Welcome to St. Mary's Academy

Thank you for your interest in St. Mary's Academy, home of the Wildcats! We are delighted that you are considering our school community for your family. 

St. Mary’s Academy is Denver’s premier independent, Catholic, co-educational PK-8 and all-girls High School that was established in 1864 by the Sisters of Loretto. SMA 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.  

The ethos of St. Mary’s Academy is deeply rooted in the spirituality and mission of Loretto, where faith, community, justice, and respect serve as a touchstone for all aspects of our community. The Loretto School Values are gospel values that guide our work, as taught and lived by Jesus. We are a school that puts faith beliefs and spirituality into action, and encourages moral and character development of our students to love, accept, and treat others with respect. 

The Admissions Team looks forward to learning more about you and your family and how we can best serve you in this process.

Typical entry points at St Mary’s Academy are as follows, but families with children entering at any grade should not hesitate to contact us:

  • Pre-Kindergarten (4-year-olds) for co-ed Lower School
  • Kindergarten for co-ed Lower School
  • Sixth Grade for co-ed Middle School
  • Ninth Grade for all-girls High School

Virtual Admissions Center

Our admissions process encompasses a combination of in-person and virtual opportunities for you to learn more about SMA and for us to get to know you. We’re a family school dedicated to thoughtful options for exceptional learning and growth.

Please visit and explore our Virtual Admissions Center for more information on ways to learn and engage with our community, a calendar of upcoming in-person or virtual events, and more!

Visit Our Virtual Admissions Center

Admissions News

SMA Earns Recognition for AP Computer Science Offerings

SMA is one of only 232 schools in the country to be recognized with the College Board's AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women's access to AP Computer Science A (CSA).

The academy also offers AP Computer Science Principles at our all-girl high school. Research shows that girls’ schools are leading the way in closing the gender gap by setting up women with the essential skills and attributes needed to succeed and lead in STEM-related industries.

Meet Our School Community

Learn more about our application process.

The most valuable thing I learned at SMA was how to be part of something bigger than myself. I was part of this great community that I loved and I did things like travel and learn about cultures and things I wouldn't have otherwise. This showed me how fortunate I am to have the life that I do, and that I can make a difference in the world.

-former student


Connect with Us Today

Seely Meredith
Director of Admissions and Tuition Assistance

303.762.8300 x 255

Kristen Dieterich

Director of Lower and Middle School Admissions

303.762.8300 x 205

Lindsey Lopez

Admissions Associate

303.762.8300 x 241

Idiomas: inglés y español

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students from 70 different zip codes



of students participate in community service

$1.9 million

in tuition assistance to 31% of students


of the Class of 2018 received a merit-based scholarship for college