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.
Since 1847, St. Mary's 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.
- Founded in 1847, we are the oldest independent school in Tennessee
- All girls 2 years of age through 12th grade
- 825 students from 36 zip codes
- The 57-member Class of 2019 matriculated to 39 institutions and earned more than $14 million in merit scholarships.
- Charter member of the One Schoolhouse
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.
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.
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.
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.