Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
All Girls, Episcopal
What sets Saint Mary's School apart from other schools? Our parents say it’s small classes and extraordinary college admission services from two full-time college counselors. Our students say it’s the sense of community, the Honor Code, “space to be yourself,” and a generous lunch period. However, two identity markers also make Saint Mary’s School a distinct option for high school: we are all girls, and we are a boarding school, as well as a day school. “Growing up girl” is harder than ever, and Saint Mary’s is intentional in its efforts in helping girls grow up healthy. In an all-girl environment, Saint Mary’s students enjoy not just equal opportunity, but every opportunity, and learning takes center stage without social distractions. Here girls are supported by a culture, climate, and community that together generate high levels of personal and academic self-confidence and a can-do attitude. It’s a place where it’s cool to work hard and be a good student.
As a boarding school, Saint Mary’s provides a 24-hour learning environment focused on education supported by heightened interaction between students and their teachers, who see their work as a calling, not a job. Day students at Saint Mary’s have unique advantages, not found at other day schools, for extraordinary access to the school’s facilities, programs, and people—days and nights, weekdays and weekends. Of course, Saint Mary’s is more than college preparatory, independent, all-girls, day and boarding school. It is an honor code school, an Episcopal school, a tablet computer school, and an old school with a storied history and proud heritage. As one alumna aptly describes it, “Saint Mary’s is a fabulously modern take on a very traditional concept.”