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The Bryn Mawr School

Private | PK-12 | 813 students

Our school is best known for a rigorous and joyful academic curriculum.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $348,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,200.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted March 10, 2009

I am a ninth grade new student and I love Bryn Mawr. I have been to a what is supposed to be the best Baltimore County public school, and was miserable there. At Bryn Mawr, academics are the priority, and the students are interested in learning. The teachers are always willing to help and meet with their students, and really want us to learn. Bryn Mawr has a lot of great tradition, all the girls are really nice, and I have definately learned a lot this year. This isn't a rich girls' school, for a lot of families, education is just a priority. Finally, Bryn Mawr offers it's students so many opportunities from crew, squash, and ice hockey, to chinese, russian, and millions of electives, clubs, and after-school activities. Bryn Mawr is definatly not for everyone, but for girls who love to learn and work hard, it is a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2008

This is a school for wealthy debutantes-in-training. The school has gorgeous campus, but there is not much going on inside the classroom. Lots of movies. Lots of days off. Plenty of trendy curricular fads, such as the awful 'Everyday Math' curriculum (see http://www.city-journal.org/html/eon_3_7_03mc.html for more information). But not much emphasis on the basics. Parents who are interested in rigorous academics generally will be much happier sending their kids to a good public school in Baltimore County or Howard County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

My daugter has been a student at Bryn Mawr for 3 years. It is a wonderful school with a focus on academic excellence in a truly nurturing environment. Girls who are very bright and families who put education first do very well at Bryn Mawr.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2004

I have been delighted that my daughter is a student there, but as she has gone through the Middle School, the rigor and quality of her education has dropped. I am worried that she will not be well prepared for the Upper School, where rigor and quality once again matter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2004

From the Little School through the Lower School, each day our daughter can't wait to go to school. Bryn Mawr helps establish the skills and discipline for these girls to become powerful young women. The academics are rigerous, but the competitive nature is mostly self-imposed. It is not a school for everyone, but a school to develop leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2004

Our daughter has attend the Bryn Mawr School since little school and she is currently in the lower school, in 5th grade. The academic standards are certainly rigorus at Bryn Mawr, but isn't that one of the criteria that you consider when you select a school to 'vend' services from? At admission the school rep. made sure to include academic rigor as one of the school's assets. It has been our experience that the work gets increasingly challenging as the years pass. We love the idea that she will have the opportunity to establish long term relationships with students and staff/faculty. Being a child of color, there have been some unique challenge. She has often been one of very few girls in a grade level of her race/culture. However, overall, the teaching and head of school staffs have handled these infrequent events expertly. We look forward to her lower school completion ceremony this year with much anticipation, and await middle and upper school graduations as well. The only draw back we find is the increasing tuition costs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2003

While Bryn Mawr provided a wonderful base of learning and pushed the girls to do well, it almost pushed them too hard. There were countless nights when they would be up doing homework until midnight, or later. School is not meant to be non-stop, constant work. Bryn Mawr is a good school, it's just one that might not fit everyones needs.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 42%
Black 17% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Hispanic 1% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Chicago
Johns Hopkins University
University of Maryland
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
French
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French, Arabic

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • Debate
  • It's Academic
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Maureen E. Walsh
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • All girls
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
  • NCGS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Dance
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Amnesty international
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French, Arabic
  • Game club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • It's Academic
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • Pink Ribbon
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • The Bryn Mawr School was founded in 1885 by five pioneering young women who were determined to prepare girls for college. At Bryn Mawr, we understand the importance of a great education. Our goal is to help girls develop and cultivate a lifelong love of learning. We strive to make learning both fun and challenging, and we focus on developing the whole child—mentally, physically, socially and emotionally.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$18000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Chicago
Johns Hopkins University
University of Maryland
College preparation / awareness offered
Summer college prep programs
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 0%
4 year college - 100%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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109 W Melrose Ave
Baltimore, MD 21210
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Phone: (410) 323-8800

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