Our Traditions

Ask any current student or alumna about their time at Agnes Irwin, and they will undoubtedly share one or more of the traditions that thread our community together — from 1869 through today. 


AIS pride is on display during AIS/EA Day, a four-sport competition against Episcopal Academy every fall. Pep rallies, team dances, and carbo-loaded pre-game dinners lead up to this annual event where students, faculty, and alumnae don blue and gold in support of the Owls. 

Holiday Fun

Just before winter break, the entire school comes together for the Holiday Assembly, a raucous gathering of singing, silliness, and excitement for the multitude of holiday traditions celebrated by our community — ending with drums, noisemakers, and a balloon drop by our seniors.

May-dieval Day

Peasants, jesters, knights, queens, friars, and farmers come together in our “castle” to celebrate May-dieval Day. A highlight of sixth grade — students, parents, and faculty are transported back to medieval times through costumes, scenery, dance, music, and a feast fit for the times! 

Senior Assembly

A rite of passage: Each senior prepares and presents a 10-minute speech on the topic of her choice — sharing her passion and knowledge with the entire Upper School.

May Fair

For 80 years, Agnes Irwin lower school girls have danced around the maypole and sipped on lemon sticks in our annual celebration. Our lawn is transformed into an old-fashioned carnival, full of food, games, and fun for our community.

Moving Up Day

At year's end, upper schoolers announce new leadership for the next year’s clubs, and literally climb over the seats in the West-Wike Theatre to assume their new position in the auditorium as they advance grades. The seniors “exit stage left” and everyone heads outside to watch the Senior Drive Around.

Sophomore Day

Make a wish! On this day, sophomores receive their class rings, emblazoned with the laurel and lamp of our school seal. After making wishes and turning the rings, the class enjoys a day of fun, games, food, and camaraderie.

Life@AIS — by Division

Life in Lower School

Learn. Play. Explore. Grow. Lower School @ AIS is all about following curiosity and understanding that young girls can do anything.

Life in Middle School

Stand up. Speak out. Own your voice. Middle School @ AIS connects students to each other, the world, and themselves, and empowers them to reach higher.

Life in Upper School

Dive deep. Think differently. Lead the way. Upper School @ AIS embraces the personal journey and discovery which sets the trajectory for higher learning and future success.

Together, we are AIS

Our school fosters an environment that represents many backgrounds — and supports a community where the contribution and experiences of all people are valued. We are committed to being a truly inclusive, diverse, and equitable community, and honor the individuality of our students, families, faculty, and staff. Learn more about our commitment to equity and inclusion

Fun facts


number of zip codes represented by our student body


clubs, boards, and organizations to choose from


students in 2022-2023


varsity sports in Upper School


of student body who identify as students of color


large and wise mascot - Gus the Owl

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