BENEFITING: DOMINICAN ACADEMY OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
ORGANIZER: DOMINICAN ACADEMY OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
EVENT DATE: Nov 29, 2016
As some of you may know, I have been blessed with the enormous responsibility and opportunity of serving as the first woman of color and lay person Vice Principal last year and current Principal of Dominican Academy.
It is a school with a 119 year history, started by the Dominican Sisters of Peace and serving gifted girls of lower to middle income families across the five boroughs.
Each year we rely on our students, parents, alumnae and friends to provide financial support and help us provide the best possible education to our girls. This year, each student is tasked with fundraising $300. We are half way to our goal of $65,000 and so I decided that I as Principal NEEDED to help!
D.A. is a special school for a multitude of reasons. Let me share a few:
1. D.A. has been ranked the No. 6 Best All-girls High school in New York according to Niche rankings. In addition, we are ranked among the top 100 Catholic schools in the country.
2. Our girls are SMART! We have 5 National National Merit Scholars (top 5%) including a National Merit Semi Finalist who placed in the top 1% of students who took the SAT last year! (and generally every year!) 25% of our seniors have scored 1900+ on the SATs this year. And our Class of 2015 Valedictorian is a freshman at Princeton University!
3. Our curriculum is top notch. We offer over 22 electives including classes like Intro to the Civil Rights Movement; Law and Society; and Introduction to Computer Programming. We offer 12 AP courses, more than any other Catholic High school in NYC! They include AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, U.S. History, Art History, Latin, English, Calculus, Economics and Government. We host two Culture Days where the entire school visits local musems and institutes (like the Museum of Modern Art & the Paley Center for Media) to enrich what they are learning in the classroom!
4. Our Performing Arts program is outstanding with our Glee Club again slated to perfrom at Carnegie Hall in April. We have a Drama Club, Dance Club, Liturgical Dance Group and a fully student -run school play production. In terms of Visual Arts, our girls take studio art at the Frick Museum - classes taught by art professionals.
5. Our Service Learning program does not exisit anywhere else! Our girls go on retreat every year, are part of a grade-wide service project and participate in numerous social justice and service initiatives all year long. These include our Junior Advocacy fair, the IFTJ conference, and the Big Onion. This year, we will have donated to 15+ charities. Additionally, all seniors attend weekly seminars at our brother school & are assigned to a service site and complete 30+ community service hours - a requirement for gradudation! This year, we have created a partnership with a girls school in Zambia, Africa and 5 juniors will spend two weeks there learning and supporting the school there.
The most important thing I haven't shared with you is that our girls are plain NICE. They support each other, inspire each other and collaborate on all that they do. I've never been part of such a caring community and it warms my heart to see it each day! They really make my job easy.
WHY DO WE NEED TO FUNDRAISE MONEY?
The truth is that our tuition cost is higher than what we actually charge our students. Hence, we need to fill the gap. It will enable us to move forward with our 1-1 tablet program, inprove technology integration overall especially in regards to our STEM program and it will enable us to offer merit-based and need-based scholarships to many bright and deserving young women! Our mission this year is to improve economic and ethnic diversity and you can help me achieve this!
AND SO, I WOULD DEARLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT OF MY SCHOOL/ MY HOME.
Thank you in advance for your continued support of education everywhere everyday. Education = Freedom. Help me empower these young women so thy may be FREE to soar as high as they desire.
Dr. Nicole Grimes, Ph.D.
Principal, Dominican Academy