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Honoring its founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world.


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The Emma Admissions team is on the road again! In the midst of traveling to 13 states and 10 countries during the fall travel season, they’ve been sending in photos from their adventures finding the next generation of brilliant minds who will bring their unique perspectives, backgrounds, and talents to our community! Read more about where they’ve been, and find out if they’re visiting an event near you!

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A Look Within

With awareness that the world is changing and learners are changing with it, Emma Willard School's academic program equips our students to meet the extraordinary opportunities and challenges of their time.

Educating a generation of learners ready and able to address the most pressing issues of their time.

Fostering a sense of purpose in each student by emphasizing relevance, impact, and community connection

A focus on developing the skills necessary to build and sustain equity and justice in the world

Our Historic Campus

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A Sense of Belonging

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At Emma Willard School, we commit ourselves to building a community that values and celebrates differences, encourages dialogue, fosters mutual respect, and highlights our shared purpose and ideals.


Infinite Horizon Campaign

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Emma Willard School has launched the largest campaign in the history of girls’ schools. With a goal of $175 million, Infinite Horizon: The Campaign for Emma Willard School will ensure our founders’ vision for generations to come.


Leading with Purpose

Leading with Purpose

For more than two centuries, Emma Willard School has been a preeminent school for girls, building a proud legacy of leaders who leverage their education to serve and shape the world. Together, we are advancing a vision of purposeful courage and informed action.


Haruru S. ’25, Nghi H. ’25, Angela K. ’24 and Liza N. '24, meeting the sunrise on campus.

“Studying at Emma opened new opportunities for me to discover the magic of Chemistry.”

Liza N. 

Class of 2024

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“The community and atmosphere is unlike any other school I have been to, and the friends and teachers I have made relationships with are some of my strongest.”

Mehar S. 

Class of 2024

Anna W. ’25 and JJ A. ’25 catching the sunset at the swimming dock.

“Stepping onto the Emma campus for the very first time was amazing, and I knew then and there that I wanted to be a student here.”

Juliette “JJ” A. 

Class of 2025

Natalia V. '24, Ximena G-C. '26, and Claris D. '25 after a soccer game this Fall.

“One of the things I love about Emma is the community.... Everyone is accepted for who they are and are free to express themselves.”

Ximena G-C.  

Class of 2026

Read Liza's Story

Meet Liza N. ’24 from Western Ukraine. Hear from Liza, in her own words, about her journey from Novovolynsk to Troy, Computational Chemistry, and exploring the ski slopes of the Northeast. 


On Home…

I am from Novovolynsk, a small town located in Western Ukraine. My family is my parents and my elder brother, Roma. They are my greatest love and support, and I can not wait until spring break to go home and spend time together as we used to. 


On Emma…

I first learned about Emma through Ukraine Global Scholars - a non-profit organization that helps Ukrainian students apply to boarding schools and colleges all over the world. The first thing that captured my attention about Emma was the limitless power of girls. In my previous school, I was one of the small number of girls who decided to join the Robotics club or Physics team. But here, my life changed, as now I am surrounded by inspiring young women who are unstoppable in front of their goals. For me, a supportive community is what makes Emma special.


On Chemistry…

From the time I was little, I remember imagining myself as a scientist working in a lab. I dreamed of going to school and discovering the mystery of science, but it appeared that studying chemistry in my school was not that magical, but limited to relearning the book. I tried to find different ways to learn Chemistry through experiments. For that purpose, I organized a Crystal Appreciators Club, where my friends and I had fun growing different shapes of crystals. Studying at Emma opened new opportunities for me to discover the magic of Chemistry. The classes here are focused on experiential learning and understanding the process. Also, for my Signature project, I decided to study a new branch of science - Computational Chemistry*. I can say for sure that my experience at Emma will help me to accomplish my childhood dreams of becoming a scientist. 

*Computational chemistry is a branch of chemistry that uses computer simulation to assist in solving complex chemical problems.


On Ping-Pong and Skiing…

The whole last summer I spent playing Ping pong with my dad. I am happy that in Emma, I found many students that share this passion with me. Now, when we all play ping pong together, I feel so glad to relax after school and travel back home in my mind. 

Also, during Thanksgiving break, I went to the Killington World cup (ski) race and was so impressed by the competition that I decided to learn how to ski during the winter. I can not wait till the new semester to try my new hobby and have fun skiing with my friends. 


On Traditions…

It is my first year at Emma, but I have already enjoyed a lot of traditions. One of my favorites so far is Emmaween. It is so exciting to meet all the students and teachers in crazy costumes. Also, the whole day is full of fun - a special dinner, a Haunted house, and a lot of trick-or-treating!


Thanks, Liza, for sharing your passions and contributing to the Emma Willard School community in unique and significant ways. We look forward to seeing the impact you will have as you continue to serve and shape our world!

Read Mehar's Story

Our One of 360 series continues this month with Mehar S. ’24, a junior day student. Read on to learn more about Mehar’s Emma experience and her love of music and writing.

