Our community would like to share their experience of Baldwin with you. We invite you to listen to our student presentations below and read our parent testimonials.
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Claudia Baldassano (P '18, '23)
"There is no place like Baldwin - I cannot imagine you can find better and more committed faculty than Baldwin teachers."
Initially, I chose Baldwin for my two daughters based on its reputation for academic excellence, in which Baldwin has far surpassed all of our expectations. However beyond that, Baldwin has given my daughters so much more. It has made them learners instead of memorizers, thinkers instead of robots, curious about their world not self-limited. Baldwin has made them ask why and how…and it has done all this in the most welcoming and warm environment.
There is no place like Baldwin - I cannot imagine you can find better and more committed faculty than Baldwin teachers. The School is great because of its tradition, its programs and its student body, but it all trickles down from its phenomenal faculty members who become our daughter’s mentors and role models. Our passionate and cutting edge teachers seem acutely aware of their responsibility to shape our future leaders. Everyday I am grateful for our Baldwin faculty, and I know my daughters are as well.
I know that I have found the right place for my daughters because they love going to school. Both have found their home away from home; a school that challenges them to stretch their minds, to not be afraid to raise their hands and voice their opinions and to think on a more global scale. Baldwin has imbued my daughters with the self assurance to do whatever they choose in life and I am certain that because of Baldwin they will make a difference.
Pat Weiser (P '24, '22)
“Your daughters are going to grow up being confident, having a voice, knowing who she is and ready to go out into the world and make it a better place.”
I'm kind of connecting two memories or two moments in time. One was coming to Baldwin when our daughter was four. We have two daughters, one in eleventh and one in ninth, and we were trying to decide where we were going to send them to school. My husband got a tour by one of the Lamplighters and she was a Baldwin high schooler who was taking them around. We were so impressed by her confidence, how she carried herself and interacted with others that we hoped that someday our daughter could be like that.
Fast forward, my daughter's now in tenth grade and she's a Lamplighter. She very much has become that of the Baldwin girl that we met when she was so little. Just seeing her and her friends all grow up over these many years, that's something that I think is as important to any parent here, that your daughters are going to grow up being confident, having a voice, knowing who she is and will be ready to go out into the world and make it a better place.
Then secondarily, I would say the teachers are just incredible. Throughout all the years we've been here, every year it has been an incredible experience to meet, interact, influence and impact our children. They're just incredible. I wish I could go here. I keep jockeying for night school for parents. I'm going to keep jockeying for it, but it's a truly unique, special place. I think as parents of daughters in this day and age and in this current kind of world we live in, that it's as important as ever to make sure our girls are developing into thinking women to get out into the world and make it a better place.
Tom Bachrach (P '29, '31)
“The number one thing for me is the all-girls aspect. I think there's a culture here that goes with the all-girls, but also the way they just specifically do it here.”
The first thing was we looked at a lot of schools for my two daughters and this felt like home for them. I mean it was just like a guttural reaction and I was like, this was the place I wanted my daughters to be at. I didn't go to an all-girls school as it turns out, but my wife did. She started all-girls, spent the first half of her education in that then she went to coed. She was the only girl in AP Physics there. She felt that she could have taken all the other girls from her all-girls experience and dropped them in there and the class would have been 50/50.
Now, I have two girls so I wanted to put them in an environment where they could follow their dreams and go anywhere and not get artificially instructed or dissuaded from going some direction that they happen to like. My older daughter was very anxious so we felt like we had to get involved early. Then, we just kind of fell in love with the institution and the people. Now, I just like hanging out there.
The number one thing for me is the all-girls aspect. I think there's a culture here that goes with the all-girls, but also the way they just specifically do it here. Not all the girls' schools are run like this. And what you believe in the kind of future generations of women leaders, I get the feeling that if I play my cards right, I’m going to know a whole bunch.
Martha Ortiz (P '16)
"At Baldwin, I see firsthand the value in an all-girl's school."
Baldwin represents the school environment I wish I had growing up. I was educated in a middle-of-the-road school system and I knew it early on. It took me years to get caught up to my college peers. Instead, I want my daughter to be challenged for the right reasons, not for lack of a good elementary or high school education.
I saw the quality of the education in the first few years of my daughter being at Baldwin. By second grade, I knew we would continue at Baldwin because I wanted my daughter's entire experience to be of similar quality. In hindsight, I can say with all sincerity that the quality of her education only got better as we went along.
At Baldwin, I see firsthand the value in an all-girl's school. I firmly believe that boys and girls learn and live differently, so an environment that caters exclusively to girls' success is vital to my daughter's education. There is plenty of time to mix it up later, but in the early years I want my daughter to witness women leading, following, proclaiming, creating and excelling.
Howard Phillips (P '17)
"I can't imagine a better preparation for our girls for their lives after Baldwin. Truly, a uniquely wonderful place."
My daughter Katie went to public school from grades 1-7. As she progressed through middle school, it became apparent that she was not challenged at all by the work. We determined midway through 7th grade that we would find an appropriate school that suited her. We did some research and quickly thought that Baldwin might be the right place.
We attended an Open House and were delighted to see the quality of education she would receive at The Baldwin School. We knew we had found the right place after Katie's full day visit. She loved seeing that she would be challenged with classes that wouldn't otherwise be available to her. She also loved the traditions that she would be a part of at a school with a long, rich history.
An all-girls school was vital for us as girls tend to learn differently and generally faster than boys. The all-girls setting allows for the students to maximize their class time and get the most out of their school day.
We had expected, based on our visit and research, that there was obviously a strong staff at Baldwin but the quality and depth of the faculty and administration has exceeded even our high expectations. What I always try to convey to visitors to Baldwin is that aside from the great deal of learning and the wealth of knowledge that our girls accumulate, maybe the greatest part of their education is their learning how to think and to process what they learn. I can't imagine a better preparation for our girls for their lives after Baldwin. Truly, a uniquely wonderful place.
Kevin Steele (P '22)
“…that's a tribute to the faculty, the administration, that they are doing such a great job with welcoming people here and having kids that are doing extraordinary things.”
One of the things that has struck me consistently in comparison with the other schools is that I've seen a lot of forced diversity elsewhere, but it seems naturally diverse here in a number of different ways. I think that's a tribute to the faculty, the administration, that they're doing such a great job with welcoming people here and having kids that are doing extraordinary things.