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Notes for Prospective Students
- The all-girl advantage: Our single-sex environment encourages
girls to dream big and to follow through on their aspirations.
Beyond teaching literature, science, math, history, foreign
languages, and the arts – we teach confidence.
- Leaders for life: Sem students enjoy not just equal
opportunity, but every opportunity.
All our class officers, club
presidents, team captains, and student mentors are girls.
College prep that goes beyond standardized testing: Our
rigorous academic program, bolstered by an independent curriculum,
prepares students to think for themselves, both in and out of the
An average class size of 11 students: Our small classes
guarantee individual attention, so no student goes unnoticed.
advisory program also empowers our girls by building positive
student-teacher relationships while encouraging open communication
Teachers who are as passionate as they are experienced: Our
faculty is made up of educators committed to student-centered
Experts in their field, they would still rather listen to
Sem girls communicate original ideas than simply hear themselves
Beloved traditions combined with 21st century learning: Founded
in 1851, Sem has a rich history that still resonates today.
combine a respect for the past with a commitment to each girl's
Cutting-edge technology that puts girls in control: Our
one-to-one laptop program gives each student access to hands-on,
project-based computer learning.
Student-centered clubs and activities: Whether it's through
music, art, drama, or sports, girls find an extracurricular outlet
Clubs and activities are determined by student interest,
and every girl participates in community service throughout her
A culture of freedom, a code of honor: Sem students enjoy
extraordinary autonomy, while embracing a high level of
Our school honor code fosters trust and respect by
preparing girls for the rewards and responsibilities of the 21st
A beautiful building that feels like a home, not an
institution: Our 100-year-old building is a warm and nurturing
space that makes serious learning a great deal of fun.
School accreditations: National Association of Independent
Schools, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New
York State Association of Independent Schools, New York Department
Some notable alumnae: Isabella Bannerman - Syndicated
cartoonist Lauren Belfer - Best-selling author of City of Light
Anne Curtis, Ph.D.
- Physicist formerly with the National Institute
of Standards and Technology Amy Holden Jones - Screenwriter, movie
producer and movie director Hilairy Hartnett, Ph.D.
and professor of biogeochemistry Susan Hunt - Host on HGTV and
former ESPN correspondent Mary Hochreiter Janney - Former mayor of
Burlingame, California Amy C.
- Composer, pianist
and music professor Amy Beth Taublieb, Ph.D.
psychologist and author Tara VanDerVeer - Top college coach and
Olympic Women's Basketball coach - Nicole Lee, President,