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.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 700 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,000
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

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

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
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
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
700 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 37%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
22 students
Number of AP Courses
25 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
American 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 score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Summer and Winter Dress Code)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Both need-based and merit-based scholarships are available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Amy Cricchi
Admissions Associate
Kristen Stark
Endowment Size
$3 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
26 extracurriculars
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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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 700 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,000
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Maryland is $12,420 for elementary schools and $16,535 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Maryland is 80% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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