St. Anthony High School is a nine through twelve, co-educational, college preparatory school. Student enrollment falls in a range from 220 to 250. Approximately 70 percent of the students are male. African-Americans make up about 70 percent of the enrollment. Hispanic/Latino students represent 15 percent and 9 percent are multi-racial, 3 percent are Asian and 3 percent are Caucasian.
St. Anthony High School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and operates under the authority of the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, NJ.
St. Anthony High School accepts students across the spectrum of academic performance. Generally, one-third are students who will do well wherever they attend school. Another third are students who are capable of doing well and the third group is made up of students who are behind in their academic credentials. Through special programs and the work of devoted staff, many of the students in this third tier are able to complete their program of study and gain acceptance into college. We enroll these students because we believe that they are marginalized and will not have a chance at academic success if our doors are not open to them.
St. Anthony strives to bring its students to a level of independence in their school work that will allow them to be a successful college student. A new course in Accounting was added to the Program of Studies last year.
In his New York Times Best Seller, Adrian Wojnarowski wrote in great detail about the history and trials of the St. Anthony High School. The following quotation is taken from the book cover flap of The Miracle of St. Anthony:
On the mean streets of Jersey City, St. Anthony High School is more than a tiny brick schoolhouse – it is a beacon of hope. Though the school constantly teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, it is held together by two feisty Felician nuns devoted to helping students overcome the scourges of poverty by preparing them for college careers and a chance at a brighter future. And each year from this student body of just over two hundred, Coach Bob Hurley forges an elite nationally ranked basketball team through hard work, his coaching genius, and the sheer force of his persona.