St. Mary's is dedicated to and
provides resources for the support and academic development of each
student. St. Mary's administration and faculty realizes 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
For 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
The 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.