Nazareth Academy (Wakefield, Massachusetts)

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Nazareth Academy
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Nazareth Academy
27 Cordis Street


United States
Coordinates42°30′57″N 71°04′17″W / 42.5158°N 71.0715°W / 42.5158; -71.0715Coordinates: 42°30′57″N 71°04′17″W / 42.5158°N 71.0715°W / 42.5158; -71.0715
School typeprivate, secondary
MottoDei sub numine viget
(Under God's power, she flourishes)
DenominationRoman Catholic
PrincipalPhyllis Morrison
Color(s)     navy
SloganAn academy of excellence for young women
Team nameDragons[1]

Nazareth Academy was an independent all-girls Catholic high school in Wakefield, Massachusetts.


This independent school opened its doors on September 9, 2009.[2] In February 2009, after the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth announced the decision to close Our Lady of Nazareth Academy in Wakefield, Massachusetts, a group of parents, alumnae, and community business leaders started an organizing effort for a new girls' school, independent of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth,[3] with performing arts department head Patricia Tamagini as the new head of school.[4]

On April 14, 2009, by unanimous vote of the Wakefield School Committee, the new Nazareth Academy was granted official school status by the Town of Wakefield in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, indicating approval of the Academy's curriculum and state recognition for its graduates' diplomas.[5]

Nazareth Academy graduated its first class of 17 seniors in May 2010.[6]

In 2016, with a student body of less than 30, it was announced that Nazareth Academy was closing. Girls and their families who were interested in an all-girls educational environment were invited to attend The Academy at Penguin Hall, a new school in Wenham, located in a mansion which had served as a residence for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from 1962 until the mid-1990s.[7][8] Nazareth Academy graduated its final class of 8 seniors in May 2016.


Nazareth Academy was housed at the former Hurd school on Cordis Street in Wakefield, near Lake Quannapowitt. The academy was the sole respondent to a request for proposals the town issued in March 2009 to use the vacant building.[9]


Year freshmen total students graduated references
2009-2010 17 [6]
2010-2011 28 26 [6]
2015-2016 25 [9]


  1. ^ a b "Nazareth Academy Dragons". Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
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  6. ^ a b c "Nazareth Academy Graduates First Class". WBZ-TV. May 27, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2010.[dead link]
  7. ^ Laidler, John (2009-04-23). "Another step for academy". Boston Globe.
  8. ^ Tim McCarthy (February 9, 2016). "Penguin Hall could find new life as 'The Academy'".
  9. ^ a b McCabe, Kathy (2016-02-16). "Girls high school in 'Catholic tradition' to open in Wenham". Boston Globe.

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