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.

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Mary Virginia Swain '77C

Saint Mary's students and faculty will enjoy Spring Break 2019, March 9-17. Friday, March 8 is a full school day, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., operating as a Stop and Reflect Day with International Women's Day programming. School is dismissed Friday at 3 p.m. Dorms close at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 9, and reopen Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m. Classes resume Monday, March 18.

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Mia Gerdts '19

In early February, a group of students and I returned from the Dominican Republic, where we spent a long weekend learning about different organizations and improving our leadership skills. We visited Dream Project, an organization that works with children and women to help give equal educational opportunities, where we were able to participate in an activity with a group of girls from a local school about equality.

Read more about Women's Leadership in the Dominican Republic