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St. Mary's Ryken is a private school committed to providing a highly competitive, yet affordable, college preparatory education to students in the Southern Maryland region. SMR is one of 13 schools in the Xaverian Brothers tradition throughout the United States, and we adhere to the Xaverian motto: "Inspiring Lives of Learning, Faith & Service." 

Our 87-acre waterfront campus is located in Leonardtown, Maryland and models a small college, with four academic buildings, a 48,000 square foot health and wellness center, campus cafe, several athletic fields, tennis courts and a stadium with a six-lane track.

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to be a Knight!

At St. Mary’s Ryken, our student's future success is at the forefront of everything we do. Over $23 million in college scholarships were awarded to the 149 graduates in the SMR Class of 2024! On average, the Class of 2024 earned $159,703 per graduate in scholarships.

More than 150 College Preparatory, Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered, including Project Lead the Way biomedical, engineering (focus on aerospace) and computer science (focus on cybersecurity) courses and Dual Enrollment opportunities with the College of Southern Maryland.  

60% of our students are Catholic. All faiths are welcome!

The St. Mary’s Ryken Campus Ministry is the backbone of our school community, and over 200 students a year benefit from the faith formation and spiritual direction program. We offer daily Mass, monthly school-wide liturgies, class retreats, Christian service learning and an on-site chapel for daily prayer.

The St. Mary's Ryken Fine Arts department offers 7 stage productions each year (musical, drama, dance, chorus and instrumental) plus more performance and competition opportunities in the region

SMR Fine Arts promotes student talent and leadership through a range of classes and clubs that help foster an understanding of the arts. The Fine Arts department provides the student with a better understanding of the visual and performing arts through academic study and performance.

As a member of the highly competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, St. Mary's Ryken offers a well-rounded athletic program with 23 varsity sports. Annually, we celebrate championship-winning teams and student-athletes who commit to four-year universities to continue playing their sport in college. 

As a private high school, sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers, St. Mary's Ryken offers a unique experience for students in 9-12th grade. 

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Scholars Program

The St. Mary’s Ryken Scholars Program offers accelerated curriculum concentrations to our students who want a more rigorous and advanced course of study. 

40 Graduates from the Class of 2024 received the Scholars Program Diploma of Distinction! 

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Mrs. Everly - Scholars Program at St. Mary's Ryken

International Program

St. Mary's Ryken welcomes students from all over the globe! Click here to learn more about the application process, host families and the International Programs Office.

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Student Clubs

Students are offered numerous leadership and extracurricular opportunities through clubs, mentoring, volunteering and positions within their academic teams and fine arts groups.

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Donnie Williams Center

Centrally located on campus, this all-inclusive health and wellness facility bridges the upper and lower campus. It’s the main hub for most school events, all-school Masses and indoor athletic competitions. 

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The St. Mary's Ryken campus offers a high school experience like no other in the Southern Maryland area. Students experience a college-like campus that prepares them for life after high school. Each school day they walk between six buildings to their classes, benefit from the exposure of being outdoors, and between each class have a few minutes to visit with their peers.

Our Stories

It's always a great day to be a Knight! Read about our students, alumni and faculty. 

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    Prospective students are invited to spend a day on campus with us and virtually tour our spaces.

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