This parent also pointed out the fact that SMA is affiliated with the Archdiocese, yet not bound to it. "If you want a real Catholic education, this isn't the school." This is untrue. She begs the question, what is a real Catholic education? One where the real priests--the patriarchal ones--shove their
... Read more ultra-religious opinions down modern-thinking, gossiping, and texting teenage girls? Those priests would be disrespected and therefore, no teenage girl within a 20 mile radius would want to be associated with the Catholic faith. SMA gives us a window to see the Catholic faith in a modern and positive perspective--something that many parishes lack--while continuing to give the gift of beautiful and (almost) ancient faith traditions. Obviously this parent s daughter was not utilizing all the assets that SMA has to offer in the faith development area, because as a Catholic I feel extremely supported, involved, and respected by my community. Read less
Posted by a student on 12/03/13
Our child has been at St. Mary's for a couple of years. We believe she has received an outstanding education in an extremely supportive environment. However parents and prospective students should be aware that the school is in the process of expansion which includes constructing an additional building
... Read more and increasing enrollment. In fact, last year the school increased enrollment from about 25 to 50 students with a consequence increase in some class sizes. Parents and students considering St Mary's should ask some hard questions of administrator about this issue and what the school is doing to insure that class sizes do not increase. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/18/13
It was my choice to attend St Marys and I have never once regretted it. It has an absolutely wonderful and incredibly supportive environment where students from all backgrounds can thrive. The academics define a new standard for excellence and I am challenged every day. It is a lot of work but the pay
... Read more off is enormous. The no boy aspect contributes to the closeness of the community and is liberating in the classroom and beyond. The best choice for a high school education for any young girl. Read less
Posted by a student on 07/20/12
I would have to disagree with a comment about St. Marys Academy. Yes we are a Catholic School, but by being so, we believe we have an obligation to understand other cultures, and therefore gain more insight beyond what is rudimentary. Our science teachers are excellent, as well as our English department
... Read more instructors. You are sure to find a community atmosphere at St. Mary's Acadamy, with which, us students are able to accomplish much. Read less
Posted by a student on 03/01/12
St Mary's Academy was an outstanding choice for my daughter. Her through grounding in the basics (Math, Science, Religions, Languages, History, Computers, Psychology, Theater and Music) along with an AP Art class and an extraordinary college essay (The English department has a particular emphasis on
... Read more writing) got her into the top art school in America. When she graduated in June she received an award for leadership. She credits SMA with "making me realize that my ideas are just as valid as anyone else's in the classroom ... I found that this confidence is rare in women who haven't gone to all girl schools." SMA is not for everyone, it is expensive (although, there are scholarships), and it is academically challenging, they are not a remedial school. However, if you daughter is interested and you can afford it, SMA is a great choice. One other odd side benefit is that by being downtown she saw the ravages of drug and alcohol abuse in the homeless and steered clear of those substances. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/05/11
St. Mary's Academy is an excellent school! I attended St. Mary's and the community is absolutely outstanding! The teachers, staff, and of course friends, are incredibly supportive and want to see you succeed! If you are looking for an incredible education, supportive atmosphere, and a place to meet
... Read more fabulous friends then St. Mary's is for you! Also, it's religious if you want it to be! Read less
Posted by a student on 06/30/11
St. Mary's Academy is a qaulity private Catholic all girls high school in Downtown Portland. We have found the school, teachers, and leadership to be above average or excellent. The academics are rigorous. And the endorsement from our daughter is a big thumbs up.
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Posted by a parent on 06/21/11
Not really a trueCatholic school. The four years of religion education offered by the school is an exaggeration. Psychology isn't exactly a religion class. This school is affiliated with the Church but not run by the Church. If you want a real Catholic education, this isn't the school. Also, this
... Read more is a very liberal school with some very liberal teachers. There are some very fine teachers but in particular history, english and the art teacher. Math and science depts. could use some work. There are a lot of very wealthy kids that attend so if you are not wealthy, this might cause some problems for your daughter. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/21/11
I attended St. Mary's and loved my time there. Not only was I especially well prepared for college, but I was exposed to a variety of ideas and perspectives. For example, I took a world religion class that explored many traditions including ancient religions, native spirituality, and eastern religions.
... Read more The advanced placement and honors classes helped me prepare for my college education. Plus, I found numerous extracurricular activities fitting my interests. I developed close friendships and received an exceptional education. St. Mary's provides an amazing experience. Read less
Posted by a other on 08/12/09
i absolutely love this school. I was not excited to go at first because it was all girls. But i am so happy my parents sent me there. It challenges the students, increases their self confidence and overall has a fantastic atmosphere. I would recommend this school to anyone. Also, I am not Catholic and
... Read more I still felt very comfortable. Only half of the students are Catholic and the all school masses are very nice. The actual school itself is also beautiful. I loved how it didn't look like the typical high school. And the fact that it is downtown Portland is great. The urban setting was probably my favorite part of the school. All in all, i love Saint Mary's and there are so many good things about it. Read less
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Portland schools — St. Marys Academy is located at 1615 Sw 5th Ave, Portland OR 97201. 1615 Sw 5th Ave is in the 97201 ZIP code in Portland, OR The school district for St. Marys Academy is the Archdiocese Of Portland In Oregon. St. Marys Academy is a Catholic school that serves grade levels 9 - 12.
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