Award Year: 2022

Mount Alvernia Academy

20 Manet Road
Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467-1018

(617) 527-7540

Mrs. Barbara Plunkett, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Mary Ferrucci, Current Principal

Archdiocese of Boston

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To educate and nurture students in a challenging academic environment to become lifelong learners and responsible Christians in the Franciscan spirit.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 7%
Faith | Education | Scholars | Community

Faith | Education | Scholars | Community

Grounded in Catholic faith and Franciscan charism, Mount Alvernia Academy (MAA) educates students spiritually, academically, and morally to be lifelong learners who share their gifts with others. The recipient of its second National Blue Ribbon School Award, MAA continually strives for improvement. Having an appreciation of the uniqueness of all students, MAA's curriculum is rigorous, providing a strong foundation while promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students are encouraged by faculty who use a variety of tools to meet their needs-Chromebooks, iPads, SmartBoards, Google classroom, various websites, and applications as well as differentiated instruction, primary and middle-school science labs, challenges, and contests.

To build the habits of a good student, MAA offers small group instruction in reading and math, project-based learning in social studies and science, as well as a comprehensive reading program. Religion is integrated in all curriculum areas. Individualized support is provided to those who need accommodations through the school's learning specialist. MAA students have received recognition for science work from the Christa McAuliffe Center (Framingham State University) to the Massachusetts State House. Working collaboratively, thinking critically, and solving problems, students are using skills promoting success for today and tomorrow. Despite pandemic challenges, MAA remained strong offering in-person instruction. The community's strength was seen in this valiant effort. All stakeholders-Franciscan Sisters, Board, faculty, staff, families, students, and alumni-saw the opportunity to live the Mission. A positive force, the community champions, celebrates, and inspires each other. A bright future starts at MAA!