Award Winning Public Speaking Team

Lacordaire Academy’s Middle School Forensic team has been ranked first in the North Jersey Junior Forensics League nine times in the last ten years. The team was the League Champion in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and currently is in the lead in 2015-16.  The team also took 1st place in 2013, second place in 2014 and 4th place 2015 in the annual Union Catholic High School tournament for middle schools all over New Jersey.


Award Winning Performing Arts Program

Fifth and sixth graders produce a Christmas show and concert every December. Past productions have included A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story. Each year our 7th and 8th graders participate in a Shakespeare competition held at Drew University and run by Shakespeare Live. Several of our students win awards, and the school has been commended for its productions of  A Midsummers Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Taming of the Shrew, and A Comedy of Errors.

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Award Winning Writing Program

Grades K-8 use a process approach to teach writing. Lacordaire Academy was recognized as an Honor School by Creative Communications for categories of personal narratives and poetry.

High Standardized Test Scores
  • Qualified for Blue Ribbon School based on 2011 Terra Nova (TN) Test Scores for grades 1-7 *could not qualify again until 2016 due to class size
  • Grades 2-8 scored an average of 13.4 percentile points higher than the Archdiocese of Newark’s 2015 Median percentile TerraNova score comparable grades
  • 4th grade TerraNova Writing Assessment 2012 Median NP Score: 98% (This is the last time this assessment was given.)
  • 7th Grade TerraNova Writing Assessment 2012 Median NP Score: 91% (This is the last time this assessment was given.)
  • COOP 2015 Median National Percentages:  91% Reading, 92% Language and 85% Math Lacordaire Academy Scores were on average 20 percentile points higher than the average for schools in the Archdiocese of Newark.
High Writing Assessment Scores

In November 2012, 7th grade students scored 91% for the class mean on the Terra Nova Writing Assessment and 4th graders averaged 98%. The students no longer take this assessment, but a committment to our writing program can be seen throughout the curriculum and in our students’ work.

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