The Bryn Mawr School

109 W Melrose Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210

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The Bryn Mawr School is regarded nationally and valued locally for its excellent academic program, exceptional teaching, and expertise in developing capable, confident young women.

The five women who founded Bryn Mawr in 1885–M. Carey Thomas, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Mary Mackall Gwinn, Elizabeth Tabor King, and Julia Rebecca Rogers–were visionaries whose ideas about education and rights for women were radical for the time.

Today, a Bryn Mawr education is as forward-thinking as it was when the school was founded in 1885. The overall course of study is as current as the latest scientific discovery and as timeless as Plato and Aristotle. The school community is rooted in traditions that are unique to the school–Banner March, Gym Drill, and Senior Convocation, for example–that give Bryn Mawr its individual and distinctive character. As one of the top college-preparatory schools in the country, Bryn Mawr offers unparalleled opportunities for girls and young women to learn and lead with confidence and joy.

For the 2011 - 2012 school year, there are 711 girls enrolled in grades K - 12. The average class size is 14 students, and the teacher-to-student ratio is 1:7. Thirty-three percent of the school’s students identify as being from diverse backgrounds. Twenty-two percent of the Class of 2012 has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Board for academic excellence. The school currently has $2.9 million available for financial aid.

Additional opportunities for students include, but are not limited to: More than 40 courses and activities in the fine and performing arts; 17 interscholastic sports at the junior varsity and varsity levels, with competition in the top-ranked IAAM conference; more than 50 student clubs and organizations; a variety of local, national, and international service programs; independent study through the Edith Hamilton Scholars program; an extensive selection of AP courses; and educational exchange programs in Australia, the Czech Republic, England, and South Africa.

The Bryn Mawr School Mission Statement:

The Bryn Mawr School is an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory school for girls from preschool through grade twelve. Within a nurturing environment, Bryn Mawr’s rigorous academic curriculum inspires a passion for intellectual curiosity and emphasized the delights and demands of learning. In the classical humanistic tradition, Bryn Mawr promotes the full development of mind, body, and spirit. The school cultivates respect for diversity and engenders habits of moral and ethical leadership and a sense of responsibility to the broader community.

A Bryn Mawr education is grounded in the expectation that young women will be resilient in the face of complexity, ambiguity, and change; will become responsible and confident participants in the world; and will lead considered and consequential lives.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Boys Grades PS (Age 2)-PS (Age 4), Girls PS (Age 2)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address109 W Melrose Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210
Year Established1885
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$24,840-26,390; estimated extras $315-775
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded210
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$2,994,100

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarSemester
1:1 Laptop Program in Grades6-12
Advanced Placement CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Comparative Government & Politics, Computer Science, Economics, English Literature, Environmental Science, French, Latin, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Spanish Literature, Statistics, US Government & Politics, World History
Summer SessionAcademic Enrichment Recreational. Tuition Day $175-990. 1-3 weeks. Sports. Tuition Day $260-295/weeks. 9 weeks
Accredited ByCLS, MSA
Interscholastic Girls' SportsBadminton, Basketball, Crew, Cross-country, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School75
Most Common Graduate DestinationsU of MD-Col Park 7, Johns Hopkins 4, U of Chicago 3, Tulane 3, Kenyon 3, Yale 3
Average Math SAT641
Average Critical Reading SAT661
Average Writing SAT675
Average ACT27


Applications DueJanuary
Application Fee$60
New Students107
Tests Used for AdmissionISEE


AdministratorMaureen E. Walsh
Administrator's TitleHeadmistress
In Office Since2002
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Wesleyan Univ, MEd, Columbia Univ
Director(s) of AdmissionsTalia Busby Titus, Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment830
Day Students830
Student Body EthnicityWhite 63%, Latino 1%, African-American 16%, Native American 1%, Asian 9%, Other 10%
Average Class Size14
Student-Faculty Ratio7:1
Dress CodeUniform
Teaching Faculty146
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)44
Male Teaching Faculty24
Female Teaching Faculty122
Faculty EthnicityWhite 86%, Latino 1%, African-American 9%, Asian 3%, Other 1%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage26
Buildings on Campus23
Facilities Value$32,000,000
Endowment Value$26,565,000
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