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.

NEWS

Amber Morse '18

Good morning everyone. I would like to start off with how humbled I am to be standing in front of you today, and I am grateful to my class for giving me this opportunity. As a short aside, I'd like to take this time thank faculty, staff, underclasswomen, parents, and families, because behind every graduate in the class of '18 is a multitude of great people who helped her get this far. Graduates, let's give them a big round of applause.

For this speech, I did a lot of research because I wanted to make this really great for you all. The class of 2018 deserves that. To let you know my process, I read through past Saint Mary's commencement speeches, I watched highschool speakers from across the country on youtube, and most importantly, I studied in depth the inspirational graduation speech of High School Musical 3 protagonist, Troy Bolton.

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Victoria Worsham '18

Valedictorian Victoria Worsham '18 delivered the following during the Saint Mary's School commencement exercises on May 20, 2018:
Good morning and welcome Mr. O'Shea, families, faculty, friends, guests, students, and graduates. On behalf of the class of 2018, I would first like to take a moment to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the teachers, parents, advisors, and other important people in our lives for the care, time, and dedication generously given to us graduates throughout the past four years. We are grateful for your unwavering support, and we acknowledge that our success would not be possible without your guidance.

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