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 Catholic, independent co-educational PK-8 and All Girls High School located in the beautiful Cherry Hills Village. Established in 1864 by the Sisters of Loretto, St. Mary’s Academy has been a forward-thinking educational leader over three different centuries. Teaching young Coloradans has been our mission and privilege for more than 150 years, and we understand how important choosing the right school is for your family.

Our impassioned teachers foster rigor and exploration, inspiring our students to succeed in and beyond the classroom.

Our inclusive community welcomes students of every race, religious tradition, and economic background. In fact, our student population boasts over 28 percent diversity (based on race and ethnicity), one of the highest percentages among independent schools in Colorado.

As powerful agents of change, our graduates go on to careers that enhance the future of Denver, the country, and the world.

Since our inception, St. Mary’s Academy students have been guided by the four Loretto School Values – faith, community, justice, and respect. Our students actively engage in community service, appreciate giving back in a meaningful way, and experience the impact they can have on the larger community.

In addition to academics, St. Mary’s Academy students have access to extensive offerings in the visual and performing arts, private music lessons, and a comprehensive athletic program. Daily instruction with computers, tablets, interactive projectors, and access to robotics and coding invites mastery in critical skills for today’s world.



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



$9.8 million

in merit-based scholarships earned by the 2018 graduating class


of faculty are SMA alumnae


of the Class of 2017 received a merit-based scholarship