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Notes for Prospective Students
Mount Alvernia Academy is a private Catholic elementary school
for boys and girls from nursery through grade six, under the
auspices of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate
Conception and their Provincial, Sister Suzanne Fondini and the
members of the Provincial Council.
The school community is composed
of Franciscan Sisters, lay teachers, and families from varying
parishes and ethnic backgrounds.
The name Alvernia is derived from
Mount Alverno in Italy, where St. Francis received the Stigmata
(imprint of the five wounds of Christ).
Following the example of
St. Francis, the faculty encourages the students to follow Christ
in simplicity as St. Francis did and to combine their spiritual
growth with their academic achievements.
The present school began
in 1927 with a boarding school for girls and a day school for boys
Thirteen students were enrolled the first year, and in a
short time the enrollment increased to seventy-three.
graduation was held in 1933.
In 1938, a new school was built
because of the increase in the number of students.
Auditorium, dedicated to Mother Mary Ignatius Hayes, the foundress
of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters, was added to the complex in
Since its founding, the school has progressed steadily under
the unswerving loyalty of a dedicated faculty, staff, Home and
School Association and Board of Directors .
True to the tradition
of the first graduating class, the students of today are still
winning scholarships to schools in competitive examinations,
athletics, and art and science fairs.