Why STCS/Walsh

Providing Students the Tools to Pave their Path to Success 

At STCS/Walsh, we host a nurturing and safe environment where educators are committed to academic achievement as well as social success. Our purpose is to develop confident leaders and lifelong learners who will thrive throughout their lifetime. Each day, our dedicated teachers inspire a love of learning and ensure each student maximizes his or her potential.

All dimensions of the school (administration, faculty, students and families) make every effort to bring to reality the following:

  • A deep reverence for the unique giftedness of each person.
  • An appreciation of the traditions of all ethnic cultures with an expectation of mutual respect.
  • An environment that provides character development and responsible citizenship.
  • A policy of effective social action which is intended to bring about peace and justice in the larger community.
  • A place of stability in a challenging world.

What makes STCS/Walsh Different?

Individualized Learning

In addition to outstanding academics and small class sizes, Walsh elevates the learning experience by creating an environment which cultivates discovery, critical thinking, and personal growth. Through this individualized learning, students can Pave their Path to success.

Enrichment and remediation are offered to K-4 students by a dedicated AIS (Academic Intervention Services) teacher.  That is a significant difference from other area school offerings where additional enrichment is not mandated. 

Three (3) times per year, students in grades K-8 take the NWEA MAP Tests (https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/ ).  Teachers use the data to individualize learning plans for students and shape instruction in the classroom.   

Academic Excellence

Year after year, Walsh|STCS International Baccalaureate students perform at superior levels in academics. This is achieved by Walsh teachers and educational experts collaborating on the best teaching practices, advanced curriculum, extracurricular programs, and engaging educational technology.

100% of Walsh students graduate.

94% attend college.

Walsh/STCS is the only International Baccalaureate World School within 100 miles of Olean NY.


Vibrant, Safe, and Diverse Environment

Our diverse school provides a safe environment where all members of our community show respect and kindness to one another and protect and honor each other’s rights, dignity, and individual differences.

Walsh students respect other cultures, religions, and traditions, and that respect for others benefits them throughout their lives. Diverse backgrounds include Asian, Middle Eastern, Native American, Hispanic, African American and European.  Families consistently applaud the schools for welcoming students of faiths other than Catholic.  Families who share their preferences range from Protestant, Christian, Native American, Hindu, Muslim and those who are unaffiliated with a named faith.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Students participate in a variety of after-school clubs and team sports. The small class size allows for a position or place for each student on every team as well as actual experience. Students report attempting a sport or activity they would not have tried in a school where their effort might be decried for lack of natural talent. Walsh creates an encouraging environment where students may explore new interests inside and outside the classroom.


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