Why Penguin Hall?
We’re more than an independent all-girls high school. Here, students progress through an academically-rigorous curriculum within a challenging, supportive and empowering environment. Penguin Hall students are well-rounded; they see what’s possible, surpass their goals in all areas, and blaze trails wherever they go.
Our students grow creatively and academically-because we are committed to the well-being of their whole self. Students have many opportunities to experience a healthy balance—academically, personally, and physically—both on and off-campus.
Girls Take Center Stage
Penguin Hall At a Glance
Faculty Who Hold
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A Vigorous Curriculum
At Penguin Hall, we provide a challenging and student-centered college-preparatory educational experience. Through interactive, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary classes, students engage in robust discussion with each other and our faculty and develop scholarly partnerships that will serve them all their lives. Our students value the opportunity to be seen and heard inside and outside of the classroom. All courses at Penguin Hall are designed to meet girls where they are and stretch them to reach higher. Our faculty design courses with creativity, depth and complexity-which go well beyond that of a traditional curriculum or prescribed AP program.
The Power of Community
There is a palpable sisterhood that emerges each year at Penguin Hall. One that is welcoming, supportive, and empowering. When girls feel seen, heard, and valued they can tap into who they truly are. Friendships form on foundations that are naturally more meaningful and authentic. Grade level retreats offer spiritual support, self-reflection and opportunities for girls to bond. A strong advisory program offers a one-on-one connection with a faculty member who knows them implicitly and serves as the sounding board that girls naturally crave.
Why an All-Girls Education
In a single-gender setting, girls are more willing to take risks and set more ambitious educational goals. They simultaneously learn to become supportive of each other and more competitive. And, the friendships that girls form with students and teachers are meaningful, often lifelong connections. Students at The Academy at Penguin Hall learn the skills they need to succeed in an atmosphere that supports their intellectual, social, athletic, and personal growth.
The benefits of single-gender education are supported by data. The Higher Education Research Institute has reported that single-gender education for girls yields superior academic accomplishment, supported socio-emotional development, improved test scores and better long term indicators for success, as compared with co-ed schooling.
- Girls are 6x more likely to consider a STEM major than peers from co-ed schools.
- Nearly 80% of girls’ school graduates played competitive sports during high school.
- Girls average 15-22% higher score on standardized tests than their peers in co-ed schools.
- 25% of female representatives in Congress are graduates of a girls school (less than 1% of girls in the U.S. attend a single-gender school).
- One third of female corporate board members of Fortune 500 companies are girls’ school graduates.
- Statistics from the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, including a 2000 and 2005 study conducted for NCGS by the Goodman Research Group of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
From Our Parents
“As a parent, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your daughter become the self-assured and motivated young lady you always knew she was. The positive environment is contagious and we couldn’t be more pleased with our decision.”
“…With each year, we are increasingly more impressed. Impressed by the curriculum and class choices, and impressed with the pedagogy… I truly feel this is one of the best gifts I could ever give my daughter.”
“Friends and neighbors have been commenting on how much happier my daughter seems now that she is attending APH. When I picked her up one day last week, she commented, ‘Mom, I am actually looking forward to the school year.’ Thank you, amazing teachers, staff, and new friends!”
“You have done an extraordinary job of providing a welcoming, inspiring, and challenging environment for the girls… You also are attentive to their individual personalities and needs, while encouraging them to expand the borders of their comfort zones.”