Mary Help of Christians Academy Offers the Choice of In-Person or Virtual Learning

NORTH HALEDON, New Jersey – August 25, 2020 – Mary Help of Christians Academy, a Catholic all-girls school will be offering in person classes when school begins on September 10th, 2020. Sr. Marisa DeRose, FMA, Head of School, says, “We are hearing from parents how important it is for their daughters to be back in school with meaningful interactions with their teachers and classmates. So far, all of our faculty have committed to being on campus for class.”

Continuing a tradition of educating and empowering young women since 1941, the Academy is capitalizing on its small size to maintain a safe environment conducive to learning. Reopening plans call for an amended school day with students attending four block classes a day and leaving the school building by 12:45 pm. Detailed plans to restart the year were developed by a team of experts in the fields of healthcare, education and student counseling. “Our focus is to keep our students engaged and learning during these uncertain times. Each contingency plan is designed to ensure that our academic expectations meet each student’s educational goals,” says Dean of Academic Affairs Edward Zambrano.

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The school week will consist of four days of in-person learning on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with Wednesday being a “virtual day” where students will learn from home and connect remotely. The new schedule will allow for deep cleaning twice a week in addition to enhanced cleaning on the other days. Parents also have the option to choose all virtual, if they wish says Sr. Marisa.

Additionally, the Academy will be adding an 8th grade this year in response to parents who desired a place for their daughters to finish their elementary studies and facilitate their transition into high school. Applications are still being accepted for 8th grade, 9th grade and transfer students.

About Mary Help of Christians Academy: Mary Help of Christians Academy, a Catholic preparatory school in the Salesian tradition, embraces the charism of reason, religion and loving kindness as inspired by Saint John Bosco and Saint Mary Mazzarello. Embodying the ideals of "Beauty, Truth, and Joy," young women grades eight through twelve are educated in a family environment developing their spiritual growth, academic excellence, social responsibility and commitment to service.Tel: 973-790-6200  Website: