As an alumna, and parent of one daughter in the middle school, I can say that the academics at Bryn Mawr are second to none. I never experienced the bullying mentioned by several posters, nor has my daughter, but I can't say that it hasn't happened - it happens EVERYWHERE sadly. I believe the school is making great strides to keep the behavior at bay, and has advisors, counselors and staff that nip it in the bud if it does start. Bryn Mawr is not the right school for everyone, but for a driven, intelligent girl, who wants to get a top-notch education, there is not a better school around. PS - the people who post about Bryn Mawr and have numerous typos, grammatical errors, etc... have clearly NOT gone to the school. The small class size and extensive writing that is required provide an unparalleled preparation for the rigors of college.
While I think the term bullying is being overused to almost criminalize behavior that has always been a part of middle and high school years, I do think the school could do more to inform the girls of unacceptable behavior, especially online, and reprimanding those who violate those policies. These policies should be clear and extreme and not ambiguous or subjective, so that there is no room for misunderstanding what true unacceptable bullying is.
Bryn Mawr teachers are qualified, enthusiastic about their subjects, and available. Clearly in every school you may have a teacher or two that may not be exceptional, but the overwhelming majority of the teachers at Bryn Mawr School are talented and interested in seeing the girls succeed.
The school balances homework in the upper school and middle school very well. From building in free periods or study halls in the schedule to scheduling classes every other day, the girls are allotted ample time to complete homework and still get sleep
Bryn Mawr is an academically challenging school that values diversity in its many forms. Not only do they prepare the students to express themselves boldly and respectfully, they also take many many opportunities to teach the girls to learn from differences. The girls are encouraged to take risks and see themselves as leaders. My daughter has grown exponentially from her experiences in the classroom, on stage, on the athletic fields, and in her leadership roles that I don't think would have happened had she gone to a larger school, a co-ed school, or a less challenging school.
Students at this school often feel stressed and under pressure. It is very common for Bryn Mawr students to end up seeking therapy, tutoring, and other resources due to the amount of stress this school provides. It is draining and it sometimes feels as if the mental health of students is not considered.
Bryn Mawr is a fantastic school for academically gifted and self-motivated girls across all 3 divisions. Our expectations have been exceeded for the past 11 years during which our daughter has attended Bryn Mawr.