Saint Mary's School

900 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Tel: 919-424-4100
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 260 students
Saint Mary's School, established in 1842, is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is the fourth oldest girls' boarding/day school in the United States.
Saint Mary's School, established in 1842, is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is the fourth oldest girls' boarding/day school in the United States.
Saint Mary's School is dedicated to the academic excellence and personal achievement of girls with a mission to prepare girls for college and life. The school's academic program focuses on giving girls what they need to grow as lifelong learners, building on the Habits of a Lifelong Learner: critical thinking, communication and character.
Students enjoy an art class in one of Saint Mary's art studios on campus.  Saint Mary's offers an extensive arts program comprised of music, dance, dramatic arts, and visual arts.
Saint Mary's School offers a historic, 23-acre campus in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina, and is only  minutes from the renowned Research Triangle. Its unique location provides a vibrant 24/7 campus with unlimited opportunities for learning both on and off campus.
At Saint Mary's School, we know girls and we know what they need to learn, grow and thrive. Our 8:1 student-faculty ratio allows for quality time with teachers and advisors and means every girl is known and valued.
Saint Mary's athletics program offers 11 sports - tennis, field hockey, volleyball, soccer, basketball, cross country, softball, lacrosse, golf, swimming, track and field.
In keeping with the school's Episcopal heritage, Saint Mary's students regularly participate in community service opportunities - from Habitat for Humanity projects pictured here, to the United Way annual MLK Day of Service, to volunteering their time at local schools and nearby service agencies .
Students with their teacher in the newly renovated Sarah Graham Kenan Library.  This inviting space is the center of intellectual life for students and faculty. It serves as a 'creative commons' where students work collaboratively with classmates, work one-on-one with teachers and tutors or work individually to research assignments or just enjoy a good book or magazine.
Saint Mary's has a 100% acceptance rate to selective colleges and universities around the world. The school's college counselors work closely with students and their families as they navigate the college admission process.
Saint Mary's School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement for girls in grades 9-12.

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Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
Saint Mary's School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 7-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Episcopal Non-denominational
Year Founded 1842 1910
Campus Size 23 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 260 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:8 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$42,720 $49,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$20,000 $27,800
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Jan. 30 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Director of AdmissionsKim McDowell
Associate Director of AdmissionsEmily Smith


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 11 14
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 51 24
ExtracurricularsBeacon - Senior Honorary Leadership Club, Boarding and Day Prefects, Chamber Orchestra, Chorale/Honors Chorale, Community Service Council, Cooking Club, Day Council, Dorm Council, Drama Club, Echo - Senior Washtub Singing Group, Environmental Club, Film Club, Flute Choir, FOCUS - Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools, Food Council, French Club, French National Honors Society, GAP - Global Ambassadors Program, Girls Helping Girls - Peer Mediators, Granddaughters Club (direct descendants of alumnae), Judicial Board, Junior Classical League (Latin Club), Key Club, Ladies in Blue - a cappella group, Latin National Honors Society,

College Matriculation

Year: 2005 - 2009 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 44
North Carolina State University 33
Appalachian State University 19
University of South Carolina at Columbia 16
Meredith 15
Elon University 13
East Carolina University 11
College of Charleston 9
Clemson University 8
Wake Forest University 8

School Notes

    Why Saint Mary’s School?
  • Academic Curriculum: We prepare young ladies for admittance to the most respected colleges and universities across the country. Our small classes average 13 students and are led by experienced faculty who love teaching the young women of Saint Mary's. Increased interaction with faculty and greater individual attention are hallmarks of Saint Mary’s School.
  • Individualized Academic Programs: Create, with the help of teachers and an advisor, a personalized academic plan for high school (MAP or My Achievement Plan) that includes academic courses, extracurricular activities, leadership positions and community service. Our ATLAS tablet PC program provides students with a powerful learning tool that prepares the girls to work with the latest emerging technology.
  • Life Skills and Values: Our COMPASS Curriculum, a four-year co-curricular program, equips each young woman with life skills and develops her independence. Saint Mary's offers the opportunity to Learn the skills and self-confidence needed to take on challenges, become comfortable speaking in public, manage personal finances, and become a healthy, active young adult.
  • Leadership Development: Improve leadership skills through first-rate arts, athletics, student leadership, interest clubs, and other extracurricular programs. Studies have shown that an average of 80% of students who attend an all-girls’ schools hold leadership positions after they graduate from high school. (National Coalition of Girls’ Schools,, 2000)
  • Community Connections: Take advantage of the exceptional people and universities in the Triangle that provide academic strength and urban opportunities. We offer internships and the ability to take college-level courses as needed through our relationships with local universities. Community service opportunities are avaialble through our partnerships with more than thirty local organizations.
  • Heritage: Become a part of a 171-year-old tradition of academic excellence, honor, community, and opportunity for women to build friendships that will last a lifetime.
  • School accreditations: SMS is a member of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, and The Association of Boarding Schools. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.

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