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St. Mary's Ryken is a coeducational, college preparatory school located an hour and a half south of Washington, D.C. Our 87-acre campus is located on Breton Bay and is similar in style to a small, college campus.

St. Mary's Ryken has welcomed students from all over the globe - including the countries of China, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Nigeria, Lithuania, Spain, Serbia, Turkey and the Congo.


Challenging College Preparatory, Advanced Placement and Honors Curriculum in a values-based environment
Everything at St. Mary's Ryken - academics, athletics, social activities - prepares our graduates to be successful as they pursue a higher education in college and beyond

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Our Graduates

St. Mary's Ryken graduates attend some of the best colleges and universities in the United States including:


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Kyung (KW), Class of 2018

"Become a Knight to swim freely and closer toward your dream! Learn more about KW’s experience as a Korean International Student."

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Denis, Class of 2017

"Becoming a SMR student helped me to grow in my education and as a person. Learn more about Denis’s experience as a Lithuanian International Student."

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Shujing (Jennie), Class of 2017

"I enjoy the flexibility to choose my classes and the help I receive from my teachers. Learn more about Jennie’s experience as an international student. "

Featured Events


International Knights Fair

Experience another part of the World without leaving the county.
Thursday, March 30 starting 5:30 p.m. in Romuald Hall Lobby.

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International Programs

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

How to Apply

International students apply to St. Mary's Ryken through several international agencies. (The St. Mary's Ryken online application is for domestic students only.)

Students from China and Hong Kong complete the application through Cambridge Institute of International Education. Please see "Students from China and Hong Kong" tab.

Students from all other countries complete their application through one of the following agencies:

The Nacel Open Door Private School Program:

Christine Parker
Tel: 757-482-4238
Toll free: 1-866-530-4253

American Homelife International:

Brian Kelley

AHLI Director Washington DC Area



If you have any questions, please contact the Director of International Programs:

Mrs. Cheryl Shevchuk
Tel: 301-475-7667

Students from China and Hong Kong

All students from China and Hong Kong must apply for admission through the Cambridge Institute and should direct their inquiries to our representative:

Why The Cambridge Network?
St. Mary’s Ryken has partnered with The Cambridge Network to ensure the best possible international program for our international students. The Cambridge Network’s international student program prepares students for life abroad prior to arriving at the school and continues to provide international students with on-going support throughout the school year.

To apply, please contact: The Cambridge Network at:

Still have questions? Use this link for further inquiries:

Application Process

Complete the application through Cambridge Institute or Nacel.

Pay application fee.

Submit the following documents:

  • transcripts (in English) from your middle school and high school
  • TOEFL, SLEP or iTEP scores (Target scores for TOEFL: 60 for 9th grade; 70 for 10th grade; and 80 for 11th grade
  • immunization certificate
  • copy of passport
  • proof of funds
  • two letters of recommendation: one from an English teacher and one from a math or science teacher

Skype interview with the Director of International Programs

After all materials are submitted and interview is completed, student will be contacted with an admissions decision within two to three weeks.

Interested in Becoming a Host Family?

Host families give their student the opportunity to learn and experience American culture. Your family will not only gain a new family member, you will also learn about a different culture, its values and traditions, language, food and more.

Host families must provide a bedroom and necessary transportation for the student, and must agree to a security/background check.

For more information, please contact:

Director of Internation Programs
Cheryl Shevchuk

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Cheryl Shevchuk
Rupert Hall
International Program
Director of international Programs
301-475-7667 (School)
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