Head of School Welcome

We are all about girls.

Everything we do at Saint Mary’s is focused on the development of young women at one of the most critical stages of their lives. Saint Mary’s students find their voice, advocate for themselves, fail, succeed, engage in their learning, discover new friendships, compete, enhance their strengths, and follow their passion. Sound exciting? You bet it is!

For over 175 years, Saint Mary’s has been educating young women, providing them with an outstanding academic experience in an Episcopal community fortified by sound principles of honor, integrity, civility and fellowship. Of course, those 175 years provide an amazing array of traditions and sense of place. The academic advancement of each individual student is of utmost importance at Saint Mary’s, as is the development of character in each young woman at the school. Living in a supportive community of trust empowers girls to take risks, overcome challenges, develop confidence and establish deep friendships that last a lifetime.

Opportunity awaits our girls on every inch of our campus. Scholars, athletes, artists, actors, musicians, dancers, singers – everyone finds a home here because all their talents are needed to make the school come alive. And, many girls discover new talents and interests they never knew they had. Perhaps uncovering a hidden talent is the most rewarding experience for a young woman at Saint Mary’s. In addition, leadership opportunities abound as girls serve as student government leaders, prefects, judicial committee members, marshals, student ambassadors and captains. Situated in the heart of thriving downtown Raleigh, N.C., our girls have access to real-world experiences, internship opportunities and a rich cultural environment. Our graduates leave Saint Mary’s with a portfolio of experiences which will enable them to flourish in their next school environment, continue on a path of servant leadership, and take on any obstacles that may attempt to hinder their progress.

We would welcome the opportunity to introduce you to our school community. Come see us. We are confident you will witness firsthand the advantages of a single-gender educational experience when you visit our impressive campus. What’s holding you back?

We look forward to seeing you soon at 900 Hillsborough Street.

Warmest regards,


Brendan J. O’Shea
Head of School


Head of School
Brendan J. O'Shea

Saint Mary’s students find their voice, advocate for themselves, fail, succeed, engage in their learning, discover new friendships, compete, enhance their strengths, and follow their passion. Sound exciting? You bet it is!

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