Head of School Welcome

A message from the Head of School

Welcome to Saint Mary’s School, a distinguished all-girls college preparatory boarding school and day school!

At Saint Mary’s School, we believe in empowering young women to lead, excel, and make a difference in the world. As one of the oldest all-girls boarding schools in the United States, our rich legacy of academic excellence, character development, and holistic growth has been shaping exceptional individuals since 1842. As the Head of School, it is my privilege to invite you to join our vibrant community dedicated to fostering intellectual curiosity, personal achievement, and lifelong friendships.

Here, we embrace the unique strengths and aspirations of each student, cultivating an environment that celebrates diversity, encourages collaboration, and promotes self-confidence. Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to providing an exceptional 21st-century education that goes beyond traditional classroom learning. We offer a rigorous curriculum that challenges and prepares our students for the challenges of higher education and beyond, while also nurturing their passions and interests through a wide range of co-curricular activities.

Whether you are a day student or a boarder, you will find that Saint Mary’s is not just a place of learning but a second home—a place where you will create memories that last a lifetime, form lifelong friendships, and develop the skills and values necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Our beautiful campus in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, is a uniquely special location for a boarding school, providing unparalleled cultural, industrial, and educational opportunities for our students, just footsteps from our 23-acre campus. As you explore our state-of-the-art facilities, tranquil gardens, and welcoming residence halls, you will discover an environment that encourages both personal reflection and social engagement. 

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our academic programs, student life, and the opportunities that await you at Saint Mary’s School. We are here to help you reach your full potential and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Join us in this exciting adventure of learning, growth, and discovery. Together, we will shape a future that is bright, promising, and filled with endless possibilities.

We hope that you will soon join us in becoming a Saint. Welcome to Saint Mary’s School!

Warm regards,

Adam Holden, Ed.D.
Head of School

Head of School