WHY SMA?

WHY Choose a Catholic, Independent School?

  • Private school students are more likely than public school students to complete a bachelor's or advanced degree by their mid-20s. (Voice of America's Private Schools, Council for American Private Education)
  • Independent School graduates are more likely than peers to identify the following as a major area of strength: being tolerant of others with different beliefs, seeing the world from someone else's perspective, and working cooperatively with diverse people. (Independent School Graduates as College Freshmen: 2015 Data from the Higher Education Research Institute, NAIS Research)
  • Independent school graduates report expecting to be more engaged in some non-academic activities than their counterparts, including participating in student clubs, groups, or recreational sports (Independent School Graduates as College Freshmen: 2015 Data from the Higher Education Research Institute, NAIS Research)
  • Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant for diverse views, and more committed to service as adults. (Campbell, 2001: Greeley & Rossi, 1966; Greene, 1998; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001; Catholic School Advantage - Fact Sheet, University of Notre Dame)
  • Students who attend religious schools score at an academic level about 12 months ahead of their counterparts. (William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey)
  • Independent Schools nurture curiosity, stimulate personal growth, encourage critical thinking, and promote a lifelong love of learning. (The Independent School Advantage, National Association of Independent Schools)
  • Small schools appear to have greater focus on academics; students report high levels of respect among classmates, and a greater tendency to support academic achievement than students in conventional schools. (Small Schools White Paper, Stuart R. Grauer, Ed. D., Coalition of Small Preparatory Schools)

I had such a remarkable foundation built within the SMA community.

Catherine Queen '06

WHY Choose an All-Girls' High School?

  • Graduates of all-girls' high schools are 2X as likely to earn a doctoral degree and 3X as many alumnae of all-girls' schools plan to become engineers. (National Coalition on Girls Schools)
  • More than 80% of girls' schools graduates consider their academic performance highly successful. (Dr. Linda Sax, UCLA)
  • Girls' school grads are 6X more likely to consider majoring in math, science, and technology compared to girls who attend co-ed schools. (Goodman Research Group)
  • Students at all-girls' schools have higher aspirations and greater motivation than their female peers at co-ed independent and public schools. More than 2/3 expect to earn a graduate or professional degree. (Dr. Richard A. Holmgren, Allegheny College)
  • Over 88% of girls' school students report they are comfortable being themselves at school, which means they are free to focus their energies on their learning. (Dr. Richard A. Holmgren, Allegheny College)

What made SMA great for me was that SMA was successful in bringing in teachers who allowed me to explore my personal strengths.

Jeff Buesing MS'97

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