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Fontbonne Closed Through Academic Year

Fontbonne Hall Academy will be closed from March 16th through the rest of the academic school year. For the most recent updates, you can visit our Single Source of Truth page.

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Fontbonne Closed Through Academic Year

Fontbonne Hall Academy will be closed from March 16th through the rest of the academic school year. For the most recent updates, you can visit our Single Source of Truth page.


Brianna Alicandro (‘20) has spent her Fontbonne career maintaining Principal’s List while taking 5 AP classes as well as 5 Honors classes and being actively involved in multiple extracurricular activities. Throughout the past four years, she has been a dedicated player of Fontbonne’s softball, soccer, and basketball teams. Click title above to learn more about Brianna's achievements both in the classroom and in the community.


Congratulations to Jenna Polis who placed third in her category of environmental sciences at the Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)! Jenna's original research topic: NAM founders provide insight to Genotype-Environment Interactions in Maize and Enable Identification of Heritable root traits and plant plasticity


Congratulations to Alessandra Antonacci '20 on winning Honorable Mention in Seton Hall's Shark Tank competition! Selected as one of ten out of over 200 applications from around the country and globe, Alessandra pitched her innovative idea to the Seton Hall panel of judges. Her acupressure sock was a great success and the entrepreneurs judging the competition loved her idea! She received a scholarship to Seton Hall, one of her top college choices, for her success in the competition.
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Fontbonne Hall Academy is now a member of the Amazon Smile program. All you need to do is login to and search for "Sisters of Saint Joseph Fontbonne Hall". This easy, one-time step will automatically donate a small percentage of your Amazon purchase to FHA!
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For over 80 years, Fontbonne Hall Academy has been preparing young women to become professional leaders who serve their communities with confidence and compassion. As an all-girls’ Catholic secondary school owned by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, we are committed to Jesus’ mission to promote the love of God in one’s community, and to respond to the needs of our time. We challenge our students to achieve their highest intellectual and creative potential in science, math, the arts and humanities by providing them with the tools necessary to achieve success in their college studies and their chosen career. Enriched by a diversity of persons and gifts in our school community, Fontbonne develops young women to become global citizens who live and work among people of all faiths and cultures.
We provide a learning environment that not only stresses academic excellence, but also spiritual growth, which is embodied in our mission statement of “unity and reconciliation through all-inclusive love”. Fontbonne has a long tradition of sisterhood that has provided a welcoming environment that invites social inclusiveness and moral support while instilling leadership skills, spiritual strength and self-confidence. As such, our alumnae leave us as intelligent, confident young women with loving hearts and a solid moral foundation.
As you browse the pages of our website, you will see examples of 21st Century learning. This is exemplified by:

     * Our rigorous STEM program that aims to close the gender gap in STEM careers and that utilizes a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab, a three-year Science Research Program, and the Brown University Pre-College Women in Engineering Program.
     * Sixteen Advanced Placement classes offered across the curriculum.
     * An award-winning visual arts program. 
     * A Religion Department that explores Catholic identity, while inviting each student to examine her own relationship with God.
     * An English department that provides the tools for effective written and oral communications in a rapidly changing digital world and that includes a print and broadcast journalism program.
     * A Social Studies department that offers historical perspective on the cultural, social and political issues that affect women today.
     * A World Language department that provides students the opportunity to understand and appreciate different cultures.
     * A wide variety of athletic teams and student activities that develop our students' leadership and collaboration skills.
Our Director of Admissions, Victoria Hein, would be happy to schedule a visit day for your daughter. Please feel free to reach out to her at and come and see all that Fontbonne has to offer.
Mary Ann Spicijaric
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Ms. Cipriano graduated from Fontbonne in 2013 and is currently in her third year of teaching at FHA.
After leaving Fontbonne, Ms. Cipriano went to St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York where she was Student Government Association President during her senior year. She received a B.A in History and Secondary Education, and completed New York State Certification in Social Studies Grades 5-6, 7-12. In 2019 she completed her M.Ed in Educational Technology and began working on her doctoral degree in Instructional Technology. 

Ms. Cipriano was the year coordinator for the class of 2019 and is the current year coordinator for 2022. She has taught Religious Studies to Grade 9 and teaches Economics and Participation in Government for Grade 12. In 2018, she was a coordinator for the Youth Leadership in Dominican Republic where students assisted organizations including DREAM, MUDHA, and Health Horizons International. She also is the the club moderator for FHAs Social Justice Club and is one of the moderators for Women’s Empowerment Club. Ms. Cipriano uses the two clubs to emphasize the need for equality, peace, and acceptance for all. 

In her free time, Ms. Cipriano loves to travel, most recently to Alaska. She has also participated in two World Youth Day pilgrimages to see the Pope. The first was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013) and the second was in Kraków, Poland (2016). She also enjoys different festivals such as lantern festivals, light festivals, and flower festivals. Ms. Cipriano is also active in Bay Ridge as a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Parish and is on their Pastoral Planning Council. 
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