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7-12
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Los Angeles, CA

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250 South Rossmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

(323) 935-1147
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December 07, 2014
Marlborough is arguably the best all-girl school in the country. There is a reason it has the 6th highest average SAT score in the nation, and so many of it's graduates continue on to the finest universities in the world. This school is challenging, and those girls that aren't self-motivated to do well won't; nor do they belong at the school. Marlborough's teachers and administration, led by Barbara Wagner, are incredibly supportive of their girls. They want the girls to succeed, whatever a girl's interests may be, and they will do everything in their power to help them do so. This school is NOT for students who do not take their own education seriously. Those that are unhappy because they didn't get in or felt it was too hard were not Marlborough material to begin with, and need to get over themselves. There are plenty of fine, yet academically lighter weight schools in LA to choose from.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
Our daughter made it through this experience, but as a former parent told us at the beginning "there will be many tears". If your daughter is extremely motivated and competitive this may be a great place for her. But I have spoken to more parents about this feeling from the girls that were not in the top 25% that they felt stupid. Which is a shame. They were bright enough to get in, they are not stupid! The teacher quality was not as high as I expected. Some were great and some were down right mean and under qualified. For that much money I expected the best of the best. My daughter is well qualified for college and doing well, but what a road to get there. The head of school is a bit of a robot. Wonderful to listen to but she has created a culture where the faculty can do no wrong and parents are judged by their bank accounts. Which clearly led to their current problems. Any issue we experienced were our child's fault/problem and the school had no interest in changing things to provide a unique crafted expereince. The school is a machine. Maybe now they will see the light and change for the better.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
There are four words to describe this amazing school - you cannot do better. To send a daughter to Marlborough is to give them a life long gift. And the school has the 6th highest SAT scores in the country which says it all.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
One of these reviewers is targeting the head of administrations directly. I happen to know her and she is amazing her daughter was selected to go there, but not because of her moms position. I also know her daughter. She is a brilliant girl and does more community service then humanly possible. It is disgusting that some one would be so mean to either of them.

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2012
I too have a daughter at Marlborough and, like the previous posters, and so thankful she attends this fine school. She too began in 9th grade but had an awkward transition coming from a public institution. The administration went out of its way not only to keep her on track academically but help her get her social footing. 3 years later, she is a poised, self confident young woman who is ready to save the world! Dr. Wagner is amazing as is everyone who works there. We could not have asked for a better educational experience. And to those young women who did not get in, take this lesson from Marlborough; challenge yourself academically, be civic minded, treat others with respect, and, most of all, believe in yourself - you will succeed.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
My daughter just entered Marlborough at the 7th Grade after attending a less academic West LA private school since kindergarten. Our daughter is very academic and is very self motivated. She made the decison to attend Marborough (as she was accepted to all four private schools she applied to). Marlborough is very challenging (there is a big difference from her prior school). However, our daughter thrives on the challenge. The fellow students, teachers and administrators have been nothing but very warm and friendly. The extracurricular opportunities are amazing. Our daughter is having the time of her life and enjoys every moment. I take her to the school bus everyday early in the morning. Despite the early start, our daughter is always excited and looks forward to go to school every day. From a parent's perspective, Marlborough is all you could hope for in a school for your daughter. Barbara and her staff should be commended for leading an incredible academic environment for teenage girls. As parents, we have found the parents to be friendly and welsoming as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
Excellent school for girls. Barbara Wagner provides strong, intelligent and compassionate leadership. The teachers are very engaging and encouraging. The community nurtures the academic, social, and emotional development of the girls. We couldn't wish for more for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
I love that the heady, snobby, and bitter reviews are written by mothers that didn't even have a daughter attending Marlborough. My daughter just graduated from Marlborough. She began in 9th grade and was given quite a bit of financial aide so she could attend. I am a school teacher and we have a very modest income. The teachers, faculty, and staff go out of their way to make every girl feel welcome. My daughter blossomed academically and creatively at Marlborough because of the opportunity to work so closely with her teachers. Marlborough has great diversity both racially and socioeconomically. My daughter earned every grade and award she received. She made lifelong friendships and learned amazing lessons. They can't take every girl. It doesn't mean that each girl that applies is not a great kid. Mothers need to stop taking it so personally. It is one of the best schools in the country, and it was a wonderful blessing to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2012
My sister was the one 8th grader to be accepted into marlborough. she went to all the events and immediatly made friends. everyone who says that its not a good school or rated it a 2 is a jealous prson whos never been to such a wonderful school before. plz ppl, dont get jelly cuz sum1 else got accepted nd ur daughter dint.

- submitted by a community member
December 20, 2011
Best High School in Los Angeles. Girls get accepted to the best colleges and universities in the nation.

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2011
How interesting indeed. Encouraging the children who attend this school to write glowing reviews is one thing, but the fact is, families are selected to attend this school, not children. If you, as a parent, fit the profile that the feminist head of school is focused on, and if you are desperate enough to jump through the hoops, your child may be "selected". As a parent, your reward will be an 11-1 teaching ratio, and a custom curriculum for your child. The downside is...indoctrination to a social and political milieu of highly critical peers (for both you and your child) that you may not be fully able to compete with . Truly a great place for a parent to continue to manipulate their child, and for the parent, in turn, to be manipulated. There is a quote by Groucho about clubs that you might want to look up.

