64 Chestnut Street, Rutherford, NJ 07070 | 201-933-5220

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 and 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.


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

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 by election to the Saint Mary High School Hall of Fame.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools


National Catholic Educational Association


The faculty and administration consist of twenty-three 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, liturgical leadership roles. Students also partake in a variety of service experiences including food drives and fundraising for community groups in need of help.

Student Activities

The student activity program provides leadership opportunities for over eighty percent of the student body. It includes Student Council, Key Club, St. Joseph’s Club, Mock Trial, and several culturally based organizations.

Class of 2022

  • Senior Class: 51 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


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
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
Integrated Math

AP Chemistry
AP Biology
AP Physics Honors

English 12
English 12 Honors
AP English Literature and Composition

AP Spanish
Spanish IV Honors
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

Environmental Science
Film Study

Forensic Science
Graphic Design
Intermediate Art

Portfolio Art
Web Design