May 20, 2021

Spring Open House Provides Close-up of Holy Angels

On May 12, Angel Ambassadors, administrators, faculty, and staff teamed up to provide an exciting close-up of life at the Academy of the Holy Angels. This hybrid Spring Open House included in-person tours in the afternoon and an online presentation during the evening.


AHA Admissions Director Michèle McGovern and Assistant Director Jennifer Bullis greeted each family at check-in, handed out goodie bags, and introduced them to their Angel Ambassador tour guides.


Ambassadors shared a glimpse of life as an Angel while they led tours of the main building, the first floor of Kelleher Hall, and the school grounds, including the greenhouse and garden, where students grow produce for local food pantries. Every stop on the tour showcased AHA’s educational opportunities, clubs and activities, and logistical details.

AHA Choral Director Lisa Marciano directed Seraphima, AHA’s a cappella ensemble, as they greeted guests with their sweet, intricate harmonies.

AHA Principal Jean Miller, who is an Academy alumna, and Academic Dean Francesca Tambone-Puzio fielded families’ questions at the end of the in-person tours.


The virtual presentation was a live overview by members of AHA’s academic departments, performing arts programs, athletics, and admissions team. Parents were able to ask questions at the end of the program.


In addition to offering outstanding academic courses, Holy Angels also hosts dozens of clubs and activities, and regular liturgies and retreats. AHA is widely known for fostering reliable and resilient young leaders, many of whom attend top-tier colleges and universities. Angels are encouraged to be life-long learners who are competent, ethical, and successful members of the global community.


Although AHA is a Catholic school founded and sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Holy Angels welcomes students from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds.


AHA is the area’s only private school with a unique connection to the United Nations. The School Sisters of Notre Dame have non-governmental organization status, which allows Holy Angels faculty and students entrée to many UN-sponsored events.

Young women who would like to learn more about AHA’s opportunities for students in Grades 6-12 are encouraged to visit for details.

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 a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’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.