About Our School

Mission Statement

The students at the Marie Curie Institute will be successful, critical thinkers and real world problem solvers, who can effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas.

Overview of School

Named for the famous scientist whose investigations led to treatments for cancer more than 100 years ago, students here learn how to combine their powers of observation with practical problem-solving skills. With an emphasis on engineering – which is the use of knowledge to solve problems – and communications skills, students at the Marie Curie Institute learn to be critical thinkers and real-world problem solvers who can effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas.

Students get hands-on technology and communications training in the school’s state-of-the-art Macintosh computer lab and through the school TV station and newspaper.

Visual arts, band and music are offered during the school day. Invention Convention, a robotics club, a garden club and the Advantage After School program provide students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in real-world settings outside the school day.

School Hours

PreK through fifth-grade students attend school from 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

  • Half Day – Early Dismissal Time: 11:40 a.m.

History of School

Marie Curie Eastside Elementary School was built in 1975 as an open-concept school. The original mascot was the Polish Falcon in honor of the school’s namesake, Marie Curie.

During the summer of 1996, the building was completely renovated, replacing the open-concept structure with more traditional classrooms. At that time, the students chose a new school mascot, the Marie Curie Wildcat.

In 2007, our school became the district’s second magnet school – Marie Curie Institute of Engineering & Communications.

Belief Statements

  • Everyone is capable of learning
  • Education is a shared responsibility.
  • Everyone is responsible for his/her own actions.
  • Everyone deserves to learn in a safe environment.
  • Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Learning is a life-long process.
  • Everyone has self-worth which needs to be nurtured to build self-respect and dignity.
  • Everyone’s behavior affects those around them.

School Improvement Plan

The Greater Amsterdam School District  prepares every student to graduate from high school college and career ready. 

One way in which we are working to achieve that is through Marie Curie Institute’s Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP ), a unique plan, refined annually, that defines a school’s targeted work to raise achievement for all of its students. These plans are the driving force behind the district’s Theory of Action in our district’s Strategic Plan.

This plan is mandated by New York state to appear on the district website.

Clubs & Activities

The following clubs and activities are available at Marie Curie Institute:

  • Just Run
  • Orff Ensemble
  • Fifth grade band
  • School Garden Club
  • Art Club

School Supplies List

Code of Conduct & Dress Code

The purpose of this document is to provide a plain language summary of the Greater Amsterdam School District’s Code of Conduct to parents, students, school personnel and community members. This summary is a guide regarding students’ rights and responsibilities.

Student’s dress code is also included in the code.