School Profile

Mission Statement

Saint Mary High School’s tradition of commitment to Catholic education extends to students from Grade 9 through Grade 12. Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where excellent teaching and innovation develop effective communication, independent thinking, and creative problem solving for college and life experiences. We strive to instill in our students sound moral and spiritual values rooted in the teachings of Jesus, enabling them to live faith-filled lives in a culturally diverse world with respect for self and others.

School and Community

Saint Mary High School, one of the oldest high schools in the state, is located in the beautiful suburban community of Rutherford, New Jersey.  The high school, founded in 1929 by the Dominican Sisters, is a comprehensive co-educational Catholic college preparatory secondary school that serves an ethnically and socially diverse student population.  Students who commute from a wide geographical area (over 50 communities) to attend the high school.  It may be the most easily accessible high school in Bergen County.  Saint Mary High School has been recognized for meeting the academic, intellectual, social, emotional and athletic needs of its students.  The students are rigorously challenged by an intellectually creative faculty.


Saint Mary High School has long been recognized as a highly successful, comprehensive preparatory school.  Students are accepted on the basis of the Archdiocesan Cooperative Exam, school records, and letters of recommendation.

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • National Catholic Educational Association
School and Community

The faculty and administration consist of twenty-six members.  Twenty-eight percent possess advanced degrees.  Saint Mary High School’s dedicated, professional staff is committed to providing a rigorous and expansive comprehensive academic program.  In the classroom, teachers incorporate technology and instructional strategies that develop critical thinking skills, as well as content knowledge.

Campus Ministry

Saint Mary Campus Ministry program offers a multitude of ways for students to strengthen their spirituality through student ministry teams, immersion trips, all-school liturgies and a variety of service experiences.

Student Activities

The student activity program provides leadership opportunities for over eighty percent of the student body.  It includes Student Council, pep rallies, homecoming activities, Catholic Schools week, spirit days, food drives and fundraising for community groups in need of help.  There are over 18 clubs on campus, including Key Club, St. Joseph’s Club, Mock Trial, and several culturally based organizations.

Athletic Programs

Saint Mary High School is a member of the competitive North Jersey Interscholastic Conference.  The school is legendary in the number of championships it has garnered.  Many of its athletes have received scholarships to major colleges and universities over the years and have distinguished themselves by playing in a Super Bowl and election in the National Football Hall of Fame.

Student Body
Student-Teacher Ratio 10:1
Average Class Size 17
Honors and Awards
  • National Honor Society
  • Math National Honor Society
  • Spanish National Honor Society
  • Italian Honor Society

Saint Mary High School offers a wide selection of courses in a traditional college preparatory curriculum.  Courses are designed as College Prep, Honors or Advanced Placement.  The student’s placement is based on his/her previous academic performance, meeting prerequisite requirements, standardized test results, and individual course preference.  The program is designed to prepare each student for future academic pursuits to promote individual responsibility and moral integrity.  Students’ course selections usually exceed the number of semester units required for graduation.

Class of 2018
  • Senior Class: 52 Graduates
  • 100% accepted to a college or university
  • 92% attending a 4-year college or university
  • Over $4 million in Scholarships and Grants
Graduation Requirements
Theology 4 years
English 4 years
Mathematics 3 years
Social Studies 3 years
Science 3 years
World Languages 2 years
Fine or Applied Art 1 year
Technology 1/2 year
Physical Education 4 years
Electives 1 year
*Community Service 40 hours
Honors and Advanced Placement Courses

Saint Mary High School provides its students the opportunity to enroll in Honors and Advanced Placement courses.  All students enrolled in an AP course are required to take the AP examination in May.

Course Offerings and Electives
Freshmen Program

Theology 9

Physical Education
Fundamentals of Art

Algebra I
Algebra I Honors

Geometry Honors

Biology Honors

English 9
English 9 Honors

World History
World History Honors

Spanish I
Italian I
Conversational English

Sophomore Program

Theology 10

Physical Education
Driver Education
Intro to Computers
Fundamentals of Art II

Geometry Honors
Algebra II
Algebra II Honors

Chemistry Honors

English 10
English 10 Honors

US History I
AP US History I

Spanish II
Italian II
Conversational English

Junior Program

Theology 11

Physical Education
First Aid

Algebra II
Algebra II Honors

Physics Honors
Anatomy & Physiology Honors

English 11
English 11 Honors

US History II
AP US History II

Spanish III
Italian III
Conversational English

Senior Program

Theology 12

Physical Education
Life Skills
Financial Literacy

AP Calculus AB
College Prep Math

AP Chemistry
AP Biology
AP Physics Honors
Anatomy & Physiology Honors

English 12
AP English Literature and Composition

AP Spanish
Italian IV
Conversational English

Saint Mary High School offers the following electives during the 2016-2017 school year

Accounting I
Accounting II
Advanced Drawing
Advanced Painting
Current Events

Environmental Science
Film Study
Graphic Design

Introduction to Drawing
Introduction to Painting
Portfolio Art

Web Design