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Transfer/International Students

If you are interested in applying for the 2019-20 school year, please contact our office (503-721-77728, for a modified application process. We look forward to getting to know you!

Transfer students

St. Mary's Academy accepts transfer student applications on a space-available basis for entry in the fall as well as mid-year entry for the second semester in late January. The first step for any student interested in transferring is to schedule a shadow visit and experience SMA student life firsthand. This first step will help her decide if she would like to move forward with a transfer application.

Transfer applications are handled on an individual basis and no set deadlines are established. Applicants for fall term 2019 are encouraged to submit their applications for admission by April 3, 2019, especially if the family has applied for financial aid. Admission to the school always precedes financial aid decisions.

Minimum Admissions Standards
      • A 2.0 GPA with no D or F grades in core subjects
      • Satisfactory behavioral and attendance records
      • Satisfactory recommendations from current principal, math and English teachers
      • Successful completion of appropriate number of credit hours for current status to reach fulfillment of the St. Mary's Academy graduation requirements
Transfer Student Admission Process Checklist
      • Schedule a shadow visit and experience the SMA community firsthand.
      • Submit an application for admission. The online application form will be available on October 23, 2018 for students applying for the 2018-2019 school year.
      • Apply for financial aid (if applicable) by April 3, 2019. Click here for more information about financial aid and learn how to apply.
      • Request teacher recommendations and transcripts. All applicants are required to submit English, math, and Principal/Counselor recommendations. Recommendation and transcript requests are completed online via SchoolAdmin.
      • Attend an applicant family interview. After receiving the completed application for admission, teacher recommendations, and transcripts, the Office of Admissions will contact you to schedule a family interview to discuss your desire to transfer, your educational goals, and your previous educational experiences.

Admission decisions are typically sent to applicants within two weeks of completion of the application process.

International Students

St. Mary’s accepts applications from international students and is able to issue an I-20 for the F-1 visa process. The school does not arrange for homestays, so families must make their own arrangements. International students are required to submit a current TOEFL score in addition to completing the application process. Please contact the admissions office for scheduling of required interviews.

St. Mary's Academy has been educating Oregon's best and brightest young women since 1859. The school has a rich and long-standing history in the city of Portland. St. Mary's Academy offers students a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum, including over 20 AP and honors classes, world languages, performing and visual arts, advanced science and math programs, as well as dual-credit college courses. Click here to view our full course catalog for the 2018-19 school year.

We encourage international students to join one of our 12 athletic teams, become a member of one of our special interest clubs, or participate in a co-curricular activity such as our science mentorship program or dance company.

There is much excitement and experiential learning that comes from attending a high school located in an urban, downtown environment. Downtown Portland acts as an extended campus for St. Mary’s students and, as a result, our students are more independent and ready for college after four years in our urban setting.

For questions relating to our academic program or student life, please contact the Office of Admissions at We look forward to hearing from you.