Nazareth Academy (Rochester, New York)

Nazareth Academy
1001 Lake Avenue
Rochester, New York, (Monroe County) 14613
United States
Coordinates 43°11′3″N 77°37′57″W / 43.18417°N 77.63250°W / 43.18417; -77.63250Coordinates: 43°11′3″N 77°37′57″W / 43.18417°N 77.63250°W / 43.18417; -77.63250
Type Private, All-Female
Motto Dominus Illuminatio Mea.
(The Lord is my Light.)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1871
President Patricia E. Carroll
Principal Mary Ellen Wagner
Enrollment Director Sheila Abelein
Athletic Director Chris Belmont
Teaching staff Sisters of St. Joseph
Grades 9-12
Average class size classes range anywhere from 3-25 students
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Athletics Section V
Nickname Naz
Team name Lasers
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Spectrum (literary magazine)
Newspaper Gabriel
Yearbook Lanthorn

Nazareth Academy was a private all-girls Catholic school teaching grades 9-12 in Rochester, New York, USA. It was part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester.


Nazareth Academy was founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1871. It was the oldest Catholic high school in Rochester.[2]

"One chance… often in life we are faced with a defining moment, where the choice we make will help determine our safety, our character, or our future."

In 2010, the Aquinas Institute and Nazareth Schools partnered to create a co-educational Catholic school system that seamlessly serves grades Pre-K through 12. The new school system is known as Aquinas Institute and Nazareth Schools. Since September 2010, Pre-K through grade 6 is located at the Nazareth Academy campus on Lake Avenue, and Grades 7 through 12 are welcomed at the Aquinas Institute campus on Dewey Avenue.

News release as of 2/4/2010 The Nazareth Schools will continue providing its well-respected elementary school program, including a highly recognized Pre-K and wrap-around school care. The Nazareth Academy program at Aquinas will continue a strong commitment to women’s leadership and development. This commitment will be overseen by a position created and staffed by the Sisters of Saint Joseph.

Both schools bring several shared values to the new school system including a religious grounding in the Roman Catholic faith tradition as taught and supported by the Congregation of Saint Basil and the Sisters of Saint Joseph. As private Catholic schools, The Aquinas Institute and The Nazareth Schools, this partnership is an historic juncture.


The school follows Regent's curriculum guidelines, and includes courses in English, math, science, social studies, foreign language, physical education, business and religious studies. Advanced Placement study in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Global Studies, European History, Physics and US Government and History are also offered. Nazareth also began offering more specified courses for student interests that garner credit. Those classes include Forensic Science, Environmental Science, Intro to Theatre, and Music Theory. Students also have the opportunity to gain college credit from SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry by taking Nazareth's Global Environment course.[3]

Developed in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology, the Academic Scholarship in Computing, Engineering and New Technology (ASCENT) program is the only program in Rochester designed to prepare women for advanced study and careers in engineering.[4]

Extracurricular activities


Athletic activities include:[5]

Clubs and organizations

Nazareth supports several clubs and organizations, including:[6]

Associated schools

Nazareth Academy is a part of Nazareth Schools, which also includes an elementary and middle school that were founded as a boys school in 1884. The current building was constructed in 1915, and it is now co-educational.[2]


Nazareth Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the New York State Board of Regents, and the New York State Association of Independent Schools.[4] It is a member of the Greater Rochester Association of Private Schools.[7]


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