St Marys Academy Champlain

Private Catholic school located in Champlain, New York, USA serving students in NY, Vermont and Québec

Welcome to the official St Mary's Academy of Champlain, New York page! It serves alumni, students, faculty, parents (of students), and the greater community affected by the school. St Mary's Academy was established in 1906 by the Sisters of Sacred Heart. In 1969, the school offered it's last high school program and became a Kindergarten (K) through grade 6 school. Today, St Mary's Academy has over 100 students ranging from Pre-school (3 year olds), Pre-K, Universal Pre-K (UPK), and grades K - 6. Welcome and enjoy your visit!!!! The school closed in June of 2012. The building was damaged by fire on January 16, 2015 and demolished in June 2015. The spirit, love and memories live on and are celebrated by thousands who were part of this school!!!

Mission: St. Mary’s Academy’s mission is to educate children both academically and spiritually in the Catholic Christian tradition. In a warm family atmosphere where faculty and staff model “teaching as Jesus did,” each child will be nurtured to reach his/her God-given potential and to live out Gospel values in one global family. The school closed in June 2012. The building was damaged by fire on January 16, 2015.

Sr. Marie Cordata Kelly, 80

It is with great sadness that we learned that Sister Cordata passed away on Wednesday June 19, 2019 in Watertown.

Our hearts are hurting but the time and love that she shared with us is in our hearts. Sr. Marie Cordata Kelly, 80, Sisters of St. Joseph passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at Rochester General Hospital.

[03/14/19]   We know and feel that St Mary’s Academy is still so special in our hearts.
Why is that, you ask?
For me, because there was chaos in my life as a child, this was a safe place, where I was loved and accepted for who I was and given a chance to grow into the best I could be with God’s guidance.

Sister Cordata and the teachers/staff got that. Thank you so much!!

Remembering St Mary’s Acadamy

Like it was yesterday...

Congratulations and thank you Sister Cordata for your 60 years of service!!! We miss seeing you, but you are in our thoughts and prayers.

[05/28/17]   Sunday May 28th, 2017 is the date for this year's St Mary's Annual bazaar! The weather is supposed to be perfect!!! Drop by for some fun, food and celebration!!!

[05/27/16]   This weekend is the Annual St Mary's bazaar!!!

Tonight through May 29, 2016.

We hope to see you there!!!

Today is Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week!

Follow our Pope on Instagram @Franciscus

His first post is below!

[09/29/15]   It is on days like this, with everyone back in school, that I remember the children, teachers and parents living the love and blessings that we all felt at St. Mary's Academy!!!

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, relax and feel that again in your heart!!!

samuel de champlain history center

There is a St. Mary's Academy exhibit on display at the Samuel de Champlain History Center located at 202 Elm Street in Champlain, NY, which is open to the public through the fall of 2015.

The current hours are Mondays from 10 AM to 6 PM and by appointment outside of that. The exhibit if free, but donations are welcome.

On display are material like the original school bell, school stuff and lots of photos, including pictures from most yearbooks taken between 1939 and 1969 that are on display as a slideshow.

Please drop by and enjoy!!!

They are looking for any photos of the Sisters sitting in the balcony above the gym during sports events. If you have this photo, please share it with us.

[02/11/15]   Check out "A Tribute to St Mary's Academy" Facebook Group!

What a great way to remember / celebrate St Mary's Academy!!!

[02/10/15]   Celebrate St. Mary's Academy!!!

Today while getting my car repaired, Ron, who graduated from the high school in 1967 said "It is such a shame that the school burned down, it touched the hearts of so many people! When I win the $450 million dollar Powerball lottery next week, I will rebuild that school 10 times over with my winnings!"

Thank you Ron for celebrating St. Mary's Academy!!!

[02/03/15]   Celebrate St. Mary's Academy!!!

Last night, three strangers showed up in the same restaurant in Chazy, NY, but they were not strangers, they all had St. Mary's Academy in common and remembered the wonderful time there.

One person had gone there till Grade 6 and is now an elementary school teacher in the area. She remembered Sister Mary Ann as principal.

The second had graduated in 1961 from St. Mary's Academy when it was a high school!

The third had seen his children graduate from St. Mary's Academy less than 10 years ago.

All had nothing but fond and great memories about St Mary's Academy.

What a wonder place and such a positive impact on so many lives!!!

Share your story...

Celebrate St. Mary's Academy!!!

[01/17/15]   It is with great sadness that we learn that there was a major fire at St Mary's Academy school building in Champlain, NY that started just before 7 PM on Friday January 16, 2015.

See pictures taken by Chris Gosselin

Our hearts are heavy as we remember how important this school was to our lives. People from all over were influenced in such a positive way in this building for over 100 years as students, teachers (including nuns and priests), administration, parents, families and the community.

