains strong. 


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Academy of the Holy Angels, 315 Hillside Avenue, Demarest NJ 07627
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