Saint Mary's School

900 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Tel: 919-424-4100
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 260 students
Orchesis is the Saint Mary's School dance company. Dance classes are held in the two dance rooms in Bacon Gym.  Modern and Ballet are the focus of the dance program at Saint Mary's School.
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Orchesis is the Saint Mary's School dance company. Dance classes are held in the two dance rooms in Bacon Gym.  Modern and Ballet are the focus of the dance program at Saint Mary's School.
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 Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 11-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Episcopal Non-denominational
Year Founded 1842 1910
Campus Size 23 acres 121 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 260 students 300 students
% Students of Color 11% 20%
% International Students 11% 20%
% Students Boarding 48% 67%
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 75% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$42,720 $49,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$20,000 $28,400
% Students on Financial Aid 36% 35%
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.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is American Hebrew Academy (71.8 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • 71.8 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 145 students4334 Hobbs Road
    GreensboroNC 27410
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