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.
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.