Inspiring Girls to Achieve Greatness

Sisters Academy of New Jersey is a girls’ middle school, for grades five through eight, located in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The Academy focuses on educating girls from economically challenged families in order to provide them with the tools necessary to gain access into and success in private high schools and universities. In fact, 100% of our students graduate from high school.

Sisters Academy of New Jersey, a program of Mercy Center, is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy.

The Academy is dedicated to creating a caring and supportive environment that promotes academic excellence, builds confidence and raises self-esteem. We welcome you to share in our mission to break the cycle of poverty and eradicate its immediate effects by offering our young women an opportunity to receive an education of excellence.

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  • MURLAINE, Class of 2002 Murlaine is a 2002 graduate of Sisters Academy. During her years at the Academy she knew she wanted to be a nurse. She was always a compassionate child and wanted to help others. Murlaine attended and graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School and Seton Hall University. During her high school and college years Murlaine continued to develop her leadership skills and was involved in community service. At Seton Hall she was president of the Black Student Union where she worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for the African American students. Today, Murlaine is happily married and is actively pursuing a career in nursing while working as a patient care associate at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “I know I am compassionate and dedicated and I want to help others. Sisters Academy gave me my foundation”.
  • MELISSA, Class of 2003 Because her parents wanted more for her, Melissa immigrated to Asbury Park, NJ from Antigua. At the age of 10 Melissa enrolled in Sisters Academy where she excelled. In fact, she is still the only student to receive the Four Year Perfect Attendance Award! Melissa continued her Mercy educational legacy when she received a Sisters Academy scholarship to Red Bank Catholic High School (RBC) and Georgian Court University (GCU). During her high school and college years Melissa was an active member of numerous organizations. She was elected to the Student Government Association at GCU but she still found time to return to Sisters Academy to volunteer. Melissa is currently working for the United States Government as a logistician. Last year, she finished her MBA with a 4.0 GPA. She now plans on pursuing her doctoral degree. “I received an excellent academic education at Sisters Academy as well as an education in the Mercy Core Values all of which has helped guide me to where I am today”.
  • VALENCIA, Class of 2003 Watch Video Testimonial An avid reader with a deep propensity for knowledge, Valencia began her Sisters Academy journey in 1999. While at the Academy, Valencia excelled academically and displayed skills as a leader and mentor to younger students. She was co-captain of the fencing team. She fully embraced the sense of family the Sisters Academy provides. In 2003, Valencia graduated from Sisters Academy with a full scholarship to Red Bank Catholic where she was on the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 15% of her class. She attended Quinnipiac University where received her BS degree in international business and her MS degree in organizational leadership. “One of the biggest milestones in my life was my service on Mercy Center’s Board of Trustees. Serving as a board member allowed me to give back to Sisters Academy in a meaningful way. It was my way of saying thank you – for the support, love, opportunities and for instilling in me the value of dreaming big and working hard to make that dream a reality. Sisters Academy helped make me who I am today.”. Today, Valencia serves as the Assistant Director of the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center at Siena College, Loudonville, NY.
  • MELISSA, Class of 2010 Melissa came to the United States at the age of 9. It was very hard in this new country. She needed to learn a new language and she experienced diversity for the first time. Her mother saw that the public school was a very difficult environment for her and quickly enrolled her in Sisters Academy. From day one, she felt that the Academy was where she belonged. Sisters Academy was a school like no other – small classes, Mercy Core Values, life skills, counselors, highly qualified teachers. It was just so unique! “I received an excellent education at Sisters Academy. The Academy offered extraordinary support for the education of women and women empowerment. Sisters Academy helped me dream of and work for a better future for myself, a future that I never even thought possible.”. Today, Melissa attends Salve Regina University, Newport RI where she is pursuing a major in Global Business and Economics.