Gala Celebration at Mount Royal Academy


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                        October 01, 2015

SUNAPEE, New Hampshire – The public is warmly invited to the Gala Celebration of Mount Royal Academy’s renewed music program on Thursday, October 15, at 7:30pm in the Saint Joseph Center at Mount Royal Academy. There will be an opera singer, a Chicago-based pianist described by the Wall Street Journal as, “particularly impressive,” and a dessert reception.  The evening’s events are a gift to the public by the music program’s benefactors; admission is free to all and no tickets are required.

The arrival of a new grand piano accents the school’s desire to be a source of arts and culture to the local community. “Our benefactors have accomplished in two months what was expected in twelve,” says Simeon Morrow, Music Director at Mount Royal Academy.  “The Academy now, for the first time in its history, has a professional-grade piano, which, will offer not just our students but the entire Sunapee community an outlet and meeting point for the highest quality music.  How people from all different communities stepped up and fought, whole-heartedly, for this cause is a blessing and true reason to celebrate.  These generous benefactors are not interested in recognition as their children are not enrolled in the school and some don’t even live in a neighboring state. They simply want to make the best music program possible.”

Mount Royal Academy is a Pre-K through 12 Catholic school with over two hundred students from all faiths and surrounding localities of Sunapee.

Media contact: Matthew McMenaman,

Tel. (603) 763-9010. 26 Seven Hearths Lane, Sunapee NH 03782

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Back to School Message from the Headmaster

Dear Families,

First off, I just want to thank you all for your patience and positive feedback as we begin another school year. On the first day of school the student body gathered to pray a rosary. As we were praying the rosary, I asked Our Lady for inspiration. It occurred to me that I had nothing prepared to say to the students, and then suddenly it hit me – dynamics and dignity.

No school year is ever the same as before. Each new year features different dynamics: new classroom arrangements, new faces, and new phases of maturation. In spite of outward changes, the inward dignity of each child never changes. We reminded the children that their value does not depend on how they look, how they perform, or even who they will become. Instead, their value comes from the fact that each person is created in the image and likeness of God. The inestimable value of each child informs every facet of our mission.

In a general audience back on March of 2013, Pope Francis referred to connection between respecting human dignity and coming out of ourselves:
What does being Christian mean? What does following Jesus on his journey to Calvary on his way to the cross and resurrection mean? In his earthly mission Jesus walked the roads of the Holy Land; he called twelve simple people to stay with him, to share his journey, and to continue his mission. He chose them from among the people full of faith in God’s promises. He spoke to all without distinction: the great and the lowly, the rich young man and the poor widow, the powerful and the weak; he brought God’s mercy and forgiveness; he healed, he comforted, he understood; he gave hope; he brought to all the presence of God who cares for every man and every woman, just as a good father and a good mother care for each of their children. God does not wait for us to go to him, but it is he who moves toward us, without calculation, without quantification. 

It is my prayer that we continue the mission of Jesus by moving outside our comfort zones and going out to those around us, to affirm the unequivocal dignity of every soul and show others the grandeur of our shared destiny.

May the intercession of Junipero Serra empower our hearts to always move forward as missionaries of Christ.

Yours Truly In Christ,

Derek Tremblay

New Faculty Member Announcement

morrowMount Royal Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of a new faculty member. Mr. Simeon Morrow, a professional orchestral conductor, recently relocated to the Lake Sunapee region. He is an experienced and highly qualified music instructor who spent several years training and teaching in various parts of the world. Mr. Morrow possesses a bold vision for the role of music in the evangelization and formation of the culture. We are blessed with the gift of his passion and talents. Mr. Morrow will serve our students as a full time faculty member in two capacities: as Music Director and teacher.

Simeon is passionate about teaching music by active participation and undertaking organizational development of musical enterprises, academies and associations.  He is especially interested in applying social media to serve today’s music organizations.  Over the past decade, Simeon worked toward those goals at the Brazil-Amsterdam Musical Dialogue, Pontificio Istituto Ambrosiano di Musica Sacra (his term was honored to be under the Patronage of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), and the Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam.

