St. Mary's Institute is AdvancED accredited. Our academic program, Early Childhood through Grade 8, complies with the New York State Department of Education and Board of Regents directives. The close-knit bond of family and faculty at St. Mary’s Institute provides the students with an environment centered on quality learning.
NEXT GENERATION LEARNING
SMI integrates next-generation learning into every school day. The school offers student-centered, interdisciplinary connections between STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) and standard curriculum. For example: Social Studies could be learning about the American Civil War while the literature class is researching and designing a Civil War Newspaper. Science could be incubating chicken eggs, while charting of the hatching is graphed on a frequency table in Math.
Comprehensive 21st Century learning opportunities are abundant at SMI. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, iPads, Chromebooks, and other educational devices, promoting technology literacy and preparing students for high school and beyond.
St. Mary’s is a home away from home for all of its students. Early Childhood is a great start for children to get acquainted to an academic setting with full-day or half-day offerings. In the Early Childhood classroom, we introduce students to academics through circle time, group and individual projects, structured and free play. Our students also attend music, art, library, computer and physical education classes. St. Mary’s Early Childhood program promotes key developmental abilities that fortify each child into a well-rounded student. Through a school setting, each child will learn valuable social skills through play, as well as an educational foundation through a set curriculum.
Children must be toilet trained and 3 years of age by December 1.
Children entering the 4-year-old pre-kindergarten program must be 4 years of age by December 1.
KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 5
At St. Mary’s Institute, the primary grades work toward developing motivated, confident, and independent students. Each year, we build upon the previous year’s learning with a well-planned curriculum. Our teachers work together to develop and implement a personalized, well-rounded course of study. We believe that, “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
Children entering Kindergarten must be 5 years of age by December 1.
GRADES 6 THROUGH 8
St. Mary’s has four core teachers who function as part of a whole. Together, they work collaboratively to mold a healthy, successful, Christian student. All core content areas are enmeshed.
WESS Award: Work Ethics for Scholastic Success is encouraged and acknowledged at St. Mary’s. Near graduation, eighth grade students are selected as potential recipients of this award. The rubric for this award guarantees that the recipient(s) met numerous areas of success. The fruition of this award is evidenced when WESS recipients achieve the Principal’s List at the local, public or the out-of-town, private high school.
St. Mary’s Institute follows the Catholic teaching and doctrine. Religion classes are taught from K-8, and special religious programs are held at age-appropriate levels. Through a partnership with Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties, The Second Step is one such program that is designed to develop daily faith by living a moral life.
On holy days, we celebrate as a Catholic community with Masses held on-site. Prayers are regularly practiced every day, and religious items decorate all rooms. Students at St. Mary’s are taught to show respect, have a loving attitude, and behave as Jesus did. Our faith is evident in our daily routine and our interaction with each other.
SMI has received a $100,000 grant from The Jordan Family Foundation to overhaul the school’s technology infrastructure and equipment. This grant is consistent with The Foundation’s goal of promoting the advancement of science and technology, particularly among young girls.
Tiers 1 and 2 included laying the foundation for new equipment by covering the school with a Gigabit backbone through CAT 6 wiring and switches and the installation of enterprise class wireless access points throughout the building. Tiers 1 and 2 equipped the school with World Class data infrastructure.
Tier 3 provides students with a host of new technology equipment, including interactive whiteboards, iPads, laptops, and other educational devices. This grant enables St. Mary’s Institute to offer comprehensive 21st century learning opportunities — a rare find in other elementary and middle schools.
St. Mary’s is eco-friendly. Every classroom has a designated recycling bin for paper, which is then sold to a company to recycle into burnable fuel. There are also depository bins for juice pouches, chip bags, glue sticks, ink cartridges, and used cell phones. All of these recyclable items generate money for our school while participating in the bigger, future picture for our world.
St. Mary’s Institute was awarded a grant in September 2010 from The Jordan Family Foundation to purchase a LED sign and solar panel system. Both the LED sign and the new solar energy system at St. Mary’s Institute provide tangible examples of advanced technology and offer unique educational opportunities that may spark interest in engineering and science amongst students. Students in our GenYes technology club are responsible for designing and transmitting content to the sign and message center.