Mount St. Mary Academy (Little Rock, Arkansas)

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Mount St. Mary Academy
Entrance Gate to Mount Saint Mary Academy
3224 Kavanaugh Boulevard

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United States
Coordinates34°45′39″N 92°19′46″W / 34.76083°N 92.32944°W / 34.76083; -92.32944Coordinates: 34°45′39″N 92°19′46″W / 34.76083°N 92.32944°W / 34.76083; -92.32944
Typeprivate, all-girls Catholic high school
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Founded1851 (1851)
OversightSisters of Mercy
NCES School ID00047978[1]
PresidentKaren Flake
ChairpersonPhillip Gillam
PrincipalAngie Collins
Staff32.5 (on FTE basis)
Enrollment527 (2013–14[1])
Classes offeredRegular
Advanced Placement (AP)
Hours in school day8:00 am – 3:20 pm
Campus size10 acres (40,000 m2)
Color(s)Purple, White, and Grey             
Athletics conference7A/6A Central (2012–14)
Team nameBelles
AccreditationAdvancED (1930–)[2]
Arkansas Non-public School Accreditation Association
NewspaperThe Mount
YearbookThe Mercian Times
AffiliationNational Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Mercy Secondary Education Association
Assistant PrincipalSara Jones
Director of Student ServicesBeth Pursley
Director of DevelopmentKirsten Dickens
Athletic DirectorGary Murphy

Mount St. Mary Academy is a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school, serving grades 9 through 12, in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. It is an all-female institution, and has an all-male brother school, Catholic High School for Boys. It is located within the Diocese of Little Rock. Having been founded in 1851, it is the oldest high school in Arkansas.[3]


Mount St. Mary Academy was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1851 at Seventh and Louisiana Streets in downtown Little Rock. The school moved to the present Hillcrest location in 1908 after outgrowing her Louisiana Street location. The 10-acre (40,000 m2) site was purchased with funds from the sale of the downtown property and contributions from local residents and landowners.[4]

In 2012, Karen Flake succeeded Sr. Deborah Troillett, RSM '73, who served as president of Mount St. Mary Academy from 1997–2011.[5]


Mount St. Mary Academy students complete a curriculum that is aligned with the Smart Core curriculum developed by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), which requires 22 units to graduate; the typical Mount St. Mary's students completes 28 units in regular and honor coursework and exams. Additionally since January 2000, Mount St. Mary's has offered the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme; however, in the 2016-2017 year, the school started offering Advanced Placement (AP) program instead, and the last class to receive an IB education was the class of 2017.

Mount St. Mary maintains affiliations with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the Mercy Secondary Education Association. Academic Departments also hold membership in educational professional organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the College Board. Mount St. Mary is accredited by the Arkansas Non-public Accreditation Association and has been accredited by AdvancED (formerly North Central Association) since 1930.[2]

Student publications for journalism students include The Mercian Times (yearbook) and The Mount (newspaper).

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Mount Saint Mary Academy mascot is The Belles with purple, grey and white as its school colors.


The Mount St. Mary Belles compete in the 7A Classification, which is the state's largest classification, administered by the Arkansas Activities Association. The Belles compete in the 7A/6A Central Conference. Interscholastic activities include: basketball, bowling, competitive cheer, cross country running, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, and volleyball.[6]

The Belles swimming and diving team has won eleven state championships between 1953 and 2008, including back-to-back titles four different occasions in 1958–59, 1967–68, 1977–78, and 1984–85. The golf team has won four state championships (1978, 1983, 1998, 1999). The tennis team has won nine state championships including a string of three consecutive titles (1975, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2008). [7] The soccer team won the 7A classification state soccer championship.


  1. ^ a b "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Mt St Mary Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "School Profile, Mount Saint Mary Academy". AdvancED. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Jamie Metrailer. "The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, "Mount St. Mary"". Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  4. ^ MSMA. "Mount St. Mary History". Archived from the original on March 10, 2007. Retrieved May 8, 2007.
  5. ^ Alexander, Jacquelyn (July 11, 2012). "Little Rock's Mount St. Mary Academy Gets New President, CEO". KARK 4 News/ Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "School Profile, Mount St Mary High School". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  7. ^ "2012–13 Arkansas High School Sports Record Book" (PDF). Arkansas Activities Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 31, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2012.


  • Hayes, Jan. History of Mount St. Mary’s Academy, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1851–1987. St. Louis, MO: Sisters of Mercy, 1987.
  • Lester, Jim, and Judy Lester. Greater Little Rock: A Pictorial History. Norfolk, VA: The Donning Company, 1986.
  • Woods, James M. Mission and Memory: A History of the Catholic Church in Arkansas. Little Rock: August House, 1992.

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