The administration, faculty and staff of St. Mary’s School are dedicated to offering our students a quality education with strong integrated curriculum, rich in the Gospel values of peace, love, justice and reconciliation.
We work as a professional team with common goals. Our strength lies in our commitment to each child in our care. Our academic curriculum is infused with our Catholic Identity. Teachers work together to create a bridge from one grade level to another on both a student and curriculum basis (preschool to grade 5).
Our religion curriculum is second to none. Our Catholic identity is modeled throughout the day and throughout the school. Our exceptional K-5 curriculum program follows diocesan standards as well the NYS learning standards. Most recently, all of our diocesan schools have achieved system - wide accreditation, a first in NY State! Curriculum areas include ELA, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, Religious Studies and Spanish.
Classrooms are fully equipped, developmentally appropriate, and each classroom is technology-rich with age-appropriate use of ipads,chromebooks, and laptops.Several classrooms utilize SMART Board technology in their classrooms and all students are engaged in the technology in the computer/technology lab.
Our library is one of our favorite learning spaces. A strong interest in reading is fostered among our students through a variety of techniques, including book discussion groups.
In addition to Physical Education twice a week, recess continues to be a daily part of our day. St. Mary’s School has a Health and Wellness policy and reinforces healthy behaviors within our school and at home.
Children of all grade levels participate in monthly liturgies and daily community prayer.
These opportunities allow the students to demonstrate their skills and abilities.
Services are available for identified special education students including, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, gifted, etc. Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) receive services through the Ballston Spa Central School District. Students receive Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Consultant Teacher services. Special Education teachers push-in or pull-out students depending on the goals and objectives stated in their IEP.
Students who are identified as gifted and talented after taking the SCAT (Student College and Ability Test) given by BOCES, may attend the Young Scholar’s Program at the school district in which their home resides.