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Saint Mary's Hall

School rating 4 / 5 by

9401 Starcrest Drive San Antonio TX 78217 United States
Boarding
None to None
Day
PK to 12th
Gender
Coed

Academic

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Saint Mary's Hall offers a more than satisfactory academic program for its students. The school is well-balanced in the sense that not one particular department or subject matter is held higher than the rest. Humanities, arts, sciences and mathematics are all well covered. The student body, aside from a handful of stragglers, is composed of well-rounded individuals that have learned to develop their own intellectual curiosity given the environment supplied by the generally enthusiastic teaching staff. While there can be an air of academic competitiveness amongst the students, it is not overwhelming for most. The best thing the school did for me was stimulate my own drive for intellectual growth. A Saint Mary's Hall teacher will drive his or her students to push their mental comfort zones, opening them up to new horizons, spurring their curiosity to deeper levels on a daily basis. My only regret coming from Saint Mary's Hall regards a very specific facet of an education that I feel the school is lacking. Saint Mary's hall high school lacks a good coverage of ancient philosophy, Greek literature, and other similar topics. I find that many of my peers at my current University have at least been exposed and are generally aware of some form of such said topics. This is a minor and very specific complaint, yet it is something I have indeed noticed upon my matriculation to the University level. As for teaching style and philosophy at Saint Mary's Hall, there is a wide mix that varies on a teacher by teacher basis. Some classes tend to be more lecture driven and others more discussion driven. This has actually served me well in the sense that I am able to learn and process information in many different environments, making me flexible in my academic pursuits. Day to day classes at Saint Mary's Hall are a very pleasant experience for the student. All classes are small in size, given the overall small size of the school. That as well makes the faculty very accessible to the student. All teachers are available for out of class mentoring before, after, and even during school hours, depending on each teacher's schedule. The school's workload is definitely manageable for most. Of course there are a few classes that will require more work than others, just like any other school. But above all, Saint Mary's Hall is best in it's high number of advanced courses. Many students take multiple Advanced Placement level courses and do very well on the Advanced Placement exams.

College Counseling

Saint Mary's Hall has one of the most renowned college counseling teams in the country.....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

I entered Saint Mary's Hall after middle school, having gone to another school for elementary....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Quality of life at Saint Mary's Hall is reasonably good. The facilities are on average above par compared to most other schools in its league. Constant expansion and renovation plans are underway at Saint Mary's Hall to improve these facilities at all levels. Multiple labs, technology resources, and study areas exist throughout the school in addition to a large and modern library space. These can serve as useful for many students. The only issue can be that sometimes these spaces can become crowded and loud at peak student traffic times, making it hard to work during those hours. As for....

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