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January 27, 2023

Holy Angels Welcomes Class of 2027 at Afternoon Reception

The Academy of the Holy Angels’ January 22 Accepted Students Reception was a fun-filled, information-packed afternoon. Members of the Class of 2027 and their parents/guardians received a warm welcome as they got to know the Academy’s administration, faculty, alumnae, current students, and each other.


At one point, the line of visitors extended from the Student Commons into the hallway near the gym. Angel Ambassadors and staff members quickly attended to the guests and facilitated the registration with friendly smiles and greetings.

“The reception was very informative and welcoming. We, along with our daughter, enjoyed it a lot!” one parent commented after the event.


Another attendee shared, “The reception was great! I’m looking forward to being an AHA parent!”


Families indulged in light refreshments, including Chef Russell Ash’s famous chocolate chip cookies, and spent time chatting with Angel Ambassadors and faculty. Guests learned more about the AHA Alumnae Association, the college counseling department, athletic opportunities, and transportation logistics. Special tables were set up so students with similar interests could find each other.



The School Store did a brisk business, as incoming Angels selected and purchased their favorite AHA gear. New students also took photos at the “step and repeat” station. Some incoming upper school students who now attend AHA Middle School, took group photos. Another Angel legacy posed with her older sister. 


The event also featured “Ask the Administration,” a special information session just for parents and guardians. AHA President Melinda Hanlon provided welcoming comments, and AHA staff member/alumna Pauline Poulos offered a parent’s perspective on Holy Angels. A Q&A followed.


While the adults were gathered in the Learning Commons, the Class of 2027 joined the Angel Ambassadors in the gym for ice breakers, games, and chances to win AHA spirit wear. Every Angel left with a goody bag brimming with special treats, and smiles of anticipation.


Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious school serves young women from many cultural and religious backgrounds. AHA’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.