Academics
Upper School

Welcome to the Upper School

The Upper School years are full of excitement, a time of wonderful intellectual growth and self-discovery as girls grow through adolescence toward adulthood. Our program is designed to prepare our girls for the nation’s most selective colleges, and to lead lives of consequence and impact.
Students explore complex ideas in Harkness discussions, collaborate with classmates for interdisciplinary projects, and take initiative in independent study opportunities. With the support of their teachers and the Upper School community, our students set and achieve ambitious academic goals.

At every step of their education, girls are encouraged to develop their own questions, and we consciously nurture in our students the awareness that asking one’s own question is often more valuable than answering someone else’s. Bryn Mawr girls are known for developing strong and well-founded opinions and for not being afraid to share them.

Outside the classroom, more than 50 student-led clubs encourage girls to explore familiar interests as well as try new things. Students may also choose from 16 interscholastic sports teams, and have the opportunity to explore a range of artistic and personal interests through activities like singing groups, a handbell choir, a rock band, ceramics, robotics, community service outreach and more. We hope you’ll come see what makes Bryn Mawr an amazing place to go to school!

Jeanette Budzik
Interim Upper School Director
What’s unique about our Upper School:

  • The Tri-School Coordination program allows juniors and seniors to take coed classes at Bryn Mawr, Roland Park Country School, and Gilman School and offers a wide array of classes and electives, unmatched by any single high school in the area
  • All 11th graders take public speaking in preparation for their Senior Convocation, a 15-minute speech delivered to the Upper School community on a topic of their choosing
  • Students can tinker and create in our newly renovated, state-of-the-art Innovation Lab
  • Gym Drill, a beloved tradition for more than 100 years, celebrates our community through cultural and ethnic dances and fun
  • Upper Schoolers can choose from seven world languages and seven global study travel programs
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, The Bryn Mawr School is a private all-girls kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school with a coed preschool for ages 2 months through 5 years. Bryn Mawr provides students with exceptional educational opportunities on a beautiful 26-acre campus within the city limits. Inquisitive girls, excellent teaching, strong student-teacher relationships and a clear mission sustain our vibrant school community where girls always come first.