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´╗┐´╗┐In 1921, the 16.33 acre tract of land on Belmont Avenue in North Haledon known as The Muhs Estate was sold by its owner to the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, Eastern Province and in 1924, Mary Help of Christians School opened its doors. Much change transpired in the ensuing years. Buildings were razed, constructed, updated and transformed. The school has continually adapted in response to the needs of the surrounding community and has served at various times as an orphanage, elementary school, boarding school and in 1944 assumed its current identity as an accredited high school.

At present, Mary Help of Christians Academy is a comprehensive college-prep program with Advanced Placement┬« courses, college-credit opportunities and specialized internships.  Students at the Academy come from varied social backgrounds, ancestries and heritages, and our commitment to diversity enhances our mission to educate the whole child.

Mary Help of Christians Academy, a Catholic preparatory school in the Salesian tradition, embraces the charism of reason, religion and loving kindness as inspired by Saint John Bosco and Saint Mary Mazzarello. Embodying the ideals of "Beauty, Truth, and Joy," young women grades nine through twelve are educated in a family environment developing their spiritual growth, academic excellence, social responsibility and commitment to service.

Mary Help of Christians Academy, located in the Diocese of Paterson, is a private Catholic secondary school for young women. It is conducted by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, in collaboration with laypersons committed to Catholic education. Within a community rooted in the Gospel and in Catholic teachings, traditions and moral values, Mary Help of Christians Academy seeks to enable young women to establish a living relationship with Christ. This relationship empowers the individual to make a positive impact on her family, local, and world communities.

Mary Help of Christians Academy recognizes that the task of education is the responsibility of all: faculty, parents, collaborators and students. By embracing a diverse population, individual differences and abilities, the members of the educating community create an intellectually challenging environment. Here the students can prepare for college and the workplace with a life-long commitment to faith, education, leadership and service in a multicultural society. 

Mary Help of Christians Academy utilizes the Preventive System developed by St. John Bosco and given a specifically feminine dimension by St. Mary Mazzarello. This system of education characterizes the interaction among the members of the educating community who seek in every situation to appeal to reason and faith with loving kindness. The resulting mutual respect and trust promote feelings of self-worth and confidence. 

Mary Help of Christians Academy values educational principles and learning experiences extending beyond the classroom. Each student is encouraged to develop solid convictions and to gradually assume responsibility for her personal growth and faith formation. She is thereby empowered to realize her unique plan and purpose in an ever-changing and complex society.