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Life at St. Mary's

Our boarding dormitory is located at 1250 Siskiyou Boulevard in Ashland, Oregon on the campus of Southern Oregon University (SOU), approximately 15 minutes south of Medford.

The dormitory is a fully supervised facility with a wide array of activities and services including a cafeteria, in-room broadband internet access, recreational opportunities, student lounges and library access all within steps of the dormitory.

Bus transportation to and from St. Mary's School is provided each morning and afternoon. There is an additional bus for athletes who have team practices and games.

Ashland is a small, charming town with many unique shops, restaurants, art galleries and movie theaters. The community is a safe, friendly, and welcoming place for students to live and study.

Medford and Ashland are located halfway between San Francisco and Portland. Ashland is only a thirty-minute drive from Mount Ashland, where students can ski and snowboard in the winter.

Ashland is also the home of the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival which has professional performances nine months out of the year.

To learn more about Ashland, please visit the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.

Friends and Family Program.

The purpose of the International Friends & Family Program is to strengthen ties between the campus and community while providing a great opportunity for cross-cultural sharing. This is not a host family. Rather, it is an opportunity for fun and friendship through five structured events spread throughout the school year.

For more information or or get involved, please contact Ronda Sheffield at rsheffield@smschool.us

Living in the Dorms

Cedar Hall on the Southern Oregon University Campus

The dormitory for St. Mary's students is located at Cedar Hall on the beautiful Southern Oregon University Campus.
Students are paired two per room (single rooms may be available).
There is a community game room where students are able to gather to socialize, play video games or play ping pong. The dorm also features a kitchen, living room and a laundry facility.

The dormitory for St. Mary's students is located at Cedar Hall on the beautiful Southern Oregon University Campus.

  • Two students per room (single rooms may be available.)
  • A game room where students can have parties, play video games, or play ping pong
  • A kitchen, a living room, and a laundry facility

Please click here to see pictures of the city of Ashland and the SOU campus.

Please click here to see pictures of the dormitory.

Having Fun at the Dorm

One of the best parts of boarding life is the diverse activities that are organized each month. There are also a variety of school-wide activities like dances, which are open to all high school students.

Meetings at the Dorm

Every week, the entire dormitory gathers after dinner to share information, address dormitory issues and promote elements of character education and community membership.

Meetings tackle serious issues as well as aspects of safety, health, personal responsibility, and community needs. The residential faculty also carry out a series of formal programs addressing community responsibility, dorm values, conflict resolution, time and stress management, and personal wellness and safety.

Every week, the entire dormitory gathers after dinner to share information, address dormitory issues, and promote elements of character education and community membership.

The meetings tackle serious issues as well as aspects of safety, health, personal responsibility, and community needs. The residential faculty also carry out a series of formal programs addressing community responsibility, dorm values, conflict resolution, time and stress management, and personal wellness and safety.

Studying at the Dorm

To ensure that the students have enough time to study and to rest, the dormitory's curfew is 11pm during the week and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. We also have study hours between 8pm-11pm Sunday through Thursday.

To ensure that the students have enough time to study and to rest, the dormitory's curfew is 11pm during the week and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. We also have study hours between 8-11pm Sunday through Thursday.

Meet our Director of Residential Life.

Brett Bruins has been involved in international education for more than 20 years, first as a student in Germany and later as a teacher in Senegal, Thailand, Kuwait and China, where he lived in Chengdu and Shenzhen with his wife and children. Brett brings a very good understanding of what it is like to move to a new country and study in a new language. He is pleased to have the opportunity to assist and guide students during their time at St. Mary's School.

You can email Mr. Bruins at bbruins@smschool.us


Questions?
Contact Ms. Ronda Sheffield, Director of International Admissions at rsheffield@smschool.us.


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