St. Mary’s Academy is Denver’s premier independent, Catholic coeducational PreK-8 and all-girls High School that was established in 1864 by the Sisters of Loretto. It continues to be a forward-thinking educational leader focused on a values-based, purpose-driven education with rigorous academics, integrated service learning, outstanding faculty, and a commitment to individualized attention and developing the whole student.
Since its founding, St. Mary's Academy has welcomed students of every culture, religious tradition, and economic background. We emphasize understanding and appreciation of different perspectives. We focus on respect and how we treat each other – to love inclusively and unconditionally with compassion. This allows for a deeper understanding of others and of one's own convictions in an increasingly complex, multicultural and multi-religious world. Our Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect guide us in our work. We encourage strong moral and character development in pursuit of the common good. We inspire leaders and change agents, teaching students how to think and problem solve in the spirit of teamwork and collaboration to prepare them for success in an ever-changing world.
St. Mary's Academy graduates are make a difference in the world, and the college counseling team plays an important role in guiding them toward their future.
More than $2 million in financial aid and merit scholarships are awarded each year, making SMA an even greater investment and value.
Stronger in our diversity, SMA emphasizes understanding and appreciation of different perspectives.
Centrally-located on a beautiful, 24-acre campus in Cherry Hills Village, Englewood, our families come to SMA from 69 different zip codes in the Denver Metro area.
The first diploma granted in the Colorado Territory in 1875 went to our first alumna, and our tradition of trailblazing Middle School alumni and High School alumnae continues.
Our faculty is highly-accomplished in their fields and committed to our culture of mentorship.
Celebrating a diverse community, we invite all students to consider SMA–whether an athlete, an artist, a visual learner or an experiential one, a suburbanite or a city dweller–here, you will find welcoming smiles, open minds and abundant opportunities to excel.
Creativity, imagination, and excellence are at the heart of education at St. Mary’s Academy. Students engage in fine arts – including music, theater, and visual arts every day.