Saint Mary's School

900 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Saint Mary's School Photo #1 - 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 Photo #1 - 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 Photo #2 - 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.
Saint Mary's School Photo #3 - 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 Photo #4 - 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.
Saint Mary's School Photo #5 - 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 School Photo #6 - Saint Mary's athletics program offers 11 sports - tennis, field hockey, volleyball, soccer, basketball, cross country, softball, lacrosse, golf, swimming, track and field.
Saint Mary's School Photo #7 - 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 .
Saint Mary's School Photo #8 - 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 School Photo #9 - 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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2018 School Data
Saint Mary's SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationEpiscopalNon-denominational
Year Founded18421910
Campus Size23 acres104 acres

Student Body

Enrollment276 students315 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1817
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$23.9 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$27,240$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineJan. 30 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Director of AdmissionsKim Slade
Associate Director of AdmissionsEmily Smith

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1817
CoursesArt Portfolio , Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science, English: Language, English: Literature, Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, Latin, Physics , Psychology , Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, United States Government and Politics, United States History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1115
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations5224
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
"Planting Seeds" program with local elementary school, 85 Broads @ Choate, Any Where Autism Relates to Everyone (AWARE), Beacon - Senior Honorary Leadership Club, Bellacanto (coed a cappella), Boarding and Day Prefects, Capoeira, Choate Harry Potter Club, Choate International and Global Assistance, Choate Italian Awareness Organization, Choate Mentoring Program, Christ School Blood Drive, Climbing Wall, Community Service Club, Cooking Club, Cross-Country, Day Council, Dorm Prefects, Drama Club, Environment Club, Fall Play, Federal Reserve Challenge, Fellowship of Christians at Universities and Schools (FOCUS), Film Club, Food Club, French Club, Galax Leaf(Newspaper), Gym Membership, Health Adventure, High Fidelity (coed a cappella), Merit Program, Pennington Singers, Pennington Sports Network, Pit Band, Residential Proctors, Spring Play, String Band, Swim Club, Hiking, Winter Baseball, Young Republicans

Arts and Music Programs:
Admissions Ambassadors, Chamber, Chorale, Echo - Senior Washtub Singing Group, Fellowship, Flute Choir, Golf Club, Senior Internship Program, Winter Golf, Winter Lacrosse

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Public Speaking

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
UNC-Chapel Hill40
North Carolina State University28
Wake Forest University15
East Carolina University14
University of North Carolina at Wilmington11
George Washington University7
Washington and Lee5
Boston College4

School Notes

  • Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, North Carolina, is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement for girls in grades 9-12. Founded in 1842, the historic, residential 23-acre campus is within easy driving distance of world-renowned Research Triangle Park and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Saint Mary's School is the fourth oldest girls' boarding school in the United States.Since our inception, Saint Mary's has been dedicated to the academic excellence and personal achievement of our students. We look at life academically, socially, and spiritually. Our integrated, hands-on academic program is demanding. Our leadership and life skills curriculum creates responsible citizens and community ambassadors. Outside the classroom, we offer dozens of sports, clubs, activities, and volunteer opportunities. In addition, our Episcopal tradition inspires students to grow as young women of integrity and honor.Saint Mary's offers a comprehensive range of programming and opportunities to prepare our students to compete in college and in today's complex and fast-changing global world. Saint Mary's School offers 18 Advanced Placement courses and a full complement of honors courses, competition in 11 sports and on 16 teams, a comprehensive fine arts program, leadership education, advising, and co-curricular programs, a wireless campus and one-to-one convertible laptop program. Saint Mary's students are challenged to find their courage, explore their passions, and open their hearts and minds to new ideas as they prepare for independence and success in college and life.More than thirty of the school's nationally recruited faculty and staff live on campus, and 83 percent of the faculty holds advanced degrees in their field. The student/faculty ratio is 8:1 and the average class size is 12.5 students. The school's 264 students represent 10 states and seven foreign countries.
  • As part of the school's comprehensive and innovative curriculum, the seminar program is designed to help girls develop key competencies through relevant, experiential learning experiences with experts, resources, and organizations in the greater Raleigh area.
  • The Saint Mary`s School educational travel program is designed to provide students with experiential opportunities that build empathy and compassion for others. The program is designed to provide students with a range of experiences from which students may choose, including service trips, academic exchanges, cultural excursions and history trips.
  • Saint Mary's 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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