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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, the seminar program is designed to help girls develop key competencies through relevant, experiential learning experiences with experts, resources, and organizations in the greater Raleigh area. Meeting quarterly, seminar topics provide required content specific to grade-levels and focused on innovation, communication, social impact, and health and wellness. The seminar program also offers students choice - girls may enhance their seminar experience with independent study, internships, or other school-approved experiences. Seminars are credited and required for graduation.

A Portfolio for Life

An important component of Saint Mary's seminars is the Portfolio for Life. Chronicling her seminar experiences and her development of the 10 key competencies, this digital portfolio gives students a tool to reflect on their growth, assess their efforts, and celebrate their successes. Time is allotted each quarter for students to work alone and/or with their advisors on their portfolios. The end-result: each student graduates with a Portfolio for Life that gives her a clear record of her learning and growth as well as a resource to confidently talk about herself and her accomplishments. She will carry her portfolio with her to college and build on it throughout her adult life. It will be a reminder of where she has been and inspire where she is going.