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students across four divisions
Rowland Hall is an independent private school that consists of a Beginning School (preschool and kindergarten, grades 3PreK–K), Lower School (elementary school, grades 1–5), Middle School (grades 6–8), and Upper School (high school, grades 9–12).
With a student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1 and an average class size of 15, our teachers know and nurture their students, allowing for meaningful collaboration in class every day.
Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Rowland Hall enjoys easy access to local businesses, artists, and thought leaders, as well as to the University of Utah and Westminster University, which allow for deep partnership between the school and the community.
Utah's only Malone Family Foundation School
Rowland Hall was selected to receive a $2 million endowment for the funding of educational opportunities for students who show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence, and whose families demonstrate financial need.
of students represent racial and ethnic diversity
Rowland Hall celebrates and welcomes diversity. We believe that everyone benefits from exposure to a variety of lived experiences, and we have long been committed to necessary work around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
of students receive scholarships or financial aid
We consider families' circumstances and identify a realistic tuition contribution that matches their financial means. Rowland Hall financial aid awards are grants, not loans, and do not need to be repaid.
of graduates feel prepared for future academic challenges
In a recent survey of graduating seniors, all respondents reported that they felt confident their experiences at Rowland Hall had prepared them to take on whatever future academic challenges they may face.
student-to-college counselor ratio
Our experienced college counselors help students discover the schools that best reflect their interests and aspirations, and they support students—and their families—through all steps of the college admission process.
average years of teaching experience
Rowland Hall faculty members have an average of 19 years in the classroom. We value highly experienced teachers, and we are committed to continued professional development growth in all faculty.
of faculty members hold advanced degrees
Faculty backgrounds and interests vary widely. Our educators hold advanced degrees from institutions near and far, reflecting a range of worldly experiences and perspectives, and making learning at Rowland Hall deep and diverse.
hours per year committed to professional development
Our faculty members take time to keep current on the latest learning research, teaching techniques, and curriculum development, and our financial support for professional development is unparalleled among peer Utah schools.
faculty and staff members who have worked at Rowland Hall for 10 or more years
Faculty and staff report an overwhelming feeling of belonging shortly after joining the Rowland Hall community.
top policy debate team
Our debate team is recognized as one of the top teams in Utah—where we hold back-to-back-to-back titles of 3A Speech & Debate Champions (2021–2023)—and in the country. In 2010, the National Speech and Debate Association named Rowland Hall a Debate School of Excellence, and we're consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of schools nationwide for member degrees.
courses in eight artistic disciplines
An emphasis on the arts enables our students find ways to express and discover themselves. Upper and middle school students choose among a variety of arts electives, while lower and beginning school students enjoy specialties like visual art and music.
Advanced Placement, Advanced Topics, and Advanced Research courses
These classes, which feature rigorous college-level curricula, are the most challenging courses at Rowland Hall. Advanced Placement (AP) classes are created by the College Board, while Advanced Topics and Advanced Research classes are designed by Rowland Hall faculty. Advanced Topics and Advanced Research students can also opt to sit for AP exams to earn college credit.
Rowland Hall's internship program is offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It allows participants to explore a variety of workplaces and careers, as well as encourages them to apply classroom learning to real-world tasks.
sports offered in the middle and upper schools
At Rowland Hall,students develop athletic skills and play in a positive, competitive environment where coaches emphasize leadership, respect, commitment, and accountability.
of students participate in school-offered sports
This high participation rate in athletics is reflected in both the middle and upper school student bodies.
athletic state titles awarded to Winged Lions
Rowland Hall is home to some of the best Utah Division 2A athletes. In addition to our state titles, Rowland Hall holds 141 athletic region titles.
athletes who have gone on to play sports at the college level over the past 10 years
This list includes 43 students recruited to NCAA Division I teams in the past decade. In addition, 13 Rowland Hall alumni have represented their countries on Olympic teams.
Rowland Hall celebrates and welcomes diversity. We believe that everyone benefits from exposure to a variety of lived experiences, and we have long been committed to the necessary work around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Learn more about equity and inclusion at Rowland Hall.
In 2021, Rowland Hall hired our inaugural director of equity and inclusion. This is the first endowed position in the school's history and ensures that we have a permanent, full-time leader to guide us in this important work. Learn more about Dr. Chandani Patel.
Rowmark Ski Academy—there is nothing quite like it in North America.
