I have volunteered at this school for the past five years. I wish I could have gone there! The girls learn to use their voice and advocate for themselves with confidence I never had in middle OR high school. Their projects are relevant to the real world and interesting, students get to go on field trips and meet women doing amazing things in the community. If I had a daughter I would send her to SGS in a heartbeat.
My daughter started there this year, and loves it. She's excited about everything she's learning, from anatomy to Mayan civilization. She's also learning how to learn, how to make mistakes, learn from them, and keep going. The adults at the school are amazing, creative, and caring.
SGS has been for the most part an amazing school. I walk out the purple doors feeling confident in my own skin both inside and outside of SGS!! What I think is the main unique part about SGS is it is one thing for a school to day and claim that they are empowering girls and building there confidence to the max it can possibly get up to. But it's another thing for a school to follow through till the end and you walk away from this school not just told that, girls are awesome, girls are extremely smart, girls should be greatly equally as men, but you walk out those door believing this to its fullest extent!! The bottom line: a school can tell you what ever they want to tell you. But what matters is not that just your told all of this empowering information, but you walk away, thinking it, acting like it, believing it, and most importantly wanting to make a positive change in the world. You only have on life!! I want to leave this world knowing that a made a big powerful positive impact on others that they will remember and cherish. Overall, SGS is a very empowering school. However there is a lot of mean girl stuff. But the majority of the time the teachers take appropriate action to make you feel warm, welcomed, and good.
They need to give out meaningful homework and they should consult with the other teachers in the same grade to figure out if one class al ready has a major and huge project and assignment happening, they maybe should assign there project and assignment she the other one is completed for the other class.
The school plays their girls a level down in basketball so 8th graders are versing seventh graders. The neighborhood is full of crime and the most awful thing is they say it will provide life experiences but they come out not knowing how to cope.
My daughter is attending SGS for the first time this year. The first day of school, I remember leaving her in the classroom with the small group of students sitting at the tables in a circle, with nervous eyes on each other and their new space. Later that day, they were laughing, joking and smiling like they had known each other for years. They disagree, of course, and don't always get along, but they deal with issues as a community, like a family. That is one of the wonderful things about SGS, everyone knows your child, they know when she is having a hard time and support her, they take the time to get to know what motivates her to be the best her she can be. The SGS community is wrapped around each girl from the first day, and it shows. My daughter LOVES Seattle Girls' School, and I love it as well. Last year, she sadly began to loose the joy of learning. She was broken, by the memorization, drilling and testing that was happening in her old school. Today she comes home every day excited about something she learned, or a project she is working on. I don't even know if she knows how much she is learning, because she is having fun doing it! Thank you SGS.
SGS was a wonderful experience for our daughter, she is a junior in high school. She learned how to set goals for her education, talk about what she is learning and what she wants to improve upon. The math department has been with the school for years, the newest member is the current 6th grade math teacher, who was a student teacher in 5th grade and has taught 2 years of 6th grade math, she has a B.A., Community, Environment, and Planning, and Dance, University of Washington and a M.I.T., Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. The Dean of Students is very qualified and has a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts, and completing her Master Degree in Education. SGS has given our daughter courage, curiosity and the love of learning. She is gracious, curious and is able to talk to her teachers about her classes, and get questions answered. Her Honors Chemistry teacher said she doesn't want to memorize information but wants to understand it and once she understands it she helps others. She got into her 1st choice high school because of SGS. SGS was worth every cent and we know she will continue to use her skills from SGS in her studies & everyday life. I highly recommend the school.