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.
There is definitely a dark side to this school. The academics are excellent but the school lacks in character development and open political discourse. The teachers for the most part have been very good. However bullying is rampant and the school appears to do nothing about it. We liked the school ok until our daughter became the victim of a cyber bullying incident on school grounds involving a student who was the child of someone once affiliated with the school board. The school destroyed evidence of the crime and tried to cover it up. When we learned about it we demanded that the student be punished or we were going to the police. The school then took up where the bully left off , blamed our daughter and sent her to the "Honor Council." She was completely innocent of what they accused her of. Our daughter was devastated and we have spent hundreds of dollars for her to have professional counseling after this incident. Meanwhile the perpetrator openly receives school accolades. We should have sent our daughter to Roland Park. Don't make the same mistake we did. I would never have believed this could have happened to us until it did. The headmistress clearly cares nothing about most of the students- just the ones that have $$ and the ones that share her political agenda.
Bryn Mawr is a great place for intelligent, confident girls to flourish. The academics are first rate and challenge the girls to think critically and aspire to be the best. My daughter has grown so much here and has made incredible strides in her leadership and having a bold voice. However, if your daughter requires additional support or assistance to do well, this may not be the place for you. The girls feel tremendous pressure to be the best in everything they do and that creates a lot of stress. Bryn Mawr doesn't have the resources to address learning differences, but there are many opportunities to lead, excel, and contribute for girls who don't need the additional support. While there is an appearance of sisterhood and camaraderie among the students, there is also a fair amount of bullying and exclusion, so if your daughter is especially sensitive or vulnerable, this may not be the best school for her.
My daughter LOVES Bryn Mawr! The teachers are great!! My daughter loves being in class with girls who are excited to come to school everyday. The girls develop very strong friendships and really support one another.
Bryn Mawr prepares girls to be confident, smart young women. I was so impressed after meeting the girls attending the Upper School (high school). They have a variety of interests from arts to athletics and community service to politics and go off to some of the most prestigious colleges in the country.
If you are not a big donor you will have absolutely no contact with Headmistress Maureen Walsh. She never acknowledged me or my daughter in 10 years. The school is a pressure cooker and very competitive. Coupled with its conservatism and fear of challenging authority, it is a soulless, joyless place.