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Letter from the Trustees & School Board

Sharing Our Building- Past and Future

In 1946, twenty-five Dominican Sisters of Sparkill arrived in White Plains, NY to staff the new Cardinal McCloskey Home and School for infants and Children. Among those sisters were three proud graduates of Aquinas and six who at some point taught at Aquinas.

In 2017, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services approached Sister Margaret Ryan to see if space would be available for a Head Start Program. Enrollment at Aquinas was such that space was available. In September 2018, Aquinas welcomed the children of Head Start.

Meanwhile, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services had applied to New York State to open a charter school. In 2019 the charter was granted, and the Head Start program moved out, and the Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School moved in, enrolling 75 kindergarten students and 75 children in first grade.

The charter school enrolled a student population composed largely of children in Foster Care and students in Preventive Services.

What better place to begin this work than at Aquinas High School!

And now,

In September 2021, the Charter School will have grades kindergarten through 3rd grade, and we will welcome back the Head Start Program which services parents and children.

Keeping the Aquinas Legacy Alive

We are planning to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our beloved Aquinas in 2023, and we hope to see you there! We have your email and will keep in touch. There will also be updates on the website

It is our hope that this centennial celebration will include as many alumnae as possible and your help in reaching out to friends and classmates who may not be in our database would be most appreciated. You may update your contact information at any time through our ‘Alumnae’ section of the website.

Thank you for joining us,

The Trustees and the School Board of Aquinas High School

Sister Eileen Gannon, OP
President, Board of Trustees
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