School Details

St Mary School

106 Jackson St, Fishkill, NY 12524
(845) 896-9561
NR

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 299 students 28 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

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About this school

St Mary School is a private middle school. The principal of St Mary School is Ellen Anderson, whose e-mail is d428@adnyschools.org. 299 students go to St Mary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at St Mary School is 28:1. Wappingers Junior High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% %
Hispanic 7% %
Asian 6% %
Multiracial 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    You will never find a more loving environment to send your child to school. Every teacher and staff member treats my child like the most important student in the world. Love this school!

  • (2 years ago)

    My son started in St. Marys in 4th grade. Both he and my family were welcomed with open arms. I was able to be active in the school from the first week. Volunteering and participating in the school is very welcomed. The staff is exceptional and knows every student and family - a GREAT benefit of a small school. Issues are handled quickly and appropriately. The principal is a woman of great intelligence incredible kindness and always always puts the students first. Children can learn math and reading at any school it is the level of learning and life principles taught at St. Marys that made us choose them. You are able to access any teacher or staff member with questions or concerns as are the students. Many student ideas have become reality. Students are given opportunities to lead speak publicly and present their ideas. Quite simply we have loved our time at St. Marys. There is a continual effort to offer the students the best learning environment and opportunities.

  • (2 years ago)

    Overall the school is very good. The teachers that we have come across have been good. With that aside my children did learn a lot in her class. The Principal is involved and is available to take your call. One thing they need to work on is parent participation in the class room and on trips. It ALWAYS the same parents that are selected and they are usually the room moms plus their cliques. If you're a parent that wants to be involved or more importantly if your child wants to see your presence in the classroom for centers and trips try your best to become a room Mother if not you can count on never being invited in to help unless it's for a fund raiser and you have your checkbook with you! Another annoying thing is the classroom fees collected by the room Mothers for Teachers gifts and class parties (the ones you are not invited to). Each student is asked to pay $20-$45. The annoying part is the parents are not told what was purchased for the teachers or class with the money. With that aside the school is very good for the students all of my children are happy and thriving. Unless there's trip or party . Then there are tears from my kids because their Mom wasn't invited.

  • (3 years ago)

    I put my children through this school. In retrospect I regret not taking them out before they started the sixth grade. The middle school years would have been better spent at a larger more diverse public school than in St. Mary's. A couple of the 6-8 teachers are frankly mediocre. Screaming and slamming doors are not appropriate methods for getting the student's attention. Also the relaying of "war stories" from a previous teaching career in an inner city school district is not appreciated by parents like me who sent our kids to St. Mary's specifically to avoid those pitfalls. This caused a complaint to the principal. One teacher made it clear that she does not like to hear from parents. She returns phone calls only after you try several times. When I finally sat down with her to discuss my son's performance her demeanor forced me to remind her that I was not one of her pupils. Another parent mentioned bullying. Correct and one of my son's was a victim of it. It was finally handled after numerous parents complained and the offending "student" was removed. The bogus annual science fair with the same kids every year. A lot of stress and money for nothing.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have put both of my children through this school. In retrospect I regret not taking them out before they started the sixth grade. The middle school years would have been better spent at a larger more diverse public school than in St. Mary's. Some parents are very clicky; keep in mind that it will be the same kids and the same parents year after year. There are disadvantages to that. A couple of the 6-8 teachers are mediocre. Screaming and slamming doors are not appropriate methods for getting the student's attention. Also a teacher relaying "war stories" to her 6th grade class from a previous teaching career in an inner city school district is not appreciated by parents like me who went to inner city schools and sent our kids to St. Mary's to avoid those pitfalls. One teacher made it clear that she does not like to hear from parents. When I finally sat down with her to discuss my son's performance her demeanor forced me to remind her that I was not one of her pupils. Another parent mentioned bullying. Correct and one of my son's was a victim of it. It was finally handled after numerous parents complained and the offending "student" was removed. Very overrated.

