Bay View at a Glance


St. Mary Academy - Bay View is an independent, Catholic school serving a diverse population of girls from pre-school through grade twelve.

In the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, we foster academic excellence in an innovative and creative learning environment.

We are committed to empowering each student to be a confident, independent, compassionate and socially conscious young woman who fully lives her faith.

Community and School

St. Mary Academy-Bay View is a Catholic college preparatory school founded by the Religious Sisters of Mercy in 1874.  The campus is located in Riverside, Rhode Island, five miles east of the state Capitol building.  The enrollment of the school is 697 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.  St. Mary Academy-Bay View welcomes ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.  The academy enrolls international students from China, Korea and Japan.  These students live with Bay View host families as well as in a dormitory setting in Providence.

Lower School Faculty and Enrollment

Faculty: 14
Advanced Degrees: 70%
Bachelor Degrees: 100%
Student Enrollment: 136
Ratio of Students to Teachers: 10:1
Average Class Size: 17 Students

Middle School Faculty and Enrollment

Faculty: 11
Advanced Degrees: 70%
Bachelor Degrees: 100%
Student Enrollment: 106
Ratio of Students to Teachers: 10:1
Average Class Size: 18 Students 

Upper School Faculty and Enrollment

Faculty: 45
Advanced Degrees: 75%
Bachelor Degrees: 100%
Student Enrollment, 9-12: 412
Class of 2015: 100
Ratio of Students to Teachers: 10:1

Mean SAT SCORES - Class of 2015

  Crit. Read Math Writing

Bay View

520 513 525


488 475 482


493 494 487

*These represent mean scores for female populations only. 

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 2014

Four-Year Colleges 92%
Two-Year Colleges 5%
Combined College Placement 95%
Gap Year Students 4%

AP Courses Offered at Bay View Academy

English Literature & Composition Microenconomics (VHS)
Biology Physics 2
Calculus AB & BC Physics 1
Chemistry Psychology
French Language & Culture (VHS) Spanish Language & Culture
European History Statistics
Italian Language & Culture US Government & Politics (VHS)
Macroeconomics (VHS) US History
English Literature & Composition Studio Art: Drawing

Students are advised to enroll in no more than 3 AP courses per year.  If a student wishes to enroll in more than 3 AP courses, permission must be obtained from the Administration. Students enrolled in these courses are required to sit for the AP exams in the spring.

Colleges and Universities in Which the Classes of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Have Enrolled:

Adelphi University

American International College

American University

Anna Maria College

Arcadia University

Assumption College

Babson College

Bard College

Barnard College

Bates College

Bay Path College 

Becker College

Belmont University

Bentley University

Berklee College of Music

Boston College

Boston Conservatory of Music

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brandeis University

Bridgewater State College 

Bristol Community College

Brown University 

Bryant University 

Bryn Mawr College

Bucknell University

Buffalo State College of SUNY

Campbell University

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Catholic University of America

Champlain College

Chapman University

Clark University 

Clemson University 

Colby-Sawyer College 

College of Charleston

College of the Holy Cross

Columbia University

Community College of RI 

Connecticut College

Cornell University 

Curry College

Dartmouth College

Dean College

Delaware Valley College

DePaul University

Dickinson College

Drew University 

Drexel University

Duke University

Elms College

Elon University 

Emerson College 

Emmanuel College 

Emory University

Endicott College

Eugene Lang College

Fairfield University

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fisher College

Fitchburg State College

Flagler College

Florida Southern College

Florida State University

Fordham University 

Franklin Pierce University

Furman University

George Mason University

George Washington University 

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Gettysburg College

Green Mountain College

Guilford College

Hampton University

Harvard College

Haverford College

High Point University

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Hofstra University

Hope College

Howard University

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Iona College

Ithaca College 

James Madison University

Johnson & Wales University

Keene State College

Kenyon College

Lafayette College

Lake Forest College

Lasell College

Lehigh University

Lesley College

Lipscomb College

Louisiana State University

Loyola University (MD)

Manhattan College

Manhattanville College 

Marist College

Marquette University 

Marymount Manhattan College

Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

McDaniel College

McGill University

Merrimack University

Michigan State University

Middlebury College

Mount Holyoke College

Mount Ida College

Mount St. Mary’s University

Mulhenberg College

New York University

Nichols College

Northeastern University 

Northwestern University

Norwich University

Occidental College

Ohio Wesleyan University

Old Dominion University

Pace University

Parsons School of Design

Pennsylvania State University

Plymouth State University

Pratt Institute

Princeton University

Providence College

Purdue University

Queen’s College

Quinnipiac University

Regis College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Rhode Island College

Rhode Island School of Design 

Rhodes College

Roanoke College

Rochester Institute of Technology

Roger Williams University 

Rutgers University – New Brunswick 

Sacred Heart University

Salem State University 

Salve Regina University

Samford University

Savannah College of Art & Design

Seton Hall University

Simmons College

Slippery Rock University

Smith College 

Southern Methodist University

Southern New Hampshire University

Springfield College 

Sri Ramachandra University

St. Anslem College 

St. John University 

St. John's University-Queens Campus 

St. Joseph College of Maine

St. Joseph's University

St. Lawrence University

St. Leo University 

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Michael’s College 

St. Olaf College

State University of New York at Binghamton

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Stevens Institute of Technology

Stonehill College

Suffolk University 

Syracuse University

The New School

The Ohio State University

Trinity College

Tufts University 

Tulane University 

Union College

United States Naval Academy

University of California – Davis

University of California - Irvine

University of California - LA

University of Chicago

University of Colorado - Boulder

University of Connecticut 

University of Delaware

University of Denver

University of Georgia 

University of Hartford 

University of Kentucky 

University of Louisville

University of Maryland at College Park 

University of Massachusetts – Amherst 

University of Massachusetts – Boston  

University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth 

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of New England

University of New Hampshire 

University of New Haven 

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

University of Notre Dame

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Rhode Island 

University of Richmond

University of Rochester

University of San Diego 

University of Scranton 

University of South Florida

University of Southern California

University of Tampa

University of the Arts

University of Vermont 

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Utica College of Syracuse University

Vanderbilt University

Villanova University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wagner College

Wake Forest University 

Washington College

Washington University in St. Louis

Wellesley College

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wesleyan University 

West Virginia University

Western New England College 

Wheaton College (MA)

Williams College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Yale University

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