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Troy, New York, USA
All Girls, No Religious Affiliation
Emma is the oldest, non-denominational girls’ boarding school in the United States. Situated in Troy, New York, Emma Willard School is home to over 320 amazing young women, ages 13 to 19. Girls have come to Emma from more than 40 different countries, making Emma Willard School a diverse and welcoming community of learners, athletes, artists, and leaders.
Our founder, Emma Hart Willard, challenged the barriers in American girls' education in 1814, and nearly 200 years later her spirit lives on in every Emma girl. Girls here find ways of belonging and interacting with the world that transcend race, religion, background, and culture. We say our girls are "cosmopolitan" in that they are truly comfortable anywhere.
For more information go to www.emmawillard.org or call 518-833-1320.
285 Pawling AvenueTroy, New York, USA
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Posted on June 17, 2015
Emma Willard students were honored for their achievements in the New York State High School Business Plan Competition.
Posted on June 17, 2015
Emma Willard's Homer L. Dodge Chair in Science, Linda Maier, was honored with a teaching award from Amherst College.
Summary: The Emma Willard School curriculum reflects the school’s traditional pursuit of excellence; capitalizes on the global nature of its student body; sustains a belief in the centrality of leadership, ethics, and service in adolescent education; and honors the women’s perspective. Emma Willard School offers a rigorous college preparatory program with Advanced Placement® courses and upper-level electives in all disciplines. The school year is divided into two semesters, and most students take five or six academic classes per term. Classes generally meet four times a week in blocks of 50 or 75 minutes. Core requirements for graduation include a minimum of four units of English; three of history, foreign language, and mathematics; and three of laboratory science and visual/performing arts. Students in all grades may pursue focused research projects through the STEAM Research Program and seniors may include a year-long capstone project in their schedule through the Signature Program. Emma Willard’s well-known Practicum program offers a wide array of independent study and enrichment opportunities that allow students to explore academic, career, service, or extracurricular interests. The curriculum is complemented by the Serving and Shaping Her World Speaker Series, which invites accomplished and renowned experts in various fields to speak at assemblies throughout the school year. Letter grades are used with plus and minus notations to refine the passing grades of A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79), C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (63-66), D- (60-62), NC (<60). There is no grade of A+ and “NC” (no credit) represents a failing grade. All arts courses are graded as CR/NC (credit/no credit) unless a letter grade is chosen by the student.
Department Director: Meredith Legg
Average Class Size: 14
Full Time Teachers: 39
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 81.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6/1
Summer Programs Offered: Offered
Academic Schedule: Semester
Number of AP Courses Offered: 23
Notable Achievements: First Fair Trade High School in the United States, Oldest Girls' School in United States, Historic Campus
Summary: Emma is about purpose, not privilege. It’s about community. Emma is your home whether you’re a boarding or day student. The mix of boarding and day students is about 60/40 - and day students are welcome at all weekend activities.It is as much about personal excellence as it is about supporting others to succeed. As much as a girl charts her own future here, she quickly realizes that her friends, her teachers and her advisors are her very best support system (and she theirs). Living and learning at Emma means you are embraced by the whole community. We’ve all got your back. And we’re proud to say we’ve heard from students and parents that this sets us apart. Take our virtual tour to get a feel for campus: www.emmawillard.org
Department Director: Shelley Maher
Number of Dorms: 8
Average Students Per Dorm: 20
No. of Girls Dorms: 8
Dress Code: Casual
Summary: Emma Willard School is a dynamic and joyous place. Unabashedly the finest girls' school in the world, its faculty and staff embrace learning and love to teach. The life of the mind is alive and well here. Emma Hart Willard’s stunningly bold idea is the same then as it is now … If you educate a girl, you will transform the world.Girls excel here. Their ambitions are as varied as their talents. Ever exuberant, the Emma community encourages each girl’s aspirations and offers her opportunities for accomplishment every day. In and out of the classroom, we promote leadership and celebrate citizenship. We explore values and reward intellectual risk taking. We challenge girls to take responsibility for developing their minds and their hearts to the fullest and putting their talents to good purpose.
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Summary: The arts are an integral part of Emma Willard's curriculum and co-curricular life. Students are required to take arts courses prior to graduation, and may choose from an array of dance, music, visual arts, and theatre classes. In addition to the academic arts offerings, Emma Willard's clubs and organizations include several singing groups, the art and literary magazine, and orchestra. The school boasts a busy arts calendar, and hosts several arts competitions and visiting artists throughout the year.Student athletes at Emma excel on and off the field. Teams and coaches support and encourage success in the classroom as well as the playing field. The Jesters are consistently in contention for league championships, and have had success at the State and National Levels. Our program finds the right balance between fun, participation, and competition. We offer 12 varsity sports and JV programs for basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer. Emma Willard School is both a member of Section II of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and the New York State Association of Independent Schools. Our teams compete against the top schools around the Capital Region and surrounding areas.
Arts Department Director: Debra Spiro-Allen
Athletics Department Director: Shelley Maher
Notable Achievements: Track- Sprint Medley Relay competed at 2015 Natl's, Crew- 2015 NYS 2x Rowing Champions, Tennis - 2010 Class AA Runners-Up
Summary: Enrollment in Emma Willard assures students of their preparation for college. Our mission is to help students gain admission to colleges and universities that fit their intellectual and personal abilities, their interests, and their aspirations. By focusing on the personal and intellectual growth of each individual, the faculty and the curriculum prepare each student well for the rigors of higher education. The goal of the college counseling program is to guide students through the sometimes bewildering plethora of information about the more than three thousand institutions of higher learning in the U.S.
Department Director: Kent H. Jones
Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%
Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:
Middle Percentile of SAT Scores
Summary: GirlSummer, Emma’s signature summer program, offers girls ages 6-14 enriching, personalized, and fun two- and four-week summer experiences.Each July, girls from all over the country and world come to Emma to choose from an expansive selection of electives, allowing each girl to discover new pursuits or deepen personal interests. We welcome girls as day campers and, for the rising 6th-9th graders, we offer a two- and four-week boarding program.Come to GirlSummer Explorer and choose five electives. Your second option is to come to GirlSummer Morning Immersion in ESL, Writer's Retreat, or Tennis. Spend the morning working on skills and after lunch join to Explorer electives. Add GirlSummer to your calendar: July 9-August 5, 2017.www.emmawillard.org/summer
Department Director: Julie Clancy
July 09, 2017 to August 05, 2017
The choice for the non-native speaker looking to hone fundamental English communication skills. Focus will be paid to speaking, listening, and writing in English both in the Morning Immersion and throughout the girl’s GirlSummer experience. This is a four-week program.
Registration Deadline: June 01, 2017
Financial Aid Available: No
This is the place for the girl eager to work on an existing piece or turn an idea to print. We welcome writers interested in deepening their practice and craft through free-writing, workshopping, editing, redrafting, and presenting. Join us for Session I or Session II; each session is 2 weeks.
Registration Deadline: June 01, 2017
Financial Aid Available: No
July 10, 2017 to July 21, 2017
If you’re looking to become a standout on the tennis court, spend your summer learning singles and doubles strategy. Girls in GirlSummer (Upper) Tennis Immersion will learn about correct grips, stroke patterns and footwork.
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