No matter where your family is on its faith journey, St. Mary’s High School is here to help your child explore who they are, strengthen their relationship with God and grow into who they are becoming. Our hope is that through guidance and a faith-based curriculum, we will empower your child to realize their own sense of community and integrate it into their daily lives through relevant experience. During their four years of theology studies, for example, all of our students are led to understand the foundations of faith and teachings of Jesus Christ. Additionally, all students attend monthly mass at St. Mary’s Church and begin and end each day in prayer.
St. Mary’s High School is blessed to enjoy an active campus ministry that guides our community to recognize Christ in others and to include God in our daily lives, regardless of our individual walks of faith. Our students find mentors and friends in the Redemptorist priests and our full-time campus minister, who plans retreats, liturgies, prayer and services projects and provides spiritual counseling. We also actively participate in many events such as World Youth Day, Catholic Heart Workcamp and March for Life.
The experienced, committed and talented faculty and staff of St. Mary’s High School takes pride in embracing every unique student, ultimately equipping them to lead lives of deeper meaning, belonging and service within the Catholic faith.
We offer five unique academic programs designed for students with specific aptitude and achievement. For example, our newest offering - the St. Isidore Cyber Literacy Program - challenges high-performing students to pursue a rigorous academic curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). With coursework that includes cyber literacy, cyber science and honors physics, the program also includes guaranteed field experience for students prior to starting their senior year.
Instead of seven or eight classes per semester, we utilize a “block scheduling” format of only four 85-minute classes per day that is consistent with college life and often heralded by St. Mary’s alumni as among the most significant factors contributing to college success. Study takes on greater focus under this schedule, emphasizing not only the mastery of important information, but also the development of analytical thinking skills.
In addition to utilizing iPads to enhance the classroom experience, our campus is equipped with high-speed wireless internet, multimedia projectors and Apple TVs to facilitate learning. This integration of technology gives our students access to robust digital resources related to course material and enables out-of-classroom communication with teachers and peers.
For those wishing to pursue a more challenging curriculum, we make available more than 35 honors and advanced placement courses to all St. Mary’s students beginning in their freshmen year. Some of these courses include honors and AP foreign language, statistics, calculus, chemistry, physics, microbiology, environmental science, biology, geography, US history, psychology, studio arts and countless others.
In 2016, our average student-teacher ratio was 15:1; the average class size was 22. With nearly 80% of all faculty members having earned advanced degrees in their subject areas of education, our teachers strive to challenge students of varying abilities and learning styles, tailoring their approach to the needs of both the class and the child.
Our highly-trained counselors guide each student through improvement strategies, academic course selections, scheduling and standardized testing as they relate to the college enrollment process. During a student’s junior year, for example, they make certain that all students are informed of school visits by college representatives, as well as financial aid and scholarship application requirements. In 2016, 100% of all St. Mary’s High School seniors who applied to a two- or four-year institution were accepted, earning nearly $11 million in collective scholarships and grants.
Consistent with the values of St. Mary’s High School, our athletic department is committed to excellence. And you won’t have to look very hard to find Saints on the field of play. More than 70% of our high school students compete in at least one of the following sports:
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This fall, we are also incredibly excited to open a new 15,000-square-foot facility that will serve as a team house for all sports teams and students!
In addition to fully-equipped locker rooms for both male and female athletes, the team house will also feature a state-of-the-art strength facility, a highly-specialized training room and a large team meeting room with integrated technology to stream footage and review performance.
A very sincere thank you to the entire St. Mary’s community who contributed to the success of this project!
Our fine arts program enables student artists and performers to succeed in a variety of endeavors including drama, music and the visual arts. These areas of artistic expression and study are actively cultivated, not only inside the classroom, but also outside the school community.
St. Mary’s students enrich their lives and the lives of others through the arts. Actors and actresses have the opportunity to showcase their talents with two drama productions per year. Vocalists and instrumentalists may perform during school liturgies or as part of St. Mary’s a cappella group, Nothing but Treble, which competes in the ICHSA and performs throughout Annapolis year-round.
Another example of a student-created initiative is “Startup Saints,” which was founded last year by a Class of 2020 student who wished to learn more about entrepreneurship in a fun, interactive and constructive environment. Last April, inspired by reality TV show Shark Tank, four teams of students culminated months of coaching and development by “pitching” their business ideas to local dignitaries for charity and real seed money. The students learned a lot and it was very fun!
We offer more than 20 student-run clubs and activities for our students to join. If something doesn’t already exist, we encourage our students to start their own!
Set in downtown Annapolis, we are blessed to have one of the city's most architecturally striking learning environments, with labs and classrooms adjacent to Spa Creek, an inlet of the Severn River.
In addition to academic buildings, we are also nestled against the historic St. Mary’s Church and Charles Carroll House and Garden.
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