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A living heritage of advocacy, empowerment, and social justice.
For nine decades, Marymount has been committed to educating the hearts and minds of girls to provide for each student’s total growth. Its history of bold initiatives and compassionate leadership inspires students to advocate for themselves and for others.
Founded by Mother Marie Joseph Butler in 1926, Marymount School is part of a network of schools directed by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. The RSHM was established in 1849 in Béziers, France by Père Gailhac and Mère St. Jean. They expanded their ministry to the United States in 1877. Recognizing the need to empower young women, Mother Butler founded Marymount School of New York with this vision: “The aims of a Marymount education are manifold: to educate the heart and mind, and to provide for each student’s total growth, intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.” A farsighted visionary, Mother Butler created a heritage of innovation, dynamic leadership, and compassionate citizenry for future generations. To ensure the continuation of our founders’ mission and vision, select faculty and staff members return to Béziers each year to be immersed in the history and ongoing ministry of the RSHM.
Since 1969 the School has been independently incorporated under the direction of a Board of Trustees comprised of parents, alumnae, members of the RSHM, and other educational leaders. Marymount is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools. The School holds memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools, the Educational Records Bureau, the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York, the National Catholic Educational Association, and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.