Welcome to nazareth's Virtual Open HOuse!

Thank you very much for your interest in Nazareth Academy High School
and for joining us for our Virtual Fall Open House!

Welcome from our President,
Mrs. Denise LePera

Welcome from our Principal,
Mr. James Meredith

Who We Are

Nazareth Academy High School, located on the same beautiful campus as Holy Family University in suburban Northeast Philadelphia, is the only private Catholic high school for girls in Philadelphia. Ranked one of the top STEM high schools in the country, Nazareth Academy is a close-knit sisterhood of young women who achieve excellence in the classroom and strive to be leaders of Christian service in the community.

Welcome from our 2020-2021 Student Council Leadership Team!

Elizabeth "Libby" Corbett '21

Molly Taggart '21
Vice President

Tiffany Tang '21

Paige Montijo '21


Embracing Faith

Our beautiful and mesmerizing Chapel, situated at the top of our school's main staircase, is the centerpiece and heart of our campus. This is no coincidence. We believe that our Catholic faith is the foundation of all that we do both within and beyond the walls of every classroom. Rooted in the example of the Holy Family, we recognize that while each of us is a unique gift of God, we all share the common task of bringing the love, mercy, and justice of God to our community, our country, and our world.

Click here to read more about our Spiritual Life and Christian Service. 

Please contact Ms. Shannon Donnelly, Director of Campus Ministry, with any questions regarding mission, ministry, and community service at Nazareth.

Educating Girls

Our educational process is student-centered and not limited by the walls of the classroom. There are many roads to success, and we strive to help our Nazareth students discover their unique talents and ambitions. One of the hallmarks of a Nazareth education is that our students graduate remarkably well-prepared for college. Click here for more information on our Academic Programs or contact Mrs. Patricia Quinn P'04, Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs.

Academic Highlights

• 100% College Acceptance Rate
College Prep Scheduling (modified block scheduling)
• 8 to 1 Student to Teacher Ratio
• 15 Students is the Average Class Size
• 17 Advanced Placement Courses
• 22 Honors Courses
• Online Electives through Arrupe Virtual Learning Institute
Academic School Profile for the 2020-2021 School Year
• NAHS Course Catalog 2020-2021

Dual Enrollment Partnership with Holy Family University for College Credit

Nazareth Academy High School has partnered with fellow sponsored ministry Holy Family University to make the transition to higher education easier for students. Nazareth Academy 11th and 12th grade students can dually enroll in General Education courses at Holy Family University, receiving credit on both Nazareth’s and Holy Family’s transcripts without ever leaving campus for less than a third of the cost. 

Mrs. Patricia Quinn P'04, Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs

Academic Departments

STREAM Initiative

Nazareth Academy High School's STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) program creates awareness, sparks interest, builds confidence, and fosters a culture of innovation in girls while integrating our Catholic identity into every aspect of the curriculum.

During the 2019-2020 school year, Nazareth Academy High School was recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top STEM high schools in the country. With the current level of STEM integration in our curriculum, our dedicated faculty already prepare our young women to be virtuous leaders, capable of handling today’s concerns and managing future challenges.

Brand New State-of-the-Art Innovation Center

Our new Innovation Center is located in the former Student Dining Room, on the lower level beneath the gymnasium. It is anchored by a major makerspace, an area for students to collaborate and innovate, utilizing advanced technology such as 3-D and laser printers. In this makerspace, an Engineering elective is offered to Juniors and Seniors, and a Foundations of STEM class is held for every freshman student beginning with the Class of 2024.

Click here for the full story on our new Innovation Center and watch the video below for a tour of our Innovation Center created by Mr. Gregory Severino, Innovation Center Director and moderator of Naz Rocketry.

STEM Curriculum

Tour our brand new, state-of-the-art, Innovation Center!

Empowering Girls

Inspiring Our Girls' Hearts and Minds!

At Nazareth, girls engage in hands-on, interactive experiences that enhance our academic program. We offer a variety of clubs and activities that keep our students well-rounded and involved. With more than 40 clubs and activities to choose from, Nazareth offers countless opportunities for students to explore extracurricular activities and to develop leadership skills. Please contact Mrs. Maura Hope, Assistant Principal for Student Life, with any questions about clubs, activities, and student life.

Click here to view our Virtual Clubs & Activities Fair!


Mrs. Maura Hope, Assistant Principal for Student Life

Student Life

Admissions Process

High school can be four of the most formative years in a student's life, and here at Nazareth, we understand the importance of finding the school that is the best fit for your daughter, and we appreciate the investment you are making in your daughter's present and future.

The high school admissions process can often be intimidating and overwhelming, but at Nazareth, we are dedicated to helping students and parents navigate the process and walk with you through each step. We understand that each student is unique - that's what makes Nazareth a special place where each young lady's talents, abilities, and personality can thrive. With that in mind, we take a holistic approach to our admissions process by looking at an applicant's academics, involvement in activities, and personal character.

Click here for our 8th grade admission process for the 2021-2022 school year, including required documents, testing information, and admissions interviews.

We are currently accepting transfer student applications for both January 2021 and the 2021-2022 school year in all grades! Click here for our transfer admission process. Transfer students are also welcomed to join us for a  Transfer Student Virtual Shadow Day!

Upcoming admissions events and deadlines:

If you have any questions about our admissions process or events, please contact Ms. Ali Derassouyan (Ms. D) '09, Director of Admissions. We look forward to getting to know you and your daughter throughout the admissions process!

Ms. Ali Derassouyan '09, Director of Admissions

Financial Aid and Tuition

The return on a family’s Nazareth Academy investment doesn’t end on graduation day; it begins!

We recognize that choosing an independent private school is a major financial decision for families. Nazareth Academy High School seeks students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and it is our philosophy to keep the school within reach for all of our girls and their families. Having talented students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds strengthens Nazareth in every way. Click here to view all financial aid, tuition, and scholarship options for families wanting to invest in a Nazareth education and experience. For more information and any questions, contact Mrs. Jennifer McCloskey '03, Director of Finance.


Listen to why our students, parents, and alumnae

all love Nazareth a million!

Carly Krieger '21

Ciara Garvey '23

Kaitlyn Pfeifer '23

Mrs. Christina Borkowski P'23

Mr. Robert Loper P'21, '23

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Pirolli P'22

Mrs. AnnMarie Reteneller '24

Ms. Meghan Quinn '04

Dr. Bernice Duesler '83, P'15, '24

Mrs. Dawn Russell '88, P'22

Thank you!

Thank you very much for joining us for our virtual Fall Open House! We hope this provided you an opportunity to see the exciting offerings at Nazareth Academy High School and what makes our school community so special.

If you have any questions, you can visit our Who to Contact List here.

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We look forward to welcoming you and your daughter to our Nazareth family! 

May the Holy Family of Nazareth keep you and your families safe and healthy.
Alexandria Derassouyan

Alexandria Derassouyan

Class of 2009
Titles: Director of Admissions, Panda Pal Moderator
Phone Numbers:
School: 215.268.1026