The Bryn Mawr School is an independent, nonsectarian all-girls school for grades K-12, with a coed preschool. Founded in 1885, Bryn Mawr is one of the oldest college-preparatory schools for girls in the country. The school's five founders -- M. Carey Thomas, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Julia Rogers, Mamie Gwinn and Elizabeth King -- were determined to offer girls the opportunity to receive the same quality of education then available to boys. It was a radical idea for its time. Guided by the school's first headmistress, the renowned classicist Edith Hamilton, Bryn Mawr became known as a center for academic rigor and inquiry, and maintains this reputation today.

Bryn Mawr raises the bar for our students, and supports them as they strive to reach it. We are the school for those who value education as the key to a successful life, both in college and beyond. We balance superior academics with a nurturing environment, supporting each student at every turn. We are home to a spirited sisterhood where lifelong friendships are formed.

Our goal is to help women succeed by empowering them. We are dedicated to providing girls and young women with the opportunities they deserve. Our students question, lead, achieve and succeed, and they are passionate about lifelong learning. They “take the test” by raising their own expectations about their capabilities - in the classroom, on the stage, in the studio and on the playing field. Our students live deliberate, considered and consequential lives, with the resourcefulness and self-awareness to make choices for themselves. They know where they want to go and how to create the lives they want to live. They are well-prepared, creative thinkers. They are confident and resilient. They are dynamic, joyful, energetic, powerful and smart women who care for the world.

Highlights of the Bryn Mawr Experience

  • 16 sports to choose from
  • 50+ Upper School clubs and student-led organizations
  • 7:1 student to faculty ratio - we know and love each of our students
  • 1:1 technology program in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools
  • Visual and performing arts opportunities in all divisions
  • Exceptional college counseling support

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School Overview: Bryn Mawr at a Glance

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What AIMS Says About Bryn Mawr

“We came to campus expecting a great school and found something much more profound. In point of fact, we found that Bryn Mawr is truly a special school whose clear sense of its history and provenance still guides it today. The committee saw clearly that students and faculty embody the desire to live ‘considered and consequential lives.’ The ‘demands and delights of learning’ are visible in the classroom, on the athletic field and the stage, and in the way that the girls go about their daily responsibilities. Bryn Mawr girls experience the latter and aspire to the former with a determination and fierceness that is rare and worthy of emulation. The committee applauds Bryn Mawr’s thoughtful and very successful efforts to continuously connect the present to the past, kindling a spark of self-efficacy in young women that carries them to their future.”

– Visiting Committee of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (2009)

The Bryn Mawr School is accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and is approved by the State of Maryland. Member: NAIS, ACCIS, College Board, NACAC, PCACA, NCGS, Online School for Girls.