Hello! My name is Aimee Lynn Bell, and I have been working at St. Mary's School for the Deaf for ten years. After teaching here for seven years, I became an Associate Principal; this will be my fourth school year in this position. I currently supervise the Middle School and High School Programs, Audiology Clinic, and the Educational & Auditory Resources for Sound (EARS) Program at the Early Childhood level. I am grateful to work in a school community that feels like a second home. The students and staff at St. Mary's are second to none! Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in learning more about our programs and offerings, or if you would like a tour of our school.
"Deaf people can do anything, except hear."
- I. King Jordan, first deaf president of Gallaudet University
Programs and Curriculum
The Secondary Program at St. Mary's offers a wide-range of programs and courses. Student schedules are tailored to their individual skills and interests as much as possible. Program and curriculum offerings include:
- American Sign Language (ASL) and Language Enrichment Curriculum
- Arts Program
- Computers and Technology Program
- Deaf Studies Curriculum
- Drama Program
- High School Curriculum
- Middle School Curriculum
- Music Program
- Physical Education Program
- Special Needs Achievement Program (SNAP)
- Transition Program
- Work Experience Program
Depending on individual needs and goals, students at St. Mary's have access to New York State Regents classes and exams that lead to a NYS Regents Diploma or Local Diploma, New York State Alternate Assessments (NYSAA) that lead to a Skills Achievement Commencement Credential (SACC), as well as courses that fulfill requirements for the Career Development & Occupational Studies (CDOS) commencement credential. Some of our students who take the NYSAA are enrolled in our Special Needs Achievement Program (SNAP), which focuses on everyday language use, consumer skills, and independent living skills. All students who graduate from St. Mary's are prepared to follow their individual pathways, whether it be attending college, entering the workforce, or moving into assisted or independent living homes. This diverse population makes St. Mary's the warm, rich, welcoming, and inclusive community that it is.