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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.



Josie DeRonja '19, Senior Commencement Speaker

Elected by her class as the 2019 Senior Commencement Speaker, Josie DeRonja '19 delivered the following address at Saint Mary's Commencement Exercises on May 19, 2019.

Good morning everyone. I want to start by saying thank you to my class for giving me the opportunity to be your commencement speaker. The way that each of you have supported me through the past few years means the world to me, and I hope this speech will demonstrate my gratitude for you and my love for our class. I also want to say thank you to the faculty, staff, underclasswomen, girls who previously graduated, and families that have supported us through our time at Saint Mary's. We would not have made it to today without your guidance and love.

Let me begin with a short story about my skills as a weather forecaster. Anyone who has spent any time with me right before an impending weather event like a snow storm or hurricane knows that I am always on top of the latest weather report and predictions. I am no meteorologist, but my one claim to fame could be that I predicted the hurricane that canceled fall formal three months in advance.

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Paige Stevenson '19, Valedictorian

Paige Stevenson, valedictorian for the Class of 2019, delivered the following remarks during the Saint Mary's School Commencement Exercises on May 19, 2019:

Good morning, everyone. I cannot express how humbled I am to have the opportunity to address all of you, and I would not be here if it were not for all of Saint Mary's faculty, staff, administration, my family, my friends, and everyone assembled here today. It's you , the teachers and groundskeepers and behind-the-scenes magicians, who are the heart and soul of Saint Mary's. I think Aldert the Raven on Smedes behind me will forgive me for saying that the pretty campus is nice and all, but it's really the people who define the gifts of Saint Mary's. Finally, Class of 2019, please take a moment to glance at the young women seated to your left and to your right. Each of you were essential in our collective success that propelled us here, whether it was because you offered help in a class or left some much-needed snacks on the ATP desk one day. To all of you, thank you, 177 times over.

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