About

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 650 girls and young women in grades pre-kindergarten (three and four year-olds) through twelve. Middle and Upper School students are selected on the basis of a rigorous entrance examination (STS School Placement Exam) 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: 36
Advanced Degrees: 75%
Bachelor Degrees: 100%
Student Enrollment: 401
Class of 2017: 110
Ratio of Students to Teachers: 11:1

Middle School

Faculty: 10
Advanced Degrees: 62%
Bachelor Degrees: 100%
Student Enrollment: 119
Ratio of Students to Teachers: 11:1
Average Class Size: 20 Students

Lower School

Faculty: 12
Advanced Degrees: 57%
Bachelor Degrees: 100%
Student Enrollment: 136
Ratio of Students to Teachers: 11:1
Average Class Size: 17 Students

Mean SAT Scores - Class of 2016

Critical Reading
Bay View Academy - 520
Rhode Island - 485
National - 493

Mathematics
Bay View Academy - 513
Rhode Island - 475
National - 494

Writing
Bay View Academy - 525
Rhode Island - 482
National - 487

*These represent mean scores for female populations only.

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 2016

Four-Year Colleges 98%
Two-Year Colleges 2%
Combined College Placement 100%

Advanced Placement Classes

2016 Advancement Placement Participation:

335 AP Exams were administered
75% of the senior class took one or more AP Exam.
66% of the junior class took one or more AP Exam.

Classes offered at Bay View:

Biology
Chemistry
Calculus AB & BC
English Literature & Composition
European History
Italian Language & Culture
Physics 1
Physics 2

Psychology
Spanish Language & Culture
Statistics
Studio Art: Drawing
US Government & Politics
US History

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

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


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