St Mary's Academy

  • St. Mary's Academy is Denver`s premier Catholic, independent co-educational JK-8 and All Girls High School located in the beautiful Cherry Hills Village.
  • As the first school in Colorado, established in 1864 by the Sisters of Loretto, St. Mary`s Academy has been a forward-thinking educational leader over three different centuries.

Upcoming Events and News

Top Placements

St Mary's Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in Colorado for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1864
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1992, 2016

Student Body

Total Students688 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
28%
State avg.: 23%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers65 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
88%
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses16 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Government and Politics, AP Human Geography, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. History,
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 15 / Jan. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,195
Tuition Notesjk - $15,600 K - $18,500 1-5 - $19,300 6-8 - $19,950 9-12 - $20,200
% on Financial Aid
28%
Admissions DirectorSeely Greenberg
Admissions AssociateLindsey Lopez
Endowment Size$12 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
DivingField Hockey,
GolfLacrosse,
SoccerTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

School Notes

  • St. Mary's Academy fosters excellence in each child through academic achievement, spiritual development, and service.  The Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect provide the foundation for students to become powerful agents of change.

Profile last updated:

Show me:
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Englewood
    All Souls School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 465 students
    1.3 miles
    4951 S Pennsylvania St
    Englewood, CO 80113
    (303)789-2155
    1.3 PK-8
    465
  • Denver
    Grades: PK-8 | 491 students
    8.1 miles
    1973 Elm Street
    Denver, CO 80220
    (303)377-8835
    8.1 PK-8
    491
  • Denver
    Grades: PK-8 | 442 students
    4.4 miles
    1164 S Josephine St
    Denver, CO 80210
    (303)777-3812
    4.4 PK-8
    442
  • Littleton
    Grades: PK-8 | 418 students
    1.5 miles
    5859 S University Blvd
    Littleton, CO 80121
    (303)346-3500
    1.5 PK-8
    418
  • Englewood
    Grades: PK-8 | 621 students
    5.1 miles
    7071 E Otero Avenue
    Englewood, CO 80112
    (303)770-0441
    5.1 PK-8
    621

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  
Our children have attended SMA from the very beginning of their academic experience in junior kindergarten (6yrs) and kindergarten (7yrs) now respectfully. The historical excellence, educational expertise coupled with community is unmatched in the state. We feel very fortunate to consider ourselves a part of the SMA family. Our children are engaged through religion, orchestra, sports, language, robotics, destination imagination, the SMA all school play and many other excellent activities. One of the greatest aspects of this school is the experience of being a part of something that makes a difference in our society especially within our local population. The mandate of service oriented activity, of making a difference will last a lifetime with every student who attends SMA! Faith Justice and Respect are values and qualities we all can spend more time practicing. Our community has the unique privilege of watching the young men from the middle school and the ladies from SMA's all girl high school enter into this world and contribute.
- Posted by
5  
When we moved cross country, choosing a school was one of our biggest decisions. From the minute we stepped foot on campus, we felt at home. Our oldest son, who is now a freshman in HS, has found success and confidence in HS that stems from his time at St. Mary's Academy. We currently have a 7th grade son and a 5th grade daughter who love going to school every day, which as a parent is the best gift of all. We have felt "heard" at the school and the Loretto Values of Faith, Community, Justice and Respect are thoughtfully and intentionally woven into the kids' daily routine. We love SMA.
- Posted by
5  
We have two boys at SMA about to complete eighth grade and a daughter who is in sixth grader. We couldn't have made a better decision to send our kids to this middle school. Is it worth the money? YES! It's not ONLY because of the veteran teachers and high academic rigor, but ALSO because of the care and compassion that SMA administrators and teachers put forth towards the social-emotional development of the kids. SMA prepares children for their future according to its four values: Faith, community, justice and respect. These are not simply marketing terms, SMA lives them. Modern coursework is developed with these values at the forefront. A big catch phrase at the school is, "How do we raise our children to be agents of change in today's world?" SMA teaches the children that we are all connected and more alike than different, even with the various religious and cultural backgrounds (of which there are several at SMA). The teachers are committed to student success and emotional health; they care deeply and work tirelessly to develop socially responsible and well adjusted (soon to be) teens and adults. The school pays attention to what's going on outside of the community as well, with service being a piece of the children's educational experience and parent workshops to help us raise them. Lastly, I want to add that even though the HS is all female, the lower and middle school gets BOYS! Our sons are well equipped with the tools they need to be successful and confident as they enter high school. We couldn't have done it without SMA guiding us during the awkward and difficult middle school years.
- Posted by
5  
My boys have been at SMA for three years, additionally, I am a St. Mary's grad (attended K-12th grade). After working in Denver Public Schools, we decided that DPS was not the place for our children and went looking for an independent school. We looked at several schools. Even thought I am an alum, I wanted to see all of the independent options, but SMA truly outshone all of them. Many of the other independent schools gave off a "if you are lucky enough to be chosen by us" vibe, but SMA gave off a "if we (the school) are lucky enough to be chosen by your family" vibe. They sent thank you letters when we visited and followed up several times to see if we had questions or concerns. Now as a parent and member of the Academy Parents board, I work hard to make sure other families feel the community that brought us to SMA in the first place. The staff and faculty is truly open to hearing parents suggestions, complaints and complements. I have been working to bring a garden and more green initiatives to the campus, and I have had no problem having my voice heard and have easily been able to schedule meetings with the president and principals. We could not be happier with our experience at SMA thus far, and look forward to many years at this wonderful school.
- Posted by
5  
We`ve been at Saint Mary`s for 3 three years and are very pleased with the school and community. The academics are rigorous without being overwhelming for our daughter. The teachers and parents are kind and caring.
- Posted by
5  
SMA is a school founded on the principles of faith, justice, community and respect. From education to sports to fellowship the educators at St. Mary`s weave these values into the everyday happenings at our school. The academics are rigorous, but the support from the teachers ensures that each student is getting exactly what he/she needs to find understanding and success. There is a very wide range of sports offered as well as clubs, choir, symphony and drama to name just a few. There is literally something for everyone and all are encouraged to participate and even try something new! The community is welcoming, kind and truly inclusive of all. We are so very happy at St. Marys and thankful that our daughter has the opportunity to attend school here!
- Posted by

Endorse St Mary's Academy. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Recent Articles
It is illegal for an interviewer to ask certain questions at your job interview. Be aware of what they can and cannot ask you.
A Scholarship Funding Organization (SFO) is an organization which provides financial assistance for attendance at private school.
Not filling all the seats is a challenge many schools. Jason How offers some answers to common enrollment questions.
Request Information
I am a:      
Email:
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
     
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
        
Applying for financial aid?:
        
Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.:
Address:
City:
Country:
State:
Zip:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Phone:
Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Colorado is $8,221 for elementary schools and $14,816 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Colorado is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).