Please feel free to express your thoughts.

Pope Francis Time "Person of the Year" for 2013. What a wonderful inspiration he is to everyone!!!

Feinberg Park Sister Cordata's Going Away Party

Photos from Feinberg Park on July 14, 2013 with former students and staff

Photos from Feinberg Park on July 14, 2013 with former students and staff

Teachers from St Mary's Academy celebrating Sister Cordata

[07/10/13]   It is with sadness that we learned that Father Delbel passed away this morning. Please keep him in your prayers, for the love and dedication he showed through is years at St Mary's Church. God's Blessings Father and thank you for your dedication!

St Mary's Annual Bazaar which started on Saturday will be extended until Monday afternoon this year to account for the rain All events planned for Sunday are still taking place as scheduled

Let's show our support and love for St Mary's!!!

[10/23/12]   Loving and forgiving...

These are the two essential things that were heard as part of a sermon recently. We are here on earth to love and to forgive.

I know these things take time and hopefully those who felt devastated by the closing of St Mary's Academy, can move forward in the healing process and start working on "forgiving". If forgiving is too difficult, just wish onto others what you wish for yourself.

As Sister Cordata says, "Let it go. Otherwise, it will eat you up."

God's blessings!

[09/06/12]   September 6, 2012 marks the first time in over 100 years that St Mary's Academy will not be welcoming students for the new school year. Please keep the children who will not live the miracle of this school in your heart and prayers. God's blessings.

[07/19/12]   There will be a meeting tonight, July 19th at 6:30 PM, to discuss a new Catholic K - 6 school in the area. The goal of the meeting is to confirm people's interest and intent relating to enrollment and funding. The meeting will take place at the Presbeterian church in Chazy, NY about 10 minutes south (driving) of St Mary's Academy. Take US Route 9 South from Champlain to the town of Chazy. Turn left on Miner Farm road. The church is on the left at 620 Miner Farm Road across the street from the Chazy Central Rural School. The meeting should take about an hour. All who are interested are welcome.

[07/11/12]   How much would you give as a donation to keep St Mary's Academy open? Would you give that money to help open a charter school for September if St Mary's Church refuses to let us open? Father Delbel said that if we raised $1,000,000 (One million dollars), we could keep the school open. Let us know how you could help?

[07/07/12]   Let's remember that tremendous school, faith, education and love that has been St Mary's Academy for over 100 years. In each of our hearts are memories and life lessons that we learned by being part of this school. Let's celebrate the dedication of the principal, faculty, parents and community in making this experience possible for the children. Thank you and God Bless!!!

Parents Fight School Closing North Country parents are angry that The St. Mary's Academy in Champlain, New York is closing.

St. Mary's School closing

Here is an article in the Press Republican. CHAMPLAIN — After years of financial struggle, St. Mary's School in Champlain will not open this fall. Seventy students will now be looking for a new

[07/05/12]   There will be a meeting with Father on Friday, the 6th @ 4pm in the Church. PLEASE attend, with your children if possible.

[07/03/12]   Please keep St Mary's Academy, St Mary's church, the children, the faculty and the families in your prayers as we go through a difficult period. We will be communicating with everyone directly in the coming days as events unfold related to the status of the school.

God's blessings.

2011 - 2012 School Events

These are photos taken during the 2011 - 2012 school year by parents and friends of St Mary's Academy. Enjoy!!!

These are photos taken during the 2011 - 2012 school year by parents and friends of St Mary's Academy. Enjoy!!!

[05/28/12]   Who won the raffle prizes??

Bazaar May 2012

May 25 - 27, 2012 Bazaar photos

May 25 - 27, 2012 Bazaar photos

St. Mary's Bazaar kicks off tonight

Article in the Press Republican about the Bazaar! Colorful sights, joyous sounds and alluring smells are sure to fill the air in Champlain this weekend, as St. Mary's Academy hosts its 47th-annual baz

We are expecting fantastic weather this weekend for the Annual St. Mary's Bazaar on Saturday May 26th and Sunday 27th!!! Make plans to attend the Auction, try the games/rides, watch the parade and have FUN!!!

This is the biggest community event in the area so come and be part of it!!!

[05/04/12]   Raffle update: Ticket sales are already very close to the number needed to ensure that the new Ford Focus SE is raffled off, so be sure to get in on the action. You can see the car parked in front of the rectory.

[05/04/12]   Congratulations to Daniel Morris, the winner of the Early Bird part of this year's raffle!

[04/21/12]   Attention Quebec families thinking of sending their children to St Mary's Academy in September, there will be a meeting at the Napierville, Quebec bowling alley at 7 PM on Monday April 23, 2012.

We will discuss logistics, ride sharing arrangements and answer any questions parents might have. This meeting will be held in French (en français)!

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