Seminar Program

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The Saint Mary’s School seminar program integrates what we know girls need, with what we know of the changing world girls will be facing, to provide relevant, forward-looking, real-world opportunities to prepare girls for college and life.

As part of the school's comprehensive and innovative curriculum, seminar classes are designed to help girls develop key competencies through relevant, experiential learning experiences with experts, resources, and organizations in the greater Raleigh area.

Students’ quarterly seminars meet every other day, within the context of the regular school day. Each seminar is designed to develop the 10 key competencies and includes opportunities for students to partner with resources and organizations in the greater Raleigh area. Students will experience a quarter dedicated to each of the major themes of communication, social impact, health and wellness, and innovation. Each quarterly seminar theme meets girls where they are by providing just in time learning that engages them in content specific topics within these major themes.

During the first semester of Senior Seminar, students have small group instruction during the heart of the college admission process. In the second semester, seniors choose an internship or Capstone Project specific to their interests and aspirations. Central to the Saint Mary’s mission of preparing girls for college and life, seminars are required for graduation.

Seminar classes are credited and required for graduation.