St. Marys School

900 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-0276
Tel: (919)424-4000
Grades: 9-12 | 260 students
Saint Mary's School is an Episcopal, boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 located in the heart of Raleigh, NC. One of the most established schools in North Carolina and the only all-girls school in the Triangle region, Saint Mary's School prepares young women for college and for life in a community dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
National Association of Laboratory Schools
National Coalition of Girls
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Religious Affiliation Episcopal
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Year Founded 1842

Student Body

Total Students 260 students
Student Body Type All-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade St. Marys School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 13 students
Number of AP Courses 16 courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 30 / rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition is $20,000 for day students and $42,720 for boarding students, plus a $2,500 comprehensive fee that covers items such as books, meals, class trips, among other expenses.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Kim McDowell
Admissions Associate Emily Smith


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBalletBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Field HockeyGolf,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 29 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Amnesty International, Beacon - Senior Honorary Leadership Club, Boarding Council, Community Service Council, Day Council, Diversity Club, Drama Club, Echo - Senior Washtub Singing Group, Environmental Club, FOCUS, Future Business Professionals of America, Girls Helping Girls, Key Club, Law Club, Marshals, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Outdoor Club, Prefects - Boarding and Day, Quiz Bowl Team, Saint Mary's Sportsman Club, Science Olympiad Team, Sprites - SMS History Club, Student Activities Committee, Student Government Association, The Belles - Student Newspaper, The Stagecoach - Yearbook, Vestry, Young Republicans Day Council, Diversity Club, Drama Club, FOCUS, Key Club, Law Club, Marshals, Outdoor Club, Quiz Bowl Team, Vestry, Amnesty International,
Beacon - Senior Honorary Leadership Club,
Boarding Council,
Community Service Council,
Echo - Senior Washtub Singing Group,
Environmental Club,
Future Business Professionals of America,
Girls Helping Girls,
Model United Nations,
National Honor Society,
Prefects - Boarding and Day,
Saint Mary's Sportsman Club,
Science Olympiad Team,
Sprites - SMS History Club,
Student Activities Committee,
Student Government Association,
The Belles - Student Newspaper,
The Stagecoach - Yearbook,
Young Republicans,

School Notes

  • Why Saint Mary’s School?
  • Academic Curriculum: We prepare young ladies for admittance to the most respected colleges and universities across the country. Our small classes average 13 students and are led by experienced faculty who love teaching the young women of Saint Mary's. Increased interaction with faculty and greater individual attention are hallmarks of Saint Mary’s School.
  • Individualized Academic Programs: Create, with the help of teachers and an advisor, a personalized academic plan for high school (MAP or My Achievement Plan) that includes academic courses, extracurricular activities, leadership positions and community service.
  • Our ATLAS tablet PC program provides students with a powerful learning tool that prepares the girls to work with the latest emerging technology.
  • Life Skills and Values: Our COMPASS Curriculum, a four-year co-curricular program, equips each young woman with life skills and develops her independence. Saint Mary's offers the opportunity to learn the skills and self-confidence needed to take on challenges, become comfortable speaking in public, manage personal finances, and become a healthy, active young adult.
  • Leadership Development: Improve leadership skills through first-rate arts, athletics, student leadership, interest clubs, and other extracurricular programs. Studies have shown that an average of 80% of students who attend an all-girls’ schools hold leadership positions after they graduate from high school. (National Coalition of Girls’ Schools,, 2000)
  • Community Connections: Take advantage of the exceptional people and universities in the Triangle that provide academic strength and urban opportunities. We offer internships and the ability to take college-level courses as needed through our relationships with local universities. Community service opportunities are avaialble through our partnerships with more than thirty local organizations.
  • Heritage: Become a part of a 171-year-old tradition of academic excellence, honor, community, and opportunity for women to build friendships that will last a lifetime. 
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