Kellenberg Memorial High School Mission

The Mission of Kellenberg Memorial is to support our students as they journey in their Catholic faith and help them develop both the insight and the resources to build the community around them by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives.

Kellenberg Memorial instills a love of learning while challenging the students academically. The Academic goal is to cultivate critical thinking skills, analytical skills, and intellectual curiosity using a time tested liberal arts curriculum. 

Kellenberg Memorial promotes community both inside and outside of the classroom.  That community is deeply rooted in serving the needs of others. The commitment to serve is symbolic of our Blessed Mother, Mary whose service to the Church opens up our relationship to Jesus Christ, her son.

Kellenberg Memorial High School Beliefs

We Believe:

  • Our school lives out a Catholic Identity and encourages students to grow into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Kellenberg Memorial promotes a daily prayer life along with spiritual enhancements such as retreats, mission trips, and service opportunities that will enhance the faith life.
  • Our Administration, Faculty, and Staff are called to the vocation of Catholic Education and promote a Catholic Identity and Christian witness to their faith in their professional lives.
  • Our school promotes a strong work ethic, time management, responsibility, perseverance, and integrity.
  • Our Education is essentially relational. We apply the use of technology as an educational tool to enhance the traditional Socratic Method which is both historically stimulating and focused. This will successfully allow as many students as possible to be involved in classroom discussion. 
  • Our extracurricular programs which provide a Christian spirit of teamwork, collaboration, and social relationships which assist in the maturation of the young adult.
  • Our call to bear witness to Gospel value and act as disciples of Jesus Christ is embodied in both school programs and events that host guests beyond the Kellenberg Memorial community. This call is answered by our students who seize the opportunity to apply their talents when they interact with individuals and groups in a communal and pastoral way. 

Accreditation & Professional Affiliations

Kellenberg Memorial High School is registered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Kellenberg Memorial is a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools, CSAANYS, and NCEA.

The History of Kellenberg Memorial

Kellenberg Memorial High School is named in honor of Most Rev. Walter P. Kellenberg, founding Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, who had a particularly strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Both in his preaching and his example, he sought to bring all under the protection of Our Lady. The Bishop was a strong supporter of Catholic education, as evidenced by his extensive building program for the diocese’s school system.  The school colors are royal blue and gold; its emblem is the phoenix, and its nickname is The Firebirds. 

The school is owned and directed by the Society of Mary (Marianists), a religious order of priests and Brothers. The Marianists were founded in 1817 by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade to educate youth as a means to Christianize society.

In September, 1987, the Administration of Kellenberg Memorial High School announced the establishment of the Bro. Joseph C. Fox Latin School. The Latin School is named in honor of Marianist Brother Joseph C. Fox, who taught for over fifty years in Catholic schools. This division of KMHS provides a qualitative Catholic education to students in grades six through eight.

The school’s motto is “One Heart and One Mind”.  The atmosphere of the school aims to educate body, mind, and spirit thereby encouraging students to be the hands and feet of God in the world through community service as a life-long endeavor.  These opportunities provide spiritual enrichment to both Kellenberg students and their families.

General Policies

Kellenberg Memorial High School admits students of any race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial policies, activities, athletics or other school administered programs. Kellenberg Memorial High School welcomes students of all ethnic groups, recognizing their valuable contribution to the life of the school in particular and the nation in general.

Kellenberg Memorial High School is a Catholic co-educational school, founded to serve Catholics of Long Island.  Accordingly, priority in admissions is given to baptized members of the Roman Catholic Church. Enrollment is open to young men and women who are professing Christians as resources permit, with the priority given to Catholic students.

Kellenberg Memorial High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin in its employment policies and practices.

About the School’s Seal

The Kellenberg Memorial High School seal depicts the torch of learning surrounded by a crown. The crown recalls Bishop Kellenberg’s motto, Regina Verte Lumina – “Queen, guide us with your light.”

The large letter M is a reminder that the Bishop was consecrated during the First Marian Year and the school was founded in his memory during the Second Marian Year in 1987. The shell is from Bishop Kellenberg’s device and stands for Long Island, which was once called “the island of shells.”

The lamb is the symbol of St. Agnes, virgin and martyr, the patroness of the diocese. The motto, “One Heart and One Mind”, expresses the goal of the school to educate both the mind and the heart of each student.