Saint Mary’s School faculty members showcased their innovative expertise and our school’s signature programs at education conferences in Raleigh with the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) 2019 Educators Conference and in Baltimore at the National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS) Educating Girls Symposium.
Although the college search process formally begins in the eleventh grade, you and your family have the benefit of access to your college counselors as early as ninth grade. The college counselors at Saint Mary's School offer support to you and your faculty advisor on questions related to academic planning and preparation for college.
They will guide you through the process of identifying and applying to colleges and universities that best fit you based on your academic profile, interests and goals. The College Counseling Office consistently provides opportunities for Saint Mary's students to assist in the preparation of applying to colleges and universities. They host nearly 100 college representatives on campus each year from both domestic and international institutions and regularly visit other college and university campuses across the country. Recently they have visited schools in Virgina, Washington D.C., South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wisconsin, and, of course, North Carolina. Although your path and progress are in your control, you will have the support of the College Counseling Office along the way.
Traditionally, each year, one hundred percent of Saint Mary's seniors are accepted for admission at a wide array of selective colleges and universities. Students at Saint Mary's School typically submit applications to an average of 6 institutions. We are heartened by the success Saint Mary's girls experience in the college application and selection process. A willingness on the part of students to explore the educational options that exist at the local, regional, national and international levels allows them to leave the Saint Mary's community and move forward in their educational pursuits successfully.
Our college counselors encourage and welcome your questions, and look forward to working with you.
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.