Inside Suri Cruise's school: A Catholic mass every week, Latin lessons and a rooftop playground
14:55 GMT, 17 July 2012
Suri Cruise will be following in the steps of Lady Gaga, Paris Hilton and several other famous faces when she joins a New York Catholic girls academy this autumn.
The six-year-old girl, who has been at the centre of an alleged custody dispute between Katie Holmes and estranged husband Tom Cruise, is expected to begin classes at Manhattan's Convent of the Sacred Heart School on September 6.
The curriculum at Sacred Heart, billed as 'the oldest independent school for girls in New York City,' is thought to be extremely strict, requiring students to attend Mass every Thursday.
A style set: Katie and Suri stepped out in Manhattan in matching pink outfits on Sunday, but soon she will be wearing a Lower School uniform
It is a far departure from the Scientology school Cruise is said to have wanted Suri to attend like his eldest children with Nicole
Kidman, Isabella, now 19, and Connor, 17.
But he may take some comfort in the fact that only 65 percent of their students
are Catholic, although the first of their stated mission goals is to 'commit
themselves to educate a personal and active faith in God.'
enrollment in grades 1-12 at the prestigious school costs a cool $39,265, reports E!Online.
New school: Suri Cruise, is expected to begin classes at Manhattan's Convent of the Sacred Heart School on September 6
The hefty fee buys students access to three science labs,
two gyms, three performance space – essential for Suri's well-documented love of gymnastics.
It also has a darkroom studio, rooftop
playground, three libraries and a state-of-the-art athletic
and wellness center which is to be opened soon.
Every student in grades
8-12 is equipped with an iPad and classrooms contain SMARTboards and Apple TVs.
Suri will be one of approximately 690
pupils enrolled in the school, which spans pre-kindergarten through to
A-list alumni: Past pupils include Lady Gaga and Paris Hilton and her younger sister Nicky
The grades themselves are divided into three levels, Lower
School, Middle School and Upper School.
The school has a reputation as one of the
most prestigious and selective schools in the city.
Each grade has fifty pupils and Suri – who has been home-schooled until now – will not feel too out of her depth as the student to teacher ratio is 7:1.
Languages are strongly encouraged in the school and both French and
Spanish are introduced in kindergarten.
In grade 7 Suri will be introduced to Latin and if she continues to Upper School she could also learn Arabic, Greek
Suri's wardrobe has attracted nearly as much attention as her paparazzi-tailed trips around New York with her mother.
But soon she will be wearing a Lower
School uniform of a short-sleeved white blouses with a red trim and a Peter-Pan collar.
She will team that with a button-down jumper and
white and red pinafore.
The uniform has attracted so much attention it was even mentioned in the Gossip Girl book series.
The school's privileged setting, in mansions resplendent with marble and
gold-leafed cherubs, has led some to speculate that it was the
inspiration for Gossip Girl, the drama about drinking, drugs and
promiscuity among affluent New York teenagers.
Indeed, such goings-on
are regarded as commonplace at some of Manhattan's top private schools.
The school was founded in 1881 by nuns dedicated to educating
upper-class Catholic girls. Its original speciality was the 'social
French, art, 'politeness' lessons and a uniform with white
gloves were mandatory.
Although Suri Cruise is the latest famous face set to join the school, past alumni include Caroline
Kennedy, Jordana Brewster, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Elaine Stritch and