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Common Questions

What opportunities will my daughter have to be in a co-ed environment?

SMA creates a school-wide and classroom climate in which girls can express themselves freely and frequently, and develop their intellectual skills during the school day. These skills prepare them to be strong women in the co-ed world in which they live.

Girls find that they are able to use their skills in a co-ed environment through many of the co-curricular offerings at St. Mary's, such as: service projects, Model United Nations, Science Olympiads, robotics, Outdoor School, and more. We have three dances, including prom, each year and girls are encouraged to invite friends to join them.

What sports are offered at St. Mary's Academy?

We believe that athletics are an important extension of the classroom, where students learn the value of determination, resiliency, hard work and cooperation while developing their athletic abilities. Our student athletes compete in the following sports:

Fall: Cross-country*, Soccer, Volleyball

Winter: Basketball, Skiing (Alpine & Nordic)*, Swimming*

Spring: Golf, Lacrosse, Track and Field*, Tennis, Dragon Boats

*No cut sport - there is at least one no-cut sport offered each season.

What transportation options are available to SMA students?

Our campus is easily accessible by a variety of public transportation routes including the yellow, orange and green MAX trains, TriMet buses, the Portland Streetcar and C-TRAN buses. We also assist families in arranging carpools.

SMA will provide transportation for all athletes to/from practice facilities and games.

Do you accept transfer students?

Yes! If your daughter is currently in high school, she may apply to transfer to SMA. Applications will be considered on a space-available basis for entry in the fall or at the start of second semester in late January. Transfer students must show a successful completion of appropriate number of credit hours for current status to reach fulfillment of the St. Mary's Academy graduation requirements.

Do you accept international students? Are you able to issue an I-20?

Yes! We are able to issue an I-20 for international students. International student applicants will be asked to submit test scores to show English proficiency in addition to completing the application process. St. Mary's does not offer ESL or ELL classes, so a high English proficiency is expected. We are unable to arrange for homestays, so students must make their own living arrangements. Please review the International students page and contact the admissions office for more information.

Do you have programs for students with learning differences?

We offer a challenging, college-preparatory program aimed at establishing a solid intellectual foundation from which our students can grow and succeed. The school is able to provide reasonable accommodations to students with a wide range of learning differences. We value the parent partnership and request parents disclose learning differences in the admissions application. Understanding a student's learning differences during the application process allows us to provide the best academic support possible. All requested accommodations need to be documented by an outside provider.

Quick Stats

  • 680 Students, Grades 9-12
  • 29% Catholic
  • Average Class Size: 21
  • Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Faculty with Advanced Degrees: 88%
  • $2.1 Million in tuition assistance