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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

SMA is yours to virtually explore this year, with online resources and virtual events with faculty, staff, and student ambassadors. Coming soon: All-Girl High School Virtual Events--9/22, 10/8, 10/17, 11/10, 11/17, 12/2; Coed Middle School (6-8) Virtual Events--10/6, 10/27, 12/8; Coed Lower School (PreK-5) Virtual Events--10/20 & 12/10; Pre-K Virtual Visit--1/12; Kindergarten Virtual Visit--1/14 Learn More

  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Sports
    B-

Applying

Application Deadline
January 31
Application Fee
$60
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
HSPT, None

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$20,200
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
28%
Average Financial Aid
From St. Mary's Academy

St. Mary’s Academy planted its roots on the Colorado frontier in 1864 and continues to inspire leadership. Our founding Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect transcend time and space. So if you are looking for a community where your child will smile and thrive and help turn challenges into positive change, know that every heart, hand, and mind across our great green campus is ready to welcome you. We are a caring, diverse and inclusive school with inspiring teachers in a culture of mentorship that fosters voice and helps forge pathways for all. Students learn how to think and problem solve, confident in their potential, vested in responsibility to social justice and the health of humankind and the environment, and prepared for possibilities of an ever-changing world. We welcome families of all races, religious traditions and economic backgrounds to a continuous co-ed experience Pre-K to 8 and an all-girls High School, a secure and empowered community.

St. Mary's Academy Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1270
99 responses
Average ACT
29
126 responses

An Ethos of Problem-Solving

St. Mary's Academy students are taught how to think rather than what to think. Teaching strategies and curriculum challenge students to problem solve, collaborate and innovate. Design thinking is encouraged in every Division classroom and in inspiration/STEAM spaces.

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
87%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 40 responses
  • Brain Brawl (quiz contest)
    23%
  • Retreat
    20%
  • Spirit week
    18%
  • Diversity Day
    15%
  • Class cheers
    13%
  • Talent Show
    8%
  • newer student - not sure yet.
    3%

    Students

    Diversity
    B+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    684
    89%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
    78%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
    72%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
    Starting Age
    4
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
    • Offers Part Week
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    79%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
    Poll
    95%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A-
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
    86%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      C-
    2. Good for Families
      A+
    3. Housing
      B-
    Median Household Income
    $250,001
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $2,183
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $1,588,700
    National
    $184,700

    St. Mary's Academy Reviews

    103 reviews
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    St. Mary’s is the best school in Denver! I love going there so much! I started off my high school experience at a different high school in Denver and it wasn’t great and SMA welcomed me with open arms. At SMA every girl is empowered to be the best version of themselves. I started at SMA my junior year and the academics were excellent and I got all the support I needed from the teachers and staff! I have never felt more like myself than when I am at SMA and I am so beyond blessed to call SMA my home! The faculty and staff at SMA work tirelessly to make SMA a safe and strong academic community and they succeed at doing so. The girls here are truly special and lift everyone up. I have never encountered a mean girl at SMA and that is a very rare thing in high school! I am very proud to say I go to SMA and if you have a daughter I would highly recommend sending her to SMA! It truly is the best school ever! Go wildcats!
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    The truest thing about St. Mary’s Academy is that they are exactly who they claim to be as educators and advocates for my daughter. The warmth and care they profess to have for every child were truly obvious from our first interaction with the school and, perhaps more telling, long after. A long-standing and established academy, St. Mary’s is “on top of their game” with a clear and logical balance between the best practices of rigorous academics and devoted attention to instilling Loretto values in their students. One can see and feel the impact of the seriousness with which everyone at St. Mary’s Academy takes these values. Finally, the camaraderie among the students, and the length of service of the staff and teachers are two more things that point to St. Mary’s Academy being a truly fine institution
    My child has attended SMA for 4years and we have both been very satisfied. Everything about SMA makes us happy. They have a wonderful staff who I truly feel like they care about my child and I. I have never been part of a community where I feel so welcomed. Sending my child to school everyday I feel like he is in the best hands possible. I know he is learning a lot, not only academics but also how to be a good person through community, justice, and respect. The leadership is outstanding at SMA, they are learning just like the children while we all are adjusting during the pandemic. They have learned to work around the challenges the pandemic has thrown at us all. They have made the classroom a safe learning environment for the students and staff. Staff has also been more then prepared to switch to virtual learning, making sure our students are still learning just as much from home. I am happy that our journey has led us to ST. Mary's Academy.