Sunday, June 23, 2024

Union Catholic High School Invites Filipinos to Explore Educational Opportunities in the U.S.

“There are many reasons for you to want to come to Union Catholic. We have a wonderful community where all members of our community are respected. We have a diverse student body, dedicated faculty, and dynamic, first-rate facility, but the bottom line is here at Union Catholic, we love one another and want to see each member of our school community succeed.” ~Dr. James Reagan, Assistant Principal of Union Catholic High School, who was part of the three-person delegation behind the roadshow

Union Catholic, founded in 1962, is a well-established institution known for "its rigorous academic programs, faith-based values, and commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment." This was emphasized further during the roadshow, which had two "legs"—the first was at the University of the Philippines. The first was held at Town Center in Quezon City on June 18, followed by the second at The Mind Museum in Taguig City on June 19.

Union Catholic High School (or Union Catholic for short), a leading private school in New Jersey, USA, is inviting Filipino families to learn about the enriching academic and extracurricular programs available at their institution. Union Catholic representatives were able to share glimpses of student life at their school with Filipino parents (and even non-parents!) during their recent "Beyond Boundaries" roadshow in the Philippines.

Why Choose Union Catholic High School?
Union Catholic provides a rigorous academic program that prepares students for top colleges and universities. Highly qualified and dedicated teachers create a stimulating learning environment that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. 

Staci Gialanella, the parent of students from the Class of 2020 and 2026, affirms the school’s strong academic program: “Union Catholic provides fertile ground to be able to achieve excellence.” 

Filipino families will especially appreciate the school's commitment to:
  • A Strong Values-Based Foundation: Union Catholic integrates important values into its curriculum and daily life, fostering a sense of service, compassion, and respect for others.
  • Diverse Course Offerings: Beyond a core curriculum, Union Catholic offers a wide range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, electives, and specialized programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).
  • Vibrant Extracurricular Activities: Students can explore their interests and develop leadership skills through a variety of clubs, organizations, and athletic teams.
  • Supportive Community: Union Catholic fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment where students feel supported by their peers, teachers, and counselors.

Speaking of community, Sabrina Hackett, one of the students from Union Catholic’s Class of 2025, shares why she likes studying there.

“The Union Catholic community is so wonderful and makes every student feel welcome. Even though everyone comes from different places, as we go through our high school experience, our class becomes our family.” ~Sabrina Hackett, one of the students from Union Catholic’s Class of 2025

“The environment, the people, the classes; it just feels like home.” ~Jason Chen, a student from the Class of 2026

Union Catholic alumna Raymond Lestarchick, who graduated in 2019, has only fond memories of his years there, especially of the people. 

“The faculty care about their students and want to see them succeed. The students become so close together under that environment that some become friends for life.” ~Raymond Lestarchick, Union Catholic Alumna Graduated in 2019

Exploring Union Catholic for Filipino Families

Union Catholic is committed to providing a seamless transition for Filipino students. The school offers resources such as:
  • ESL Support: For students who are still developing their English language skills, Union Catholic offers English as a Second Language (ESL) support services.
  • Cultural Clubs and Organizations: Filipino students can connect with their heritage and build friendships through cultural clubs and organizations. 
  • Multilingual Staff: Union Catholic has staff members who are familiar with Filipino culture and can assist families with the admissions process.

During the "Beyond Boundaries" roadshow, Dr. Jennifer Dixon, Director of School Counseling, discussed the “homestay” program for international students. According to the program, each student is “matched” with a host family. This helps them feel "at home" even when they are away from their loved ones. 

Elito Tanyag, a religion teacher at Union Catholic who was also present at the roadshow, had previously hosted several international students. As a Filipino himself, he expressed his desire to one day host Filipino students through the school's “homestay” program. 

He also assured the Filipino parents who attended the roadshow that as the school's Filipino Club Moderator, he ensures that the students are connected to their culture while also encouraging them to be independent. 

“It’s like having a Filipino Tito at school.” ~Elito Tanyag, a religion teacher at Union Catholic who was also at the roadshow

A World of Possibilities Awaits
It was evident at the roadshow that Union Catholic High School truly believes in nurturing the potential of every student, no matter where they come from. By choosing Union Catholic, Filipino families are opening a world of possibilities for their children. With a strong academic foundation, a supportive community, and a commitment to cultural diversity, Union Catholic is poised to help students achieve their dreams and truly go beyond boundaries.

Interested families are encouraged to visit their official website and their page for International Admissions. Details about their short-term programs for international students can also be found on their website. They also have a page dedicated to Scholarship Opportunities

For more information about Union Catholic High School, you may visit their official website. You may also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

For media-related inquiries, contact Tina Rodriguez via or 0917-7707761 (mobile/Viber). 


About Union Catholic High School
Union Catholic High School is a co-educational college preparatory school located in New Jersey, USA. Rooted in strong values, the school provides a challenging academic program, a wide range of extracurricular activities, and a supportive community that prepares students for success in college and beyond.

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