Engagement meets expectation
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
Dr. Jane Goodall
Upper school years are filled with discovery, growth, engagement and expectation, and our Upper School is a vibrant place for girls to continue their educational journey. Agnes Irwin distinguishes itself by providing a vigorous learning environment, one that fosters excellence, develops leaders, embraces diversity, creates lasting friendships and promotes civic engagement – always centered by the ways in which girls learn best.
In our upper school, we broaden and deepen our students’ complex thinking as they prepare to take up the challenges that they are likely to confront on their way to deciding what kind of difference they would like to make. As they consider the profound challenges, for instance, of creating access to clean water, developing alternative energy sources, or eliminating hunger, we provide our students with the rich and varied educational program necessary to support them as they become innovative problem solvers and engaged citizens. In our upper school, we rely on the power of each girl to realize her inner promise and, through developing her unique perspective, to make a meaningful impact in our world.
Designed to develop the 21st century skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly complex world, our academic and co-curricular programs engage students in opportunities that cultivate creative problem solving, leadership, innovation, digital competence, community involvement, collaboration and global perspective. Our teachers hold the highest expectations for our students, inspiring them to excel as they realize their inner promise. Our students strive to meet those standards, and, in the process, become confident, perceptive critical thinkers, who seek to make a difference.
Supported by the four pillars of our Center for the Advancement of Girls, our ninth and 10th grade coursework focuses on developing the foundational knowledge and skills that allow our students to grow intellectually and prepare for the more sophisticated thinking required during their junior and senior years. By cultivating our students’ leadership skills and building an inclusive, close-knit community, we create an educational landscape today that shapes the women leaders of tomorrow.
Upper School Director