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

  • Academic Excellence.  Strength in Spirit.  Leaders in the Community.
  • Discover the Difference! SMR is private school committed to providing a highly competitive yet affordable college preparatory education to students in the southern Maryland area. Located in the heart of Leonardtown, Maryland, SMR is approximately 55 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. The 87-acre, waterfront and wireless campus overlooks Breton Bay and consists of six buildings, 3 levels of curriculam and offers and 17 different sports.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other religious school association(s)
Xaverian Brothers School Sponsorship
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAs 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 Founded1885
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students700 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size22 students
Number of AP Courses25 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAmerican Government, AP Research and 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 score1141
Average ACT score24
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Summer and Winter Dress Code)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,000
Tuition NotesBoth need-based and merit-based scholarships are available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorAmy Cricchi
Admissions AssociateKristen Stark
Endowment Size$3 million


Total Sports Offered18 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
DanceField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
TennisTrack and Field,


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

Club or Organization:
Academic Resources, 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, Newspaper, Pep and Spirit Club, Plus, 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 Catholic faith, the forming of lifelong friendships, and the camaraderie of being part of fine arts, athletics and clubs.

In 2018, SMR celebrated the accomplishments of 165 graduates from our 37th graduating class!
  • Three course levels: college prep, honors and advanced placement
  • SCHOLARS PROGRAM - STEM, Biomedicine, Fine Arts, Humanities and Global & International Studies pathways all on 1 campus!
  • 25 Advanced Placement Classes
  • 22 average class size
  • 70% of faculty have advanced degrees

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