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  • 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 classroom.
  • An average class size of 11 students: Our small classes guarantee individual attention, so no student goes unnoticed.
  • Our advisory program also empowers our girls by building positive student-teacher relationships while encouraging open communication with parents.
  • Teachers who are as passionate as they are experienced: Our faculty is made up of educators committed to student-centered teaching.
  • Experts in their field, they would still rather listen to Sem girls communicate original ideas than simply hear themselves talk.
  • Beloved traditions combined with 21st century learning: Founded in 1851, Sem has a rich history that still resonates today.
  • We combine a respect for the past with a commitment to each girl's future.
  • 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 at Sem.
  • Clubs and activities are determined by student interest, and every girl participates in community service throughout her four years.
  • A culture of freedom, a code of honor: Sem students enjoy extraordinary autonomy, while embracing a high level of responsibility.
  • Our school honor code fosters trust and respect by preparing girls for the rewards and responsibilities of the 21st century.
  • 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 of Education
  • 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.
    - Researcher and professor of biogeochemistry Susan Hunt - Host on HGTV and former ESPN correspondent Mary Hochreiter Janney - Former mayor of Burlingame, California Amy C.
    Williams, Ph.D.
    - Composer, pianist and music professor Amy Beth Taublieb, Ph.D.
    - Clinical psychologist and author Tara VanDerVeer - Top college coach and 1996 U.S.
    Olympic Women's Basketball coach - Nicole Lee, President, TransAfrica Forum.
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