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.
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!
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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