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

Tel: (301)373-4183
  • Academic Excellence. Strength in Spirit. Leaders in the Community. Discover the Difference! SMR is private school committed to providing a highly competitive yetaffordable 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 and 26 varsity teams.

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
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 Founded1981

Student Body

Total Students700 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 33%

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 Courses24 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science, English Literature, English Composition, Environmental Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, French, Spanish, Latin, U.S. History, World History, American Government, Psychology,
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Summer and Winter Dress Code)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$13,700
Tuition NotesBoth need-based and merit-based scholarships are available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorAmy Cricchi


Total Sports Offered20 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Field HockeyFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.26 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Academic Resources, Apologetics, Art Club, Chess Club, Chinese Culture and Art, Envirothon, Fall Musical, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Honor Council, Jazz Band, Key Club, Knightcast, many more!, Mission Possible, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Pep and Spirit Club, Plus, Project Graduation, Roman Culture, Shakespearean Drama Club, Spring Musical, Stage Guild, Student Government, XBSS Stewards Apologetics, Art Club, Chess Club, Envirothon, Fall Musical, Honor Council, Jazz Band, Key Club, Knightcast, many more!, Mock Trial, Newspaper, Plus, Roman Culture, Spring Musical, Stage Guild, XBSS Stewards, Academic Resources,
Chinese Culture and Art,
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America),
Mission Possible,
National Honor Society,
Pep and Spirit Club,
Project Graduation,
Shakespearean Drama Club,
Student Government,

School Notes

  • 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 prepare them to become role models and leaders in their communities. The years a student spends at SMR 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 and shared celebrations of Catholic faith.  
  • In the 2015-16 school year, 700 students are attending SMR in grades 9-12. Our students come from Maryland and Virginia and the following counties Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, King George (Virginia), Prince George’s, Stafford (Virginia), St. Mary’s and Westmoreland (Virginia). In addition, SMR welcomes international students.
  • The ideals of a Xaverian education are realized through the dedication of a talented, accessible and approachable faculty.  Faculty advisors are an integral part of the support system for students’ course selection. Each grade level has a dedicated school counselor, and the same academic advisor continues with each student through graduation.  
  • SMR is committed to staying on the cutting edge of technology and how it enhances the educational experience for our students. To prepare students to take their place in a world that is increasingly global and continually changing, SMR developed the 1:1 iPad program amd established a student, faculty and parent portal.  The campus is 100 percent Wi-Fi enabled. Our 1:1 iPad program fits the mission of SMR in promoting individualized student growth by providing a tool in which every student’s learning can be personalized to his or her needs and desires.  The iPad provides students with an educational hub for their schedule, email, events, course discussion groups and grades.  The Student Portal provides a modern learning experience in and out of the classroom, including direct messaging between students, teachers and counselors, accessing teachers’ resources, and uploading course work for teachers to review and grade. Parents have access to the same information and students’ assignments via the Parent Portal.  The iPad program enhances classroom collaboration and enables students to quickly find information for projects and research.  Students use e-books and have access to many educational apps – including apps for classroom presentations, note taking and improving organizational skills.
  • Scholars Program – Project Lead the Way
  • Scholars Program offers STEM tracks in Bio/Medical, Computer Science and Engineering, as well as the Humanities. Curriculum is provided by Project Lead the Way which is the nation's leading provider of STEM programs. The goal of the Scholars Program is to offer accelerated curriculum concentrations to our students who want a more rigorous and advanced course of study. All students are welcome to apply. A student’s high school placement test results, grade point average and essay submission determine selection to the program. Interested students may also be requested to interview.
  • The SMR Athletic Complex includes a state of the art 1,000-seat outdoor sports stadium with a professional-level, NFL-grade turf field and a six-lane track, locker rooms, weight room and team rooms. The Campus Cafe is a full-service cafeteria that offers hot breakfast and lunch service daily. A professional chef prepares fresh, healthy choices. 
  • Approximately 99% of each graduating class pursues a higher education at a college, university or military service academy. The Class of 2015 received over $17 million in scholarship offers.
  • There is a separate application for merit scholarships in the areas of academics, leadership and fine arts. Please visit the Admissions page on the website for more information and application deadlines.
  • Visit us on Facebook (St. Mary's Ryken), Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
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