Raleigh, NC, August 21, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Saint Mary’s School (www.saint-marys.edu) in Raleigh has been named the Triangle area’s top private school by Metro Magazine. Readers voted for the award based on quality of education, advanced course offerings and overall experience. Founded in 1842, Saint Mary’s School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school for young women in grades 9-12. The school offers 18 Advanced Placement courses and a full complement of honors courses, competition in 11 sports, a comprehensive fine arts program and signature technology, as well as advising and co-curricular programs to prepare students for independence and success in college and life.
Saint Mary’s School received a second 2008 MetroBravo award in the category of “Built Environment – Campus Buildings.” The school received honorable mention for its main building, Smedes Hall. Renovated in 2007 under lead designer and Saint Mary’s School graduate Carson Clark, Smedes Hall houses dormitory rooms, faculty apartments, a state-of-the-art student center, food court, beautiful parlors, administrative offices, student lounges, the school store, the mailroom and more. The center section of Smedes Hall was built in 1837, and the wings were added in 1909. Smedes Hall and its companion buildings, East Rock and West Rock, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photos of Saint Mary’s School facilities are available online at www.saint-marys.edu/pages/sitepage.cfm?page=54729.
“It is an honor to be recognized as the top private school in the Triangle,” said Theo Wilkes Coonrod, head of school at Saint Mary’s School. “Saint Mary’s School, a community dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement, prepares young women for college and life.”
About Saint Mary’s School (SMS):
Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina, is an independent, college-preparatory, girls boarding and day school dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement for grades 9-12. Founded in 1842 in the Episcopal tradition, Saint Mary’s School is the seventh-largest girls boarding and day school in the country. The school offers a comprehensive range of opportunities enabling girls to compete in college and today’s global economy. The historic, residential 23-acre campus is within easy driving distance of world-renowned Research Triangle Park and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Thirty-five of the school’s nationally recruited faculty and staff live on campus, and 75 percent of the faculty hold advanced degrees in their field. Saint Mary’s School offers 18 Advanced Placement courses and a full complement of honors courses, competition in 11 sports, a comprehensive fine arts program, and signature technology, advising and co-curricular programs to prepare students for independence and success in college and life. For more information, contact the Saint Mary’s School Admission Office, 900 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603, 919-424-4100, or visit the Web site at www.saint-marys.edu.
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