Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal School

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You Belong

Founded in 1847, St. Mary’s educates girls age 2 through 12th grade.

For nearly 175 years, our all-girls school has provided has provided girls in Memphis with the finest education possible. We are one of only nine Episcopal girls’ schools in the country and are a community of individuals from different neighborhoods, ethnic backgrounds, and faiths who respect one another's differences and honor our shared values. We invite you to see for yourself why you belong at St. Mary's. 

17%

Recognized as National Merit Scholars

36

Zip Codes Represented in Student Body

825

Total Student Enrollment

19

Years Average Teaching Experience

7:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

30.1

Average ACT Score

75%

of Students Play Sports

5

Student Publications

72%

of Faculty Have Graduate Degrees

Academic Excellence

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St. Mary’s is a tight-knit community with a focus on academic excellence.

St. Mary's has long been known for its academic excellence. Here, every teacher, every lesson, every resource is dedicated to girls and how they learn best. We know that girls develop verbal skills early on resulting in a propensity for reading and language. An all-girls education provides a supportive, nurturing environment where girls can explore the boundaries of what is possible. 

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In Early Childhood, girls are immersed in experiences that nurture learning and growth. Our youngest students engage in meaningful learning moments that build their confidence and cultivate a love of learning.     
Christina Block
Head of Early Childhood

The Lower School is where our girls begin to develop their independence and drive. During this time, they begin to chart their course for success in learning and in life through exploration, inquiry, and curiosity.
Marcisha Brazley-Keith
Head of Lower School

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During the Middle School years, our students are beginning to develop into confident, intellectual young women. At the same time, they do so with the vibrancy and enthusiasm of young girls.

Katherine House
Head of Middle School

St. Mary's students are supported in furthering their skills and talents while also encouraged to explore new interests and ideas. Our Upper Schoolers dwell in the realm of possibility while developing a tool kit for the real world.
Lauren Rogers
Head of Upper School

Beyond the Classroom

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St. Mary's offers 40 athletic teams and over 20 clubs and organizations.

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See What's Happening at St. Mary's

Read the latest news.

Real-Life Robots
  • Upper School

Eight Upper School students witnessed the practical use of robots in medical care at Saint Francis Hospital. The girls spent time in small groups with physicians and medical device experts, learning about surgical robotic tools such as the Da Vinci, MAKO, and MAZOR.

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Celebrating St. Mary’s Girls
  • All-School

Every April, we celebrate one of St. Mary’s most cherished traditions, Springfest. In the annual event, students gather to crown a Queen and Princess and honor them with musical tributes. Congratulations to this year’s Queen, Mollie Wexler ’25. For the first time, the 6th grade selected two deserving St. Mary’s girls as Princesses, Finley Cannon ’30 and Eleanor Parr ’30.

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Student flies kite in the park
  • Lower School

It was a perfect spring day as second-grade students headed to Shelby Farms with their handmade kites in tow. The students spent weeks researching, learning, and building and were eager to see their bird-like creations soar through the sky on one of the most exciting days of the school year, Kite Day.

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Students at Youth in Government
  • Upper School

Thirty-nine St. Mary’s students traveled to Nashville this weekend to participate in the 2024 Youth in Government Conference. We are proud to report that they returned with several accolades! This conference allows teenagers to have a hands-on experience in state government. Students can serve as senators or representatives, justices and lawyers, department commissioners and lobbyists, or press corps members.

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Lower School Art Teacher Kelly Cook Showcases Work in Exhibit at the Dixon
  • All-School

Be sure to check out Lower School Art Teacher Kelly Cook’s work at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens later this month. She is part of a select group of local artists in the Memphis 2024 exhibit, which begins on April 21 and will be on display until June 30. Three pieces, created with watercolor on wood, will be featured in the exhibit.

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Artist in Residence Morgan Beckford ’06 Returns to St. Mary’s to Make Some Noise
  • All-School

Morgan Beckford ’06 still remembers the fifth-grade assignment where she had to write a paper about what she wanted to be when she grew up. For Beckford, the answer was clear—she wanted to be an opera singer. Beckford’s career journey brought her to Boston, where she currently lives and works as a nonprofit administrator and performer, and back to St. Mary’s as the 2024 Louise T. Archer ’40 Artist in Residence. 

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Learn more about our vibrant school community.

There is so much more to a St. Mary's education than what happens in the classroom. Three quarters of St. Mary's girls are athletes, and half of those are multi-sport athletes. More than half of the Upper School participates in music. We produce two plays a year in Upper School and one each in Lower and Middle School. Our Mock Trial team wins awards every year. Our girls don't have to choose between being students or athletes. They are both. And musicians. And thespians. And community volunteers.

After St. Mary's

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Our alumnae are changing the world.

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First Young Alumna Award Recipient Shows Extraordinary Compassion

For the last seven years, Chandler Roberts Cummins ’12 has dedicated her career to being a comforting presence to patients while providing the highest level of care. As a nurse, Cummins knows that patients are often in their most vulnerable state during a hospital stay or doctor’s visit and are in need of extraordinary empathy and compassion.

Chandler Roberts Cummins ’12

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