- NEW IN 2010-201 SCHOOL YEAR --------- 4 YEAR OLD PRE-KINDERGARTEN-------------------- St. Mary's School is a faith-centered learning community.
- Each day brings new opportunities-learning a new language, solving a math problem, discovering a new word in a reading group, experimenting in the science lab, creating a work of art.
- Students learn Catholic doctrine, morals, and values in daily formal religion classes.
- These values are integrated into all subject areas and permeate the entire climate of the school.
- St. Mary's faculty are qualified, experienced professionals dedicated to high academic standards and committed to providing each student with the opportunity to shine in his or her own way.
- We encourage you to come for a visit to see if a values-based education in a nurturing environment may be the right choice for your child.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)|
|Religious Affiliation||Roman Catholic|
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-8|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Total Students||168 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 30%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||11 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||15:1
National avg.: 13:1
|Average Class Size||18 students|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Tuition Notes||Call school office for tuition rates.|
National avg.: 85%
- From its beginning, Christ has always been the reason for St. Mary's School. He is the unseen, but ever-present teacher in its classes, the model of its faculty, and the inspiration of its students. Our mission has always been based on offering our students an environment in which they can learn and can live their faith as part of a secure, loving community so that they will grow to become educated, caring, moral adults, well-equipped to carry on the mission and message of Jesus Christ and His Church. Though this is and always will be the foundation of St. Mary's School, many of the methods and programs used to fulfill this mission have evolved over time. The students who attend St. Mary's School today still have the daily basics: religion, math, reading/language arts, social studies, and science. Each class also has its special subjects weekly: art, music, physical education, library, and computer/technology, which was added in the 1980s along with a separate computer lab designed so that a whole class can come in and use the computers at the same time. Art, which used to be held in the gym or in the classrooms, now has its own special room, and one of the classrooms has become our official science lab. The foreign language program also started in the 1980s, and from its beginning until 2001, students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades took French. In 2001 St. Mary's switched from French to Spanish due to popular demand and to the fact that Our Lady of Lourdes High School, the Catholic high school that the majority of the graduates attend, stopped offering French as a foreign language elective. The Band Program at St. Mary's began in the early 1990s and is still going strong today. Honors Algebra, an advanced math program for qualified eighth graders, started around the same time as an after-school elective. Today, it is a regular part of the daily schedule, and the vast majority of eighth graders who take it are able to move into the next level of high school math when they enter ninth grade. The kindergarten, which was closed for a time, reopened with half-day kindergarten in September of 1985. Full day kindergarten classes began in September of 1993 and continue today. As the new millennium dawned, so did even more new programs and services for the children of St. Mary's School. Academic Intervention Services, or AIS, began as a weekly program in the year 2000. It has evolved into a very successful daily program in which certain students in grades three through eight meet individually or in small groups with the AIS teacher, who works with them to help them overcome difficulties they may be having in reading, language arts, or math. A counselor from ADAPP, the Archdiocesan Drug Abuse Prevention Program, comes to St. Mary's twice a week to meet one-on-one or in small groups with students to offer help and guidance with the challenges that life can present. The ADAPP counselor also conducts whole class instruction on the life skills needed to resist peer pressure and to say no to drugs and alcohol. The Peer-to-Peer Tutoring Program began in the 2001-2002 school year based on the idea of one of the eighth graders who though that students helping students could reap benefits for all involved. The program is now entering its eighth year with students in the upper grades working with students in the lower grades once a week after school. The Kindergarten-Eighth Grade Buddy Program in which eighth graders pair up with one or two kindergarteners, also had its start in the 2001-2002 school year. Eighth grade buddies accompany their little friends to Mass on First Fridays, meet with them weekly to read or do an activity, go pumpkin-picking with them, and generally guide them through their first year at St. Mary's. St. Mary's School now boasts an Art Club, a Drama Club, a Spanish club, and a Lego Club. Teachers post daily homework assignments on the Internet so that teachers, parents, and students have another tool in addition to the homework planners to help communicate and clarify homework assignments. Though methods have changed, trends have come and gone, and programs have evolved, St. Mary's has been and always will be a Catholic school whose main purpose is to help its students grow to become educated, caring, moral adults, well-equipped to carry on the mission and mesage of Jesus Christ and His Church.
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122 Cedar Valley Rd
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PoughkeepsieGrades: PK-12 | 264 students
260 Boardman Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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