About TMLA

The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates, New York, is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women founded in 1936 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New York. Our academic philosophy—rooted in the Sisters’ charism of unity, reconciliation, and all-inclusive love—emphasizes intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. Our dedicated teachers, academic quality, outstanding facilities, and committed students create an unparalleled school spirit.


For more than eight decades, The Mary Louis Academy has been widely recognized and highly regarded as one of the nation’s preeminent college preparatory high schools. Our central focus at TMLA is academic achievement, and our students excel. The majority receive the NY State Regents diploma with Advanced Designation, New York State’s highest diploma standard. Our accomplished faculty teaches a wide variety of college level and Honors classes, including 17 Advanced Placement courses offered in every major discipline, beginning in ninth grade.
We do not track students. The foundation of our success rests on individualized programs which encourage students to pursue their interests and strengths, allowing them to take advanced courses in any area in which they excel.  To learn more about our Outstanding Academics, click here.

College Placement

All of our students attend college; they have an outstanding record of acceptances into colleges of their choice. The process is guided by our full-time college counselor and enhanced by school sponsored college trips to multiple cities on the East Coast. 86% of our seniors received at least one merit-based scholarship for college.  For more about our College Placement program, click here.

Student Life

Our campus is a busy and vibrant scene after classes have ended, as students participate in TMLA extracurricular life.   TMLA has over 40 clubs that engage students in a variety of activities drawn from their talents and interests. To learn more about these clubs and activities, click here.
With 29 athletic teams, TMLA has the largest all-girls sports program in NYC. We have won numerous championships in sectional, city, and state competition, and our graduates are represented in every college sports Division.  To learn more about TMLA Athletics, click here.

Alumnae Success

The proof our mission is evident in our graduates. Our illustrious alumnae form a global network of women who are leaders in their profession and community. To learn more about our accomplished alumnae, click here.