  • (3 years ago)

    The quality of education is superior at this school. The leadership and teaching quality is first rate. My child was extremely well prepared for high school. It is worth every sacrifice to send your child to this school. Mrs. Anderson is a phenominal principal and the teachers truly care about every child they teach.

  • (3 years ago)

    I could not be any happier with the faculty staff and fellow parents of St. Mary. My children are receiving an excellent education in a safe caring environment.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent school! Caring staff and faculty. The administration regularly goes above and beyond to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the students.

  • (4 years ago)

    There's a bullying problem that the administration won't address. My child was threated to be beaten by a student. There was a witness to this. The administration assured me that action would be taken. The student that threatened my child wasn't even suspended from school. A previous time to this my child was verbally abused and when I complained I was told that my child wasn't the only one being bullied.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been attending this school for over 7 years and I can say that I've only had one or two bad teachers. The people are extremely caring. The middle school called the Upper House is not the best though. (The idea of switching classes is walking in a semi-circle around the hall.) I believe that everyone here prepares you for 'life' very well and in general the students are very supportive. Tuition is rather low another nice thing about the school. The 'multi-purpose room' as called by my good friend Emily otherwise known as the gym isn't the best idea. The science fair The same people win every year. Just keep that in mind.

  • (4 years ago)

    a great learning experience with no judgments on looks.

  • (6 years ago)

    As probably the only alumni to cross the path of this thread i can say that I totally agree with the previous comment of the parents...it is run by an elite self-chosen few whose kids are well aware of the fact. Unfortunately yes the same 5 kids win the science fair every year...but come on nobody cares after you hit high school anyway. I grew up in this school and loved almost every teacher I had...which I think only Mrs. Morrison Mrs. Bernstein and Mrs. W are left unfortunately. I had a bunch of siblings go through here and they weren't so lucky with a few of the new ones. In particualar few new teachers know how to deal with the social 'outside of school' lives of the kids. Also absolutely no support (in my time) of arts music or athletics. Cafeteria/Gym/Band Room/Art Room/Stage isn't ideal. LOL.

  • (6 years ago)

    You ask why a Science Fair? Let me tell you why. When your young student goes to high school and college they will know how to manage their time and do several long term projects at one time. St. Mary School and its excellent teaching staff will prepare your student for these challenges. As for the assumption that the same students win every year these students often work on these projects for months.

  • (6 years ago)

    very caring staff great learning only thing school needs a lunch room

  • (6 years ago)

    Our children are receiving a top notch catholic education at St. Mary's. The support of the parish communtity is a valuable asset to the school. We have taken an active roll in our children's education and their school 'life' This has resulted in a very positive and rewarding experience for our family. This is a testament to the wonderful experience Mrs. Anderson the faculty and staff provide each day at this fine school.

  • (6 years ago)

    An excellent school! This school provides me with the security that my child is being nurtured and educated in a safe secure environment. I have been extremely happy with the intergration of Catholic values into the curriculum. The teachers and principal are very approachable. It is nice to have a school where parents can be involved and welcomed.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been very happy with St. Mary's. I was worried when the principal retired last year but the new principal Mrs. Anderson is excellent! She is wonderful with the children and takes the time to meet with the parents to discuss any questions.

  • (6 years ago)

    Our two children attended St. Mary for nine years each and we couldn't have been happier with their education. Academically the instruction is very strong with the school taking many awards each year at the County Science Fair. The faculty and staff always show a genuine interest in helping each student work to his potential. Access to technology is also excellent as there are networked computers in every classroom. More importantly the caring environment makes for a secure positive and nurturing place where children are valued and encouraged to participate. We highly recommend it!

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter has done very well at this school academically. This school does ask that parents become involved in their child's learning and progress. Overall it is a very good school.

  • (10 years ago)

    As in any organization quality starts from the top down. St. Mary's school in Fishkill is run by an excellent staff. Principal Carufe is involved with each facet of the school and her demand for quality is evident throughout. Each person that I've met at the school has a desire to create the best learning atmosphere possible for the students. This school should be a case study in preparing K through 8th grade students for further education.

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