Saint Mary's School Profile


School Profile 2023-2024

CEEB/ACT School Code 343235

Adam Holden, Ed.D., Head of School | 919-424-4138
Julie Ricciardi, CFRE, Associate Head of School | 919-424-4114
Patricia Sasser, Assistant Head of School | 919-424-4072
Matthew Olesnevich, Ed.D., Assistant Head for Student Affairs and Residential Faculty | 919-424-4021

Hunt Heffner, Dean of College Counseling | 919-424-4117

Andrew Lowman, Ed.D., Associate Director of College Counseling | 919-424-4069

Danielle Tanner, Associate Director of College Counseling | 919-424-4068

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
  • 2021-2022 Enrollment: 295 students representing 7 states and 4 countries
  • 2022-2023 Enrollment: 313 students representing 14 states and 6 countries
  • 69 members of the Class of 2022
  • 91 members of the Class of 2023
  • 40% boarding students and 60% day students
  • 35% of students receiving financial aid
  • 100% of graduates attending 4-year colleges
  • 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio; average class size is 15 students
  • 80% of faculty hold advanced degrees in their fields, including 6 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


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