Marymount's Heritage
Towards a century of pioneering international education

For nearly a century, Marymount has been committed to educating the hearts and minds of its students.

In 1849 Father Jean Gailhac founded an order of Sisters, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, in Béziers in the south of France. The objective, considered a progressive idea at the time, was the education of young women. When Marymount College was opened in Tarrytown, New York in 1908, the founder's vision was to educate from an international perspective and Marymount Paris was founded in 1923 as a study abroad extension program. 

In 1930, Marymount became a French school and followed a French curriculum up until about 1972. In response to a growing demand for an English-speaking international school, Marymount took its current form serving students from age 4 to 14.

Today, Marymount offers a curriculum to students aged 2–14 years old from all cultures, backgrounds and religions - what began as a study abroad program blossomed into a blueprint for international education well before its time. The same visionary and international spirit thrives today. Today we continue to share the home of four RSHM sisters whose intellectual and spiritual experience provides students with an invaluable source of inspiration and well-being.

We are a small school of just under 400 students and are active members of the Global Network of RSHM Schools. To ensure the continuation of our founders’ mission and vision, the sisters accompany select faculty and staff members to Béziers each year to be immersed in the history and ongoing ministry of the RSHM.

Since 2001 the School has been registered as a French ‘Association 1901’ and run under the direction of a Board of Trustees comprised of parents, alumni, members of the RSHM, and other educational leaders.

“It is essential to study the children with their own intellectual and moral faculties, temperaments, characters, inclinations and habits so we can know what is important for each one.” Père Gailhac,
Founder of the RSHM