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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.

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Mary Virginia Swain '77C

Students in Instructor of English Alison Chernin's A.P. Language class presented advertising projects in their classes recently. The assignment, designed to better understand ethos, pathos, and logos through the creation of advertisements promoting Saint Mary's School, allowed students to apply what they were learning to a real-world context that had relevance for them. The assignment also engaged the girls in exercising key competencies like communication and collaboration.

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Wilder Semans '20 and Annabel Semans '22


On Thursday, October 25, 2018, a group of Saint Mary's students attended a book talk about Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement, written by the founders of the March for Our Lives movement. Two of the authors, Delaney Tarr '18 and Sarah Chadwick '19, of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., spoke on a panel moderated by North Carolina State University professor Rupert Nacoste.

In their book, Glimmer of Hope, each member of the organization speaks on a different aspect of their journey. This approach allows the unique voices of each activist to be heard and appreciated. As Sarah and Delaney, both survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, clearly expressed, this is important because it takes a group of passionate and diverse people to create a movement. Both girls emphasized to the audience that they were simply ordinary teenagers who had gone through a terrible ordeal and decided to do something about it. In fact, the March for Our Lives movement started with 25 teenagers sitting on a living room floor. Any one of us with a drive for justice could do the same.

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