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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.