We’re no stranger to location changes. Miss Agnes Irwin first put her vision for educating girls into action in a rowhome on Philadelphia’s Merrick Street 150 years ago, and we have been empowering girls to learn, to lead, and to live a legacy ever since. Throughout our school’s history, we haven't wavered in our commitment to our mission — regardless of whether our students are learning from our original Center City campus, our current home in Rosemont, or from the kitchen table.
Our remote learning platform, AIS Online, allows our students to continue experiencing our innovative and rigorous curriculum, powered by girl-centered research, from their own homes.
Our program is tailored to the various developmental ages and stages of our students, and designed to provide flexibility to families who are managing multiple schedules, without compromising the rigor and inquiry-based learning that is a hallmark of Agnes Irwin’s academic program. AIS Online uses a blended instructional model that incorporates both asynchronous instruction — video lessons, independent assignments, and more — with synchronous learning, such as live class discussions and lessons conducted over Google Meet.
Also core to our program is a concern for students' social and emotional wellbeing, so our weekly schedule includes screen-free time, fitness and mindfulness exercises, and regular live check-ins with teachers and classmates.
- What does it mean for girls to learn online?
- What are their needs when they are away from campus?
- What is different about our youngest and oldest learners, and how do we design a program that responds to the developmental needs and differences of our students?
- What does student support look like in an online platform, and how do we design a program that meets the needs of diverse learners?
- How do we create a program that is rigorous, flexible, and joy-filled?
- How do we maintain our rich school culture and vibrant community in the digital space?
I love to hear the laughter and happy voices as my 6th grader has set her workspace up in our kitchen. I am impressed with hearing the girls cooperate on tasks and learn from each other. I hear them in small groups - explaining things, asking questions, challenging and stretching each other. 6th grade parent