The St. Mary's Ryken Scholars Program

Featuring curriculum from the nationally recognized program – Project Lead the Way.

The Scholars Program offers STEM tracks in:

  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Biomedical

In addition to these specialty tracks:

  • Global and International Studies
  • Humanities
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

The goal of the Scholars Program is to offer accelerated curriculum concentrations to our students who want a more rigorous and advanced course of study in a specific field.

The STEM curriculum uses Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. PLTW’s success in preparing students to succeed has been recognized by many colleges and universities.

Benefits of the SMR Scholars Program include:

  • Participation in an elite, selective academic program with specialty tracks
  • Internship opportunities
  • Flexible scheduling to allow for electives of choice
  • Exclusive field trips
  • Capstone senior project with presentations to local professionals with consultation and feedback
  • Distinguished addition for college applications
  • Recognition at graduation and Scholars Program diploma

To be selected for the Scholars Program, the following criteria will be evaluated:

  • Student’s high school placement test results
  • Grade-point average
  • Essay submission
  • Portfolio or audition (performing and visual arts tracks)
  • Interview with the Dean of Academics may also be required


  • Principals in Engineering

    Learn how our Scholars in Engineering students collaborate with projects in the classroom

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Please review the lists below for required courses per track. The tracks can be individualized for each student based on their interests.

For additional information and questions, please contact:

Mr. Brad Chamberlain, Dean of Academics: / 301-373-4188


Mrs. Susan Allison, Academic Coordinator:, 301-475-7681


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