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Welcome to St. Mary's Academy!

St. Mary's Academy is Oregon's oldest continuously-operating secondary school. A nationally recognized school of excellence, St. Mary's is an established Catholic all-girls college preparatory high school that readies students for the future. We invite you to review our Profile of Distinction.

With over a 150-year tradition of educating young women, St. Mary's continues to serve a diverse school community and offer a challenging academic program which fosters the development of the whole person. St. Mary's is large enough to provide a wide variety of experiences, yet small enough to focus on the individual needs of each and every student.

SMA building exterior

In a nurturing and supportive environment, the faculty and staff challenge students to exceed their potential and provide them with skills, strength and resources to meet those challenges.

St. Mary's twelve pioneer Holy Names Sisters' vision for the future, determination and spirit of sacrifice have made it possible for St. Mary's to shape the lives of more than 10,000 young women since 1859.

St. Mary's provides a solid spiritual foundation through its four-year religion curriculum, campus ministry program, retreats and service opportunities. The curriculum provides students with an understanding of human development, Catholic Christian theology, world religions, ethics and social justice.

The Campus Ministry Department sponsors activities that nurture spiritual growth and development. Students are encouraged to actively participate in all-school masses and weekly liturgies. Staffed by St. Mary's faculty and alumnae, the Junior Encounter and Senior Metanoia focus on improving relationships between self, others and God. These spiritual retreats provide a time for reflection and valuable insight for making life decisions.

SMA Blues Bridge Walk

The St. Mary's family of students, parents, faculty and staff work together to give time, talent and service to the greater Portland community. Programs such as Hands Full of Heart, Holiday Food Baskets, tutoring at St. Andrews Nativity School, serving the homeless at St. Francis Dining Hall and elderly outreach with Friends Across Generations exemplify St. Mary's call to service.

St. Mary's — unlike other private schools — does not require its students to take part in community service projects. By making participation voluntary, St. Mary's encourages students to see service as part of their lives not as an obligation to receive their diplomas.

St. Mary's is an environment rich in values and grounded in the Catholic tradition where each young woman can develop her individual potential. The liberal arts curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive and world-centered academic program focused on preparing students for higher education.

St. Mary's urban setting in downtown Portland enhances the school's curriculum with unique access to enriching educational and cultural opportunities. Situated within a few blocks of Portland State University, Portland Art Museum, Oregon History Center, Multnomah County Central Branch Library and the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, St. Mary's draws upon a wealth of resources that complement the classroom experience.

SMA 2013 Graduation

Students at St. Mary's discover that education is the result of study, hands-on experience and a personal desire to seek out knowledge and new challenges.

With a faculty dedicated to each individual student, teacher advisors follow academic progress and social development throughout each student's education at St. Mary's.

St. Mary's Academy views athletics as an extension of the classroom where students learn the values of hard work, determination and cooperation, while developing their talents as athletes. As a member of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), St. Mary's competes in 6A level sports — cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, and track & field — in the Mt. Hood Conference. St. Mary's Blues teams also compete in four club sports - alpine and nordic skiing, lacrosse and dragon boat racing.

Many of the state's finest female athletes developed their skills while at St. Mary's. The all-female environment allows girls to thrive in the spirit of competition. Many former St. Mary's student-athletes are now coaches and share the pride, inspiration and commitment to the winning history of the school.

 

Sincerely,

The Administrative Team of St. Mary's Academy

Christina Friedhoff, President

Kelli Clark, Principal

Sister Linda Patrick '67, SNJM, Assistant Principal of Student Life

Alena Kelly, Assistant Principal of Academics

Emily Niedermeyer Becker '86, Director of Development

 

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