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Newton Country Day School

Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (often abbreviated to Newton Country Day School, Newton, or NCDS) is a private, all-girls Roman Catholic high school and middle school located on the Loren Towle Estate in Newton, Massachusetts, as part of the Sacred Heart Network of 21 schools in the United States and 44 countries abroad.


Newton Country Day School was founded in 1880 as the Boston Academy of the Sacred Heart. It was the twentieth Sacred Heart School to open in the United States, and is a member of the international Network of Sacred Heart Schools, which spans forty-four countries and twenty-one cities in the United States. All Sacred Heart schools are associated with and live by the values of the Society of the Sacred Heart, founded by Saint Philippine Duchesne and Saint Madeleine Sophie in 1800 in Paris. Philippine brought the schools over to America in 1818.

The school was first located at 5 Chester Square in Boston's South End (now the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street), and subsequently in four Back Bay brownstones at 260-266 Commonwealth Avenue. In December 1925 it moved to the Loren Towle Estate in Newton, where the architectural firm of Maginnis and Walsh added a chapel and a four-story school wing completed in 1928. In 1960 a gymnasium/auditorium was finished, with further additions of the Sweeney Husson building in 2002 (housing a theatre, state-of-the-art science labs, and an enlarged Middle School) and 2007 a new and greatly enlarged library.


The school commits itself to five goals:

  • A personal and active faith in God
  • A deep respect for intellectual values
  • A social awareness which impels to action
  • The building of community as a Christian value
  • Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom

Its motto is "Courage and Confidence". The current headmistress, Sister Barbara Rogers, has been head of the school since 1989.


Academics at Newton Country Day School are rigorous and demanding. The school offers 19 Advanced Placement courses, including Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, English, Art, Latin, Spanish, French, Comparative Government, Statistics, and History. Roughly three quarters of students graduate having taken at least one AP course.

A sampling of recent college enrollment includes Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Davidson Georgetown, Harvard, Holy Cross, Bowdoin College, California Institute of Technology, Middlebury College, Vanderbilt University, Williams College, Bates College, New York University, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Princeton, Stanford, Tufts, University of Chicago, Colgate, University of Michigan, Lafayette, University of Richmond, Bucknell University, Wellesley, and Yale.


Newton Country Day is a member of the Eastern Independent League (EIL) as well as the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and competes against member schools and other independent schools throughout New England.

The school fields 33 teams in 12 interscholastic sports over the course of three seasons, at the middle school, junior varsity, and varsity levels. Athletics teams include soccer, cross country, field hockey, basketball, ice hockey, squash, volleyball, tennis, lacrosse, softball, sailing, golf, swimming, and crew.

Newton's varsity softball team is, as of June 2007, undefeated for two straight years. The team captured the Eastern Independent League regular season and post-season championships in 2006 and 2007.

Newton's varsity hockey team won the regular season title as well as the EIL tournament championship in 2007-2008.

Newton's varsity soccer team won the regular season EIL title in 2009.

Newton's varsity field hockey team won the regular season EIL title in 2011, and placed first in the New England Championships

Newton's varsity dance team won a nationally recognized first place trophy in New York City in 2010

Newton's varsity sailing team won first place overall in the 420 class in the Massachusetts Bay League C division for their 2013 season.

Newton's varsity cross country team won the regular season EIL title and New England Championships in 2013.

The school offers various opportunities to take part in the arts, both in and outside of class. Courses in the visual arts are offered through the AP level. Shakespeare performance projects are performed by each grade beginning in grade 6. The school stages at least 4 major dramatic productions per year. Dance classes range from ballet to jazz to modern to liturgical, and the upper school Dance Team performs in competitions throughout New England. The Middle School Chorus and Upper School Chorale are at the core of the music programs, and are supplemented by the Gospel Choir, the Heartbeats (a cappella group), and the Instrumental Ensemble, among other groups.

NCDS performs annually in the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild. In 2007, the group performed an original adaptation of Edith Wharton's short story, and reached the semi-final round, earning 4 all-star cast awards and an award for best stage design.

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