Santa Fe Girls’ School was founded in 1998 in response to the community’s need for a middle school setting where adolescent girls from diverse backgrounds could learn in an emotionally safe and academically rigorous environment. The vision of a single-gender school arose from the knowledge that adolescent girls often shortchange their intellectual and academic growth to protect themselves from the painful teasing that often results from competition with boys. The vision for SFGS included the desire to create a learning environment where girls could be challenged to accept and meet high academic standards and where they would be supported in developing a voice of their own. The founding mission of the school is to foster intellectual growth and emotional strength in adolescent girls, preparing them for the demands of high school, college, and young adulthood.
We are very proud of the consistency with which we have supported and implemented the original vision. SFGS remains small, and the staff and students know one another well. SFGS sustains high standards—by the time the students graduate they test in the top 17% of the nation. They graduate from SFGS with confidence, good self-esteem, strong academic and critical thinking skills and the ability to articulate their own needs. Our graduates are positioned to choose their high schools and to succeed wherever they go.
In the current world, where success is measured by growth in size, SFGS measures success by growth in students’ intellectual, academic, and social abilities. We are excited by the work we do and are committed to maintaining our standards of excellence and sustaining the environment where excellence can flourish.
The School, though small, does an amazing job. I have been teaching there 15 years and seen class after class of girls change into their own womanhood and power. It is the most thoughtful staff and curriculum I have ever encountered.
Joan Logghe, Poet-in-Residence/ President, NM Literary Arts
The school’s standard for excellence is what prepared me most for high school. The most important thing the staff does is teach their students a work ethic. Among other things, they stress that the only one who can learn for you is you. Your teachers respect and help you and expect you to behave respectfully and help keep the classroom a place to learn.
Alexandra Gentsh, Graduate, student at St. John's College
Santa Fe Girls’ School over-prepared me for any school, if there is such a thing. Even more important, they gave me the confidence to excel!
Moriah Major, Graduate, student at University of San Francisco
It is a girl-only school for 6, 7 and 8 graders that focuses on rigorous learning and as importantly, self-esteem and giving girls the inner tools they need to negotiate life without sacrificing who they are. I was so inspired by the dedication and focus of the teachers, but more importantly, the passion and expression of the girls left me awestruck. We need more strong women in our world!