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Saint Mary's School Photo #1 - Saint Mary's School, an all-girls, Episcopal, college preparatory, boarding and day high school located on a 23-acre, historic campus in the heart of Raleigh, N.C. More at www.sms.edu.
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Saint Mary's School Photo #1 - Saint Mary's School, an all-girls, Episcopal, college preparatory, boarding and day high school located on a 23-acre, historic campus in the heart of Raleigh, N.C. More at www.sms.edu.
Saint Mary's School Photo #2 - At Saint Mary's School, girls are challenged to BE BOLD, to BE INSPIRED, to BE PREPARED, and to BE EXTRAORDINARY. More at www.sms.edu.
Saint Mary's School Photo #3 - Arts education at Saint Mary's School include studio art, dance, theatre, chorale and instrumental ensembles, and applied music studies. More at www.sms.edu.
Saint Mary's School Photo #4 - Saint Mary's School athletics offers 11 sports including volleyball, lacrosse, golf, tennis, cross country, soccer, field hockey, softball, swimming, basketball, track and field. The school is a member of the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference and the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association. More at www.sms.edu.
Saint Mary's School Photo #5 - Located in downtown Raleigh, N.C., and in close proximity to the Research Triangle, Saint Mary's School students enjoy easy access to all this vibrant community has to offer. More at www.sms.edu.
Saint Mary's School Photo #6 - Saint Mary's School has a rich Episcopal heritage that informs community values and inspires girls to act with honor and to respect the worth and dignity all. More at www.sms.edu.
Saint Mary's School Photo #7 - Saint Mary's has a 100% acceptance rate to selective colleges and universities around the world. The school's college counselors work closely with students and their families as they navigate the college admission process.
Saint Mary's School Photo #8 - College Decision Day offers a fun way to celebrate major milestones. The Class of 2021 was accepted into 158 colleges and universities and are attending 46 separate institutions in 19 states, D.C., and Scotland. Learn more about our College Counseling program at www.sms.edu.
Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, North Carolina, is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school that challenges girls in grades 9-12 to BE BOLD, BE INSPIRED, BE PREPARED, and BE EXTRAORDINARY.
Founded in 1842, the historic, residential 23-acre campus is located in the heart of North Carolina's capital city of Raleigh, offering easy access to all the city has to offer as well as a peaceful oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle. With a mission to prepare girls for college and life, Saint Mary`s immerses girls in a dynamic learning environment offering both hands-on classroom learning and opportunities for real-world experiences.
Focused on developing key competencies like critical thinking, collaboration, cross-cultural intelligence, and new media literacy, Saint Mary`s offers AP courses, innovative electives, a unique seminar program, college counseling, a rich arts program, 11 sports, and a thriving urban location.
In keeping with our Episcopal tradition, the Saint Mary's School community respects the worth and dignity of every person. As a boarding and day school, students learn and live beside girls from across the region, the state, the country, and the world as they explore new ideas, deepen their understanding, and grow as young women of intelligence, integrity, and purpose.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 297 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $30,400
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 30 / rolling

