Saint Mary's School Profile


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School Profile 2019-2020

CEEB/ACT School Code 343235

Brendan J. O'Shea, Head of School
Leslie Owen, Dean of Teaching and Learning

J. Morgan Phillips, Director of College Counseling, 919-424-4117
Ruth Morrongiello, Associate Director of College Counselor, 919-424-4068
Kyong Lee, College Counselor, 919-424-4069 
Weldon Jackson Byrtus, Registrar, 919-424-4008


Saint Mary’s School, a community dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement, prepares young women for college and life. To accomplish our mission, Saint Mary’s School challenges each young woman to embrace the habits of an intellectual life, engages her with the past and the emerging future, and empowers her to serve and shape her world; fosters in each young woman a spirit of connection to others, guides her in developing her spiritual and ethical integrity, and prepares her to take responsibility for herself and her future. 


• Founded in 1842
• 4th oldest girls' boarding and day school in the country
• Enrollment: 297 students representing 14 states and 6 countries
• 84 members of the Class of 2020
• 49% boarding students and 51% day students
• 32% of students receiving financial aid
• 100% of graduates attending 4-year colleges
• 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio; average class size is 13 students
• Average teaching experience for faculty is 16 years
• 80% of faculty hold advanced degrees in their fields, including seven PhDs
• Accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
• Member of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, National Association of Independent Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools
• College Counselors are members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools