Our Programs

Saint Mary’s School is an interconnected community where intentional and collaborative teaching and learning promote critical thinking about the world.

Teachers challenge you — as you and your fellow students challenge each other — to examine ideas in new ways. Students at Saint Mary's are expected to question, to debate, to probe, to defend. You learn to voice your opinions with confidence.

An interdisciplinary approach ensures that no subject exists in isolation at Saint Mary’s School. Courses are interwoven so that students understand the links between different areas of study. Teachers and students in World Studies, Western Studies and American Studies classes make all sorts of connections among literature, history, art and other aspects of the cultures they study.

Here the faculty know that learning has no boundaries. Accessible both in and out of the classroom, they take a personal interest in you, understanding that young women learn best when they feel part of a shared experience. Our approach is deliberate: together we learn more.

What the Research Shows

"Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College" -  Final report from a study conducted by the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

"The Independent School Advantage" - from the National Association of Independent Schools identifies the benefits independent schools offer.

SMS is a member of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, and The Association of Boarding Schools. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.


Dean Owen

The Everett Whitehurst Powell Study Abroad Scholarship offers an award for use toward an academic study abroad program. Other kinds of travel opportunities are not eligible for this scholarship. Students should submit applications for this scholarship to Dean Owen by April 14, 2017. The application should include information on the study abroad program in which the student plans to enroll and a letter stating the benefits of the program, the basis of the student's interest in the program and what the student expects to bring back from the program to her experience at Saint Mary's School. This scholarship was established in 2001 by Spencer and Mary Ann Powell Everett '59C and Martha Whitehurst Everett Voelkel '87C. The application is available here.

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Heather Ramee

Our next Exploration Day is this weekend, Saturday, March 11. In keeping with our COMPASS Leadership Development and Career Day activities, this Exploration Day provides students with a chance to learn more about a wide variety of fields - from user experience design, to writing to education and more! Check out all the offerings by clicking here.

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