Headmistress's Welcome

Maureen E. Walsh

Maureen E. Walsh is the ninth headmistress of The Bryn Mawr School. She was appointed to lead the school on July 1, 2002, after working for 16 years at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York, where she served as the director of admissions and financial aid, the assistant head for external affairs, and the head of the newly established Poly Prep Lower School. Walsh is an alumna of The Phillips Exeter Academy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and her master’s degree in educational administration from Columbia University, where she was a Joseph Klingenstein Fellow. In addition to leading The Bryn Mawr School, Walsh coaches the school’s ice hockey team.

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I am delighted to welcome you to The Bryn Mawr School, a truly remarkable place. Our school was founded in 1885 by five pioneering young women determined to offer a college preparatory education to girls—a radical idea at the time. These bold women envisioned a world where women could become leaders in any area—science, business, law, medicine, the arts and more—and they knew that a great education was the key to that goal becoming reality.

At Bryn Mawr, we help young women succeed by empowering them. Our academic program sets high expectations and our students learn resilience as they rise to the challenge, supported by their teachers, mentors and friends. Our goal is to help girls develop and cultivate a lifelong love of learning. We strive to make learning both fun and challenging, and we focus on developing the whole child—mentally, physically, socially and emotionally.

The hallmark of a Bryn Mawr education is a balance of superior academics and fun—the delights and demands of learning. Every student, from our youngest kindergarteners to our accomplished seniors, is taught to think for herself, to synthesize information, to be both critical and creative. We believe in questioning, debate, practice and commitment. From the spirited sisterhood that thrives in our all-girls environment to innovative course offerings and myriad art, athletic and club opportunities, Bryn Mawr offers an unparalleled educational experience to each girl, no matter what her interests are.

After more than a century, our core mission remains the same: to prepare girls for the challenges of the nation’s most selective colleges. We set each student on a trajectory for success, in college and beyond. Our alumnae tell us again and again that Bryn Mawr was their most formative educational experience, providing an unshakable foundation upon which to build. Whether pursuing an advanced degree in law, business or medicine, becoming a business or community leader, or following in the footsteps of outstanding teachers and mentors, a Bryn Mawr girl constantly challenges herself and strives to make her mark on the world.

Thank you for your interest in Bryn Mawr. I hope to see you on campus soon.

Sincerely,

Maureen E. Walsh

Maureen E. Walsh
Headmistress

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