Mount St. Mary Academy (Little Rock, Arkansas)
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Mount St. Mary Academy Little Rock, Arkansas
Mount St. Mary Academy
Entrance Gate to Mount Saint Mary Academy
3224 Kavanaugh Boulevard
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas 72205
United States
Coordinates 34°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
Type private, all-girls Catholic high school
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1851 (1851)
Status Open
Oversight Sisters of Mercy
NCES School ID 00047978[1]
President Karen Flake
Chairperson Phillip Gillam
Principal Angie Collins
Staff 32.5 (on FTE basis)
Grades 9-12
Gender Female
Enrollment 527 (2013-14[1])
Classes offered Regular
Advanced Placement (AP)
Hours in school day 8:00 am - 3:20 pm
Campus size 10 acres (40,000 m2)
Color(s) Purple, White, and Grey             
Athletics conference 7A/6A Central (2012-14)
Team name Belles
Accreditation AdvancED (1930-)[2]
Arkansas Non-public School Accreditation Association
Newspaper The Mount
Yearbook The Mercian Times
Affiliation National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Mercy Secondary Education Association
Assistant Principal Sara Jones
Director of Student Services Beth Pursley
Director of Development Kirsten Dickens
Athletic Director Gary 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 and 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

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 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "School Profile, Mount Saint Mary Academy". AdvancED. Retrieved 2012. 
  3. ^ Jamie Metrailer. "The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, "Mount St. Mary"". Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ MSMA. "Mount St. Mary History". Archived from the original on March 10, 2007. Retrieved 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 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2012. 
  6. ^ "School Profile, Mount St Mary High School". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved 2012. 
  7. ^ "2012-13 Arkansas High School Sports Record Book" (PDF). Arkansas Activities Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 31, 2013. Retrieved 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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