Growing Catholic school gets new space

"Our goal is not to push the child any more than they need to be," said Emirzian.

Children in the half-day, 3-year-old program start to learn Spanish through songs and by first grade are able to read and write basic Spanish, Maddalone said.

There is a single class for each grade level, according to Emirzian, as well as an after-school program providing for student enrichment.

According to Maddalone, the majority of students have returned to the school all three years.

"Parents see the difference in their children," Emirzian said.

After a visit to Rome and to see the Pope, Maddalone, who put 13 of her own children through Catholic school, said she felt it was a calling to open the school.

Upon returning, she conducted an informal survey and found that there was a need for Catholic education in Clifton Park.

There are three other Catholic schools in the Capital District, according to Maddalone.

All full-day programs cost $3,500 while the 3-year-old half-day program is $2,500.

Mother Theresa Academy is a nonprofit organization and does not receive funding from the Archdiocese.

They will hold a golf tournament on Sept. 11, at the Fairways of Halfmoon.

Online registration for the event can be found at the school's Web site, www.cliftonpark.org/motherteresa/ or by calling 857-2288.""

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