Spend a Day as a Knight
Spending the day as a Knight is a great way to explore St. Mary's Ryken. You will accompany an SMR student and sit in on all academic classes and activities.
In order to schedule the visit a parent must complete the Request Information form.
"I am very interested in attending St. Mary's Ryken because it offers academic excellence, a positive learning environment, a commitment to service and the ability to participate in the WCAC athletic conference. These opportunities are all important to me and I am confident that I can succeed in this environment.”
- 8th grader from Mill Creek Middle School
"After shadowing for a day, I fell in love with St. Mary’s Ryken. The campus was beautiful, my welcome was warm, the teachers were connected, the technology was impressive, the chapel experience was humbling and the lunch was great!”
- 8th grader from Windy Hill Middle School
"After my shadow day, I knew that St. Mary’s Ryken was for me. I felt like I belonged there, something that I don’t feel at the school I’m at now. My brother attended St. Mary’s Ryken and is now in college. He has told me that St. Mary’s Ryken prepared him for college in ways he couldn’t even have imagined, and I want the same experience in my life.”
- 8th grader from John Hanson Middle School
Guidelines to Spend a Day as a Knight
1. A parent must complete the Request Information form.
2. All arrangements must be made through the Admissions Office at least ONE WEEK in advance of the requested date.
Please indicate on your permission form if you would like to shadow a particular student or see a particular class (e.g. band, chorus, scholars program). We will do our best to accommodate your request.
3. On your scheduled day:
Dress appropriately. If you attend a Catholic elementary school, wear your school uniform. Otherwise, wear slacks and a collared shirt. Girls may wear a skirt; however, it must touch the top of the knee. Please keep in mind that SMR is comparable to a small college campus - students move among four academic buildings throughout the day, so dress for the weather and consider comfortable shoes.
Check in at the Admissions Office in Romuald Hall by 8:00 a.m.
Lunch will be provided compliments of SMR, or you may choose to bring a lunch from home.
Students are to be picked up from the Admissions Office at 2 p.m. Students riding the bus or carpooling with an SMR student may stay until 2:37 p.m.
You may want to bring a book to read or homework to do in case your host student has a test.
Questions? Contact the Admissions Office at 301-373-4183 or by email.