What Do You Want From High School?

Suzanne Romero Dewey
Every school has a personality and some schools just feel right. Finding the right school for you is more than just advancing year after year with your neighborhood friends. High school is an excellent time to think about something different, a school that matches the expectations you have for your own learning. 
You might consider an independent school like Emma Willard School where your learning journey includes rigor, experiential learning, and a strong sense of community. Some of our students and alumnae share these reasons for why they chose Emma Willard School:
  • It’s good preparation for college and life! 
  • There is a network of adults—advisors, teachers, coaches, health staff, and residential faculty who help students navigate and take responsibility for their commitments. 
  • You will be seen and known. With 360 students you won’t get lost in the crowd.
  • You can focus on your specific interests—dance, robotics, or almost anything else!
  • It’s a school for girls who want to change the world.
For over two hundred years, Emma Willard School has offered girls a chance to be themselves in an environment that encourages each student to try new things and to learn to serve and shape the world.

The National Coalition of Girls’ School offers observations and data points on their website about some of the advantages of attending a girls’ school. Here are just a few key facts:
  • Girls’ schools lead the way in STEM education for girls. Graduates of girls’ schools are six times more likely to consider majoring in math, science, and technology and three times more likely to consider engineering compared to girls who attended coed schools.
  • A national survey found that nearly 87% of girls’ school students feel their voicestheir opinionsare respected compared to 58% of girls at coeducational schools.
  • 93% of girls’ school graduates say they were offered greater leadership opportunities than peers at coed schools and 80% have held leadership positions since graduating from high school.

Curious? We hope so. Look around our website. Check out the plan we have for the 2020-21 academic year (Looking Forward). Or join us for an upcoming preview event where you can have a conversation with our admissions team about our robust academic program and vibrant community. We have two upcoming events on July 8 and July 29. Look here  (scroll to the bottom of the page) for more information about the events.

Students visiting the Clark Art Institute in nearby Massachusetts

Students visiting the Clark Art Institute in nearby Massachusetts