Getting Involved

Student Life

Getting Involved

The school spirit at Mount de Sales Academy is evidenced by three characteristics: mutual respect, personal responsibility, and support for one another and for the school as a whole. These qualities help to build and nurture a sense of belonging for every Mount de Sales girl. Each student’s contribution is valued as important to passing on the spirit of Mount de Sales Academy.

Every student is encouraged to participate in one or more extracurricular activities. While student interests dictate some clubs and activities, others are permanently established. Mount de Sales Academy hosts a chapter of the National Honor Society, and a Student Council affiliated with the Maryland Association of Student Councils.

The Mount de Sales Academy Community welcomes the creativity and the evolving interests of our students by giving them the opportunity to establish new clubs. Every club maintains a faculty or staff moderator who serves as a mentor to the club members and facilitator of club activities.

Extracurricular Clubs include:

  • Academy Ambassadors
  • A.C.E. / Architecture, Construction, Engineering
  • Book Club
  • Cappies 
  • Chess Club
  • Culinary Arts Club
  • CyberPatriot
  • Dance Club
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Equine Club 
  • French Club
  • Global Outreach (GO) Club
  • Golf Club
  • Guardians of Life
  • Latin Club
  • Lighthouse Magazine 
  • Medical Club
  • Mental Health Club 
  • Mock Trial
  • National History Club
  • Photography and Design Club
  • Sodality 
  • Spanish Club 
  • Student Council 
  • Support the Troops

Here is information on some of the clubs we offer at Mount de Sales Academy:

ACE Club
ACE Club is part of the ACE Mentor Program, a national organization that pairs mentors from the architecture, construction and engineering industries with students in order to complete a design project. Students gain knowledge about the different components of the construction industry, present their final design at the final presentation event and seniors are eligible to apply for ACE scholarships.

CyberPatriot Club
CyberPatriot is a part of the National Youth Cyber Education Program, created by the Air Force Association to encourage students to learn about cybersecurity. The club participates in the CyberPatriot competition, comprised of several rounds where students focus on identifying vulnerabilities in computer operating systems. Participants will learn about various operating systems, cyber safety, digital citizenship and may be eligible for internships and scholarships focused on cybersecurity. 

Equine Club
Mount de Sales has a long history with horses. In the early years, students learned to ride horses as part of their boarding school curriculum. Since its beginning in January of 2017, The Equine Club is making strong connections in the community with farm visits to learn about equine anatomy and physiology, horse recuse programs, equine therapy, and natural horsemanship practices. Members enjoy rides together, as well as learn about how horses are utilized in service to others. 

Mock Trial
Mock Trial is an interscholastic competition that gives students the opportunity to learn about legal proceedings and contemporary legal issues in Maryland through friendly competition before professional judges and attorneys. Students receive a case and prepare, with the assistance of attorney coaches, the faculty advisor, and their peers, to argue that case against Mock Trial teams from other public and private schools located in Baltimore & Harford Counties. Participation in Mock Trial increases students' awareness of current issues and hones the skills of argumentation, thinking on one's feet, and public speaking.

Photography & Design Club
Members of this club provide services to other MDSA student groups and organizations through photography and graphic design while exploring their creative side outside of the classroom. Students practice various photography skills to capture MDSA and non-MDSA moments. They also apply their creative, organizational, and Adobe Suite skills to design for various school events.

Support the Troops Club
The Support the Troops Club is dedicated to raising awareness to all our military does to keep us safe and free. We sponsor Operation Welcome Home events at BWI, Cupcake Wars, Laying of the Wreaths at Arlington Cemetery, Sailors for Soldiers 5K and many other events throughout the year. Funds raised go to helping various veteran organizations such as Fisher House and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Global Outreach (G.O. Club)
As a club, G.O. focuses on ways we can live out the mission of service by helping those around us in need. Whether it is service in our home communities, the Mount de Sales Community or the larger community of Maryland and beyond we strive to introduce others to Christ through our actions. We advocate, donate, and serve the needs internationally as well as those in our own neighborhood.

Honor Societies include:

  • National Art Honor Society
  • National Dance Honor Society 
  • National English Honor Society
  • National French Honor Society
  • National Latin Honor Society
  • National Math Honor Society
  • National Spanish Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • National Math Honor Society
  • National History Club
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society

Point of contact:

Rose Thompson
Vice Principal of Student Affairs
410.744.8498 ext. 141

Religious and Service opportunities include:

Morning Mass, Canned Food Drives, Weekly Presence and Prayer at the Abortion Clinic, Adopting Families for Christmas, Pro Life March, Lenten Projects, Retreats, Liturgical Music, Clean-Up Days, Baby Items Collection for the Pregnancy Shelters, Bag Lunches for the Homeless, Happy Helpers for the Homeless Toiletry Collections, Leadership Workshop, Living Rosary, Fall Festival, Homecoming, Open House, Mount 2000 retreats…

Point of contact:

Annie McDonald
Director of Campus Ministry
410.744.8498 ext. 114

Mount de Sales JV and Varsity Level Athletics include:

JV and Varsity Basketball, Varsity Cheerleading, Varsity Cross Country, JV and Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Golf, Varsity Indoor Track, JV and Varsity Lacrosse, JV and Varsity Soccer, JV and Varsity Softball, Varsity Swimming, JV and Varsity Tennis, Varsity Track and Field, JV and Varsity Volleyball. 

Point of contact:

Eric Dummann
Athletic Director
410.744.8498 ext. 162


Parents' Club

There are also many ways for Mount de Sales Academy parents to become involved with campus life. All parents are encouraged to join and attend the monthly Parents’ Club meetings, held the third Thursday of each month. The Parents’ Club sponsors numerous activities and fundraisers during the school year as a way to assist the school with special projects. If you would like more information about Parents’ Club activities or would like to volunteer some of your time, please e-mail .

Point of contact:

Valerie Queensberry P'20


Alumnae Association

Even after the young women of Mount de Sales Academy walk through the Music Hall windows, they are encouraged to continue their relationship with the school and participate in the numerous activities sponsored by the Alumnae Association. Monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month in Alumnae Hall and all Alumnae are encouraged to attend and partake in the exciting events aimed at keeping our Alums engaged with their alma mater.

Point of contact:

Elizabeth Binette Mahon '07
Director of Alumnae Relations
410.744.8498 ext. 265