Scholarship, Leadership, & Service
On December 2, 1867, St. Mary’s Academy opened its doors on Chartres Street in New Orleans, LA under the leadership of Mother Josephine Charles. In June 1878, Victoria Jourdan became the first graduate.
In 2017, 150 years later, St. Mary’s Academy is celebrating its sesquicentennial by hosting a number of events that commemorate the school’s rich legacy. We invite you to join us for the celebration of our school and foundress Venerable Henriette Delille.Read More
November 15, 2017
In a continuing effort to promote literacy, the SMA elementary division held its annual “Dress Up as Your Favorite Book Character Day.” Students donned the outfit of their most beloved character including Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, Princess Tiana and Strawberry Shortcake. They also were invited to share a Thanksgiving meal with their parents in the school’s cafeteria.Read More
October 4, 2017
Student Council Officers & Cabinet
The Student Council at SMA is committed to embracing and sharing the school’s mission and philosophy through leadership activities.Working with students, faculty, staff and administrators, the SC represents the student body and are a contributing voice in the school. Additionally, the SC fosters a sense of unity and provides opportunities to bring the school family together.Read More
Senior Class Elects Officers
The Class of 2018 has selected their leadership. They are from left to right, President Alaina Doss; Vice President Caleigh Gautier; Secretary Myra Mitchell; and Treasurer Kianta Hughes:
November 7, 2017
The SMA Alumnae Association recently announced its 2017 royalty. Reigning as the Blue and Gold Queen is Giselle Boswell Allen. Giselle is a member of the Class of 1983 and a resident of Dallas, TX. With her mantra, “I am my Sisters’ Keeper”, she is committed to supporting SMA through the Alumnae Association.
The 2017 Sesquicentennial Ms. SMA is Karen Matthews Brooks. Ms. Brooks is a graduate of the class of 1980 and a “proud Maryite.”Read More
November 9, 2017
Raising awareness in the sciences was the focus of a recent workshop hosted by Xavier University’s physics department. SMA students who have taken physics within the last three years spent a full-day on Xavier’s campus learning the science behind everyday items such as cellular devices and computers. They also toured the department, had lunch and built their own roller coasters from items that were present in the classroom.
According to Sr. Judith Therese Barial who heads the science department at St. Mary’s Academy, the workshop demonstrated to the students the relevancy of math in their daily lives, the world around them and their future careers. “Math and science teachers strive to provide a real-world context for the skills that they teach as well as the rationale behind the concept they are teaching,” said Sr. Judith. “This workshop took them out of the realm of the classroom and gave them practical, real-world applications of the sciences.”Read More
October 4, 2017
SMA Color Guard At Pelicans Game
The SMA Color Guard was invited to present the colors during the Pelicans vs Bulls game. Check out the performance. The Color Guard is under the direction of Mr. Johnny McCray and Mrs. Elizabeth Scott.
Geaux Blue Day
St. Mary’s Academy Elementary joined the City of New Orleans in celebrating Geaux Blue Day. September 13th was declared Geaux Blue Day by the NO City Council to demonstrate our appreciation for the New Orleans Police officers and their families.
At SMA, elementary students wore blue and gave officers words of support. They also supplied lunch for all Seventh District Officers.Read More
Dr. Lakiesha Claude Williams
Since she was a young girl growing up in New Orleans, LA, Lakiesha Claude Williams dreamed of becoming a physician. She always had an aptitude for science and loved caring for others in need.
Yet her plans to work as a medical doctor changed during her senior year of high school at St. Mary’s Academy, when a teacher introduced her to the world of mathematics.
Fast-forward to present day, Dr. Lakiesha N. Williams is an associate professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University. She was the first African-American to get a graduate degree in biological engineering from Louisiana State University , the first African-American to earn a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Mississippi State University, and the first female faculty member in her current department.