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  • St. Mary’s Academy is a Catholic high school for young women that provides a challenging college-preparatory education in a supportive learning environment.
  • In the heart of downtown Portland, Ore., St. Mary's Academy is located off Southwest Fifth Avenue near Portland State University between Mill and Market streets.
  • The mission of St. Mary’s is to educate the whole person by nurturing spirituality, encouraging creativity, promoting justice and inspiring a sense of global interdependence to prepare students for service and leadership.
  • Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary’s Academy is Oregon’s oldest continuously operating secondary school.
  • St. Mary’s Academy is Oregon’s only school to have received three U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools awards.
  • Young women from more than 30 urban, suburban and rural communities in Oregon and Southwest Washington comprise the student body at St. Mary's Academy.
  • With a diverse student body, there is no such thing as a typical St. Mary’s student. Furthermore, students do not wear uniforms and have not since the late 1970s.
  • The school colors are white and blue, and the mascot is an eighth note dubbed “Ella." The team name is the Blues.


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