The primary goal of the program of instruction in St. Mary’s School is to provide learning experiences which develop the values, attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary for the student’s moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development.
In accord with the Catholic philosophy and goals of St. Mary’s School, religious education is an essential and integral component of the curriculum.
At St. Mary’s School, the following subjects are taught: Religion, Language Arts, Mathematics, Honors Algebra, Social Studies, Science/Health, Spanish (Grades 6-8), Technology, Music, Art, and Physical Education.
St. Mary’s School expects students to perform to the best of their ability. Teachers are expected to evaluate student progress on a regular basis. Students will be given quizzes or tests regularly. After the test is graded, it will be sent home for the parent to review and sign. Parent signature indicates that the parent is aware of the student’s progress. If a parent does not receive quizzes or tests to sign, the parent should contact the teacher.
In addition to class tests and quizzes, developmentally appropriate Mid-Year and End-Year Examinations wil be given to all students in grades 5-8. Each of these exams will be worth 10 percent for a total of 20 percent on the final report card average for each subject in which they are administered. Each child will also take part in the Archdiocesan testing program which includes the Archdiocesan religion test, annual standardized tests, and New York State Education Department assessments. These tests measure academic growth over a period of time.
Grades 1 to 8
Grades 2, 4, 5, and 7
Grades 3 to 8
NY State Tests
Grades 4, 6 & 8
Grades 4 & 8
May - June
Grade 5 Grade 8
The faculty of St. Mary’s School reviews these test results regularly in conjunction with classroom performance for the purpose of promotion or retention, academic intervention services (AIS) for those who need extra assistance, and grouping for reading and math.