St. Mary Academy - Bay View is a Catholic, college-preparatory school for girls and young women.

The Academy was founded by the Religious Sisters of Mercy in 1874. Bay View’s campus is located in Riverside, Rhode Island, five miles east of the state Capitol building. The enrollment of the school is 600 girls and young women in preschool through grade twelve. Middle and Upper School students are selected on the basis of a rigorous entrance examination as well as superior academic achievement.

Students are drawn from cities and towns throughout Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut. The Academy also enrolls international students through a variety of international agencies, providing both dormitory and host family housing.

Bay View welcomes and appreciates the community enrichment that ethnic, cultural and religious diversity provide.

School Profile

Upper School

Faculty: 34
Advanced Degrees: 74%
Bachelor Degrees: 100%
Student Enrollment: 359
Class of 2018: 104
Ratio of Students to Teachers: 10:1

Middle School

Faculty: 11
Advanced Degrees: 27%
Bachelor Degrees: 100%
Student Enrollment: 114
Ratio of Students to Teachers: 10:1
Average Class Size: 17 Students

Lower School

Faculty: 14
Advanced Degrees: 71%
Bachelor Degrees: 100%
Student Enrollment: 123
Ratio of Students to Teachers: 11:1
Average Class Size: 17 Students

Upper School Graduation Requirements

English - 4 credits
Theology - 4 credits
Mathematics - 3 credits
Science - 3 credits
Social Sciences - 3 credits
World Language - 3 credits
Physical Education/Health - 2 credits
Fine Arts - .5 credits
Computer Literacy - .5 credits
Community Outreach - .25 credits
School to Career - .25 credits
Electives - 2.5 credits
Total Credits Required - 26 credits

College Placement - Class of 2017

Four-Year Colleges 99%
Two-Year Colleges 1%
Combined College Placement 100%

Advanced Placement Classes

2017 Advancement Placement Participation*:

392 AP Exams were administered
83% of the senior class took one or more AP Exam.
59% of the junior class took one or more AP Exam.

Classes offered at Bay View:

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB & BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Language & Coposition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • European History
  • Italian Language & Culture

*Students enrolled in an AP course(s) are required to sit for the respective AP exam in May.

  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language & Culture
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art: Drawing
  • US Government & Politics
  • US History
AP-VHS Courses:
  • Art History

St. Mary Academy - Bay View students graduate at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

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