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285 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

(518) 833-1302
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May 26, 2015
When I attended Emma, I never felt a sense of belonging there. It is true that most of the girls were from upper middle class families that had given them many more opportunities than my family could for me, and I generally felt like there was an Emma club to which I didn't belong. I found it very hard to connect and was lonely much of the time. I see now that it was just the wrong place for me. This was a long time ago - I hope it has changed now.

- submitted by a community member

February 20, 2015
I must disagree with the student who feels there's a certain type of Emma student. I found it diverse in every way, including socio-economically, although perhaps what's even better is that I wasn't aware when I was there of the socio-economic diversity-- meaning I didn't find divisive cliques. I think different students will walk away with different opinions of their experience. But certainly the administration, the faculty & the network of alumnae care deeply about this school. They aim for academic excellence AND a nurturing environment. As an alumna, I have to say it's rare to find a school that feels like a sisterhood. And the school's history is a bonus: it's the oldest girls' school in the country. It's special to be a part of that.

- submitted by a student

May 02, 2013
Attending Emma Willard was one of the best decisions I ever could have made. Originally I was absolutely against the idea of attending an all girls boarding school. It sounded like the worst possible thing on earth to a city-bred teen. However, over the next four years Emma opened my eyes to who I could be as a woman. She allowed me to develop not only my academic mind but also my character. I have created life long friendships of which I am so grateful to have made. The teachers at Emma have created a lasting impression on me. Not only are they extremely knowledgeable and have a deep rooted care about the girls, they are also often more educated and better all around teachers than my professors in college (I attend one of the prestigious "40 Colleges That Change Lives"). Now in college I often look back on my times at Emma and think of how I would give up almost anything to go back. Emma is not just a high school. Emma is an experience. I truly grateful for my days there and I could not imagine my life without Emma.

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January 18, 2013
As a former student of Emma Willard I would like to give, what I feel, is a more honest review of the school. I was at Emma for two years before transferring to public school. My years there were stress filled, and most of my peers were battling some level of depression. Don't get me wrong, I do think that Emma is the right place for a certain type of person, the "emma girl". But if you are not the super peppy, smart, and sporty type, you will probably end up miserable and desperate to leave. Recently, there were some unpleasant political issues that reflected major student dissatisfaction and discrepancies in the faculty. Most of the teachers I had were subpar, but the quality of the education you receive there is undeniable, and I have no worries about being prepared for college. The student body, despite being ethnically diverse, is really more or less homogeneous in terms of socioeconomic status. My parents were fed up with the lack of faculty support, and did not feel that it was worth the 29000. In public school the education is not equal to Emma, but I feel the workload is far more appropriate for someone my age and teachers are far more supportive.

- submitted by a student

March 26, 2011
Our daughter's four-year experience as a day student at Emma Willard has been nothing but positive. She has developed into a capable and caring young woman, with the intelligence and communication skills necessary for college, as well as for working in an adult world. We had hoped that a superior education offered at the high school level would build the best possible educational foundation for her. . . . and we were right ! We have complete confidence that she will find college-level work to be not unlike what she has already been experiencing at Emma. Every teacher she has had has been a valuable part of an all-too-short four years at a most wonderful school. We will all miss our daily contact with the school and all of the teachers and staff that we have all come to love. There are few choices in life that are so clearly right, so completely correct from start to finish. Our choice to enroll our daughter at Emma Willard will always be remembered as one of those rare events in our lives where everything worked out better than we ever expected. Our eternal thanks for being able to be part of it all !

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2010
The decision to attend Emma Willard has been hands down the best decision I have made in my life yet...and is projected to be my number 1 for a very long time. The work is challenging, however the teachers present the material in innovative and captivating ways. The friends I made at Emma Willard were not just friends, they were sisters. I was a day student, however most of my friends were boarders. At Emma Willard you interact with people from many cultures with many different backgrounds and ideas and it is captivating. Emma Willard does not just prepare you for college, it prepares you for life. I absolutely loved every second I had at Emma and if I had the opportunity to make the decision to go to Emma all over again, I would do it in a heart beat.

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March 03, 2008
When I came to EWS at age 15, I was shy and afraid to share my opinions. Emma Willard gave me confidence and, now in college, I feel fully prepared to handle the world.

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March 03, 2008
I recently graduated from EWS and I would never trade the experience that I got there for anything. Academically it was challenging and prepared me well for the demands of college. Socially my friends are my sisters and it was such a supportive environment to grow into a woman in.

- submitted by a community member

March 01, 2008
As a recent EWS alum, I only have great things to say about my experience at the school. It was the perfect environment for me to grow as a student and as a young woman. I can't imagine a more supportive community of faculty and staff, and I am still in touch with a great many of them. I am quite certain that the friendships I made at Emma Willard will be very long-lasting. Despite the stress I may have felt as a student there, in the end, I feel that my hard work paid off. For many people, Emma Willard is what you make of it. If you are willing to do the work, embrace the traditions and take advantage of the opportunities, you will have an amazing experience like I did.

- submitted by a student

November 15, 2007
My daughter was at first not wild about going to an all girls school (coming from small town coed public middle school) but the experience turned out to be transformative. 'Emma' has a gift for bringing out the absolute best in each student - and then building on strengths in one area to give confidence and capacity in other disciplines. There is tremendous joie de vivre on campus. The girls are terrifically supportive of each other. Teachers are so dedicated and talented. The course work is demanding but there is an incredible network - led by the advisor who advocates for a small number of students at any one time This is a culture in which the students are encouraged to aspire to do great things - and the number of ways they can excel and contribute and excel is enormous. Highest recommendation!

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2007
EW is a good school. It has a very good art program; while, the quality of other classes varies due to the teachers. A big campus with a very beautiful views (looks like a castle), right now there is a constraction going on, so in a year the school will look even more beatuful. It's a nice place to live in. Very safe. Good sport teams. Although there are only about 300 students, there are many international students from different countries such as Mexico, Spain, France, Gerany, Russia, Ukraine, and Asian countries. But if you don't wanna pay 20,000-30,000 a year or don't wanna be in all-girl school and you can be a day student, then you can find a public school with the same/better education (I don't think you can find better views though)...like Niskayuna Hight School, for example...peace. :)

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December 06, 2006
Music and arts are fabulous. Academics are fabulous - at or above college level. Quality of teachers and courses varies but you have choices so you can select well if you're savvy. Lifelong friendships made.

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December 22, 2005
Nice instalations,I think this school was better in its academic facts, the teachers are not so good in his academic skills, I will not recommend this school to another parents.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2005
Emma Willard has been an excellent experience for my daughter. She had been agonizing over where to go to high school ever since the 6th grade. We live in an area of the country where going to a boarding school is quite uncommon and we also have very good schools in our area. However, my daughter wanted a really good education that would prepare her very well for college as she is hoping to go to medical school. Emma Willard has exceeded all of her expectations. The school has excellent extra-curricular programing and offers plenty of opportunity for parental involvement. I would highly recommend this school to any parent who wants their daughter to achieve her highest potential. Be advised the student must be willing to study and work very hard!

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
My daughter is now a sophomore at Emma Willard. The standards are extremely high and each girl is challenged academically, socially and morally. The academics are rigorous, the commitment to community is fostered both to school and country and integrity is paramount. Teachers work with students to improve their understanding of difficult material and they are prepared for the world. This is a boarding school with day students and for those who board, independence and taking care of their day is well taught as they move throughout the 4 years of high school.

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August 22, 2003
This school is a wonderful educational and social expierience for any girl who goes there

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Emma Willard School
285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY  12180
(518) 833-1302
Last modified Emma Willard School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Emma Willard School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top