Special Academic Programs
The Charles Carroll Scholars Program. Designed for motivated students of the most promising academic aptitude and achievement, the Charles Carroll Scholars Program challenges top students to pursue the most rigorous academic training available at St. Mary's High School. Requirements in the program include specific Advanced Placement and Honors level courses in one of two designated "strands" (Math/Science, Humanities/Fine Arts), satisfactory completion of an original senior project under the supervision of an assigned faculty mentor, and participation in an extra-curricular enrichment component. The program is open to qualified sophomores.
The Parvis Scholar Program. Named in memory of Rosemary Parvis, St. Mary's Teacher of the Year 1991-1992, the Parvis Scholar Program confers recognition and honor upon the most intellectually promising leaders of St. Mary's High School.
The National Honor Society. Established in 1921, the National Honor Society or NHS, recognizes students achievements in the combined areas of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Based on academic qualifications, eligible juniors and seniors are invited to apply for membership in this national organization.
The Environmental Studies Program. This program takes full advantage of opportunities made available to a campus and community located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, North America's largest estuary. Students in this program explore the responsibilities associated with environmental stewardship through academic study, hands-on experience, community service, and a capstone field project component. Students also take advantage of a wide variety of partnering opportunities with local, regional, and national environmental organizations in the Baltimore-Washington-Annapolis area. This program is open to all students. Successful participants earn the Certificate of Environmental Studies, presented at graduation ceremonies alongside the St. Mary's High School diploma.
Honors are awarded to students on a quarterly basis for superior academic achievement. Principal's Honors are awarded to students earning all grades of 93 or above in each of the four courses of any given quarter. First Honors are awarded to students earning all grades of 85 or above. Principal's Honors and First Honors are printed on the Report Card and reported in the local press. Additionally, Principal's Honors students are invited to attend the Principal's Breakfast on a date following the first, second, and third quarter reports.