Why an All-Girls School
Since our founding in 1888, Baldwin has been dedicated to educating young women. We are recognized experts in how girls learn, thrive and succeed. Now more than ever, an all-girls education provides the greatest opportunities, support and success.
At Baldwin we focus our efforts in the classrooms in three key areas.
Counter Gender Stereotypes
We create pathways for our girls into male dominated fields from PreK on, eliminating the preconceived notion that some fields are for men and some are for women. At Baldwin, all fields are for everyone.
In every possible way, our teachers use women as role models - women scientists, women authors - our girls grow up with an unshakable confidence that any door is open to them.
Our girls learn from a very young age to value their voice. To speak up when they have an opinion or idea. Time and again our alumnae provide testament that learning to value their voice is a key attribute of a Baldwin education.
Girls like to collaborate and share ideas as they learn. That's why we design our classes and our classrooms to maximize this critical learning style.
From the furniture we purchase to classroom arrangement to careful discussion planning, we make every effort to encourage robust discussion and healthy debate in a supportive and encouraging space.
Across all grades and all disciplines, our girls conduct a lot of group work. They learn to work as a team, which successfully prepares them for college and their careers.
Encourage a Growth Mindset
We help our girls to have a mindset that struggle with a concept doesn't mean they can't understand, but they don't understand it YET. "Yet" shifts the feeling of defeat and reenergizes the learning.
Our focus on experiential, active learning helps cultivate a growth mindset. Our girls are taught to try, fail, try again, maybe fail again, but keep trying.
Our teachers work closely with each girl both in and out of the classroom to give qualitative feedback and provide one-on-one time to meet each girl where she is in her learning.
"Why Gender Matters" by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD
"All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why it Matters" by Karen Stabiner
"How Girls Thrive" by JoAnn Deak, PhD with Dory Adams
For excellence in boy’s education, please visit: The Haverford School.