The John A. Coleman campus sits on 15 tree lined acres in a country setting just over a mile from historic Uptown Kingston and only 2 miles from New York State Thruway exit 19. A large, meticulously kept athletic field greets you as you enter our grounds. Our building is over 200,000 square feet of modern, well-kept learning space and features:

Library with modern media center
Computer lab
Well equipped gymnasium
Clean and modern cafeteria
Stage for our renowned theater productions
Ample private parking


The mission of John A. Coleman Catholic High School is to provide a faith based, comprehensive college-preparatory education in an inclusive community.


John A. Coleman Catholic High School is an academic secondary school with college preparatory, general academic, art, and business programs. It is dedicated to the principle of Christian Education of our youth in the fullest sense. Its curriculum is strongly founded in and focused on the Liberal Arts tradition and attempts to realize the potential of individual students.

The faculty and staff of John A. Coleman believe in and are dedicated to the work of Christian Education. We hold that education is an on-going process, through which individuals are developed and enriched in all their powers, spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social, and are thus directed on the path to the responsible fulfillment of these powers.

The purpose of John A. Coleman Catholic High School is to provide a pervading Christian atmosphere of personal faith, joy and hope. This atmosphere will assist our students to grow in every facet of their personalities so that they may become individuals capable of responding with all their talents to authentic Christian values of justice and peace.

We believe that based on Christian charity, a mutual trust and personal concern will be exhibited on the part of the faculty and staff in their own interactions and in their relations with the students. We believe that this atmosphere will foster that balance between freedom and the necessary discipline, which has as its ultimate objective, the self-discipline of the individual student.

Aware that the school is but one means in the total education of our students, we seek to involve the parents actively in our task by providing means of consultation and by seeking their cooperation and help in our efforts to aid their children in any way which will benefit them.

Our ultimate purpose in all work is to help the students become responsible, well-adjusted and knowledgeable people, with a sense of responsibility to God, themselves, their neighbor and the society in which they live.

As an independent Catholic school, we base not only our educational purposes, but also all our activities on the Christian teaching of the essential equality of all persons as rooted in God as our loving parent.


In the winter of 1966, His Eminence Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, announced that a co-educational Catholic high school, to serve the Kingston area, would open in September under the direction of the Sisters of St. Ursula. Named in recognition of John A. Coleman, an outstanding Catholic layperson of the Archdiocese of New York, the new high school was temporarily located at the former Academy of St. Ursula School on Grove Street in Kingston. The new campus opened at its current location on September 4, 1968.

On June 12, 2001 John A. Coleman Catholic High School was re-chartered by the Board of Regents of the New York State Education Department as an independent Catholic high school governed by an elected Board of Trustees which welcomes students of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds and intentionally provides instruction to honor the traditions of our students.


John A. Coleman Catholic High School is:

  • Chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York Education Department
  • Accredited by the University of the State of New York
  • Accredited by National Accreditation Agency AdvancED
  • A member of the Mid-Hudson Athletic League
  • A member of the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center Consortium