Learning for Life

Learning for Life: St. Mary's Community Courses

Our new St. Mary’s Community Courses offer educational opportunities for adults to learn something new or discover a hidden passion. Courses will cover a variety of topics and be led by alumnae, faculty, staff, and local professionals. From mahjong to calligraphy, there's something for everyone! Registration opens December 15. 

To register online, please visit UltraCamp. If you haven’t done so before, please create a complete profile for your family. You may also contact Briana Morrow, Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs, via email or by phone at 901-537-1415 for registration and to make payments. If you are registering with UltraCamp for the first time, please note this is our after care and summer camp registration platform. There will be forms you can disregard and skip. We will improve the registration process each time we offer these courses. Thank you for your patience.  


A Remarkable Journey…….Discovered
The story of St. Mary’s is a story of forward thinking founders and leaders who, through their vision, perseverance, and resiliency, were able to establish and maintain the oldest continually operating private school in Memphis and the state of Tennessee through wars, epidemics, and social changes, while creating an educational environment for girls that not only offers an excellent preparation for college, but also for life.
In 1998, Mary M. Davis, a St. Mary’s icon who served as the Head of the Upper School and the Interim Head of School, published the history of St. Mary’s in a book entitled A Remarkable Journey. In these three classes, the remarkable beginnings of St. Mary’s will be discovered, along with her amazing journey to become one of the top schools in Tennessee and beyond. The history of St. Mary’s is deeply intertwined with the history of the city of Memphis. The connection of St. Mary’s to her city will also be investigated as we move through the early years of St. Mary’s history from 1847 – 1981, the beginning through the establishment of Moss Hall.
Instructor: Dr. Patti Person Ray ’65, St. Mary’s School Historian and Former Upper School Head
Schedule: Tuesdays, January 24 & 31 and February 7
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: AWC, Faculty Dining Room Virtual Link Available
Cost: $75 

Mahjong for Beginners
This class is currently full. Please email Jenny Madden to be placed on the waiting list. 
Crak! Bam! Dot! Learn the game that everyone is playing! In this series of Beginner Mahjong classes you will gain a basic understanding of the game’s fundamental components, rules, and playing strategy. Classes will focus on learning the tiles, understanding the card, making hands, learning the American rules, strategies, and sequence of play. 
Instructor: Sally Rosenberg ’80
Schedule: Sundays, January 29 and February 5 &12
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $75 

This class is currently full. Please email Jenny Madden to be placed on the waiting list. 
Calligraphy is decorative handwriting using a dip pen. Both cursive and other hands let you create lovely notes, invitations, headings, and addresses on ordinary communications. You’ll learn: a brief background of different alphabets, the pens and papers that work best, how to use and hold pens, how to practice and layout spacing and text, and fun ways to use your calligraphy. Students will need to purchase supplies. A list will be sent once registration is complete.
Instructor: Nancy Prillaman
Schedule: Tuesdays, February 14, 21, 28
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Cost: $75 plus supplies