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  • empowers learners through academic rigor and intellectual discourse in a supportive environment.
  • fosters a culture of trust and being known
  • builds lives of curiosity, self-confidence, and achievement

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Million Earned in 
Merit-Based College Scholarships
Class of 2021

100%


Admitted to a
College/University

64%

Accepted to
First Choice College/University
Class of 2021

11,000+


Hours of annual service
to the campus and community
2020-2021

53

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards
Across All Divisions
2020-2021

87

59%

faculty with Advanced Degrees

10

Years Average SMH Tenure

15:1


Average Class Size

735

Students

>200


Distinct Courses

20

Advanced Placement Courses

100+

Upper School Courses Offered

>$2.2 Million


Awarded Yearly in
Scholarships and Financial Aid

51


Number of San Antonio Zip Codes
From Which We Draw Students

42%

Percentage of Students of Color

I have truly loved my Middle School experience at Saint Mary's Hall. The school provides a supportive community, incredible and accessible teachers, and amazing academics. At SMH, I have enjoyed being a part of the Senate Leadership Council and meeting various friends in different forms as well as meeting many new students as a Baron Ambassador. I also feel fortunate to be a part of the Middle School field hockey, soccer, and tennis teams. Saint Mary's Hall is a special place because it allows me to participate and explore all of my interests while getting a strong education!

  • Annie Herff
  • Form 8 Student

Saint Mary’s Hall fosters a sense of identity, independence, and self-expression through the opportunities provided, enabling students to pursue their passions — academically, personally, and at an extracurricular level. I found my niche through the avenue of speech and debate. Throughout both the Middle and Upper School, the focus lies on cultivating student autonomy and leadership. Students have the option of joining clubs, running for councils, or participating in after-school activities. I am a part of Boy Scouts of America as a Life Scout, serve on the Honor Council, and participate in the Latin Club, MUN, and JSA. Faculty are extremely passionate and personable, investing time in all of their students, while providing individualized attention. My collective experiences, together with friendships I have formed and the mentorship I have received, have created a deep sense of purpose and family, while leaving me with lasting memories.

  • Anish Beeram
  • Form 11 Student

My family has been a part of the Saint Mary’s Hall community for 16 years.  My daughters, Lucia and Cecilia have grown into hardworking and confident students over the years.  Lucia graduated this year, and I can definitely see that she is fully prepared for her college education.  While the academics are rigorous, the teachers are supportive and want their students to succeed. The classes are small, so the teachers have been able to get to know each of my children as individuals. To me, one of the things that makes SMH special is the sense of community. Lucia and Cecilia have both developed strong relationships with many of their teachers, and feel supported and mentored by many of them.

  • Amber Canseco
  • Parent

It has been a privilege to have spent the past 17 years teaching at Saint Mary’s Hall within a community of passionate teachers and enthusiastic students.  SMH offers something for everyone – arts, athletics, academics – while fostering a strong collaborative environment that is open to new ideas and suggestions – such as having a student run investment group or an entrepreneurial society.  This environment allows for the students to grow, both academically and personally, and to form incredible relationships with both their peers and faculty alike which often extend past their secondary education. It has been amazing to not only work with such motivated students with so many diverse interests, but also with such a dedicated group of teachers that I am proud to call not only colleagues but friends.

  • Jose Molina
  • Upper School Faculty

I have been part of the Saint Mary’s Hall family for 83 years. I graduated from Saint Mary’s Hall in 1943 and worked at SMH for close to 20 years.  I have been a parent, aunt, grandparent, member of the Alumni Council and SMH Board of Trustees, and unofficial historian.  My favorite memories (though too numerous to mention) include being a student and a graduate followed by years of being on the Residence and Office staff. One of the things I love most about Saint Mary’s Hall are the friendships and connections I made over the years with students and faculty.  A small student body with small classes leads to special attention from teachers and special relationships with other students.   My continuing close association with the alumni over the years highlight my days.  

  • Elaine Hinds '43

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Patti Nicoll

Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) Middle School Science Teacher Patricia Nicoll discovered her love of marine biology as a student at Rice University. Taking part in a Sea Semester program in Massachusetts, the experience led to her first career path of working with marine mammals at Sea World of Texas after graduating. Little did she know her appreciation of animals and ecosystems, as well as her fieldwork and research, would evolve into a lifelong career and passion for teaching.

Full Story about SMH Teacher Named 2021 Outstanding Biology Teacher for Texas
Athletics

The coaching staff at Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) is one of a number of competitive advantages the school possesses with their dedication and passion for helping student-athletes reach not only their full potential on the tack, courts, and fields, but in the classroom and in life. SMH is excited to welcome three outstanding full-time head coaches and educators. These versatile mentors bring a wealth of coaching, playing, and life experience to the athletics program and school.

Full Story about SMH Welcomes Stellar New Full-Time Coaches