Upper School

Welcome Back!

Please visit your daughter's grade tab for important information about the 2017-2018 school year.

9th Grade

General Information

Register for Pursuits

Pursuits is available! Please see our new Pursuits page.

Important Dates (please read the parent letter above for more details):

EventDateTimePlace
Textbook Pick-upThurs., Aug. 10During OrientationAdvisor's Classroom
Students-Only OrientationThurs., Aug. 1010:00 - 11:00 Morrow Room
Parent OrientationMon., Aug. 141:00 - 4:00Rose Theater
Parent MeetingMon., Aug. 143:15 - 4:00 Morrow Room
Victory Ranch RetreatWed., Aug. 16- Fri., Aug. 18Wed. 10:45
Friday 3:00
Depart and Return from/to St. Mary's
Derby DayFri., Aug. 25South Campus
Parent CoffeeFri., Sept. 88:00 - 9:00Morrow Room

10th Grade

General Information

Register for Pursuits
Pursuits is available! Please see our new Pursuits page.

Important Dates
(please read the parent letter above for more details):

EventDateTimePlace
Textbook Pick-upThurs., Aug. 108:00 - 11:30Advisor's Classroom
Parent OrientationMon., Aug. 141:00 - 3:15Rose Theater
Derby DayFri., Aug. 25
South Campus
Parent CoffeeWed., Sept. 68:00 - 9:00Morrow Room

11th Grade

General Information

Important Dates (please read the parent letter above for more details):

EventDateTimePlace
Textbook Pick-upThurs., Aug. 108:00 - 11:30Advisor's Classroom
Parent OrientationMon., Aug. 141:00 - 3:15Rose Theater
Parent CoffeeWed., Aug. 238:00 - 9:00Morrow Room
Derby DayFri., Aug. 25
South Campus
PSATWed., Oct. 11

12th Grade

Important Dates (please read the parent letter above for more details):

EventDateTimePlace
Textbook Pick-upThurs., Aug. 108:00 - 11:30Advisor's Classroom
Parent OrientationMon., Aug. 141:00 - 3:15Rose Theater
Victory Ranch
Senior Retreat
Tues., Aug. 15 - Wed., Aug. 16 Depart and Return from/to St. Mary's
Derby DayFri., Aug. 25
South Campus
Parent Meeting with College CounselorsTues.,
Aug. 29
OR
Wed.,
Aug. 30
8-9

OR
3:45- 4:45
Morrow Room


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.

Honors & Advanced Placement Classes

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.

Program of Studies

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.


Dr. Carrie Steakley

Head of Upper School
csteakley@stmarysschool.org

Upper School Office Contact

Carla Evans
carlaevans@stmarysschool.org
901-537-1420