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Aug. 31, 2022

Lake Placid – As Lake Placid’s only early elementary learning center, St. Agnes School meets the academic, social, and developmental needs of young students whose parents want their children’s first school experiences to be great ones.

This year, St. Agnes will enroll over 100 students in Pre-K 3 through grade three and offer a robust curriculum that includes accelerated learning opportunities in technology, literacy, math, music, foreign language, and art.

St. Agnes also offers a unique program called GAP, which is funded in large part by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. GAP ensures that students’ growth is meaningfully assessed over the course of the year and that educational and therapeutic services are available to all students who would benefit from support.

The 2022-23 school year will begin on September 6, following St. Agnes’ 9-week SPARK (STEM, Play, Art & Recreation for Kids) Camp, which enrolled 75 campers per week.

“Our campers had a great summer,” says Catherine Bemis, who has served as principal for 12 years. “We are fortunate to have use of the Julian Reiss Foundation camp property about a mile from the school. It is a beautiful wilderness setting for full days of traditional camp activities, rain or shine.”

Meanwhile, on its campus, St. Agnes School undertook an electrical upgrade to make its building more efficient, safe, and able to support the needs of a modern, 12-month educational facility. The school also installed an outdoor learning space, one that includes perennial and butterfly gardens, a sensory path, and an open-air classroom.

“The start of the school year is always an exciting time,” Bemis explains, “both for children and for parents. To ease the summer to fall transition – and over the course of the year – there are many opportunities for parents to become part of the life of the school. We look forward to welcoming everyone very soon.”

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