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Toward the Building of Character

“At GA, we develop confident young women for a life of purpose.”—Molly King, Head of School

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When your daughter joins our Lower School, she gets the benefit of hundreds of big sisters to look up to and aspire to be.

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In Middle School, GA girls cultivate meaningful friendships, see their futures as boundless, and are inspired to make a positive impact in the world.

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In the Upper School, students discover that there’s almost nothing they cannot do. Teachers believe in them, classmates cheer them on, learning and ambition know no bounds.

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Character and sportsmanship are foundational to GA’s powerhouse athletics program.

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GA strives to engage girls from a broad range of backgrounds and one third of students identify as people of color.

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Student-Teacher Ratio

A small-school setting allows our outstanding faculty to give students the commitment and attention they need. A GA education begins and ends with relationships.

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GA’s unique Coordination program with Brunswick makes for big-school opportunities within our small-school setting.

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Families across the economic spectrum benefit from GA’s expansive tuition assistance program.

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Career Placements

Our innovative Career Resource Center connects students and alumnae to jobs and internships—more than 200 in the last year.

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We are a community, with girls from all divisions leading, learning, and growing with each other.

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GA’s attributes dovetail into a single compelling statistic: Almost every member of the class of 2019 is attending one of her top three college preferences.

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 “From a young age, we want GA girls to understand that they can look at any question many different ways. We want them to feel comfortable testing their own ideas and hypotheses as a way of learning.”

SpotlightSTEAM at GA

GA was an early member of Maker Nation, opening the Engineering & Design lab in 2013. Naturally, we were full-STEAM ahead and today “making” is an integral part of our curriculum in all divisions. 

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A GA First: US Robotics Team Clinches State Title     
Greenwich Academy

Back in August, GA’s Upper School robotics team, RoboEpic5017, set a lofty goal—to win the CT state championship and make it to the world competition. On Saturday, they delivered. 
 
Since the beginning of the school year, the team has been working after school five days a week for an hour and a half a day. In that time they have designed, built, and tested, then redesigned, rebuilt, and retested countless times. The robot they used on Saturday was the third complete build of their robot this season. 
 
Leading up to the state championships, RoboEpic5017 had competed in two qualifying rounds. After an unexpected showing in the most recent contest, the girls were determined to triumph in the final (and most important) state competition. There are two ways for a team to secure a ticket to Worlds. They can win in the judging room, presenting their engineering log, answering questions about community engagement and real world application, or, they can win on the field with their robot. The GA team had their sights set on dominating the field of play. The final match of the day was a nail-biter, but 5017 pulled ahead of 24 other teams and for the first time ever, won the whole thing. They had the best robot at the competition and they knew how to drive it. 
 
The team celebrated, their coaches celebrated, and, from their college campuses, so did alums of GA’s robotics program. Several had managed to find the livestream of the competition and cheered on 5017 as they battled for the title—a true and enduring robotic sisterhood.
 
What’s next for RoboEpic5017? Getting ready for the April world competition in Detroit. And by Monday morning, the girls were already asking their coaches about setting up a scrimmage.

Lucky 13! GA Wins Championship—Again
Katherine Pushkar

GA captured its 13thPatterson Cup – the US Squash High School Team Championship – with a 5-2 win over Philly foe Agnes Irwin. This was the third consecutive year these talented teams have met each other in the final and it marks the 5thconsecutive championship for the green and gold! GA jumped out to a 2-0 lead with wins from Brecon W. and Emma T. at the #3 and #4 spots on the ladder. Brecon had a Spider Woman worthy final point while Emma rebounded from 0-1 to post a 4-1 W. Senior co-captain Binney H. went the distance in a 5-game match as did junior Lindsay W. and soon the contest was an even 2-2. Megan M. made quick work at the #6 spot with a 3-0 win leaving #1 senior co-captain Emma C. and #7 Penny O. to finish the day. Emma jumped to a 2-0 lead while Penny was at 1-1 with 4 games played. Both managed the moment with Emma clinching the victory for the Gators with a score of 11-9 in the 4thgame! Soon after, Penny took care of business with another 4-game win for the defending champions. A great day for the GAtors up and down the ladder – well done!

