Academia María Reina, founded in 1966, was the result of the vision by Sister Thérèse Marie, CSJ, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, NY (the Sisters). At the time, the Sisters operated Academia San Ignacio, a parochial elementary coed school. Upon eighth-grade graduation from Academia San Ignacio (ASI), boys applied to a variety of boys-only schools, including nearby Colegio San Ignacio (CSI), where most of them were admitted. Female graduates did not have a nearby Catholic high school in which they could continue their studies.

Sister Thérèse Marie shared her dream of an all-girls’ school with parents of ASI, who became very interested in pursuing the idea. A group of six parents constituted a Board of Trustees for Colegio San Ignacio for Girls, as the institution was known at that time. The Jesuit Fathers of Colegio San Ignacio allowed the Sisters the use of two of the CSI’s basement classrooms to begin their high school for girls, and Sister Thérèse Marie served the new school as its first principal.

The Jesuit Fathers donated six acres of land, and the Board of Trustees secured financing for the construction of the new school’s facilities. In 1968, the Board of Trustees, the Jesuit Fathers and the Sisters reached an agreement on how the new institution would be organized and governed. Its name was changed to Academia María Reina, and its governance undertaken by the Sisters.

The new facilities were inaugurated on May 31, 1969.   In 1978, the Sisters and the school community agreed that it would be in the best interests of María Reina students to begin their secondary education in the same environment where they would pursue a high school diploma. Accordingly, AMR added grades 7th and 8th to its program of studies in the 1979-1980 school year and has offered them since.

In 1994, the original Board of Trustees was dissolved and ceded the property of AMR’s buildings to the Sisters. At the same time, the Jesuit Fathers transferred to the Sisters the deed for the six acres of land occupied by the school.


Former Principals of Academia María Reina:

  • Sister Thérèse Marie CSJ, 1966-1982
  • Sister María de Sales CSJ, 1982-1998
  • Sister Judith Burchyns CSJ, 1998-2011

In August 2011, AMR adopted a President /Principal model of administration in which Sister Judith Burchyns CSJ, became chief executive officer, responsible for the school’s overall advancement, and Ms. Rita Hernández became principal, directing the total education program and day – to – day operations of the school.

Current Administration of Academia María Reina:

  • Rita Hernández, Principal
  • Mari Tolosa, Assistant Principal for Student Life and Activities
  • Elizabeth Báez, Assistant Principal for Student Services