Mr. Morrow is a parishoner at Our Lady of Fatima in New London.

Mount Royal Academy Receives Accreditation from NAPCIS


The National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS)

Mount Royal Academy is pleased to announce that in June 2015, the school received accreditation from the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS). NAPCIS applies rigorous standards of excellence in academics and Catholic identity to accredit private catholic schools across the country.

Headmaster Derek Tremblay stated, “I am so thankful for all of the faculty and parents who contributed to the process. This was a truly reflective exercise in which we were able to look backward, but most importantly forward, in our continued pursuit of excellence in all disciplines. We have identified a path forward that is steeped in the mission and the charism of the school which will enable us to cross the next threshold. Please join me in prayers of thanksgiving to God for our benefactors, esteemed faculty, committed parents, beautiful children and blossoming school.”

Already a long standing member of NAPCIS, Mount Royal Academy applied for accreditation in June 2013, marking the first attempt to do so since the school’s inception. The school’s leadership wisely recognized the necessity of completing this important process. As summarized on the NAPCIS website:

A commitment to academic excellence demands that a school apply standards that support and ensure a quality of program that is uncompromising in its integrity and its performance related to a student’s learning and formation.

Catholic education espouses academic excellence in the secular pursuit of excellence for its own sake, and to affect the temporal activities and ambitions of the student. But Catholic education confirms its identity and fulfills its mission in the supernatural context of its pursuit of excellence, that is, in giving honor and glory to God. Salvation of souls and academic excellence direct all actions in Catholic education.

Mount Royal Academy received a full term (6 years) of accreditation. The visiting team report, as well as the self-study are available online for your review.

School of Excellence

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian

DrKIt is such an honor to be able to count Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian among our faculty. Anyone who even briefly glances at the faculty page on our website will no doubt be impressed by the wide-ranging accomplishments of all who comprise the academic staff at Mount Royal Academy. However, Dr. Kalpakgian represents the cream-of-the-crop in terms of a classical liberal arts education.

Born and raised in New England by Armenian immigrants, Dr. Kalpakgian earned his B.A. in English from Bowdoin College, his M.A. in English from the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He taught at Simpson College (IA) for thirty one years, at Christendom College (Front Royal, VA) for two years, and at Northeast Catholic College (Warner, NH) for two years. From 2007-2009 he was a visiting professor of Humanities at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander. He first taught at Mount Royal Academy from 2001-2007 and returned here in 2010. We are grateful that this coming academic year will mark his 13th year teaching at Mount Royal.

During his career, Dr. Kalpakgian received many academic honors, among them the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship (Brown University, 1981), the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship (University of Kansas, 1985), and an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Children’s Literature. He has also published several books, the most recent of which are: The Mysteries of Life in Children’s Literature and The Virtues We Need Again.

As any present or former student can attest, Dr. Kalpakgian is legendary for his piercing analysis of the written word, his wry monologues on the teenage mind and his commanding presence in the classroom. At Mount Royal Academy he teaches both high school courses in both Latin and Literature. Students are exposed to the true, the good and the beautiful as portrayed through the great books of western civilization. The fundamental need for this exposure can best be summed up in Dr. Kalpakgian’s own words,”The sublime, eternal realities of the good, the beautiful, and the true . . . the highest objects of human thought, known as the transcendentals in Thomistic philosophy . . . comprise the essential subject matter of a liberal arts education.”

Many excellent articles written by Dr. Kalpakgian have been published online and give further insight into the true, the good and the beautiful. They can be found  here, here, here and here.

Mount Royal Academy Announces 4th Quarter Academic Honors

Mount Royal Academy has announced Academic Awards for the 4th Quarter of the 2014-2015 school year. Thirty-Seven students earned a position on the Headmaster’s List with a 4.0 average for the 4th quarter.


More than half of the student body attained Honor Roll recognition; placing on the Headmaster’s List, the High Honors List (no more than one B), or the Honors List (no more than one C). In total, 115 students received Academic Honors.


