About Emma

For more than 200 years, Emma Willard School has been a leader in girls' education and recognized as one of the nation's leading college-preparatory boarding and day schools for girls.

A History of Empowerment

At the age of 23, Emma Hart Willard opened the doors of her home in Middlebury, Vermont, to girls seeking a rich educational experience comparable with their brothers.

She pioneered girls’ education, taking it from focusing on “the charms of youth and beauty” to intellectually stimulating and rigorous courses in mathematics, geography, history, science, and philosophy.

More than 200 years later, Emma Willard School continues to proudly foster in each of our girls 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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