Molly King: Why a Successful Athletic Program Matters
Molly King

This article was originally published February 21, 2020, in the Greenwich Sentinel.

One of the many things that drew me to Greenwich Academy when I joined this community 16 years ago was that in addition to an exceptional academic reputation, it also had an outstanding athletic program. Since then I have had the privilege of watching our girls participate in everything from squash to field hockey to water polo. They are fierce competitors and yet ever mindful of good sportsmanship. 

So, why does a successful athletic program matter so much? Wouldn’t it be enough to continue to be strong in academics, arts, and community service? Not if we are committed to developing the next generation of women leaders. Greenwich Academy requires athletic participation because there are critical skills and life lessons to be gained through sports including:

  • Learning how to be unapologetically competitive and ambitious: Pursuing excellence and having big aspirations is a good thing and we want that for our girls. You can be a kind and good person and a tough competitor at the same time!
  • Identifying as physically strong and capable: Empowered female athletes are less likely to be victimized and the skills they build help project strength and confidence. Translated to the professional arena, these qualities are both highly regarded and rewarded. 
  • Developing resiliency and the capacity to hear and act on constructive (and even tough!) criticism: Many girls and women place a premium on relationships and don’t like to disappoint others. Learning to receive direct feedback and pivot to act on it develops the resiliency that we know helps to rebound from life’s inevitable setbacks. 

Just look at the evidence, the National Coalition of Girls Schools, recently reported that 82 percent of women executives participated in sports at a level beyond elementary school. Or check out research from sources like the Women’s Sports Foundation, established in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King. Whether competitive or recreational, sports for girls correlates with positive physical and psychological development and as parents and educators, nothing matters more.

Last week, Mollie Marcoux Samaan, Princeton University’s Ford Family Director of Athletics, spoke to the GA community about how to approach athletics through the lens of positive values and life goals. It was the message that we were all yearning to hear—that someone working in an elite university, herself a distinguished college athlete and parent of two teenage girls who are also varsity athletes, is teaching and modeling her conviction that when positive life values lead the way, strong performance follows. 

For a school like Greenwich Academy, whose motto is Toward the Building of Character, it is enormously reassuring and validates our approach as a school and as a community. And the success of GA’s program at the local, regional, and even national level is proof of what we believe in: Tee up great opportunities for girls, hire amazing faculty and coaches to teach, motivate, and inspire them, and the rest will follow. 

Come by anytime to join me on the sidelines to witness essential life values and leadership development in action. You’ll hear me cheering!
 

Sallie Krawcheck To Speak at GA Commencement
Greenwich Academy

Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, will deliver the graduation address at Greenwich Academy’s 193rd commencement on Thursday, May 21.

Ms. Krawcheck has made it her mission to help women reach their financial and professional goals, thus enabling them to live better lives and unleashing a positive ripple effect benefitting their families, communities, and the economy. At Ellevest she is leading a digital-first, mission-driven investment platform for women. Ms. Krawcheck is also chair of Ellevate Network, a 135K-strong global professional women’s network; and she is the best-selling author of Own It: The Power of Women at Work

Prior to launching Ellevest, Ms. Krawcheck established herself as a leader on Wall Street;  she was the CEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, the Citi Private Bank, and Sanford C. Bernstein. She was also Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup.

Ms. Krawcheck earned a BA summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a recipient of the prestigious Morehead Scholarship. She also went on to receive an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School. 

“Sallie Krawcheck is a changemaker and a fierce advocate for women,” said Greenwich Academy Head of School Molly King, “Her intelligence, leadership and pioneering spirit make her an ideal graduation speaker for the Class of 2020, as they are no doubt the changemakers of the future.”

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