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 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.


Our founding Loretto values guide us in our work. Our inclusive community welcomes students of every race, religious tradition, and economic background. In fact, 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 challenged. Students work in a creative and collaborative atmosphere that fosters respect and cultivates leadership among all learners.

In addition to top-quality core academics, St. Mary’s Academy students have exceptional opportunities in the visual and performing arts, private music lessons, and a comprehensive athletic program. Daily learning includes balanced access to the best online resources through computers and tablets, along with options for robotics and coding. Students develop mastery in critical 21st Century skills.

Our students actively engage in community service, experiencing social responsibility and the impact they can have on the larger community. As powerful agents of change, our graduates go on to higher learning and careers that better our state, the country, and the world.

Please use the following Inquire and Apply buttons if you are interested in the 2021-2022 academic year or beyond. To learn more about the admissions process for the current 2020-2021 academic year, please contact our Admissions team directly.



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