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Recognition & Accreditation

US News & World Report
Archbishop Molloy High School has been recognized as an Outstanding American High School by U.S. News & World Report.

Federal Department of Education
Archbishop Molloy High School has been recognized as an Exemplary High School by the U.S. Federal Department of Education.

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Molloy has received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) is “a non-governmental, nonprofit, peer-administered organization of diverse educational institutions committed to ensuring that students in accredited schools are receiving the highest quality education.” A third-party entity, the MSA sent “objective, non-judgmental” fellow educators to observe Molloy and discuss various objectives and key concepts that will guarantee a top-tier education to all students. 


During the accreditation process, members of the MSA evaluated Molloy’s facilities, financial resources, technology, and other qualities of student and faculty life, as well as instructional methods, curriculum, and support services. Molloy met all MSA standards, marking it as an “Accredited Institution,” and then created action plans with the MSA team to continue serving our community to the best of our ability. 


As a part of the accreditation process, the MSA spoke to various students and their parents who were asked to share their insights on Molloy. We as a community are proud to have heard quotes such as, “Molloy has helped my son grow into an amazing young man,” and, “The school provides endless opportunities.” Molloy’s accreditation officially began on January 1, 2023. As a school, we promise to uphold the expectations of all we serve, and we are confident that the next accreditation in seven years will be just as successful.



AP Honors
Archbishop Molloy High School has earned Gold recognition on the 2023 AP School Honor Roll! According to the College Board, “The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools that have done outstanding work to welcome more students into AP courses and support them on the path to college success.” Additionally, Molloy received Platinum recognition for College Credit, meaning over half our graduating class received college credits through AP courses!

The AP Scholar award is a certificate given to students who score 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. In 2019, Molloy offered 14 AP courses and proudly recognized 81 AP Scholars. Now, in 2023, Molloy offers 20 AP courses and is excited to announce that we have 105 AP scholars! With a 29.6% increase in the number of scholars in just a few years, we cannot wait to see what can be accomplished in the future. 

In addition to our AP courses, Molloy boasts an award-winning Virtual Enterprise business course, and a leading Computer Science & Engineering program, which affords students the opportunity to learn about Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing on the collegiate level. This serves as another avenue for Stanners to receive college credit before ever stepping foot on a campus.

We are incredibly proud of all our Stanners’ dedication to academic excellence. 



Diversity Award
In May 2019, the College Board announced that Archbishop Molloy High School would receive its AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for attaining female student representation in AP Computer Science Principles for 2018. Among the more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Molloy is one of just 685 schools that has achieved this important milestone. The College Board recognizes the importance of diversity in computer science and has commended Molloy’s leadership in computer science and commitment to preparing its young women for the in-demand tech jobs of the future.

Archbishop Molloy High School has been recognized by Niche as a Best Catholic High School in New York.

Niche is a leader in connecting colleges and schools with students and families.


Blackboard Awards
Archbishop Molloy High School has been recognized with a Special Citation for an Outstanding Parochial Education from The Blackboard Awards. Founded in 2002 by Manhattan Media, The Blackboard Awards "help parents in Queens, Manhattan, and beyond make informed choices about their children's education" while also "honoring and celebrating schools, principals, and teachers of excellence from all education communities." Molloy was cited as an outstanding school where "a vibrant, caring, and challenging learning community has been created."

Archbishop Molloy High School's Principal, Dr. Darius Penikas Ed.D., has been recognized by Qubit by Qubit as a Quantum Champion. Qubit by Qubit is proud to partner with schools and districts around the world to introduce quantum computing to their students. Qubit by Qubit is thankful for the many advocates, like Dr. Penikas, who help make this work possible and have been champions for quantum education. Please watch the embedded video clip above to hear from Dr. Penikas.


In 2020, Newsweek announced its ranking of the top 5,000 STEM high schools for 2019, honoring excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Archbishop Molloy High School placed in the top 8% of an original pool of over 30,000 high schools that were analyzed over a three-year period.


With its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions, and societal challenges, Newsweek partnered with to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools. The list includes schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.


The top 5,000 schools were curated from Educational Research™ (SER) using a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from Q2 2015–Q3 2019. The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—as defined by the Congressional Research Service—while preparing them for post‐secondary outcomes. Additional factors, including affluence and median household income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings.


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Parent Choice
Archbishop Molloy High School has received a Parents Choice Award based on our school's academic performance, parental involvement, school spirit, and commitment to our mission. The Parent Choice Award is a prestigious honor awarded only to the highest tier of "parent-centric" faith-based schools. This award is presented annually to schools that log an overall Net Promoter Score of 70 or greater for the period from Sept. 1 through May 31 (which roughly aligns with the academic year for most schools).