St. Mary's is dedicated to and
provides resources for the support and academic development of each
student. St. Mary's administration and faculty realize life is
complicated, and we embrace the responsibility to assist our young
women in making meaning of their world.
Placement for Incoming Students
Often we are asked how we make determinations about placement for our
incoming students. This can indeed be a challenge with incoming
freshmen coming from over 50 different middle schools throughout the
Portland metropolitan area, not to mention transfer students entering
with varying high school experiences.
Once a student has been offered
admission and has returned the Confirmation Agreement with the
registration fee, we begin the process of registering her for courses.
The family will receive a mailing with forecasting information and a
course catalog listing all offered courses. Students will register for
the core classes needed for graduation (as noted in the four-year
graduation plans on the following page) and make choices for electives.
The mailing will also include information about Placement Testing for
math and foreign languages.
Later in the spring, a number
of students will be asked to come to St. Mary's to test in foreign
language and math. Students who have previously taken a foreign language
and wish to continue studying that language at St. Mary's will be
tested to determine the appropriate class level. Students who have
taken algebra level math or higher in middle school will be tested to
determine math placement based upon the St. Mary's math curriculum.
Teacher Adviser Program
The TA Program provides each student personal contact with a teacher
adviser throughout her entire four years of high school. This
relationship enables the adult adviser to be available to motivate and
support students in academic, co-curricular and interpersonal arenas.
Complementing academic counseling, the TA Program is meant to assist
students in adjusting to and becoming active members of the St. Mary's
community. Meeting with students at least four times a week in groups
of 15 to 20, TA time is used for communicating information,
coordinating TA functions, class and school activities, and celebrating
special events including birthdays.
LINK Crew is a transition program that welcomes freshmen and transfer
students and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year at
St. Mary's. Built on the belief that students can help students
succeed, junior and senior LINK leaders act as role models to motivate
our newcomers in their discovery about what it takes to be successful
in high school. This program begins with an orientation before school
starts. Following the orientation are periodic meetings throughout the
first year to discuss pertinent issues. This creates a supportive
network of students making real connections with one another.
students needing advice, counsel or assistance, St. Mary's has the
following resources available: two counselors, a learning center, an
after-school program and campus ministry.
The Learning Center
Learning Center, staffed by two full-time teachers, helps students
improve their study skills and experience academic success. The Center
provides academic support through study skills classes, workshops, and
individual assistance provided during the school day.
The After-School Program is designed to provide additional support to
students through more individual tutoring and focused homework
Call St. Mary's at 503.228.8306 for more information or to speak with a counselor.