Admission Process

St. Mary's admission team looks forward to welcoming your family to campus in Memphis, Tennessee, this fall! Please view the five steps below to learn more about St. Mary's admission process.

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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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“The unique nature of SMS, with its Honor Code, welcoming and diverse atmosphere, and unending encouragement, is embedded within my heart and has helped shape my life.”
Courtney Ellis Felts ’96
Lead Counsel, Regulatory Affairs
FedEx Corporation