At a Glance

An independent, college preparatory school, Lacordaire Academy offers small class sizes and a challenging curriculum to help shape our students into the empowered leaders of tomorrow, while providing a supportive community rooted in Dominican faith tradition. This combination of challenge and support makes Lacordaire a cutting-edge academic institution, and a strong community that lasts a lifetime.


  • Over 100 years of providing excellent education in the Dominican tradition
  • Average class size of 15-18, which provides a nurturing environment, opportunities for mentorship, and a values-based curriculum
  • All faculty hold teacher certifications and/or advanced degrees (Master’s or Doctorates) from accredited universities and colleges
  • Middle States Accredited
  • Member of NAIS and NJAIS
  • Member of the National Honor Society & National Junior Honor Society
  • Member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society
  • Affiliated with the Online School for Girls and National Coalition for Girls School, providing greater coursework opportunities
  • Montessori approach to experiential learning for academic curriculum in Pre-K
  • Process Approach used to teach writing in grades 1–8
  • Harkness Conference Method used in grades 5-12
  • Rigorous AP program in the Upper School
  • Signature Programs in  Arts, Social Justice, and Public Speaking
  • “The Empower Series, Women Who Inspire” is a speaker series in the Upper School that features prominent and successful women to empower students to reach their career and life goals


  • Picturesque three acre campus, a short distance from resources such as the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Public Library, and Montclair State University
  • Over twenty Smart Boards throughout the Academy; used daily in in Pre-K-12
  • Chromebooks, iPads, and iPad minis for faculty and student use in Pre-K-12
  • Three science labs Academy-wide
  • Google Apps for Education School