t. Mary’s seeks to express the Christian faith in the Episcopal tradition, providing a uniquely expansive environment in which Christians and non-Christians can affirm together God, who transcends all creeds and religions. Being strong and comfortable in one’s faith, while being knowledgeable and respectful of the faith of others, may be more important today than ever.
St. Mary’s helps students to delve more deeply into the Christian faith in a way that simultaneously deepens one’s knowledge and love of Jesus, while expanding one’s appreciation of the ways in which God finds expression in the faith traditions of non-Christians. In such an environment, Christians and non-Christians are encouraged to find God at work in each other and to find truth in places they might otherwise not have looked.
The Middle and Upper School community gathers daily in the Church of the Holy Communion for worship according to the Book of Common Prayer, while the younger students attend regular chapel services that are age appropriate.
St. Mary’s seeks to be an Episcopal School where love and respect for others are demonstrated through respectful behavior and service learning. In such a community, acts of kindness are encouraged and community service is expected.
Such depth of personal commitment and expansiveness of spirit cannot be learned from books alone. Instead, these are things one learns from living, working and worshiping in a community of faith and service. At its best, this is the kind of community St. Mary’s seeks to be.
St. Mary’s Episcopal identity guides administrative and Board-of-Directors decisions. The policy of need — blind admissions, provisions of financial aid to students in need, and a commitment to diversity exist in all aspects of the school.
As a school located in the heart of Memphis, we value our differences as much as our similarities. We honor the individual that lives inside each girl, and help her learn how to recognize and develop her own unique abilities. St. Mary's girls come in all shapes, sizes, colors and interests, and through intentional teaching and loving guidance, we help them recognize the light in themselves. St. Mary's girls are leaders, with the confidence to discover and defend their own unique point of view. We don't run in packs, as each year's college decisions make plain: A typical senior class of approximately 60 girls usually chooses more than 40 different colleges and universities.
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