St. Benedict's Prep

About Us

Founded in 1868, St. Benedict’s has been a pillar of excellent education for the young men of the greater Newark community for nearly 150 years. Led by the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey, St. Benedict’s provides an education based in commitment to community, both within the school and beyond. Today, St. Benedict’s is proud of its diverse student and faculty community, with 70 faculty and staff members and 550 young men in grades seven through twelve from around the region, United States, and world.

Less than ten miles from New York City, St. Benedict’s is located in the heart of New Jersey’s largest city, Newark – the cultural, athletic, academic, business, and transportation hub for the state. The school sits on twelve acres, featuring world class facilities including two fields, three basketball courts, two gymnasiums, pool, dormitory, extensive library, laboratory facilities, 750-seat auditorium, church, and Abbey. Our dormitory is home for all our international students and is overseen by several house parents who assist with daily life, academic tutoring, and lead weekend cultural excursions.

Our rigorous, 11-month college preparatory curriculum features a wide range of intensive enrichment and traditional courses, challenging students to reach their highest academic potentials. By using a block schedule model, St. Benedict’s mimics the U.S. college system, further preparing students for the transition to college. Most uniquely, the St. Benedict’s-Rutgers University Program allows our students to take Rutgers courses and receive college credit.

Athletics and Activities
Our athletic program is nationally recognized, offering soccer, basketball, track, cross-country, fencing, wrestling, swimming, water polo, crew, and baseball. We also offer activities in the arts, including Drama Guild, visual arts, photography/media, and music programs, as well as other skill-building activities, including Mock Trial, Model UN, Youth and Government, Benedict News (newspaper), literary magazine, and yearbook.

College Guidance
All students take college readiness courses with our Director of College Guidance and nearly 100% of our graduating students continue into higher education with 70% accepted into their first choice. Recent alumni have attended a range of Ivy League and other top tier schools, including Amherst, Bates, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Swarthmore, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, and Wesleyan.

Our school motto, “Whatever hurts my brother hurts me,” is more than a statement; it is an integral part of the education offered to our young men. Our community is built on the tenet of learning by doing; thus our student leadership team works collaboratively with staff and faculty to guide individual student success and day-to-day school operations. Additionally, all students complete their academic year by participating in a five-week spring phase project based in experiential learning. These projects range from community service and intensive theater work to hiking the Appalachian Trail and leadership opportunities throughout the country. Through our academics, athletics, activities, and student leadership, our graduates are not only successful academically, but successful in life, becoming our world’s leaders of tomorrow.

3 Key Program Features:

  1. Diverse college prep independent school education taught in the discipline of Benedictine Catholic beliefs
  2. Nationally ranked athletics programs and state ranked academic activities offers something for everyone
  3. Unique student leadership model creates a community-based environment and a true brotherhood among students
  • Total Enrollment : 550
  • Type : All Boys
  • Boarding Grades : 7-12, PG
  • Total Students : 550
  • Boarding Students : 70
  • Day Students : 480
  • ESL Offered : Yes
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  • Avg. Class Size : 15
  • Standard Application : Yes
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