Enrollment:540 boys grades 9-12
Location:Upper East Side of Manhattan
Type of School:Jesuit
Founded in 1914 by an anonymous benefactor (who was many years later revealed to be Julia M. Grant, widow of former New York City Mayor Hugh J. Grant), Regis offers a top-notch Jesuit education for boys in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) who have a superior academic record in the lower grades. Boys are accepted from parochial, private, and public schools. Applicants must take a standardized examination. Admission to the school is also based on an interview, and the school gives weight to each applicant's financial need (as the school's mission to support students who cannot afford a private-school education) and to his interest in Catholic education. About 1,000 boys sit for the exam, and, of those, 250 are selected for an interview. Finally, 135 are admitted each year.
Regis offers a very demanding curriculum that includes a well-rounded liberal arts education and courses in Theology. One of the most popular extra-curricular activities at Regis is the speech and debate team, which includes a great proportion of the student body. The debate team even has its own endowment, and the debate team regularly wins state and national championships. Regis offers a rigorous education that would not otherwise be available to many of its students.