Saint Basil Academy (Jenkintown, Pennsylvania)

Saint Basil Academy is a private, Ukrainian Catholic, all-girls high school in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. It is located in the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and also within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Saint Basil Academy was established in 1931 by the Sisters of Saint Basil.[2]

Saint Basil Academy
711 Fox Chase Road

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United States
Coordinates40°5′20″N 75°6′7″W
TypePrivate, All-Female
Motto'Educate the Girl, Empower the Woman, Enlighten the World'
Religious affiliation(s)Ukrainian Catholic
CEEB code393450
PrincipalConnie D'Angelo
Enrollment265  (2014)
Student to teacher ratio9:1
Color(s)White and Gold         
Team namePanthers
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
PublicationLaureate (literary magazine)
NewspaperBasilian Pillar
Tuition$11,300 per year
Vice PrincipalAlexandra Penkalskyj
Director of DevelopmentPamela D. Vasserman
Director of AdmissionsKimberley Clearkin
Director of FinanceVincent Dolan


In the early part of the 20th century, the Sisters of Saint Basil came to the United States. In 1911, the Sisters came to Philadelphia at the invitation of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Soter Ortynsky, OSBM, who was the first Ukrainian Catholic Ordinary in America.

For the first few decades, the Sisters expended their talents to the education of grade school children in the orphanage and parishes, but during these years, they did not forget the idea of a Catholic high school for girls. Saint Basil Academy, a convent boarding school for girls, began on July 19, 1931 in the classrooms of the newly constructed convent building dedicated only a day earlier.

Space and limited facilities on the main campus could no longer provide for updated laboratory and library expansion during the oncoming years. In 1968, the administration of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, undertook the construction of a new building, capable of housing 400 students.

Program of study

Saint Basil Academy offers academic subjects with an emphasis on preparation for higher learning. Some of the courses are business-oriented and teach skills to those students who are interested in the business and computer fields. Electives are also offered in the fine arts.[3]

Course offerings


  • Art Appreciation
  • Art I
  • Art II
  • Art III


  • Keyboarding with Computer Applications
  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
  • Business Communication
  • Applied Economics
  • Desktop Publishing

English Department

  • Honors English I
  • English I
  • Honors English II
  • English II
  • Honors American Literature (Honors English III)
  • American Literature (English III)
  • Advanced Placement English
  • British Literature (English IV)
  • Literary Genres
  • Journalism
  • Creative Writing

Language Department

  • French
    • French I
    • French II
    • French III
    • French IV
    • Advanced Placement French Language
  • Latin
    • Our Classical Roots
    • Latin I
    • Latin II
    • Latin III
    • Latin IV
  • Spanish
    • Spanish I
    • Spanish II
    • Spanish III
    • Spanish IV
    • AP Spanish Literature
  • Ukrainian
    • Introduction to Ukrainian
    • Ukrainian I
    • Ukrainian II
    • Ukrainian III
    • Ukrainian IV

Music Department

  • Classical Piano
  • Piano Class for Madrigals
  • Guitar I
  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Madrigals
  • Theory I
  • Theory II
  • Choral Music
  • Music Appreciation
  • American Music
  • AP Music Theory
  • Glee Club
  • Ukrainian Singers
  • Handbells

Health and Physical Education Department

  • Phys. Ed I
  • Phys. Ed II
  • Phys. Ed III
  • Phys. Ed. IV
  • Health

Science Department

  • Geological and Atmospheric Science
  • Honors Biology
  • Biology
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Honors Physics

Religious Studies Department

  • Religion I - The Christian Faith
  • Religion II - Jesus the Christ
  • Religion II - Prayer & Sacraments
  • Religion III - The Church
  • Christian Morality
  • Religion IV - Hebrew Scripture
  • Religion IV - Love & Relationships
  • Death and Dying
  • Peace Through Justice
  • Dating and Sexuality

Social Studies Department

  • World Cultures
  • Honors Modern European History
  • United States History
  • Advanced Placement United States History
  • United States Government
  • Practical Law
  • AP United States Government and Politics

List of principals

  • Sr. Carla Hernández, OSBM (1986–2012)[4]
  • Gwenda Coté (2012–present)[5]


  1. MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  2. SBA. "School History". Saint Basil Academy website. Archived from the original on 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  3. "Academics - Saint Basil Academy". Saint Basil Academy. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  4. "Sr. Carla Hernandez - Saint Basil Academy". Saint Basil Academy. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  5. "Message From Our Principal - Saint Basil Academy". Saint Basil Academy. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
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