School Profile

Mission Statement

St. 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 & Community

St. Mary High School, one of the oldest high schools in the state, is located in the beautiful suburban community of Rutherford, NJ.  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.  St. 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.

Admissions

St. 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.

Athletic Programs

St. Mary High School, one of the oldest high schools in the state, is located in the beautiful suburban community of Rutherford, NJ.  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.  St. 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.

Accreditation

Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Membership

National Catholic Educational Association

Faculty

St. Mary High School, one of the oldest high schools in the state, is located in the beautiful suburban community of Rutherford, NJ. 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. St. 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.

Campus Ministry

St. 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.

Student Activities

St. 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.

Class of 2019

  • 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

Student Body

  • Student-Teacher Ratio: 10:1
  • Average Class Size: 17

Honors & Awards

  • National Honor Society
  • Math National Honor Society
  • Spanish National Honor Society
  • Italian Honor Society

Curriculum

St. 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 their 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.

Graduation Requirements

  • Theology: 4 years
  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years
  • Social Studies: 3 years
  • Science: 3 years
  • World Language: 2 years
  • Fine or Applied Art: 1 year
  • Technology: 1/2 year
  • Physical Education: 4 years
  • Electives: 1 year
  • Community Service: 40 hours

Honors/Advanced Placement Courses

St. Mary High School provides 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.

Project Forward

St. Mary High School, in partnership with Felician University, is proud to offer the Project Forward program to upperclassmen. Project Forward challenges students with collegiate academics taught by collegiate professors on campus after the school day ends at Saint Mary High School. The program allows students to experience college life, enhances students’ preparation for higher education, and awards students college credits upon successful completion of a course. Saint Mary High School students interested in Project Forward must maintain an acceptable grade point average, disciplinary record, and be cleared to participate in Project Forward by the Dean of Students.

Course Offerings & Electives

Freshmen Program

Theology 9

Physical Education
Health
Fundamentals of Art

Algebra I
Algebra I Honors

Geometry
Geometry Honors

Biology
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
Geometry Honors
Algebra II
Algebra II Honors

Chemistry
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
Pre-Calculus
Calculus

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

Pre-Calculus
Calculus
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

St. Mary High School offers the following electives during the 2019-2020 school year:

Accounting I
Accounting II
Advanced Art
Current Events

Economics
Engineering
Environmental Science
Film Study

Forensic Science
Graphic Design
Intermediate Art
Journalism

Portfolio Art
Psychology
Sociology
Web Design