- submitted by a community member
July 02, 2011
I attend Marlborough, and I find it to be the most amazing school I have ever attended! All of the programs are challenging without being too hard, the teachers are amazing, and I enjoy every day there. My only complaint would be that all the doors open outwards, so you almost always get hit by the door you are walking by. I do not agree with any bad reviews, e.g. the girls aren't snotty, they're just above your level. All teachers are willing to help, and there is always review in classes so that you are somewhat prepared in class, and if you don't study that's your problem. Marlborough is a slightly selective school, meaning they choose students by who they think will succeed. I was honored to get in. Overall, it is an amazing school, which you should try to attend.

- submitted by a community member
June 06, 2011
I am a recent graduate of Marlborough, and let me just say that I couldn't have wished for a more incredible place to spend six years of my life. A huge misconception about Marlborough is that it is snobby, over-competitive, and filled with girls who will buy their way into the most prestigious schools in the country. I can tell you from experience that these are all false. I have never met a more supportive, intelligent, down-to-earth group of people than I have encountered at Marlborough. Every girl more than earns their slot in their future university by working as hard as they can for six years. The school community is something that can only be understood from the inside because the bonds that are created at Marlborough are indescribable. The teachers become your friends, your classmates become your sisters, and the school becomes your home. Marlborough has given me more than an amazing education, it has given me the confidence to succeed in college and in life.

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2011
A great school that I would never let my child attend. The stage-parents that buy their way into this school are to be avoided at all costs. The environment, the teachers, the parents, the children are excellent, balanced, ethnically diverse, and perfect in every way. My child is not perfect, and dare I say, probably will never be so. The results, however, speak for themselves, with this school producing corporate executives, upper-tier professionals, and over-achievers in every possible niche of society. If your aim is to buy your way into Stanford or Harvard, and with it, the power hungry, feminist, elitist, snob-driven society of perfect people that go along with it, then this is the absolute best prep school available for your daughter, and a superior way to spend $35,000+ a year. Bon Chance.

- submitted by a teacher
March 20, 2011
The elitism and self-satisfaction at this school ascend new heights each year. From the admissions officer (whose children were "selected" to attend) to the head of school's holier than thou attitude, the conflation of superiority and egotism inextricably afford passage to unnecessary snobbery among fatuous middle school and high school girls. Think twice before abdicating your daughter to such an insular and profligate environment. We should have.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
I'm a student at Marlborough, and though I don't have a lot of experience to go off of, I think Marlborough is a fantastic school. Though a bit too competitive (though that can hardly be avoided in a college prep school), the environment is great. Everyone is close, and though obviously there will be a few people who aren't so nice, students are helpful to one another. Since it's small, it has a completely different feel (and better feel), than Harvard-Westlake has with its giant class and campus (giant compared to other private schools of course).

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2010
Marlborough school has one of the most powerful heads of school in the city...Barbara Wagner's intensity and belief in the empowerment of young women is unwavering. The academic demands are tough and the school is not appropriate for students who think of middle and high school as a time to party. The admissions officers work hard to attract students from diverse backgrounds and have been succeeding admirably. However, in terms of diversity, the hiring practices seem to favor smart, white faculty emphasizing ivy league degrees rather than diversity. The students should have a faculty that looks more like them. There is a lack of heart in the Upper School administration, but my daughters have survived thanks to caring teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
Marlborough is an excellent school! The administration, faculty, staff and parents work to ensure superior student performance! My daughter entered in 9th grade. She tested into French 3 Honors, in 10th grade she passed the French AP exam with a score of 5! She is excelling in Math [Calculus, Economics] and she enjoys the challenges Marlborough has to offer! The girls must pass a cpr, lifeguard test to graduate - there are many opportunities available for extra-curricular activities. The campus is beautiful and recently renovated!! My daughter will be a senior next year - time has flown quickly!!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2010
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- submitted by a student
February 09, 2010
The academics are incredible, but the girls can be so rude. It's only the simple things too that drive me crazy like: 1. No one (no one) holds doors open for you 2. Everyone is mean to anyone younger (8th to 7th, 11, to 9th, 12 to 7th, ect.). This is my second year and i can't stand it anymore. I have been very challenged but i really dont get breaks from homework because i'm constantly studying for the next midterm or grammar check or project. In 7th grade, my friend stayed up until 3 in the morning! its ridiculous and i wish i had chosen a different school that fits my level

- submitted by a student
no rating January 04, 2010
Terrible choice for a school. NO time for a social life, does NOT represent a traditional high school experience. If you want to spend your entire life at home studying with no time for any extracurriculars, go ahead.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2009
Having been a student at Marlborough for a full six years, I am certain that I am better person, citizen and friend because of my attendance. The teachers were dedicated to teaching me, and not just concerned about getting through the day. I am thankful my parents were supportive of my decision to attend. Going to Marlborough allowed me to get into the college of my choice, and to feel comfortable in a rigorous collegiate setting once I got there. Girls and parents should expect to get out of Marlborough exactly what they put in. Those who complain about the quality of education should first look to themselves. In my six years, I never had a teacher I did not believe in, even if they were not a particular favorite of mine. I cannot imagine that there is a better school in this country.

