Our Academic Vision:
Mount St. Mary Academy’s academic programs have been designed to effectively achieve the expectations of higher education and our students’ future employers.
- New York State Regents exams have been eliminated as our final assessment tool, replaced by robust, creative assessments. Mount St. Mary Academy follows New York State Common Core Curriculum in all coursework, but with a new emphasis on enhancing the depth and breadth of study through interdisciplinary efforts and comprehensive assessments.
- Our students demonstrate mastery by producing capstone projects, written reports, group presentations, research papers, and other assessments that synthesize learning.
- Student learning is also measured through traditional paper and pen exams, created by our faculty who seek to create meaningful and accurate assessment. National standardized tests, i.e. PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exams, will continue to serve as academic benchmarks.
Small class sizes, individual attention, and a sense of family are just some of the reasons our students and their families have chosen Mount St. Mary. We blend time-honored traditions with state-of-the-art learning facilities and a student/faculty ratio of less than 10:1 – all within a developmentally safe and supportive environment. At Mount St. Mary, our students are known. Our faculty and staff work closely with our students and their families to nurture students emotionally, academically, and spiritually. We prepare them to seek solutions to life’s problems in the light of Christ’s teachings.
Incorporated daily into our student’s schedule are opportunities to enhance their sense of well being. A focus on mental, physical, spiritual and social wellness in secondary school has a positive impact on students’ ability for advocating for themselves and nurturing healthy relationships.
There are limitless opportunities available to our students – whether they choose to challenge themselves with Advanced Placement or college-credit coursework, learn to play a musical instrument, try a new sport, lead a club or activity, write and direct the spring drama, or start an award-winning small business.
Learning at Mount St. Mary is active and interdisciplinary. Students enjoy three academic centers – STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), Humanities (Social Studies, Wellness and Religion) and Languages (English and World Languages). In these centers, students interact with faculty and each other in a way to foster robust, cross-curricular collaboration. Our Makerspace provides opportunities for interactive learning that blends technology and creativity.
Students who need academic support thrive in our Academic Learning Center, which offers peer and adult tutoring in all subject areas, support for students with testing and instructional accommodations, and a quiet, structured place to do schoolwork.
Come see what’s happening at Mount St. Mary Academy. Visit us during our Open House for prospective students and families, Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. or Monday, Oct. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.Open House event page: www.facebook.com/events/737369686714957#ThisIsMount
Posted by Mount St. Mary Academy on Monday, September 30, 2019
For Honors Students
Academically gifted students have many opportunities at Mount St. Mary through the award-winning Academy Scholars program. Advanced Placement, dual-enrollment and/or honors-level coursework is available in all subject areas.
In addition, Academy Scholars participate in a hands-on entrepreneurship curriculum through which they create and run their own small businesses, allowing them to learn and engage in creativity in an exciting way. Mount St. Mary is affiliated with two international entrepreneurship programs: Virtual Enterprises International and Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship. Our entrepreneurs have competed successfully both nationally and on the world stage, winning awards at both levels.
Service and Justice Week
Mount St. Mary Academy held its inaugural Service and Justice Week, Jan. 22-24, offering 12 immersive experiences and involving the entire school community. This project, added as part of the school’s New Academic Vision beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, offered the entire school community hands-on opportunities to experience deep learning concerning real-world problems. The experiences were chosen to allow students to put their education to use, focusing on different aspects of social justice, approached through different disciplines.
Service and Justice Week is at the heart of the school’s Catholic identity: we embrace social justice where we live out our call as Christian disciples. It emphasizes the life and dignity of each human person, care for God’s creation, a call to community and participation, and specific attention on the poor and vulnerable.
2020 Service and Justice Week Workshops:
- Social Justice Through the Arts – Through literature, music, dance and visual art, students became aware of issues, learned about advocacy and considered how to affect change locally and globally.
- Buffalo: A Cultural Crossroads – Students explored how immigration has changed in the Western New York area since the turn of the 20th century.
- Feeding Hunger – While learning about issues of hunger, poverty and food deserts in local communities, students volunteered at the Food Bank of WNY and discovered the services provided there.
- Learning from Other Faith Communities – The group took engaging trips to a local synagogue and a local mosque, performed interviews and produced a final broadcast of their findings.
- Never Again – Students gained a more complete understanding of genocide today and throughout history through lessons from a local Holocaust survivor and a tour of the Holocaust Museum with VR glasses.
- Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon – Since only 10 percent of Wikipedia editors are women, this group of young women took to the internet to edit, update and complete pages about local and global women.
- On the Other Side: Telling the Stories of People in Need – The students interviewed refugees and worked to create short films, podcasts, photo essays or stories to capture their stories.
- Build a Bench – Learning some basic carpentry skills along the way, students built wooden furniture and focused on green spaces in WNY, particularly in urban and underserved communities.
- Social Influences on the Evolution of Popular Music – Through this workshop, students explored popular music through the lens of the people and cultures who influenced it throughout the years.
- Equity in Athletics – Students learned the stories of men and women who fought for equity in the world of athletics throughout history and discovered what they can do to affect change in WNY.
- Birds: Migration and Conservation – In this experience, students studied the migratory patterns of some birds found locally and learn what people can do to conserve their natural habitats in WNY.
- The Plight of Refugees: An Education of their Struggles – Students had an opportunity to learn about the lives of refugees, the process they must go through and how they have transformed the West Side.