In Mary Ashburn Mann's address to the Class of 2017 during commencement last May, the 2017 senior class speaker said, "I hope that I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say that, in one way or another, Saint Mary's has provided us with the confidence to step out of our comfort zone and truly be the best version of ourselves. I am an illustration of this point – when I came to Saint Mary's you never would have caught me on stage, speaking in public but now, here I am, sharing our story in front of strangers and best friends, alike." We caught up with Mary Ashburn, now in her second semester at North Carolina State University's College of Textiles, to ask her a few questions about her Saint Mary's experience for our sms.edu blog.
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.
Saint Mary's National Honor Society members offer peer tutoring sessions throughout the school year. Click here for the NHS Peer Tutoring Schedule for the remainder of this year.