Upcoming Events and News

  • Saint Mary's 180th year underway - 08/24/2021
    Saint Mary`s welcomes 295 students to campus from around the region, the state, the nation, and the world for the 180th school year during Welcome Week 2021, August 19-27. It ...moreis a week of back-to-school excitement that featured move-in and registration days, orientation meetings, assemblies, social activities, athletics tryouts, and the start of classes.
    Returning students were happy to return to campus and settle into campus life after summer vacation, and new students arrived eager to make new friends, meet their teachers and advisors, and begin their Saint Mary`s journey.
    Orientation programming covered every aspect of school life, from academics to athletics to the arts to health and wellness to boarding and day student life and more.
    Student activities included the Saints Soiree, the Aldert Smedes Classic, Sigma-Mu Field Day, leadership training, orientation sessions, opening assembly, dorm meetings, chapels, community dinners, snack parties, and more.
    The opening academic convocation in Eliza Battle Pittman Auditorium, Wednesday, August 25, set the tone for a year of learning, growing, and exploring in the classrooms and beyond. Seniors marched into Pittman led by the marshals. Head of School Carol Killebrew welcomed the school community to the 180th year. The convocation concluded with the singing of our School Hymn. Speakers included Chaplain Maggie Stoddard, SGA President Tommi Wilder `22, Board of Trustees Chair Liza Roberts, Chair of the Alumnae Leadership Council Ann Beland Brooks `73C, and Parents Association President Maureen Wingfield. The School Hymn was sung, and Chief Marshal Jane Usher `22 closed the convocation by ringing a bell to declare the 180th session at Saint Mary`s to be officially open.
    A half-day of classes kicked off the academic year on Wednesday, with the first full day of classes Friday, August 27."This year, our 180th, is shaping up to be a wonderful school year," says Interim Head of School Carol Killebrew. "I hope everyone will enjoy all that Saint Mary's has to offer and contribute to the special community we have here at 900 Hillsborough Street."Get ready, Saint Mary`s, for a great year ahead!
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School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
297 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
11%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade
Saint Mary's 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
80%
Average Class Size
13 students
Number of AP Courses
21 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
2-D Art and Design, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science, Drawing, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, Latin, Multivariable Calculus, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, United States Government and Politics, United States History, World History
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 30 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Boarding Tuition: $60,700
% on Financial Aid
28%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$33,810
Acceptance Rate
85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Julie Ricciardi, CFRE
Admissions Associate
Emily Smith
Endowment Size
$34.2 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
56 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Admission Ambassadors, Animal Rights Club, Art Share Club, Babysitting Club, Beacon - Senior Honorary Leadership Club, Black Student Union, Bookmark Club, Cooking Club, Debate Club, Development Ambassadors, Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Ambassadors, Equity Club, Fashion Club, Film Club, Fine Arts in Business, FOCUS, Folding For Fun, French Culture Club, Granddaughters Club, HOLA (Hispanic/LatinX) Affinity Group, Hopeful Thinking Club, Human Rights Alliance, International Thespian Society, K-Pop Club, Knitting Club, LGBTQ Alliance, Mathemagicians Club, Model United Nations Club, Mu Captains, Music Composition Club, Music Share, National Honor Society, One Love Club, Photography Club, Pickleball Club, Psychology Club, Quill and Scroll International Honor Society for High School Journalists, Robotics Club, Saints Who Code, Science Olympiad, Service League Club, Shop1842, Sigma Captains, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Student Government Association, The Belles (Student Newspaper), The Chords, The Outing Club, Trapshooting Club, Undivided Attention Club (tutoring), Young Democrats, Young Republicans

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorale, Echo - Senior Washtub Singing Group, Ladies in Blue a capella group

School Notes

  • Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, North Carolina, is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school that challenges girls in grades 9-12 to BE BOLD, BE INSPIRED, BE PREPARED, and BE EXTRAORDINARY. Established in 1842, the school is celebrating 175 years of academic excellence and personal achievement for girls.  
  • Saint Mary`s was founded on the belief that an educated woman can make a difference. That`s why Saint Mary`s offers honors and AP courses, three languages, 11 sports, a renowned arts program, college counseling, leadership education, a unique four-year seminar program, service learning, travel opportunities, and more. Dedicated faculty know each girl well and help guide her as she finds her voice, expands her understanding, and achieves more than she ever imagined. As a boarding and day school, Saint Mary`s students live and learn beside girls from around the state, the country and the world.  
  • An integrated hands-on academic program, challenges girls to embrace the habits of a lifelong learner critical thinking, communication, character and guides them in building a foundation for college and life. Leadership curriculum and real-life experiences empower girls to serve and shape their world with courage and purpose.  Dozens of sports, clubs, music and arts studies, volunteer and real-world experiences mean girls can explore and discover new talents and passions. Saint Mary`s rich Episcopal heritage informs values and inspires girls to act with honor and to respect the worth and dignity all.
  • In addition, Saint Mary`s historic, 23-acre campus located in downtown Raleigh, and within close proximity to the Research Triangle, offers a uniquely vibrant 24/7 learning and living community that provides every girl with what she needs to learn, grow and thrive as she becomes a young woman of intelligence, integrity, and purpose. 
Profile last updated: 09/28/2021

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 297 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $30,400
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 30 / rolling

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