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  • Belong. Believe. Become.
    Belong. Believe. Become.
    It’s more than three words under a logo. It sums up the SMS experience. It’s what we offer every girl who comes through our doors. It can be your future.
  • Be known.
    Be known
    There’s something to be said for being a big fish in a small pond. In a small community like ours, it’s easy to make friends and make a name for yourself on campus.
  • Be exceptional.
    Be exceptional
    You know you’ve got it in you—that tiny spark that’s waiting to ignite. SMS is the kind of place where you can explore your interests and develop your talents.
  • Be yourself.
    Be Yourself
    Better yet, be your BEST self. We'll help you identify and develop the talents that make you, well, you.
  • Be a friend.
    Be a friend
    A funny thing happens when you enroll at SMS. You start to think of your classmates as sisters. Living in a respectful community will do that to a friendship. Sure, we disagree sometimes, but we learn how to work it out.
  • Be a mentor.
    Be a mentor
    You’ve got the qualities of a leader! Yes, you, and there are lots of ways you can develop them here, for instance, a leadership class taught by someone who knows a thing or two about leadership—our Head of School.
  • Be fearless.
    Be Fearless
    What keeps us from trying new things and exploring our potential? You guessed it—fear. So what would you do if you weren’t afraid? Play a sport? Paint a still life? Give a speech? Visit another country? Run for office? We say go for it! We’ve got your back.
  • Be inspiring.
    Be Inspiring
    Let your light shine. Whether we’re tutoring orphaned children in the Dominican Republic, building houses for Habitat for Humanity, or organizing a blood drive for the American Red Cross, we consider service a way of life.
  • Be graceful.
    Be graceful
    Our motto is as inspiring today as it was in 1921: “as we grow in age, may be grow in grace.” Stop for a minute and think about what it means for a woman to grow in grace--how would it change her work, her relationships, her life? How can it change yours? 
  • Be genuine.
    Be genuine
    We hate it too, when you feel like you have to be someone you’re not just so you can fit in. We believe in the power of being exactly who you are. So go ahead, be yourself. We wouldn’t expect you to be anyone else! 
  • Be our guest.
    Be our guest
    We want to meet you! Come see what it’s like to be a St. Margaret’s girl—visit us for a tour, a day, or even an overnight!  
  • Be a force.
    Be a force
    “Be the change you want to see.” It’s easy to do at SMS. Take our Soulful Voices a cappella group, for instance, organized by students who thought SMS needed a singing group. 
  • Be a team player.
    Be a team player
    About two-thirds of our students participate in Varsity or JV sports, so whether you’re looking for a college scholarship or just a little friendly competition, there are plenty of opportunities to push yourself on a playing field. 
  • Be fabulous.
    Be fabulous
  • Be an explorer.
    Be an explorer
    Think of the world as your classroom. Spend minimester studying the history and culture of another country--we’ve recently traveled to Egypt, Morocco and Spain, just to name a few. Or live and learn with your international counterparts through an exchange program with other St. Margaret’s Schools in New Zealand or Chile. 
  • Be a trailblazer.
    Be a trailblazer
    You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to figure out what you want to be when you grow up. Explore a career or academic interest in your senior year through an independent study project. 
  • Be inquisitive.
    Be inquisitive
    Ever wonder how the world around you works? You’ve got questions, we’ll help you find the answers through hands-on exploration of science, technology and math. 
  • Be one with nature.
    Be one with nature
  • Be creative.
    Be creative
    The world is waiting to hear what you’ve got to say. Our award-winning fine arts program will help you find the perfect medium to express yourself.  
  • Just be.
    Just be
  • Be a global citizen.
    Be a global citizen
    Ask us where we’re from and you might hear “China” or “Mexico” or “Malawi.” Living and learning in a diverse community like ours will help you understand different cultures so you’re prepared to be a citizen in a global society.  
  • Be brave.
    Be brave
    Whether you’re traveling down the street, across the country, or around the world, we know it’s not easy, but we promise you’ll never feel alone. Our students hail from towns big and small—and about one quarter of them from different countries—so there will always be someone who knows exactly what you’re going through. 
  • Be honorable.
    Be honorable
    “On my honor, I will not lie, cheat, or steal. In addition, I will take responsibility for those in our community who do so.” It’s our honor code, and it has a powerful, positive effect on the way we live, both here at school and out in the world. 
  • Be focused.
    Be focused
    OK, so maybe you’ve occasionally had a little trouble with this one. We’ll give you tools to help you stay on track, like our study skills class, built to help you figure out how you learn best, or our “Teacher Available” hours, where you’ll have access to your teachers every day after class. 
  • Be green.
    Be green
    Were you gonna throw that water bottle away? ‘Cause we’d be happy to recycle it. It’s easy to be green at SMS, thanks in part to our Green Team—a student-organized group that promotes sustainability on- and off-campus. 
  • Be blue.
    Be blue
  • Be grey.
    Be grey
  • Be spiritual.
    Be spiritual
    No matter what our beliefs are, we’re all on a spiritual journey. Explore organized religion, spirituality and your own faith in an open, supportive community rooted in Episcopalian values. 
     
  • Be loved
    You’ll notice it the first time you visit us. It’s why we treat each other with respect. It’s why we’re as close as any family. It’s love, and it’s what makes us different from other schools. 
     
  • Be a scottie.
    Be a scottie
  • Be a roommate.
    Be a roommate
    It may seem strange, the idea of living with a total stranger. But close quarters lead to close friendships and before you know it, your dorm room will feel just like home, only with more cookies. 
  • Be good.
    Be good
    You’re good at lots of things, so why not do some good? Put your talent and energy to work through our community service program.  
     
  • Be confident.
    Be confident
    Want to know what happens when you live in a community of supportive people who encourage you to be the best person you can be? You start to see yourself as the amazing person you are. 
  • Be bold.
    Be bold
    What do we do when we get in a rut? We shake things up, try something new, make something good happen. It’s easy to do here. 
  • Be motivated.
    Be motivated
    So you’re having trouble staying motivated. It happens to the best of us, which is why our curriculum includes a carefully structured day that’ll help you manage your time, identify your goals and make things happen. 
  • Be connected.
    Be connected.
    It’s not that we don’t like Facebook, it’s just that we prefer actually talking to each other, you know, face-to-face, like in the olden days. And when you’re part of an active community like ours, making connections is easy. 
  • Be safe.
    Be safe.
    Safety here is more than security. It’s people who really care about you. People who want you to be well and do well. So yes, you’ll BE safe here, but you’ll also FEEL safe. 
     
  • Be resourceful.
    Be resourceful.
    You won’t have a quiz or test on it, but it’s one of the most important things you’ll learn here. How to be proactive, how to channel your energy, how to move deliberately in the direction of your dreams. And if you ask any of our more than 2,000 alumnae, they’ll all tell you it’s what best prepared them for the interesting, challenging lives they lead.