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History of Our School

St. Mary's School faculty and staff have been educating and nurturing children for over 60 years. In 1951, The V. Rev. Francis A. Diehl, O.S.A. was appointed Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish. In just a few short years, the need for a parish school was evident. After consultation with the Most Reverend Edmund F. Gibbons, Bishop of Albany, it was decided that, if the necessary funds could be raised, a new Catholic school would be constructed. In the fall of 1953, St. Mary’s School opened its doors with an enrollment of 230 students in grades K - 5. The official dedication and blessing of St. Mary's School took place on November 1, 1953 by Bishop Gibbons.  The Sisters of Mercy sent five sisters to initially staff the school which graduated its first class in June of 1957. As the enrollment grew, there was the need for an addition to the school, which was built in the early 1960′s under the guidance of Fr. Frederick I. Ryan.

Since that time, the school has expanded to include grades 6-8 as well as a pre-kindergarten program. Though the Sisters of Mercy no longer staff the school, we have enjoyed the participation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet in addition to the Sisters of the Resurrection on staff.

Currently, of the eleven elementary schools in the Albany Diocese that educate students through 8th grade, St. Mary's School is the 4th largest.