St. Mary Academy – Bay View

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St. Mary Academy - Bay View
Address
3070 Pawtucket Avenue
Riverside (East Providence), Rhode Island, 02915
United States
Coordinates 41°47′25″N 71°21′50″W / 41.79028°N 71.36389°W / 41.79028; -71.36389Coordinates: 41°47′25″N 71°21′50″W / 41.79028°N 71.36389°W / 41.79028; -71.36389
Information
Type Private, all-girls, college preparatory
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1874
President Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis
Asst. Principal Cecelia Pate, Upper School
Grades PK12
Enrollment 696 (2013-2014)
Campus size 20 acres (81,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue and Gold
Slogan "Nothing is more beneficial to society than the education of women." - Catherine McAuley
Mascot Bengal Tiger
Team name the Bay View Bengals
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Publication Bay View Today Magazine
Yearbook 'The McAuleyan'
Website

St. Mary Academy – Bay View is an all-girls Catholic School, serving girls and young women from pre-school through grade twelve. Bay View is located in Riverside, Rhode Island. It was founded by the Religious Sisters of Mercy in 1874. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.

History[edit]

St. Mary Academy – Bay View was founded in 1874 by the Sisters of Mercy.

Bay View, welcoming all learners regardless of faith or tradition, continues to uphold the philosophy of the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, whose special concern was the education of young women. This academic community also believes that the content of Christian education includes the message revealed by God as proclaimed by the Catholic Church, unity with the Holy Spirit, and service to those who are experiencing any human need.

The faculty attempts to develop intellectual strength, social consciousness, personal responsibility, and spiritual awareness in each student. As the young woman matures, she is encouraged to assume more responsibility for her own educational development and to channel her energies in ways that will contribute to the humanization of society.

The school fosters communication with parents in an effort to encourage the total development of the student and to help the family address the problems of young people in today’s world. The cooperation of parents is essential to this endeavor. St. Mary Academy-Bay View strives to provide programs that will excite and challenge students of the 21st century as women who can shape their own lives and who will exert leadership in their professions and in the world in which they live.

In the spring of 1991, the United States Department of Education recognized St. Mary Academy-Bay View as a Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence and the school was renewed as a Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence in 2002.[2]

Campus[edit]

The St. Mary Academy – Bay View campus is 20 acres (81,000 m2) found on Pawtucket Avenue in Riverside, Rhode Island. There are four buildings: St. Joseph Hall, Mercy Hall, McAuley Hall, and the Athletic Wellness Center.

Traditions[edit]

At Bay view Academy the girls go to mass, go to retreats, and many more religious and fun activities.

Spirit Week[edit]

Spirit Week takes place in late September/early October and throughout the week, the Middle and Upper School students wear accessories of their class color and participate in various fun activities.

Newcomers' Welcome is the last day of spirit week. Each class dresses in their assigned colors (Upper School: blue, green, pink, and red; Middle School: purple, yellow, and orange). Seniors wear clothing that they tie-dyed at a previous party. Out of respect and tradition, only seniors wear tie-dye. The Upperclasswomen put on skits.

Athletics[edit]

2004: Division I Swim, State Champions; Cross Country, 4th in State
2005: Women's Hockey, State Champions
2006: Division I Basketball, State Champions
2007: Division I Swim, State Champions; Division I Basketball, State Runner-up; Division I Softball, State Champions; Division II Soccer, State Champions

Manhattan at the Bay[edit]

Since 1983, the Bay View Players of St. Mary Academy – Bay View have been performing a cabaret show at the school's annual Manhattan at the Bay event. The show is the main attraction for this fundraising event, with all of the proceeds going directly to the school. Over 100 St. Mary Academy – Bay View students participate in the performance as singers, dancers or members of the technical crew. A small number of male students from local high schools supplement the cast. The show is directed by the school's Fine Arts faculty and supported by parent volunteers. Students help build the sets and run the lighting and sound during the show. Manhattan at the Bay includes six performances of the cabaret over one weekend, typically the last weekend of April or the first weekend of May. In addition, supplemental fundraising events are held on campus throughout the weekend.

The Manhattan at the Bay cabaret production has contributed to St. Mary Academy – Bay View's reputation as one of the top theatre programs in the state. The Bay View Players have received numerous awards at the state Drama Festival over the years. They have performed at the Providence Performing Arts Center, the now-defunct Warwick Musical Theatre, and the American School in Paris. The St. Mary Academy – Bay View Chamber Choir has also received considerable recognition: the group has performed in Italy and appeared as the backing choir for shows at the Providence Performing Arts Center, including the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and for singers Judy Collins and Clay Aiken.

In 2013, Manhattan at the Bay and the Bay View Players Cabaret celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Cabaret.

Notable alumnae[edit]

Bay View in Fiction[edit]

Bay View was referred to on the show, Brotherhood (2006 TV series), when a character's daughter attended, "St. Mary's Academy at the Bay View." The portion of the show which occurred at "St. Mary's Academy at the Bay View" was filmed at Bay View.

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