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School History

Year Founded: 1963

Founders: Carroll A. Boynton, Lyttleton B. P. Gould,  Mary (Sis) Krech Gould, Ward L. Johnson, Jr., and Ethel G. Stringfellow

Number of Alumnae: 1,375

Head of School Information
Jessica Eckert, Acting Co-Head of School

BA: English, University at Albany

M.Ed.: Reading and Language, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Donna Ruggiero, Acting Co-Head of School

BS: Developmental Psychology Special Education, Wheelock College

MTS: Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School
MA: Counseling, Rider University 


Student Body Demographics

Rolling Admissions

Total Enrollment: 70

All Girls

Boarding: 98%

Day: 2%
Grades 9 - 12 & PG

Students of Color: 25%

International Students: 20%

States Represented: 8

Countries Represented: 9

Past Countries Represented: 34

Percentage of Students on Financial Aid: 35%

Percentage of Students Accepted to College: 100%


Faculty and Staff

Number of Faculty and Staff: 40

Student/Faculty Ratio: 4:1


Accreditation and Accolades

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

NJ Association of Independent Schools              


School Memberships

NAIS: National Association of Independent Schools

NAPSG: National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls

NJAIS: New Jersey Association of Independent Schools    

TABS: The Association of Boarding Schools

NCGS: National Coalition of Girls' Schools


Financial Support

Total Endowment Fund: As of June 30, 2013, $8.9M

13/14 Annual Fund: $340,000

100% of faculty and staff annual fund giving for ten consecutive years

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