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Academics and Arts

The faculty at St. Mary’s Academy provides a values-based, purpose-driven education in a caring and secure setting. Students learn how to think, not just what to think, with a rigorous program that encourages respectful discourse. Our Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect inspire us to do great work for each other and the world.

Preschool to Grade 8 at St. Mary’s Academy is co-educational, while our high school is all-girls. Students across the metro area represent many religious and ethnic backgrounds—creating a vibrant community of collaboration, discovery, and unity.

  • The Early Learning Program recognizes the pivotal significance of a child's formative years, encompassing cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth, and is grounded in the belief that joyful learning is the cornerstone of optimal childhood development.
  • In the Lower School, children engage in social-emotional exploration while experiencing authentic learning, including an introduction to design thinking. 
  • Our Middle School is designed for learners to forge connections, explore their identity through community service, and nurture their passion areas. 
  • In High School, young women evolve to trust their voices, delve deeply into advanced level coursework and service learning, and leave with a purpose as agents of change.

Academics by Division

Early Learning

Lower School

Middle School

High School


Service learning at SMA has shown me that education extends far beyond textbooks. Through giving back to our community, I've discovered the real-world impact we can make, and it's taught me the true value of empathy, collaboration, and being a responsible global citizen.
Grade 11 Student

Service Learning

St. Mary's Academy is a Service Learning school.


Performing and Visual Arts

The performing and visual arts program fosters creativity and self-expression in students through a vibrant array of offerings.

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Explore the STEAM program, designed to empower students as change-makers and adept problem-solvers, enabling them to create a positive and innovative impact in the world.

Athletics and Health

Experience holistic physical education as students participate in dynamic athletics and health activities, cultivating lifelong wellness habits and cultivating fitness.

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