Academic Programs

Below you'll see the highlights and goals for each academic department, as they apply from preschool through grade 12.

To request a copy of the Upper and Middle School program of studies, please contact Principal, Ms. Colleen Gribbin, at or Director of Student Services, Ms. Karen Richards, at

For more information on Lower School curriculum (preschool through grade five), please contact Principal, Ms. Margaret Cummings at


Technology isn’t just one department offering a variety of classes.

It’s a way of life.

Bay View's technology team is committed to ensuring that each student succeeds now and in the future. Students begin learning with iPads, Apple TVs, desktop computers and the interactive whiteboard from the very beginning, at age three in the Sprouts program. They progress with skills for Microsoft Office, Google for Education, Adobe Photoshop, Lego Mindstorms NXT for robotics, and a plethora of apps for learning.

Technology curriculum requirements ensure that all students possess the skills, values and competencies that are required to be productive members of the twenty-first century, and offerings include computer forensics, digital art and design, engineering and desktop publishing.

Specific questions about technology integration at Bay View? Contact Eric Laffey, Director of Technology, at or at 401.434.0113 ext.127


Teaching and experiencing science is built on the students’ curiosity and creativity. The science department fosters individuals who are science literate and confident. The science program is designed to encourage and prepare the students to face the scientific and ethical challenges of the global community. Students develop and apply critical thinking, analytical thinking and problem solving skills as they integrate their knowledge of science with other disciplines. The overall focus is for students to acquire proficiency with the use of scientific language, concepts, materials and tools of current technology.

Specific questions about science curriculum at Bay View? Contact Sheila Rolland, Science Department Chair, at


Mathematics courses help all students develop as problem solvers and critical thinkers. By encouraging the skillful use of logical reasoning, teachers instill in students the ability to employ numeracy as a means of communication. Focus is also on deepening the thoughtful understanding of many situations from a mathematical perspective in other areas of study, such as the sciences, economics or sports.

At every level of instruction, careful attention is paid to designing a mathematics program geared toward each student’s needs and abilities as she progresses towards graduation. Starting with counting and cardinality in preschool and kindergarten, Lower School students progress to operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in base ten, measurements and data, and geometry in first and second grade. In third, fourth and fifth grade, numbers and operations in fractions are added, with skills increasing in complexity as students progress.

In Middle School, sixth grade focuses on ratios and proportional relationships, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, statistics and probability. In seventh grade, some students begin the study of algebra, while others continue with the above topics. In eighth grade, students study either pre-algebra or complete the algebra I course, equivalent to the algebra I course in the Upper School.

The Upper School offers a variety of leveled classes from Algebra to AP Statistics, ensuring that a broad college-prep mathematics curriculum is available to all students for four years.

Specific questions about mathematics curriculum at Bay View Academy? Contact Patricia Lindley, Mathematics Department Chair, at

English and Language Arts

English and Language Arts courses provide students with the skills to grow as readers and writers as well as to become critical thinkers who are able to clearly articulate their ideas.

This begins in the pre-school and continues increasing in age-appropriate complexity throughout Middle School. Reading comprehension skills and strategies help students to understand complex texts not only in literature but also across the disciplines. Emphasis on the writing process throughout the curriculum teaches students to organize and express their thoughts clearly, creatively and convincingly.

An essential component of the English and Language Arts program is to help students understand the world they live in by exposing them to different cultures and historical periods through diverse reading selections. All courses aim to develop strategies for comprehending, interpreting, analyzing, evaluating and appreciating a wide range of print and non-print media, both traditional and modern.

Specific questions about English and language arts curriculum at Bay View Academy? Contact Sister Carol Jussaume, English Department Chair, at

History and Social Sciences

The goal of the History and Social Sciences Department is to foster student understanding of the political, diplomatic, cultural, legal and environmental movements of the past and their connection to today’s world. Students gain an awareness of and concern for current issues that challenge the global community. Lower School students concentrate on the United States while Middle School students study the Ancient World, Medieval Times, Africa and Asia and History of the United States until the Civil War. Upper School students study Modern World History, United States History and may choose from a number of varied electives, such as Women in American History and Powerbrokers of the 20th Century.

