Agnes Irwin School
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|The Agnes Irwin School|
|Type||Private, Independent, All-Girls|
|Head of School||Wendy L. Hill, Ph.D.|
|Average class size||15|
|Student to teacher ratio||6 to 1|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||Lacrosse, Squash, Tennis, Cross-Country, Swimming, Soccer, Field Hockey, Golf, Rowing, Softball, Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball|
|Athletics conference||Inter-Academic League|
The Agnes Irwin School is a non-sectarian college preparatory day school for girls from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. It was founded in 1869 by Agnes Irwin in Philadelphia. Irwin, a great-great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin, later became the first dean of Radcliffe College. In 1933, the campus moved to Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and then to its present location in Rosemont in 1961.
Location and campus
The campus in Rosemont, is 10 miles (16 km) west of Philadelphia.
The eighteen-acre campus in a suburban setting includes a self-contained Lower School with its own gym, dining room, library, and arts, science and music rooms. The Middle School, Upper School, Arts and Science Center, Libraries, and Gym/Fitness Center are interconnected buildings. The campus also features five tennis courts, three playing fields, three playgrounds and an outdoor dining area.
- PreK-12: 606
- Lower School (PreK-Grade 4): 147
- Middle School (Grades 5-8): 212
- Upper School (Grades 9-12): 247
- Average class size: 15
Agnes Irwin offers a liberal arts program. Upper School requirements include English (4 years), History, Math, Science and Language (3 years), Arts (1 year), Community Service and Physical Education. Academic profile for the Class of 2006 includes: SATs: Verbal-655, Writing-671, Math-661; 28% honored by the National Merit Scholarship Program; 61% taking 5 or more AP’s and honored by the AP Scholars Program; 50% enrolled in AP math and/or science; 21% were recruited for college athletics. Agnes Irwin is consistently ranked among the best schools in the Philadelphia area.
- Wendy L. Hill, Ph.D. - Head of School
Twenty school districts provide free bus transportation to Agnes Irwin. In addition, the school is located within a mile of the Villanova stations for the SEPTA Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale Line and the Norristown High Speed Line.
Fourteen varsity sports including basketball, crew, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball. Performing arts include dance, choral and instrumental groups and dramatic and musical productions. Visual arts include studio art, ceramics, photography and media arts. There is an active Community Service program and an incredible amount of clubs.
Accreditation and associations
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, Cum Laude Society, Multicultural Resource Center, National Association of Independent Schools.
- Agnes Repplier (did not graduate), Essayist
- Caroline Furness Jayne, ethnologist
- Dorothy Harrison Eustis (1904), established The Seeing Eye, an organization dedicated to training guide dogs to help the blind
- Kara Ross (1984), jewelry designer
- Molly Swanton, mystery writer
- Tory Burch (1984), fashion designer
- Vanessa Noel, shoe designer
- Mary Patterson McPherson (1953), executive officer of the American Philosophical Society, former vice president of the Mellon Foundation, former president of Bryn Mawr College
- Eleanor Stuart Childs, novelist and short story writer
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