About Cathedral High School

The young women of Cathedral High School are empowered to fulfill their potential through a college preparatory education that offers our determined, high-need students a gateway to future success. Representing more than 70 countries, as well as many cultures and faiths, most Cathedral students will be the first in their families to go to college.

Cathedral was founded in 1905 to educate the daughters of newly arrived immigrants and remains committed to academic excellence rooted in moral integrity and a keen sense of social justice. Today, Cathedral enhances its rigorous curriculum with real-world gateway programs geared toward professional careers to ensure graduates are prepared for success in college and beyond.

Cathedral relies upon a community of donors, volunteers, alumnae, and corporate partners who provide financial support, mentoring, and internships that enable hardworking Cathedral students to receive opportunities that they would not otherwise be able to afford. The gift of a Cathedral education transforms lives, strengthens families, uplifts communities, and pays itself forward for a lifetime.

To learn more about our students, programs, and the need for support, please watch this two-minute video introduction to Cathedral:


  • Students: 500 students from 9th to 12th grade; 14-1 student/faculty ratio
  • Diversity: 72 countries represented; 55% Hispanic, 27% African American; 40% non-Catholic
  • Need: Cathedral students and their families face daunting life and financial challenges living in one of the most expensive cities in the world…
    • More than a third come from families that rely on public assistance.
    • More than half come from single-parent households.
  • College Success: In recent years, Cathedral grads have gone on to…
    • Private schools like Boston College, Brandeis, Columbia, Duke, Fordham, Notre Dame, NYU, Penn, Stanford, Temple, Syracuse, Yale, Vassar, Villanova, plus many CUNY and SUNY public colleges.
    • 93% of graduates are enrolled in college within one year of graduation compared to national public school average of 66%.
    • 2018 graduates received $30 million in college scholarships.
  • Opportunity: With New York City as a backdrop, Cathedral connects with world-class companies and professionals who provide mentorships and internships to help level the playing field for Cathedral students.
    Cathedral’s signature Gateways Programs provide opportunities for women, especially women of color, in fields traditionally dominated by men…
    • Medical Gateways – a pre-pre-med program with specialized courses, volunteer/research opportunities, and internships at some of NYC’s most prestigious institutions like NY Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia, and NYU.
    • STEM – hands-on curriculum including technical drawing/3D modeling, coding, and robotics; held in the Ursula M. Burns MakersSpace, named after the former Xerox CEO and Cathedral alumna.
    • Business & Law – college credit classes with lectures from industry pros, internships at law firms, investment banks, and participation in New York State Mock Trial and Business Plan competitions.
  • Cathedral Value: Prep school education at a fraction of the typical cost…
    • Tuition $8,995; average New York City private school $40,572 (cost to educate one New York City public high school student is $24,173).
    • However, the real cost to educate one Cathedral student is more than $14,000 and Cathedral is committed to subsidizing cost of tuition through prudent management and generosity if its donors. But that means an income gap of more than $4,000 per student, or $2 million annually.
    • In 2018, Cathedral donors provided $1 million in support. With your support, we can make up that gap and ensure that even more young women benefit from a life-changing Cathedral education.


Elinor Sutton, Esq., Chair

Stephen M. Schiller, Vice Chair

Hon. Sue Ann Hoahng '74

James P. Jalil, Esq.

Yasmine Legendre

David F. McCarthy

Dr. Joseph Muscente

Ashlyn Primm

Kristen Pulley

Suzanne Schechter

Bishop Gerald Walsh

Philip Jay Wilker, Esq.