Grade 1

Headmaster’s List: Francis Fryckoski, Taylor Goodspeed, Caitlin Richardson, Grace Thibault, Bella Wallace

High Honors: Audrey Wenger

Honors: Clare Castor, Clayton Griffin, Blaise McMenaman

Grade 2

Headmaster’s List: Evan Barns, Amelia Caravan, Kaitlyn Costello, Luke Moorehouse, Nora Walsh

Honors: Adalynn Beturne, Peyton Blackington, Marianne Dowsett, Claire Jackson, Hannah Martin, William Spanos, Liam Treece

Grade 3

Headmaster’s List: Catherine Bellino, Isabelle Correa, Lauren Dustin, Gabrielle Simione, Brennan Walsh

High Honors: Abigail Sweet, Paul Thibault

Honors: Kyleigh Baker, Sean Beturne, Sarah Cunningham, Spencer Cunningham, Katherine McMenaman, Felix Prieto, Ellery Wheeler

Grade 4

Headmaster’s List: Nonah Dowsett, Victoria Kenyon, Maryrose McLaughlin, Anya Moorehouse, Lyndsey Patten, Gabriella Stocker, Julia Stout

Honors: Calla Baker, Susan Kanu, John-Paul Martin, John Paul Treece

Grade 5

Headmaster’s List: Caleb North, Olivia Simione

High Honors: James Thibault

Honors: Benjamin Bellino, Anne Klucinec, Liam Ouellette

Grade 6

Headmaster’s List: Brendan Moorehouse, Emma Treece

High Honors: Marius Edwards, Nicholas Hogan

Honors:  Louis Larosiliere, Grace McMenaman, Luke Richardson, Bridget Wallace

Grade 7

Headmaster’s List: Kateri Kalpakgian, Andrew Normandin, Tristan Ouellette, John Thibault

High Honors: Mary Grace Klucinec, Gavyn Magistro, Aidan Moorehouse

Honors: Amy Alterisio, Luke Bocko, Josephine Brigham, Madison Hemingway, John Klucinec, Curtis North, Nicole Petrescu-Boboc, Claudia Simione, Antigoni Souliotis

Grade 8

Headmaster’s List:  Erin Diebold

High Honors:  Jacinta Hogan, Rette Solomon

Honors: Teresa Bellino, Hannah Fraioli, Alexis Matte, Alicja Nadolecka, Alexis Richards, Maria Wallace

Grade 9

Headmaster’s List:  Alexander Kalpakgian

Honors: Kolbe Bocko, Isabella Kenyon, Alex Normandin, Peter Thibault, Aila Wenger

Grade 10

Headmaster’s List: Cooper McCrillis, Naomi Nelson

High Honors: Johanna Fitzgibbons

Honors: Hannah Everitt, Wilson He, John Hogan, Therese Josephs, Bernadette Klucinec, Faith Lamontagne, Mathew Larosiliere, Callan Rees

Grade 11

Headmaster’s List: Rebekah Thibault

High Honors: Adrianna Kenyon

Honors: Matthew Caveny, Miriam Caveney, Anna Dahlberg, Maria Klucinec

Grade 12

Headmaster’s List: Malachi Nelson, Andrew Thibault

High Honors: Daniel Fitzgibbons

Honors: Marcus Josephs, Abigail McMenaman, Vivian Mok, Malachi Swenson


Mount Royal Academy is maintaining its largest enrollment to date, with over 200 students currently enrolled for the coming academic year of 2015-2016. The school, which celebrated its 20th Anniversary this past year, also received accreditation this past May from NAPCIS (The National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools). The accreditation process culminated in a site visit on May 26th, in which the accreditation team interviewed stakeholders, reviewed the self-study and supporting documentation, and made a final recommendation. Their recommendation was approved by NAPCIS, and MRA received a full term (6 years) of accreditation.


Mount Royal Academy is a private Catholic school nestled in the hills of New Hampshire’s Dartmouth – Lake Sunapee Region. Since 1994 the faculty, families and friends of Mount Royal have strived to provide not only a quality education to the children of our community, but most importantly a formation in Christian faith and morals.  What began as an elementary school, grades Kindergarten through eight, has grown to include a preschool with three-and-four-year-old programs and a liberal arts college preparatory High School.

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