The mission of St. Mary's Episcopal School is  to provide a superior educational experience for girls which will encourage and enable each student to reach her individual potential. 


All girls, 2 years old through 12th grade

Since 1847, our girls independent school in Memphis has been known for its academic excellence. Here, every teacher, every lesson, every resource is dedicated to girls and how they learn best. And they learn best at St. Mary’s. In our robust academic environment, the heart connects with the mind, and integrity, compassion, and confidence are the norm.  


years of experience educating girls as the oldest independent school in Tennessee.


students from 36 zip codes


members of the class of 2023 matriculated to 45 institutions in 23 states.

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Early Childhood

In the Marlene R. Shaw Early Childhood Center, each day is a new adventure full of wonder and discovery. Our youngest
St. Mary's girls start their journeys in an environment that is steeped in language and filled with a spirit of independence and inquiry.

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Lower School

In Lower School, specialist teachers collaborate with our talented, loving classroom teachers to create a dynamic environment designed to engage and ignite young girls' minds. The hands-on curriculum teaches students invaluable lessons about problem-solving, tenacity, creativity, and cooperation.

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Middle School

Middle School is a time of transformation. A dedicated faculty - who know both the ins and outs of their subject matter, as well as the ups and downs of a girl's life during these critical years - challenges students to develop the reading, writing, and thinking skills they need for Upper School, college, and life.

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Upper School

In Upper School, students are immersed in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that extends beyond the classroom to provide real-life experiences. From the performance stage to community outreach, from the athletic field to Chapel, St. Mary's girls learn to collaborate, inspire others, and achieve their goals.

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Traditions at St. Mary’s begin on the very first day of school with songs and prayers in chapel. From the Bridge to Caring through Day by Day and Derby Day, our school thrives through the traditions that have been carried for over one hundred years. Class days at St. Mary’s are one of my personal favorite traditions.