Why Choose a Girls' School?

The oldest continuously running school for girls in South Australia, St Mary’s College was established on 2 February 1869, following the arrival in Adelaide from Dublin, Ireland, of seven Dominican Sisters. The determination and commitment of our founding sisters, to the critical importance of educating girls and young women, lives in the fabric of our school.

Our approach to learning is contemporary and innovative as we provide a safe space in which girls and young women are challenged and given the confidence to actively engage, ask questions, debate, dialogue, and lead.

Educational research by the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia shows that there are many benefits for girls in a single-sex learning environment. Their findings show that girls' schools classrooms are less disruptive, they will achieve higher levels of success, and have higher participation rates in Maths and Science than co-educational schools.

Please read a list of some of the many benefits your daughter will find at St Mary's College:

  • We know girls and their developmental needs
  • We empower our students to defy gender stereotypes
  • We nurture a respectful and focused learning environment
  • We support girls to succeed in all learning disciplines
  • We build voice and agency for girls and young women
  • We challenge silence and injustice
  • We model a culture of strong inclusive leadership
  • We develop confidence, self-assurance, and resilience
  • We nurture engagement in The Arts and STEM
  • We promote strong cultures of participation in sport and physical activity

St Mary's College is a member of the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. For more information visit agsa.org.au.

Join us on a College Tour and/or register your daughter for a Come and Try Day so you can experience the St Mary's difference for yourself.

We acknowledge that we live, learn and work on the traditional land of the Kaurna people.

We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land.

We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.


St Mary's College Ltd
253 Franklin Street Adelaide,
SA 5000

PHONE+61 8 8216 5700