My years at the Mount have truly been the best of my life. Before I began my journey at the Academy, I was always the girl who dreaded school. I walked into middle school every day with a knot in my stomach and my head held low. I was constantly scared to see what the day had in store for me. I had accepted this anxiety and shyness as part of my identity. It was the part I hated the most. But the Mount changed everything for me.
Mrs. Wendy Barreto and Mr. Joseph Barreto, Parents of Kayla '22 and Bianca '25
Being part of the Mount community has been and will continue to be both an honor and a privilege for our family. Our oldest daughter Kayla was a 2022 graduate and our youngest daughter Bianca will graduate in 2025. As we reflect on their journeys through high school, our family is filled with gratitude and a sense of accomplishment. With the guidance from Sister Lisa and the entire Mount staff, these transformative years have shaped them into the young women they are today.
One thing I have discovered from my four years attending the Mount is that it is a special place full of unique opportunities, committed support, and passionate community members. With supportive faculty who truly care about the success of each and every one of their students, I was able to thrive in an environment where I can grow my confidence and interests while also being pushed and challenged to succeed. Having a smaller class size allowed me to ask questions and my teachers were always willing to help me outside of class when needed. Together, with smaller class sizes and an abundance of clubs and activities to join, there is something for everyone to get involved in. This also creates a multitude of leadership opportunities that are harder to find in other schools.
My experience at the Mount has been nothing short of amazing. I am extremely grateful for Mount Saint Mary community. It has helped me to form lifelong relationships and has provided me with rare opportunities that can’t be found at other schools. For example, my Euro Challenge team competed in the national competition and came in first place this year! We are one of the few schools in the area that participate and we won a trip to Washington, DC to visit the International Monetary Fund, the Italian and Latvian embassies, and the Treasury.
Mrs. Joie Piderit Morrison, Mother of Mary '15 and Theresa '24
Genuinely devoted to developing the whole person, the Mount is unique. I have seven children. My oldest daughter, Mary, graduated from the Mount in 2015 and my sixth child, Theresa, will graduate in 2024. Each flourished in different ways, depending on their individual talents. A Mount education is structured to help each student identify their strengths and pursue them - whether it be in sports, academics, service, student government, spirituality, music, or other interests.
Lesley Anne and Garrett Ferris, Mother of Margaret '22 and Katherine '24
My family has had the privilege of being part of the Mount community for six years. Our daughter, Margaret, is a Class of 2022 graduate who currently attends the University of Notre Dame. In my heart, I can say with conviction that had it not been for the incredible guidance of Administration and the stellar faculty at Mount, Margaret would not be there today. At college, she is very involved in student life and attributes this to her time at Mount.
The Mount is a place where you can strive to be your truest self. It has helped me grow as a person and as a student, pushing me to be my best self. The Mount empowers me to be kind, honest, and ambitious; and the sisterhood of the school builds us into merciful and considerate young women.
Erika Parisse Demetrick '89, former Board of Trustee member
The Mount provided me with the opportunity to develop a strong voice that paved the way for success in the male-dominated environment when I attended RPI. I was not intimidated to ask questions and voice my opinions. I have also applied the Mercy Core Values by serving others in the workplace, through volunteerism, and in my relationships. What you learn at Mount Saint Mary Academy is carried with you throughout your whole life. The seeds are planted here.
I cannot fully express the tremendous amount of gratitude I have towards the Mount, giving me the opportunity to succeed academically and personally. I have the privilege to say that the Mount has been both a blessing and a valuable experience like no other. The unity between students, support given by faculty, and endless opportunities have shaped me to be the successful young woman I am today. I remember the moment when I was a young girl, and my parents were driving by the mount, explaining to me importance and impact this would have towards my future, and from seeing all the wonders of the Mount, I fell in love.
Mr. Timothy Bialecki, Father of Samantha Bialecki '21
As a parent of a very recent graduate, I would like to extend my deepest heartfelt thank you for the fabulous education that you provided to my daughter. She is doing splendidly at an academically rigorous and very selective university.
Dr. Juanita J. Daly, Mother of Zoe Daly '24 and Mackenzie Daly '26
I have always been a proponent of public school education. My mother was a school teacher and my father served on the board of education. My siblings and I were public school educated and we are all very successful in large part due to our parents’ expectations and involvement, our academic performance and extra-curricular activities. I did not seriously consider a parochial high school education for my children until they were in middle school. Being exposed to other parents who made that choice for their children and witnessing their success, my husband and I decided this was the right path for our family.
In 2019, I was an eighth-grade student, eager but unsure about the four years ahead of me. Would I be able to thrive academically? Take part in extracurriculars I felt passionate about? Make new friends? That fall, I toured Mount’s picturesque campus at the annual open house. As I heard poised, well-spoken students share the ways their high school choice changed their lives for the better, the boxes next to my three questions were checked, and I fell in love with all Mount Saint Mary had to offer.