In keeping with the mission of St. Mary's, the Upper School strives to provide a superior educational experience for our girls while encouraging and enabling each girl to reach her individual potential. Our dedicated faculty recognizes and respects the unique ways in which girls learn best, teaching an academically rigorous curriculum while simultaneously going beyond the classroom walls to provide "real life" experiences. As they become lifelong learners, the students are encouraged to think critically, creatively, and independently.
As a result of the extensive academic, athletic, artistic, and community-service opportunities that are available, our students become confident leaders who have a positive influence on their community.
- Summer Reading List 2017
- Back-to-School Documents 2017
- Honors & Advanced Placement Classes
- Program of Studies
Because St. Mary’s is a college preparatory school, all of our courses are designed to prepare students for college. Although these courses reflect the rigorous curricular requirements for students entering college today, they are taught at appropriate developmental levels for high school students.
The Honors and Advanced Placement courses offered by St. Mary’s are challenging and demanding enough to merit a weighted grade. Honors courses receive one half of an additional point and Advanced Placement courses receive one additional point each semester when grade point averages are calculated. Students in Honors courses are expected to use higher order thinking skills in the reading, writing, and content analysis at the entry level of the course. Advanced Placement courses are designed to contain college level material and to prepare students for the Advanced Placement exams offered in the spring. Students can earn college credit or advanced placement from the many colleges participating in the program. Motivation, preparation, and a strong academic record are three keys to success in an Advanced Placement course.
We feel strongly that each girl’s program of study is as unique as she is. Every year, we meet one-on-one with each girl and her family to discuss course options that best fit her interests, goals, and extracurricular life. All students must enroll in 5 academic subjects that meet the requirements for each grade, but they also have the opportunity to add a wide-range of non-academic and elective courses, both online and face-to-face. Our goal is to create a program of study that provides the appropriate level of challenge for each girl.
The list of our Upper School course offerings will be posted soon.