You hear it all the time. Magic happens at St. Mary’s.

And that magic comes from the combination of a dedicated private school faculty, an innovative teaching environment, and a foundational philosophy that the most important classroom tool is a personal connection between teacher and student.In addition to getting to know each girl, how she learns, and what motivates her to excel, our teaching staff collaborates to ensure a personalized learning experience for every student. 


Quick Facts

  • 74% of Faculty and Administration have advanced degrees
  • 16 years average teaching experience
  • 8:1 student to faculty ratio

4 Points of Pride about our faculty

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Our Divisions

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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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 I love the teachers at SMS because they wholeheartedly want you to succeed. I am able to go to any teacher and ask for help when I need it. I think that having teachers who actually enjoy teaching can really impact a student's learning.