Rowmark Ski Academy has offered a rigorous, year-round ski-racing program coupled with an extraordinary high school since 1982. Students who thrive in our program are passionate about learning, and they’re highly motivated and hardworking athletes who love the sport. They’re also good citizens and worthy teammates. Our goal is simple: support every one of our elite student-athletes as they realize their potential on the race course and in the classroom.
Since our 1982 founding, we’ve served as a feeder program for the US Ski Team, and over the years Rowmark Ski Academy has trained many accomplished and decorated US Ski Team, World Cup, Olympic, and NCAA Division I alpine skiers. More importantly, our graduates thrive in a wide range of pursuits and careers.
Rowmark Junior Program offers an after-school/weekend ski program for Rowland Hall students in grades three through eight. We develop versatile skiers who understand ski-racing basics and have a strong technical foundation in the sport. As they grow through our program, skiers become more self-reliant—we increase their level of competition, racing focus, and number of days on snow in order to prepare them for the rigor of our Academy, if they wish to apply. At every level, we aim to foster a lifelong appreciation of alpine skiing and racing, all in a fun, positive learning environment tailor-made for young athletes.
Rowmark Ski Academy and the Rowmark Junior Program empower student-athletes to develop their potential as world-class ski racers, be engaged learners, strengthen their social and emotional skills, build self-efficacy, and be contributing members of society. We’re honored when our alumni say that what they gained here was about so much more than skiing.
Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s School (known colloquially as Rowland Hall) is Utah’s oldest independent coeducational college-preparatory day school. Since 1867, when the Episcopal Church founded our school, our roots have grown deep into a community where academic achievement, service to others, appreciation for the arts, and ethical development are highly valued.
St. Mark’s Grammar School for boys was established in 1867 as Utah’s first educational institution; then in 1880, Rowland Hall, an all-girls boarding school, was founded to educate the daughters of miners and ranchers in the Intermountain West. The Episcopal Church continued to sponsor both schools until 1948, when the schools became independent. While Rowland Hall is no longer an Episcopal school, we proudly honor our historic relationship with the Episcopal Church.
In 1964, St. Mark’s and Rowland Hall merged and committed to jointly continuing both institutions’ traditions of academic excellence. To this day, the mission of our founders remains the same: to “inspire students to lead productive lives through a college-preparatory program that promotes the pursuit of academic and personal excellence.”
For over a century, Rowland Hall occupied a historic campus on one city block in Salt Lake City’s Avenues neighborhood. Increased interest in quality education and small class size caused a surge of growth during the 1980s, so Middle School and Upper School students were moved to a renovated public school building on Lincoln Street in 1984. A new Middle School facility was completed in the summer of 1994 and is connected to the Upper School, where the students share access to the Larimer Center for the Performing Arts, the library and media center, the gymnasium, the cafeteria, and other educational resources.
As the school’s program and student body continued to outgrow the beloved Avenues Campus, trustees purchased nine acres of land on Guardsman Way and a capital campaign was launched in 1999 to raise funds to build a new home for the school’s youngest students. The Philip G. McCarthey Campus opened its doors on December 2, 2002. In addition to its spacious classrooms and outdoor play areas, the McCarthey Campus features a computer lab, a science lab with indoor and outdoor exploration areas, the Steiner Library, St. Margaret’s Chapel, light-filled art and music studios, and a dining hall. The Beginning School is housed in its own “little red schoolhouse” adjoined by a large motor-skills gymnasium just for our youngest students. The Alan C. and Nancy M. Sparrow Field House and soccer field are used by Lower School students for physical education and by many of the school’s sports teams for practices and games.
In 2013, the school broke ground for a new campus that will one day unite all divisions of the school: the Richard R. Steiner Campus. Athletic fields for Winged Lions soccer teams were finished in the spring of 2013, and fundraising continues for the future phases of the project. The 13.2-acre property that will house the new campus for the middle and upper schools is immediately adjacent to the western edge of the McCarthey Campus.
Rowland Hall is proud of past accomplishments, and administrators, faculty, and trustees continue to plan and implement improvements to ensure ongoing academic excellence. This could not be accomplished without the generosity and loyalty of current and past parents and alumni. For their support—past, present, and future—we are extremely grateful.
Rowland Hall is accredited by the following organizations:
Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The Northwest Accreditation Commission
Utah Department of Education
NWAIS accreditation requires adherence to the highest standards of operation and best practices, and a commitment to their mission. The following core values guide the association’s interactions, services, and accreditation standards. These core values are essential to assisting schools in providing high-quality education for children.