About Us

Gathering on the St. Mary's Academy quad for the May crowning of the statue of Mary

Welcome to St. Mary’s Academy, Denver’s premier independent, Catholic, Co-educational PK-8 and All-Girls High School located in beautiful Cherry Hills Village. Established in 1864 by the Sisters of Loretto, St. Mary’s Academy has been a forward-thinking educational leader across three centuries. We understand the difference a culture of caring, academic rigor, and well-rounded development can make to your child's experience and future.

Meet Our School Community

Faith, Community, Justice, Respect

Our Loretto School Values guide us in our work. We are a school that believes the fundamental message of God as taught and lived by Jesus, to love without bounds. We practice this message in the Catholic Loretto tradition of putting faith beliefs and spirituality into action.

Our inclusive community welcomes students of every race, religious tradition, and economic background. Our student population reflects more than 28 percent ethnic diversity, one of the highest percentages among independent schools in Colorado. Every child is known, supported, and empowered. Students work in a creative and collaborative atmosphere that fosters compassion, understanding, and respect for all.

Our students actively engage in service learning, possess strong cultural competency, and are vested with social responsibility.  As powerful agents of change, our graduates go on to higher learning and careers that better our state, the country, and the world.


of our student population is diverse (based on race and ethnicity)

$12.3 million

in merit-based scholarships earned by the 2020 graduating class



of faculty are SMA alumnae


of graduates from the last four years received at least one merit-based scholarship