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.


Laura Novia

Travel is proven to broaden the mind, enrich the soul, and deepen one's understanding of the people and places in the world around us. That is why each year, Saint Mary's School offers opportunities for its students to journey to different lands and experience cultures new to them. Through these experiences students develop competencies - and memories, that will serve them for a lifetime. As Hans Christian Andersen is credited with saying, "to travel is to live," and so this spring, an adventurous group of Saint Mary's girls and faculty have set off for Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic.

Read more about To travel is to live
Mary Virginia Swain '77C

Compass Leadership Week underway at Saint Mary's School, offering students meaningful off-campus learning experiences engaging students in grade-level activities matching their social, emotional, and age-appropriate needs.

Read more about Compass Week 2018