As a Catholic School, St. Mary’s Institute has a philosophy based upon sound principles which have been enriched by the experience of the Catholic Schools and the Church throughout the centuries. The whole-hearted efforts and goals of the administration and teaching staff are dedicated to the interest of the students entrusted to our guidance and instruction.
St. Mary’s Institute was founded in 1880 by Rev. John McIncrow and administered by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
SMI began with Grades K-12 and grew rapidly. In 1909, St. Mary’s Institute moved to
Forbes St. to accommodate the increasing enrollment.
In 1966, St. Mary’s Institute High School became a Diocesan Regional High School and was named Bishop Scully High School.
After the closing of Bishop Scully High School in 1990, St. Mary’s Institute moved to its present location off Upper Church St. on January 2, 1991.
The strong commitment to Catholic education and the foresight to provide an academically sound program, morally solid and contemporary enough to meet the changing needs of its students and their families, remains the common goal of all St. Mary’s Institute's leaders, past and present.
Under this leadership and in conjunction with the financial support of the parish, St. Mary’s Institute prospers and continues to grow.
St. Mary’s Institute is accredited by the AdvancED North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
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Here, people truly care for each other – embodying the term “good neighbors” and creating lifetime friendships.
100% of our honors math students achieved mastery on the NYS Integrated Algebra Regents since its inception.
Our graduates meet or exceeded the NYS basic and proficiency standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
In 2014, two area high school valedictorians were graduates of SMI. In fact, many SMI graduates go on to receive a multitude of honors.
St. Mary's Institute receives support and guidance from historic St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam, New York.
St. Mary's is a Catholic community of faith, nourished by Word and Sacrament, who trusting in the merits of Jesus Christ and faithful to the Church's magisterium, seek to live the Gospel in the world today through Liturgy and service.
St. Mary's Church is led by Rev. Jeffrey M,
The schools of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, guided by the mission of Jesus, are places where students witness, share, and grow in the faith community. While offering excellent academic programs, the schools provide for the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of each individual within the framework of Catholic Christian values to witness God's unconditional love and bring Christ's healing presence to the world.
SMI students live their Faith through
personal, Christian service.
SMI students are on a mission to achieve academic excellence.
SMI students are honest and are led by a strong moral compass.