Fast Facts

Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, North Carolina, is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement for girls in grades 9-12.


Established in 1842 in the Episcopal tradition.
Fourth oldest girls' boarding and day school in the country.
Not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Trustees.
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).
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.


  • 270 students representing 10 states and 4 foreign countries.*
  • 53% boarding students and 47% day students.*
  • 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio.*
  • Average class size is 12.5 students.*
  • 32% of students receive need-based financial aid.*
  • Average teaching experience for faculty is 15 years.
  • 83% of faculty hold advanced degrees in their fields from universities including Harvard, Yale, Duke, Northwestern, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, Emory and others.
  • Alumnae network of over 10,000 women from around the world.


  • 100% acceptance rate to selective colleges and universities around the world.
  • 18 Advanced Placement (AP) and 27 honors courses offered.*
  • One-to-one academic advising program.
  • Convertible laptop tablet for every student.
  • Sarah Graham Kenan Library offering more than 33,000 cataloged holdings, including print and electronic books and media. In addition, students have access to current print periodicals, an extensive bound periodical collection providing great historic primary source materials, and full-time library professionals providing research and technology support . It also subscribes to numerous electronic research databases and thousands of reliable online text books.
  • Leadership education and experience including Student Government Association (SGA), Judicial Board, prefect, marshal and vestry programs.
  • 33 clubs and student organizations, including Model Unitied Nations, Community Service Club, Visual and Performing Arts Club, Human Rights Alliance, FOCUS, Science Olympiad and Student Library Council.
  • Comprehensive fine and performing arts program, including visual arts, drama, chorale, string ensemble, dance and individual instrumental lessons.
  • Athletic program offering 11 sports - soccer, swimming, tennis, field hockey, volleyball, golf, basketball, cross country, track and field, softball and lacrosse.
  • Member of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA); competes regionally in Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference (TISAC).
*Based on 2016-17 enrollment