Saint Mary’s School celebrates the extraordinary career of Leslie Owen, dean of teaching and learning, as she announces her retirement from education after 34 years, of which the past five years have been spent at Saint Mary’s leading academics and our transition to implement a 21st-century education program. A native of Canada, Owen became a U.S. Citizen earlier this year – an accomplishment that signaled the next stage of her life. Known by those closest to her as a teacher by trade and a designer by heart, she departs Saint Mary’s effective June 30, 2021, and is delighted to have the time and space to pursue other passions, interests, and opportunities yet to be discovered.
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.
Associate Director of College Counseling
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