Mission and Philosophy
Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God Academy provides children with a thorough Catholic education founded upon traditional principles. The school strives ultimately to form good Catholic citizens, men and women willing and able to work for the restoration of all things in Christ, freely submitting to the reign of Our Lord in the spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical realms.
The Catholic school exists to cultivate a soil in which the Faith and the love of God might grow. The teachers at Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God Academy serve this end by helping form in the child lasting qualities of the mind and heart through exposure to the true, the good and the beautiful across the entire curriculum. In the study of literature and the humanities, they reveal to the child the nobility of the human soul, which is ever thirsting for the absolute, and all their effort as teachers is to awaken this same thirst in the child’s own soul. Throughout the various disciplines, they draw the child to rectify and strengthen his natural faculties in harmony with his created good so that he might have the desire and the strength to embrace, freely and with confidence, the supreme Good, God Himself.
Learning is a profoundly human process, one best accomplished through patient, qualitative drawing out, rather than a mechanistic, quantitative filling up. Although the school will strive continuously to provide teachers and students with the best possible tools and resources in terms of texts and an integrated curriculum, it will be the obvious love which the teacher has for the subject matter, his mastery of it, and his talent in communicating that knowledge and love, which will spark a fire in the children, fostering in them a lifelong love of learning.
Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God Academy is a private Catholic school for approximately 175 students in grades K through 12 that operates under the guidance of the United States District of the Society of Saint Pius X. Our high school consists of approximately 80 students, including nearly 50 boarding high school students from around the country. These boarding students, as well as our local students from throughout the region of Central New York, come from families interested in giving their children a traditional-Catholic education. There are 4 priests and one nun on the teaching staff, along with nearly 25 lay teachers.
At the basis of the education offered at Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God Academy is the idea that human reason can discover and understand an order outside itself, the order created by God. Students receive a thorough and integrated view of this reality through the organic unity of all subjects. They learn to think in an orderly fashion, and to speak and write as clearly as they think, and ultimately to judge with wisdom and prudence.
At Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God Academy, students learn from the saints, ancients, and secular masters through literature, history, philosophy, math, science, and religion. By opening to them the treasury of human knowledge, teachers strive to inspire students with an ardent love of truth and an increasingly clear vision of their final end. By teaching them to think not only critically but classically, and to integrate that truth into their own actions, an Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God Academy education prepares students both to face the concrete conditions in the world, and to embrace supernatural as well as natural happiness.