Profile of Distinction

At a Glance 2015-2016

Ethnicity of students:
Caucasian 68%, Asian/Pacific Islander 9%, African American 4%, Hispanic 5%,
Multi-Racial 1%, Middle Eastern <1%, Native American <1%, Not Provided 11%
Catholic students: 38% 
Financial aid awarded: $1.7 million
Families receiving financial aid: 39%
2014 merit-based scholarship offers: $17 million
Faculty: 60 
Faculty with advanced degrees: 78%
Student/teacher ratio: 14:1
Average class size: 21
SAT Scores: SMA 1814; OR 1527; National 1498
ACT Scores: SMA 26.7; OR 21.5; National 20.9                                    


Profile of Distinction

TRADITION: Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary’s Academy is Oregon’s premier all-girls’ school and oldest continuously operating secondary school, with more than 10,000 alumnae. Our unique environment for leadership development builds self-confidence and provides continual opportunities for empowerment.

MISSION: Gospel values are nurtured through religion classes, daily prayer, school liturgies and retreats. Committed to living our faith through dedication to social justice, all staff and students participate in service.

EXCELLENT COLLEGE PREPAREDNESS: Scoring more than 250 points higher than the state average SAT scores, our students consistently demonstrate excellence across all content areas. All 2014 graduates were accepted to college.

SCHOLARSHIPS: The class of 2015 was offered $17 million in merit scholarships at 114 colleges and universities.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT: 95 percent of students earned three or better on exams, with 48 percent of students earning five. Tests are scored from one to five, and a score of three or better will earn college credit at many universities.

WIRED TO LEARN: As the first Catholic high school in Oregon to implement a 1:1 iPad program, all students use this mobile device for dynamic learning every day to build skills and knowledge for the 21st century. Technology is a priority, and our wireless environment delivers advanced access throughout campus. Classrooms, labs and the library are equipped with LCD projectors and document cameras, and are heavily supported with subscriptions to digital media.

AWARDS: The achievements of the 149 accomplished young women comprising the class of 2014 include: eight National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists, 10 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students and National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. These seniors earned 10 National Art Honor Society Honor Cords, 56 Service Honor Cords, 40 Scholar Athlete Cords, nine Thespian Honor Cords, 20 Tri-M Music Honor Cords and 72 National Honor Society Stoles.

ATHLETIC CHAMPIONS: Our students have won 19 OSAA State Championships in six different sports and two Oregon Girls' Lacrosse Association State Titles. At the conference level, St. Mary's Academy teams have earned 74 titles, 41 as members of the Metro League and 33 in the Mt. Hood Conference, in addition to two OGLA PDX League titles. The St. Mary’s Academy golf team placed second at the 2014 OSAA 6A State Tournament and were named the 2014 Oregon Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Girls Golf Champions, boasting an average 3.91 GPA. The St. Mary’s Academy tennis team finished second at the 2014 Mt. Hood Conference District Tournament and finished second overall in the Mt. Hood Conference. In addition, St. Mary's Academy was named the 2013-2014 OSAA Sportsmanship Award winner in the 6A classification.

ENGAGED: Eighty-nine percent of the student body is involved in extracurricular activities, including the award-winning Science Olympiad, mock trial, theater and Marian Singers programs, as well as the Campus Ministry and Service team, student government, dragon boat team and Tech Club.

LEADERSHIP: St. Mary’s Academy offers two unique mentoring programs: Teaching, Integrating and Exploring Science (TIES), which pairs our students with fifth-grade girls from local parochial schools, and the Alumna-Student Mentorship Program, where sophomores and juniors are paired with St. Mary’s Academy alumnae for leadership development and college and career advice.

METROPOLITAN: Our downtown location supports student access to PSU classes, OHSU internships, leading businesses and seats of government, as well as cultural opportunities such as top museums and theaters. 

NATIONAL PROMINENCE: The St. Mary’s Academy Board of Directors received the Outstanding Board Award from the National Catholic Education Association in 2011. 

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