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Core Values Education

As students leave the Saint Mary’s Hall Upper School, they venture into an ever-changing global marketplace of ideas, values, and experiences. In order to prepare our students to be the successful leaders that influence the global marketplace, the Upper School faculty and staff takes advantage of assemblies, Chapel services, Advisory Programs, campus and community service, and student organizations to instill in the students the core values of Saint Mary’s Hall.

Advisory Program

Each Upper School student is assigned a faculty advisor who is responsible for understanding the needs and aspirations of the individual student and will help the student fulfill his or her potential through advocacy and mentorship. As small groups of advisees joined by their faculty advisor, advisories meet weekly to interact and to bond with each other. These weekly meetings are where a great deal of Core Values Education takes place.

Campus & Community Service

Service to school and the community is a critical area of education that intertwines all of the Core Values of the school. Service to others highlights one’s character, instilling the values of care, compassion, and altruism. Service is a hallmark of leadership, and at Saint Mary’s Hall we believe every student is a leader. Consequently, Upper School students must complete 60 hours of community service, with a minimum of 15 hours earned each year and three hours of giving back to the school through campus service. 

Student Leadership

Students at Saint Mary’s Hall have the opportunity to set themselves apart as leaders of our school community by joining several groups. Membership in any of the five councils is an honor as students are elected into these positions by their peers every year. To join an honor society, students must first excel beyond standard expectations academically; then, they can be invited to join honor societies by faculty members. 
Five Elected Councils
  • Community Service Council
  • Fine Arts Council
  • Honor Council
  • Sports Council
  • Student Council
Honor Societies
  • Cum Laude
  • National Art Honor Society
  • National English Honor Society
  • National French Honor Society
  • National Spanish Honor Society

Student Organizations

Students may also decide to join one of the more than 20 Upper School student organizations on our campus. These organizations are based on shared interests, and under the guidance of a faculty sponsor students carry out community and campus service events and raise awareness of local and global issues. Some of the
Upper School student organizations include:

  • Junior Statesmen of America
  • The Walrus, Upper School Literary Magazine
  • Model United Nations Club
  • Robotics/Engineering Club
  • The Shield Society & Student Shadows

Core Values

  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Spirituality
  • Tolerance
  • Tradition

Honor Code

“I am a student of Saint Mary’s Hall. I will not lie, cheat, steal, or behave in a manner unbecoming a Saint Mary’s Hall student.”

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