Academic Pillars

A Unique Learning Experience

What do today’s students need most from their high school experience to prepare them for college, careers, and civic life? Are we teaching enduring learning, inspiring deeper thinking, helping students excel in the habits of an intellectual life? The academic pillars at Emma Willard School are designed to consider these very important questions.

With awareness that the world is changing and learners are changing with it, the Emma Willard School program equips our students to meet the extraordinary opportunities and challenges of their time. Our academic program is focused on what matters most in learning—relevance, enduring understanding, and multidisciplinary connection. In order to educate a generation of learners ready and able to meet the most pressing issues of our time, we commit ourselves to the following academic pillars.
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Intellectual Flexibility

Emma Willard School strives to educate a generation of learners ready and able to address the most pressing issues of their time. During their time at Emma, students develop the intellectual flexibility to consider big questions and to work to solve big problems.

Purpose & Community

Fundamental to personal wellbeing is the life-long exploration of one’s self and one’s contribution to the world. The Emma Willard School curriculum fosters a sense of purpose in each student by emphasizing relevance, impact and community connection.

Equity & Justice

Living and learning in a global and inclusive community requires persistent and purposeful practice. Our curriculum provides exposure to and understanding of the global community, and focuses on developing the skills necessary to build and sustain equity and justice in the world.
Using the program pillars as a guide, Emma Willard School faculty develop advanced course offerings that challenge students to think deeply and fuel students’ love of learning. These Advanced Studies courses are a part of a plan to phase out and replace AP™ course offerings with unique curriculum developed specifically for Emma students. In addition, the school has developed a Ninth Grade Program that is designed to meet the unique needs of ninth graders as they transition to high school. 

Academic Headlines

List of 3 news stories.

  • Scenes from the Picture a Scientist film

    Inspiring Future Scientists

    Melissia Mason
    The Emma Willard School Science Department recently hosted a screening of the award-winning film Picture a Scientist, followed by a panel discussion with local female scientists. The film features a variety of renowned female scientists, including a molecular biologist, analytical chemist, geomorphologist, and cardiologist, as they navigate their workplaces. 
  • Ashley L. Bennett, EdD

    Ashley Bennett, EdD to Lead College Counseling

    Emma Willard School is pleased to announce the addition of Ashley L. Bennett, EdD as our new director of college counseling beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
  • Mathworks Math Modeling Challenge Team 14847. Caroline A. ’21, Coco W. ’21, Lillian L. ’22, Gabby Z. ’22, and Irene N. ’2.

    Playing with Math

    By Sandra Santana
    Last week at Morning Reports, Mathematics Instructor Alexandra Schmidt shared how her students are creatively using math outside the classroom and collaborating with other area students. 
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