Christian Brothers Academy (DeWitt, New York)

Private, coeducational school in Dewitt, , New York, United States

Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) is a private Catholic college preparatory school in suburban Syracuse, New York run by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, founded by St. John Baptist de La Salle. Located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, the school has more than 750 students in grades seven through twelve. It was founded in 1900 by the Christian Brothers, who still run the school, though most of the teachers are laity. In 1960, it moved from its original site on Willow Street in downtown Syracuse to its current location in suburban Dewitt on Randall Road. CBA was a boys-only school until September 1987. CBA opened to girls after Syracuse’s all-girls school, The Franciscan Academy, closed and many of those parents actively lobbied to have CBA accept female students.

In 2019, CBA was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, one of 50 private schools nationally, and the only private school in New York State. CBA was also ranked as the No. 1 Catholic high school in all of Upstate New York by[3]

In the past 25 years, the school has captured State Championships in baseball, boys basketball, football, girls lacrosse (4 state titles), boys lacrosse, boys soccer, ice hockey and cross country. In addition, individuals have won State Titles in track and swimming.


As of the 2020–21 school year, tuition information is as follows:[4]

7th and 8th Grades

$11,130+ $295 activity fee

9th-12th Grades

$11,515+ $295 activity fee

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include:

  • Jody C Baumgartner, THCAS Distinguished Professor, East Carolina University
  • Earl Belcher, basketball player, St. Bonaventure, NBA San Antonio Spurs
  • Frank Cappelletti, Villanova University football player, coach and athletic director at Christian Brothers Academy
  • Sen. John DeFrancisco[5]
  • Riley Dixon, NFL player
  • Marty Domres, NFL player
  • Frank Riccelli, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • John Robert Greene, historian and author
  • Fr. Borys Gudziak, director of Ukrainian Catholic University
  • Billy Owens, football player, University of Pittsburgh, NFL Dallas Cowboys
  • Walt Patulski, University of Notre Dame and NFL football player, top pick of 1972 NFL draft
  • Greg Paulus, Head basketball coach Niagara University men’s basketball, Duke University basketball player and Syracuse University football player[6]
  • Joe Papaleo, Syracuse University, All Pro Soccer player, 1993, 1994
  • Nicholas J. Pirro, former Onondaga County executive
  • Mark Reed, physicist[7]
  • Kathryn Smith, first full-time female National Football League coach[8]
  • James T. Walsh, former Congressman[9]


  1. ^ MSA-CSS. “MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools”. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  2. ^ Beauchamp, William Martin (1908). Past and Present of Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York: From Prehistoric Times to the Beginning of 1908. Onondaga County (N.Y.): S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 533. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  3. ^ “50 best Catholic high schools in Upstate NY, ranked for 2020”. newyorkupstate. September 26, 2019. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  4. ^ “Tuition and Aid”. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  5. ^ “CBA lands its biggest donation ever”. syracuse. June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  6. ^ “After 4 jobs in 4 years, Paulus back in Syracuse as Niagara’s coach”. syracuse. December 26, 2019. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  7. ^ “Distinguished Alumni”. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  8. ^ “Bills hire first full-time female assistant in NFL”. syracuse. January 21, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  9. ^ Palka, Bill (August 28, 2008). “Profile: Christian Brothers Academy (CBA)”. syracuse. Retrieved June 28, 2021.

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