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

Union Catholic High School, a prominent private institution in New Jersey, USA, invites Filipino families to explore its enriching academic and extracurricular programs. During the recent "Beyond Boundaries" roadshow in the Philippines, Union Catholic representatives provided glimpses of student life to Filipino parents and non-parents alike.

Founded in 1962, Union Catholic is renowned for its rigorous academic programs, faith-based values, and commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment. These qualities were highlighted during the roadshow, which had two sessions: the first at U.P. Town Center in Quezon City on June 18, and the second at The Mind Museum in Taguig City on June 19.

James Reagan, Assistant Principal, Chief Development Officer,
Admissions Administrator

“There are many reasons to choose Union Catholic,” says Dr. James Reagan, Assistant Principal of Union Catholic High School, who was part of the three-person delegation leading the roadshow. “We have a wonderful community where all members are respected. Our diverse student body, dedicated faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities create an environment where we love and support one another and are committed to the success of every member of our school community.”

Why Choose Union Catholic High School?

Union Catholic High School offers a rigorous academic program designed to prepare students for top colleges and universities. With highly qualified and dedicated teachers, the school creates a stimulating learning environment that fosters critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

Staci Gialanella, a parent of students from the Classes of 2020 and 2026, verifies the school's strong academic program: “Union Catholic provides fertile ground to achieve excellence.”

Filipino families will particularly appreciate the school's commitment:

A Strong Values-Based Foundation: Union Catholic coordinates vital values into its educational programs and everyday life, cultivating a sense of service, sympathy, and regard for others.

Diverse Course Offerings: Beyond a core curriculum, Union Catholic provides 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 various 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.

Sabrina Hackett, a student from the Class of 2025, shares why she enjoys studying at Union Catholic: “The Union Catholic community is 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.”

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

Union Catholic alum Raymond Lestarchick, Class of 2019, fondly recalls his years at the school, especially the people. “The faculty care about their students and want to see them succeed,” he shares. “The students become so close under that environment that some become friends for life.”

Exploring Union Catholic for Filipino Families

Union Catholic is dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition for Filipino students. The school offers resources such as:

ESL Support: Union Catholic provides English as a Second Language (ESL) support services for students who are still developing their English language skills.

Cultural Clubs and Organizations: Filipino students can connect with their heritage and build friendships by participating in cultural clubs and organizations.

Multilingual Staff: Union Catholic employs staff members familiar with Filipino culture who can aid families during the admissions process..

During the “Beyond Boundaries” roadshow, Dr. Jennifer Dixon, Director of School Counseling, moreover, shared about their “homestay” program for international students. Through the program, every student is paired with a host family, ensuring they feel "at home" despite being away from their loved ones.

Jennifer Dixon, Director of School Counseling,
Success Program Coordinator, 
Freshman Foundation Program Coordinator

Elito Tanyag, a religion teacher at Union Catholic who was also at the roadshow, had hosted several international students. As a Filipino, he expressed his hope that he would one day host Filipino students under the school’s “homestay” program. 

Elito Tanyag, Teacher of Religion,
Moderator of Filipino Club and
Students for Human Dignity

He also reassured the Filipino parents attending the roadshow that, in his role as the school’s Filipino Club Moderator, he ensures students stay connected to their culture while promoting independence. “It’s like having a Filipino Tito at school,” he joked. 

Unlock Endless Opportunities

The roadshow highlighted Union Catholic High School's commitment to nurturing the potential of every student, regardless of their background. 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 dedication to cultural diversity, Union Catholic is poised to help students achieve their dreams and go beyond boundaries.

Interested families are encouraged to visit Union Catholic's website and explore the International Admissions page. Information about short-term programs for international students and scholarship opportunities is also available.

Union Catholic High School with Media friends at UP Town Center
Photo courtesy of IMVisuals

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 offers a challenging academic program, a wide range of extracurricular activities, and a supportive community that prepares students for success in college and beyond.

For more information about Union Catholic High School, visit their official website. Follow them on Facebook @UnionCatholic and Instagram @unioncatholichighschool.