St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school

St. Mary's Ryken is a private school committed to providing a highly competitive, yet affordable, college preparatory education to students in the Southern Maryland region.
SMR is one of 13 schools in the Xaverian Brothers tradition throughout the United States, and we adhere to the Xaverian motto: "Inspiring Lives of Learning, Faith & Service." Over their four years at SMR, students grow within a mentoring and caring environment that fosters opportunities for each student to develop individual gifts and talents and prepares them to become role models and leaders in their communities.
The years a student spends at St. Mary's Ryken are marked not only by a challenging college preparatory program, but also by rewarding opportunities for service, the forming of lifelong friendships, and the camaraderie of being part of athletics, extracurricular activities, and shared celebrations of faith.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 700 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,225
  • Acceptance rate: 95%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 8 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
As part of our mission, SMR offers support services to students with learning differences. We are equipped with fully qualified staff, and students are admitted into the program through the regular admissions process. Call 301-373-4183 for details.
Year Founded
1885
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
700 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
42%
State avg.: 38%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
72 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
58%
Average Class Size
20 students
Number of AP Courses
28 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
American Government, AP Research, AP Seminar, Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Composition, English Literature, Environmental Science, French, Human Geography, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History, World History
Average SAT score
1122
Average ACT score
24
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
1st and 4th Quarters Casual Uniform. 2nd and 3rd Quarters Formal Uniform

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 8 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Both need-based tuition assistance available as well as merit-based scholarships.
Summer Program Cost Notes
Varies by camp
% on Financial Aid
40%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$3,400
Acceptance Rate
95%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Amy Cricchi
Admissions Associate
Kristen Stark
Endowment Size
$3 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
26 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Apologetics, Chess Club, Newspaper, Plus

Club or Organization:
Academic Resources, Art Club, Chinese Culture and Art, Envirothon, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Honor Council, Key Club, Knightcast, many more!, Mission Possible, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, Pep and Spirit Club, Project Graduation, Roman Culture, Student Government, XBSS Stewards

Arts and Music Programs:
Fall Musical, Jazz Band, Shakespearean Drama Club, Spring Musical, Stage Guild

School Notes

St. Mary`s Ryken (SMR) is a high school community committed to providing an affordable high school experience with a focus on individual student success, personal growth and discovery of one`s own uniqueness.

The years a student spends at SMR are marked by a challenging college preparatory program, rewarding opportunities for service and shared celebrations of the Catholic faith, the forming of lifelong friendships, and the camaraderie of being part of fine arts, athletics, and clubs.

In 2023, SMR celebrated the accomplishments of 164 graduates from our 42rd graduating class!
  • Three-course levels: college prep, honors, and advanced placement
  • SCHOLARS PROGRAM - Engineering (focus on Aerospace), Biomedical, Computer Science (focus on Cybersecurity), Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Humanities, and Global & International Studies pathways all on 1 campus!
  • 28 Advanced Placement Classes
  • 20 average class size
  • Most faculty have advanced degrees

Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school cost?
St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school's tuition is approximately $19,225 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school?
The acceptance rate of St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school is 95%, which is higher than the national average of 82%.
Does St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school offer a summer program?
Yes, St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school offer?
St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school offers 19 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling. St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for most sports offered.
What is St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school's ranking?
St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for: Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school?
The application deadline for St. Mary's Ryken, A college preparatory Catholic high school is Dec. 8 / rolling (applications are due on Dec. 8 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 700 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,225
  • Acceptance rate: 95%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 8 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Maryland is $13,645 for elementary schools and $18,007 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Maryland is 82% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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