The SMA Advantage
The St. Mary’s Academy experience provides a solid foundation for academic success and personal and spiritual growth:
Well trained, enthusiastic faculty present a challenging, focussed, university entrance program to academically oriented students in an orderly, nurturing learning environment.
High academic expectations promote the values of hard work and personal responsibility and encourage student achievement.
Our young women enjoy the benefits of single-gender education including increased self-confidence, and encouragement to excel academically, exercise leadership, and develop life-long friendships.
Our staff is committed to education of the whole person. A variety of extra-curricular activities provide opportunities for our young women to explore a range of personal interests, and to develop talents, leadership and social skills. Above all, students learn the value of engaging actively in their community.
Student athletes participate on competitive athletic teams, many of which advance to playoffs. The Flames hockey team boasts six league championships in the past eight years. The summer basketball/volleyball sports camp for grades 7 promotes participation and further skills development.
Academy students and staff are a community that is built and fostered by a variety of school activities and gatherings where students interact with each other and with staff. Our community is grounded in our belief that each person is created in the image and likeness of God and worthy of respect and caring.
Our young women are immersed in a community where God is part of everyday life and where emphasis is placed upon social responsibility and service, especially to the poor and disadvantaged.
SMA graduates, with few exceptions, pursue higher education immediately after high school. They have an impressive record of being accepted into the universities, colleges and programs of their choice. Graduates report being well prepared to meet the academic challenges of post secondary studies and to manage their time effectively.
Students, staff and alumnae take pride in our attractive grounds and well-maintained facility, especially the heritage portions. Upgrades to the 1909 classroom wing include the Richardson Science Wing and new human ecology labs as well as air-conditioning. Expansion and upgrades to the 1963 building include Durocher Library, a fine arts studio and fitness room. The most recent expansion, completed in the summer of 2013 includes the Sheila Chipman Atrium and the Theatre Arts/Music Wing.
Students and staff have access to more than 200 computers, Office 365, numerous projectors, smart boards, and various other peripherals. A plan developed by the Board of Directors ensures that technology is kept current.