JUNE 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Welcomed into New Jersey Association of Independent Schools

Demarest, NJ: The Academy of the Holy Angels has been admitted to the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Acceptance followed an extensive review of the Academy’s mission, program, policies, and facilities. The application process also included meetings with NJAIS representatives and the members of the AHA Board of Trustees, parents, students, faculty members, and administrators.

“We left with extremely positive impressions that Academy of the Holy Angels is a school that is providing an outstanding Catholic education for the young women enrolled,” NJAIS Executive Director Carole J. Everett wrote to AHA President Melinda Hanlon and Principal Jean Mullooly. “The NJAIS membership committee wholeheartedly endorsed Academy of the Holy Angels as a member of NJAIS. Thank you for making our membership visit such a comprehensive overview, and for welcoming us so warmly.”

NJAIS is a non-profit association of New Jersey’s private schools that fosters its members’ educational, ethical, and professional excellence. Membership is voluntary, and includes a host of benefits, including professional development programs for teachers, administrators, and trustees; public advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels; networking opportunities; professional consulting services; and a comprehensive, standards-based accreditation program. In addition, NJAIS is dedicated to promoting best practices and the value of education in independent schools.

The Morristown-based organization was established in 1958 and currently has 87 members that serve over 30,000 students. NJAIS is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the NAIS Commission on Accreditation, the Council for American Private Education, and the New Jersey Non-public Advisory Council.

The NJAIS is known for its professional development offerings, which include conferences led by international experts, enrichment opportunities for trustees, leadership training for teachers and administrators, workshops, round tables, recommended reading, active listservs that promote professional exchanges, and a career center with job listings.

NJAIS members also benefit from the organization’s website, which includes multiple resources. The organization maintains regional statistics regarding enrollment, tuition, and budgets, and provides heads of schools with information that includes news from other members.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.


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