150 years ago, we were founded by Miss Agnes Irwin, the great-great granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin, first Dean of Radcliffe College, and advocate for the education of girls and young women — a radical concept in her time.
Today, Miss Irwin's legacy serves as our inspiration. In our Upper, Middle, and Lower schools, everything our students experience is rooted in what's best for girls: how they learn, how their brains develop, and what their social and emotional needs are. We know that when they feel known, understood, supported, and challenged, girls are empowered to be their very best selves.
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Dr. Wendy Hill, neuroscientist and former Provost and Dean of Faculty at Lafayette College, lives her legacy as our Head of School.
It takes a village to lead a premier all-girls' academic institution. Meet the distinguished leaders who come together and provide counsel for our school.
Leading in girls' education requires vision. Learn about our Strategic Plan, which provides the framework for our school based our legacy and aspirations for the future.
The Agnes Irwin School empowers girls to learn, to lead, and to live a legacy.
We think of it as our superpower. Our Center for the Advancement of Girls helps infuse girl-centered research into the Agnes Irwin experience, impacting our curriculum, creating developmentally relevant programming, and forging strategic partnerships with leading researchers and institutions of higher learning that shape our student experience.
We've been empowering girls since 1869. Browse through Agnes Irwin's history — from the early days in Center City, to our beautiful 26-acre campus in Rosemont — and meet a few of the notable women who have walked our halls along the way.