Specific questions about history and social sciences curriculum at Bay View Academy? Contact Lee Haines, History and Social Sciences Department Chair, at


The courses in religious education at St. Mary Academy - Bay View seek to educate young women in a manner modeled after Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy. Students are guided in their faith journey to deepen their relationship with God and in so doing to discover the beauty and dignity of their person and all persons of the human family and of all creation.

Understanding God as the source and core of all things, we educate on behalf of mercy and justice, bringing to the classroom a global perspective with an appreciation of diversity. The response to such a deepening understanding is service, the manifestation of a life centered in LOVE.

Religious education is a part of daily life at the Academy, from the gathering of the Lower School for prayer in the garden to all-academy Masses and liturgies. Each class throughout the day begins with prayer and the Mercy traditions continue after the bell. Clubs like the Friends of Mercy and Peer Ministers promote the values of service, compassion and faith.

Specific questions about theology curriculum at Bay View Academy? Contact Dr. Pauline Sullivan Theology Department Chair, at

World Languages

Bay View’s World Languages Department endeavors to prepare young women for the challenges and opportunities of the global community of the twenty-first century.

As a result, we offer Spanish classes to students beginning at age 3. In grade 8 students have the choice to continue their Spanish studies or to begin the study of another language, including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French.

While students are required to take only three years of the same language in Upper School in order to graduate, most students take a language for four years. Additionally, many students choose to take a second language during their last two years of Upper School. Very strong language students and students who take a placement test because of their cultural background or prior language experience usually graduate having completed an AP course in one or in two languages.

As a school with a dedicated Confucius Classroom, Chinese is offered at Bay View to Lower School students as part of the After School Program and is offered to Middle School students as workshops throughout the school year.

Specific questions about world languages curriculum at Bay View Academy? Contact Vera Keller, World Languages Department Chair, at

Physical Education and Health

Physical Education consists of a whole range of activities that allows each student to realize a measure of success and pride in her performance.

Each student is encouraged to develop her own level of skills. These skills start at the Pre-Kindergarten level and gradually increase in ability and complexity each year while the student is assisted in acquiring the values of cooperation, teamwork and a healthy lifestyle.

It is the goal of the Physical Education/Health Department to nurture in each student the self-esteem which develops from being in one’s best physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual condition and the understanding that personal choices exert a powerful influence on total wellness. Students will demonstrate health literacy and a commitment to lifelong wellness with the knowledge, techniques and strategies provided for making healthy choices.

Specific questions about physical education and health curriculum at Bay View Academy? Contact Carol Beaudette, Physical Education Department Chair, at

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program challenges students at every level to develop their creative thinking skills, as well as the technical skills necessary for effective visual communication and problem solving.

The Lower School art program works in conjunction with RISD to enrich the students' understanding of artistic techniques as well as to expose them to the great artists. Middle School and Upper School students are instructed on the elements and principles of design and guided through the design process with the goal of becoming independent decision makers.

All students are welcome to explore, create, and appreciate art - no “talent” required! If a student expresses interest in a creative career when they move into the Upper School they are directed to the four year program geared toward helping them develop a portfolio for college applications. The strong support for the creative programs at Bay View Academy has led to college acceptances at many prestigious Art and Design schools.

Specific questions about visual arts curriculum at Bay View Academy? Contact Mary Jane Andreozzi, Visual Arts Department Chair, at

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts curriculum at Bay View gives students the opportunity to share their talents with others through performance mediums in the areas of Choral, Theatre, Technical Theatre, Dance and Orchestra. Students learn the importance of interacting with one another through on-going study of the craft for creative expression. All Lower School students benefit from music classes, starting with vocal instruction and progressing to “introduction to instruments.”

Middle and Upper School Orchestras, Junior Chamber, Chamber Choir, the fall musical production and the spring “Cabaret” production, allow students of all ages to perform as soloists and members of an ensemble. Additionally, Bay View’s Annex serves as a professional quality scene and costume shop where students are able to design, create and build through our Technical Theatre program. These programs are supported by a rich curriculum that spans from Piano Keyboard and Music Theory, to Theatre and Choral.

Specific questions about performing arts curriculum at Bay View Academy? Contact Ms. Christine Kavanagh, Performing Arts Department Chair, at

…No work of charity can be more productive of good to society, or more conducive to the happiness of the poor, than the careful instruction of women since whatever be the station they are destined to fill, their example and their advice will always possess influence.

Catherine McAuley,
Founder of the Sisters of Mercy