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St. Mary's - St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 222 students

Our school is best known for providing a joyful atmosphere for learning.

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted November 9, 2012

I have a college Sophomore who attended grades 1-8 at SMSA and currently have a 7th grader at the school. My family has been very happy with SMSA and we highly recommend it for families who want their children at a school with high academic standards, who want their children to learn and live their Catholic/Christian faith, who want a small school setting where teachers get to know the students and the atmosphere is one of "family". My son graduated from SMSA and then attended our local public high school. He found that he had been prepared extremely well and easily handled the honors course and then AP classes. He attributed SMSA's strong encouragement of organizational skills and student ownership of time management and work assignments as giving him an advantage over his public school peers. If we had to do it all over again, we wouldn't hesitate to choose SMSA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2012

We have been an SMSA family for years!!!!...all four children enrolled and doing beautifully. With dedicated faculty and virtualy no staff turnover, we are at home. The environment is peaceful and caring. The faith education is top-notch and the academics are far more challenging than other schools. The best thing our family ever did was to move our children out of the local public schools and into SMSA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

Top-notch academics. Caring, attentive, experienced teachers. Felt I was sending my children to their second family every morning. Strong faith component. My children thrived there. One of best decisions I've made as a parent. Would do it all again in a heartbeat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

SMSA has gone down hill. The teachers are not qualified to teach, the turn over rate is high and many of them do not have teaching degree's. The administration is archaic in it's approach and has little understanding of what children need. The hypocrisy runs deep. They preach respect and faith but are not able to live up to their own words. There are ancient teachers at the school that hand out worksheets,talk about themselves and don't teach a thing. It is not the warm,caring environment they would like you to believe when you visit. Be aware, this is all lip service. It is all an act. They don't walk the walk and belittling students is the norm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

I was dissatisfied with St. Mary's School, the faculty do not adhere to a texting policy like most schools do and the school is insensitive about children with medical disabilites. Also, they do not want parents in the classroom. Even though the school is Catholic, the teachers are weak in their walk of faith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2010

SMSA is a gem. It consistently graduates 8th graders who go on to graduate in the top 1-2% of their public high school classes, excel in community leadership and athletics, and are accepted to Georgetown, Yale, Holy Cross, West Point, Fordham, Union, U of Rochester and other very competitive colleges. SMSA students routinely outscore their peers in the local public schools on standardized exams. SMSA is housed in a Natural Register of Historic Places building modeled after Westminster Abbey. The faculty is experienced, dedicated and stable. The principal has been there for more than 25 years, first as an English faculty member, and, as principal the last 10 years, has led the effort to deepen the SMSA curriculum, particularly in Junior High. Tuition can be challenging for large families, but assistance is available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

St. Mary's-St. Alphonsus can be summed up with the following words: Academic Excellence Positive Values Family Environment Fantastic Teachers Enjoyable Children Top Scoring 'School Report Cards' Affordable Tuition
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2008

St. Mary's is the best in the Capital Region. The building is beautiful, and the staff is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

This school is one of the best in the area. There is a great deal of parent involvement and students are treated with respect and dignity. Learners are expected to do their very best and become the best people they can be...spiritually, academically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2004

My son has attended St. Mary's/St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School for the past 5 years. We originally sent him there because he is gifted in math and the public school wasn't going to do anything with him execpt possibly put him in an enrichment program. SMSA tested his math abilities and concluded that he already mastered the math skills for his current grade and let him take math with the next grade. Now that we've been there, other things we love are: the way the Catholic/Christian faith is interwoven in everything the students do; foreign language starts 4 years before the public schools; band starts 1 year before the public school; high academic test scores; small school setting where parents are welcome and encouraged to come in and spend some time; fantastic, caring teachers; uniforms ensure that students won't be wearing inappropriate or distracting clothing to school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 52%
Black 1% 21%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% N/A
Hispanic 1% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian N/A 6%
Asian 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kathryn Fowler
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Catholic school curriculum
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • SMSA is the only Middle States accredited elementary school in Warren and Washington counties.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $4000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Queensbury High School
Glens Falls High School
Saratoga Central Catholic High School
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10-12 Church St
Glens Falls, NY 12801
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Phone: (518) 792-3178

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