Summer is a time of relaxation, fun, and vacation. The break also offers exciting learning opportunities outside of the classroom, and at times, these adventures lead to exotic and inspiring locales. For Saint Mary’s Hall biology students, the opportunity to participate in the 2021 Marine Science Trip led them to the picturesque Big Island of Hawaii.
- 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
Values at SMH
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First Choice College/University
Class of 2020
Presidential Volunteer Service Awards
Across All Divisions
faculty with Advanced Degrees
Years Average SMH Tenure
Distinctive Upper School Courses
Students from Underrepresented
San Antonio Populations
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 7 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 10 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
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
Recent Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) graduate Isabela “Izzy” Castillo ’21 is well versed in the Summer at Saint Mary’s Hall experience. She is a camper turned counselor. Attending the summer program for nearly a decade, Castillo decided to try her hand at counseling for the first time in 2019 and enjoyed the experience so much she chose to return this summer.
Each year, Saint Mary’s Hall sends a new class of graduates off on a journey toward success in college and fulfillment in life after carefully preparing them. While it’s always hard to say goodbye, we’re excited to see our graduates go out into the world to pursue their destiny of success and accomplishment.
Graduating seniors heading off to college aren’t the only ones who are celebrating the next step in their educational journey. Our Form 5 Barons celebrated their promotion to Middle School, and our Form 8 Barons celebrated their promotion to Upper School. These ceremonies are time-honored traditions at Saint Mary’s Hall, marking our students’ transition not just from one Form to the next, but to the next division and next phase of their SMH journey.