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2008
The environment is far too competitive for a high school. The girls are overly ambitious and catty.

- submitted by a student
July 13, 2008
I have loved my experience at Marlborough. The teachers are fantastic, the classes are interesting and challenging, and the friends I have made are irreplaceable. I have not yet entered the upperschool, so am not one to talk about homework, but speaking for the middle school I feel it is safe to say that though Marlborough is most definitely challenging, the homework load is no more difficult than that of Brentwood or Harvard-Westlake's. If one keeps in touch with old friends and is quite sociable when at parties or enjoys meeting new people it is not hard to manage a social life.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 09, 2008
Our daughter came from a wonderful private coed school where she loved her community, school, and friends. However, she wanted a different and more challenging experience during her high school years. There were many great schools to pick from (both in our area and beyond). She selected Marlborough which definitely falls into the 'beyond' category. She just completed her 1st year (9th grade). On her last day of school she 'thanked us' for allowing her to go to Marlborough. She said she was very happy there and grateful to be at that school. As a parent, all I can say is based on what I have observed from the very beginning: the students at Marlborough have been wonderful to her... the faculty the same... the parents very welcoming. As for the curriculum... yes... it was (and will continue to be) tough. This is what our daughter wanted & needed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 02, 2008
I have to say Marlborough has been a huge dissapointment. After graduating from a private k-8 high school, she was accepted to marymount and marlborough. We decided to send her to marlborough since her friends were going there and we heard well about it. As her high school experience went on, she began to come home saying, the girls were too much like boys, and instead of teaching them to be leaders, they taught them how to do a man's job better than a man. The teachers were very undedicared and they didn't care about their jobs. I'm not saying we expected a frilly sissy all girls high school, but we didn't get what our expectations were, and this school does not fullfill their missionstatement. Overall--it was an unsatisfactory experience and i must say. The academic are overly stressfulWe should have sent her to Marymount.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
Marlborough School is easily the best all-girls private school in the city, and quite possibly, the nation. From strong academics (over 30% of the graduating class goes to an Ivy League collge), to outstanding athletics (the Varsity Basketball team won the state championship last year), and exceptional arts (many students are the recipients of the Scholastic Art Awards), Marlborough is truly a school where anyone can thrive. Yes, the curriculum is challenging, but there are enough choices where a student can thrive in her own area, and still do extraordinarily well. Many students develop close relationships with their teachers, who are always willing to help and truly love their jobs. Though some students might not appreciate the single-sex environment, we all will in the years to come. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2006
Marlborough School has been a great school for my daughter. She has had a lot of fun and enjoys going to a single sex school. The curriculum is very advanced and they challege the girls to do their best everyday. The campus is very pretty and is a contrast from the bustling city outside. There is a lot of safety and the discipline is great because girls have to follow an Honor Code and it is very unlikely for a girl to break it. Finally, the admissions office is trying to get a more diverse student population because the majority of the girls are white. However, the girls do not experience any kind of racial issues and they all get along. Marlborough is a great school for any girl

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
This is perhaps the finest secondary school in the nation and I am pleased to be sending my daughter there. The quality of education, enthusiasm and professionalism of the staff, and the facilities are quite simply second-to-none.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2005
Marlborough is an outstanding school with every possible option for the girls. Many excel in math and science as well as in the arts and sports. It often seems as though they are getting a university level education in high school. They go on to top colleges and universities across the country. Teachers are outstanding--many have advanced degrees, several with PhDs. Class size is small and the girls get a great deal of attention. Academics are strongly emphasized. Parents are very involved.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 20, 2005
great school, good academic program, highly qualified teachers plenty of extracurriculars available (sports-volleyball, softball, tennis, soccer, basketball, swimming varsity and jv teams, dance, drama etc) only put off is the price, but it is well worth it.

- submitted by a student
February 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
Teachers and students are very involved. The curriculum is very challenging and the all girl environment helps the girls get along easier without having to worry about impressing anyone.

- submitted by a teacher
January 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
An amazing school! Has helped my daughter grow on many different levels. Rates highest A+!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Fabulous school. Nurtures young women. Extremely challenging academically, but also very supportive and nurturing.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Excellent college prep. Promotes confidence and efficiency in math,sciences,literature,and the arts. My daughter emerged as a complete polished package....with 3 Ivy League scholarship offers.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
high quality education

- submitted by a former student
August 23, 2003
While Marlborough is a very demanding school, it is also one of extraordinary care and support for its students. It encourages real academic inquiry, and graduates of the school can excel at even the most rigorous universities--partly because they have been doing college-level work in high school. It is among the best independent schools in the nation.

- submitted by a parent
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Marlborough
250 South Rossmore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90004
(323) 935-1147
Last modified Marlborough is a Private school that serves grades 7-12
Marlborough Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top