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School Culture & Educational Philosophy

School Culture & Educational Philosophy

We are a middle school solely dedicated to girls in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Our mission is to foster intellectual growth and emotional strength in adolescent girls, preparing them for the demands of high school, college and young adulthood. In the course of their education at the Girls’ School, girls develop into strong advocates for themselves and their world, able to meet the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century as evolving young leaders and global citizens.

With this educational philosophy as its guiding principle, the Girls’ School has created a high school preparatory curriculum that exceeds the requirements of the state of New Mexico and the Santa Fe Public Middle School Performance Standards. We believe that diversity in the classroom creates excitement for learning; multiple perspectives from the students provide stimulus for lively debate, depth of thought and informed opinion. Additionally, the experience of diversity within our community
builds capacity for understanding and emotional intelligence in our students. We see education as a dynamic, open-ended and very personal process that requires dialogue and the exchange of ideas among students and teachers. Our practice of seminar-style teaching guides students to learn how to think, rather than what to think.

Santa Fe Girls’ School, a private, nonprofit school, was co-founded in 1998 by Program Director Lee Lewin, with the aim of providing a nurturing yet academically rigorous environment to enable adolescent girls to find their voices. The school was designed to offer Santa Fe girls the advantage of single-gender education strengthened by the school’s intentionally small size during an important developmental window.

Our students learn in a school culture that fosters the development of inner strength and self-awareness and emphasizes each girl’s individual voice as a valuable piece of the greater whole. As a result, our graduates embrace a diplomatic approach to life that enhances the values of kindness and consideration of others and allows them to succeed not only as scholars, but also as vital community members and leaders.

HOW we foster intellectual growth and emotional strength in our girls

WHAT students learn by grade: