Established in 1852, Mount de Sales Academy is a private Catholic college- preparatory high school for young women in grades 9-12. The school is administered by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia of Nashville. A lay board of trustees oversees the school.
The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, a member of the Association of Maryland and DC Independent Schools, and is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.
The school provides a strong college preparatory program designed to contribute to the growth of the mature Christian woman who is able to transform society.
Mount de Sales Academy has been a recipient of the Catholic Education Honor Roll School of Excellence Award since 2004 by the Cardinal Newman Society (for more information click here).
The Dominican Sisters serving at Mount de Sales Academy reside on campus.
There are numerous alumnae on staff at Mount de Sales Academy.
The Mount de Sales Academy course catalog includes 38 Honors classes and 14 AP courses as well as 20 Fine Arts opportunities.
GRADING: Mount de Sales operates on a two semester system using letter grades: A (92-100); B+ (89-91); B (84-88); C+ (81-83); C (76-80); D+ (74-75); D (70–73); F (69 and lower). Grade point average is computed cumulatively at the end of each semester. AP courses earn the weighted designation of 1.0 additional quality points and Honors courses earn the weighted designation of .5 quality points. The weighted GPA appears on the high school transcript.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: All students graduating from Mount de Sales Academy must satisfy the credit requirements listed below. A minimum of seven courses must be taken each semester. A minimum of 26 credits is required for graduation:
2 Modern Foreign Language (2 consecutive years of the same language)
4 Math (1 Math course taken each year including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II)
3 Lab Sciences (including Biology & Chemistry)
3 History (including Western Civilization, U. S. History, and Government)
1 Physical Education & Health
1 Fine Art
2 Electives minimum
ADVANCED PLACEMENT: AP courses are offered in the following disciplines: English (Language & Composition), English (Literature), Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, World History, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, French, Latin, and Spanish.
HONORS COURSES: English, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Calculus, Western Civilization, American Government, U.S. History, Modern U.S. History, Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Research in Science, French, Latin, Spanish, Portfolio, Advanced Portfolio, Advanced Independent Portfolio, Concert Choir, Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, Acting Ensemble, Dance Company.
Mount de sales Academy has been blessed throughout our 170-year history, and abundant blessings continue today. We are a flourishing community proud to share the following accomplishments:
Recipient of the Catholic Education Honor Roll School of Excellence Award since 2004
Distinguished as a Microsoft Showcase School, a global leader in successful integration of technology
90% of the Class of 2023 were offered merit scholarships, totaling $16 million
34 AP Scholars (students scored 3 or higher on at least 3 AP exams)
84% of students who took AP exams scored 3 or higher (on at least 1 AP exam), exceeding the Maryland and global averages
6 Knott Scholars
20,000 hours of Christian service performed each year
38 honors courses, 14 AP courses, and 20 fine arts class offerings
11 IAAM championships in the last six years
14 collegiate-level athletes from the Class of 2022
Commitment of the Board of Trustees to offer affordable tuition with increasing scholarship opportunities
Mount de Sales Academy students reap the benefits of a dedicated and involved community. Our school thrives today because of the involvement of alumnae, parents, and other members of our extended family.