On Home…

Hi, I’m Mehar, a day student from East Greenbush, New York, a small, rather uneventful town. I have lived in East Greenbush my whole life with my amazing parents and adorable, mischievous two dogs. I’ve always gotten along well with my parents, partially because I think I am almost a 50/50 split of both of them. We always joke around and spend time together, and as an only child, they’re who I often go to for advice or when I’m bored. My dogs, Pari and Buffy, are 13 years apart and can’t seem to stop trying to jump on each other, but I love them both, and playing with or spending time with them after a long day is always nice.  

On Emma... 

When I was younger, my dad told me he wanted me to attend Emma, and once I entered middle school, I realized that I wanted to come to Emma, too. So when I got in and knew I was able to attend, the decision was simple for me. The community and atmosphere is unlike any other school I have been to, and the friends and teachers I have made relationships with are some of my strongest. I love the independence that this school offers, as well. I can take a walk in the Back 40 whenever I want or hang out with my friends in the Student Center. Even when I was a new freshman and struggling to find company in the midst of the pandemic, I never felt truly lonely. Walking on campus as the sun set over the buildings, vultures cawing in the distance, I felt at ease rather than feeling alone. I have participated in a range of classes covering different subjects, but I think some of my favorites are Advanced Studies Biology, Anatomy and Kinesiology, and Media Arts. I am very passionate about biological sciences, and I found that both of the above classes and teachers really nurtured my understanding of the topics while still making it enjoyable. I started taking photography more seriously after coming to Emma, and with the help of Ms. Valites, was able to really grow my passion and skill for digital photography and media arts, creating pieces I would have never imagined myself being able to make. 

On Music and Writing…

Some of the things I am most passionate about are music and writing. I started singing in the Gurdwara, or Sikh place of worship, when I was three years old and later picked up the harmonium and taus, two instruments, as well. At the Gurdwara, I sing musical hymns on the instruments, and I’ve always enjoyed participating in this. Recently, I have started learning a third instrument, the tabla, which is a percussion instrument that accompanies the others, and I have wanted to play for years. At Emma, I’m able to participate in the Emma Artists program as well, where I can gain advice from peers and perform on my instruments. Other than singing, listening to and finding new music in general is one of my favorite things, and I can often be found with my headphones on. 

I also enjoy reading and writing, especially poetry and creative writing. I started writing at a young age, and was supported by teachers in previous schools and Emma, where I have been able to gain help from teachers and even other students. 

Both of these activities really help me to destress and focus on something else when I’m overwhelmed, and I really value them in life.

On Ceramics…

One activity that I wish I could explore more would be ceramics. I remember playing with clay during preschool or digging in my yard for clay dirt and making bowls or other trinkets out of it, but I never got the chance to really learn how to make pottery. Emma has a ceramics class that my dad, who used to do pottery in the past, encouraged me to take part in, but I was unable to due to my schedule. However, in the future, I hope to learn how to make my own pottery on the wheel. For now, looking at the art displays of pinch-pots and bowls in the Slocum hallway will suffice.  

On Emma Traditions…

Though it’s hard to pick a favorite tradition at Emma, like most students I think mine would be Revels or May Day. The energy and excitement in the air leading up to Revels is always something that I look forward to, and finally being able to see the seniors’ parts, dress up, and hear the deafening screaming the night of is exhilarating. May Day, on the other hand, feels a bit more relaxed, but always puts a smile on my face to enjoy the warm weather as campus opens up and the flowers bloom again. Watching the ninth graders perform the Maypole dance and the other students bathing in the spring weather is something I love.

Thanks, Mehar, for sharing your passions and contributing to the Emma Willard School community in unique and significant ways. We look forward to seeing the impact you will have as you serve and shape our world! 

Read JJ's Story

Juliette “JJ” A. 

Class of 2025

As the temps continue to dip, we’re dreaming of starry summer nights in the Adirondacks with Juliette “JJ” A. ’25, a 10th grade boarder from Wallingford, CT. Read on to learn more about JJ’s trouble loving cats, the fun in celebrating the seasons, and the beauty of finding your voice.

On Home…

My hometown is Wallingford, CT, USA, a nice little town between New Haven and Hartford. It’s probably most well known for the big private school in the area, Choate Rosemary Hall, which happens to be where my mom teaches French! Whenever I go home for the weekend, I love listening to 80s music with my dad during the long drive home. My twin brother, Henry, has always been at least half an inch taller than me all my life, to my dismay. My little brother, Chris, always loves to play fighter video games with me whenever I go home. We make quite the player 1 and 2 combo! We also have two trouble loving cats, Pebble and Whispers, one who is an aspiring escape artist with how many times he’s booked it out the back door the second my back was turned, and the other who claims as many laps as possible as his own for sitting on. 


On Emma…

I first learned about Emma from my grandmother, Sylvia Van Sinderen ’69, and from my parents, who got married here in the year 2000. For the majority of my early childhood, I wanted to go to high school where my mom taught, as I knew the area and people like the back of my hand. As high school drew nearer, however, I realized that Choate wasn’t the best match for me education-wise. So, instead of being stuck on staying in the place I’d grown up, I took a leap into a legend I’d heard about from my grandma for ages, and boy, was it worth it.

Stepping onto Emma campus for the very first time was amazing, and I knew then and there that I wanted to be a student here. What I didn’t know, though, was that being away from home for the first time in my life would be tough, and during those first six months I thought of quitting and going back home a lot. Events like Fall Fest where I officially befriended Anna W. ’25, wearer of many hats, made it better. Choir with Dr. Spiro-Allen helped me lose my shyness about my voice, whether musically or in class. And my freshman advisory with Ms. McGivern, where I bonded with Kaeya H. ’25 over a love of D&D, finally convinced me to at least stick around until Revels. Once the candle pages set foot into the manor house, those thoughts never came back.

There’s a sense of community here—I know it gets said a lot, but it’s true. Like, even when you feel alone, someone’s holding your hand in spirit. Like the moment you said the words, “I need help,” 360 students and many more faculty and teachers would listen, and do just that. Like that song and dance about history would last eternally. That’s what convinced me to stay, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made before or since. 


On Finding Peace in the Adirondacks…

Every summer, around July or August, my family takes a week-long trip to a cabin in the Adirondack mountains, where we sit by the lake sipping hot cocoa, run through the woods playing tag, or sit down after a long day to play a good old game of Balderdash or Mastermind. The area’s surrounded by mountains, so we don’t have any cell service or Wi-Fi. It’s almost like a forced break from life’s shenanigans to get to finally make some of your own. The Adirondacks has to be my all-time favorite on earth, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve learned how to light and care for a campfire, and string up mosquito nets. I’ve learned how to canoe and kayak, to swim through frigid mountain spring brooks, and gained the endurance to hike for hours on end without complaint. I’ve even learned how to just sit still.

Something I’d still like to learn, though, is carpentry. I want to learn how to build something as simple as a birdhouse or as grand as a treetop fortress. I’ve been spending the night in lean-tos under the stars for a week every year of my life, and it would be so cool if I could build them with just an idea, some wood, a bunch of tools, and the knowledge to use them.


On Fiber Arts…

Recently, I took up crocheting thanks to my wonderful and vibrant roommate, Sadie O. ’24. I don’t know much about it, but discovering one of many fiber arts made me very curious about all the others, and there are so many! Knitting, sewing, felting, braiding or plaiting, macramé, embroidery, and literally SO MANY others, it’s kind of insane. I also recently got a literal lyre for a holiday present. Your eyes do not deceive you, I mean an actual, freaking, lyre. Like the instrument Apollo plays, that lyre. I am 110% looking forward to learning how to play that bad boy with my awesome roomie!


On May Day Celebrations…

You wound me, how could I ever possibly choose just one? Revels might be the most obvious option, but in all honesty, May Day is probably my number one choice. I got to perform in the maypole dance last year with The Snappletar, and everyone’s favorite wizard, Annabethius W. Kneecaps. Code names, aren’t they wonderful? Anyway, it’s a day to celebrate how funky nature is and dance around a colorful stick, who wouldn’t love it?

Thank you, JJ, for sharing your experience at Emma Willard School! We look forward to seeing the impact you will have as you serve and shape our world!

Read Ximena's Story

Ximena G-C.  

Class of 2026

Ringing in the first One of 360 of the new year is Ximena G-C. ‘26, a first year boarding student from Mexico City. Get to know more about Ximena’s love of soccer, family ties to Emma, and her first Revels experience. 

On Home…

I grew up in Mexico City. My dad is originally from Nicaragua, but he has lived almost his entire life in Mexico. I live with my older sister, my younger brother, and my parents. I love my family, and without them, I wouldn’t be who I am.

On Emma… 

My older sister, Dany, came to Emma last year and she loved it. She really enjoyed her time here. When I saw how happy she was, I wanted to live the same experience. When I first got to Emma, everyone was very welcoming and kind. That made me feel safe and happy about being at Emma. One of the things I love about Emma is the community. There are a lot of different cultures, traditions, and nationalities. Everyone is accepted for who they are and are free to express themselves.

On Soccer…

Something I’m really passionate about is soccer. In my old school in Mexico, there was one week when I used to play soccer with and against my friends. I really loved it. Some things I learned about soccer is that both being a good teammate and teamwork are really important. Playing soccer makes me happy and I really enjoy it.

On Saxophone…

When I was little, I used to play the saxophone, but I stopped. I would like to start again and learn new things about it. Playing the saxophone is a lot of fun and I want to experience it again.

On Emma Willard School Traditions…

Even though I’ve been at Emma for less than a year, my favorite tradition so far is Revels. Going through the tunnels, writing your name on them, watching the play, and enjoying the Christmas tree... I loved it and I really think it is a very nice tradition.


Thanks, Ximena, for sharing your passions and contributing to the Emma Willard School community in unique and significant ways. We look forward to seeing the impact you will have as you continue to serve and shape our world!

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