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The Baldwin School

701 Montgomery Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

(610) 525-2700


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Baldwin School, an independent college preparatory school for girls Pre-Kindergarten through Grade XII, develops talented girls into confident young women with vision, global understanding, and the competency to make significant and enduring contributions to the world. From its youngest thinking girl to its college-bound senior, Baldwin nurtures its students' passion for intellectual rigor in academics, creativity in the arts and competition in athletics, forming women capable of leading their generation while living balanced lives. Each girl is encouraged to develop scholarship, leadership, and citizenship within a supportive community that emphasizes intellectual rigor, ethical integrity, and independence of thought and action.

In a trusting atmosphere, active communication and collaboration enhance a shared sense of excitement about teaching and learning. Faculty and staff develop close relationships with students, helping each girl to achieve her potential. A broad liberal arts curriculum is the basis for all scholarly discoveries. Strong offerings in the arts encourage students to develop their individual talents. Through our athletic program, girls learn the value of resilience, fitness, teamwork, and pride. In the classroom, on the playing field, in the studio, and on the stage, each girl has the opportunity to acquire the confidence, leadership, and sense of responsibility she needs to be a thoughtful and constructive contributor to society.

We believe that academic excellence begins with the ability to think logically, independently, and imaginatively. A delight in ideas, a sense of curiosity and humor, and a commitment to honoring the dignity of others are among Baldwin's highest values. We strive to foster an awareness of self and recognition of other perspectives as well as the knowledge and technical skills each girl will need to meet the challenges of our widening and fast-changing world. The Baldwin community has a long history of being open to differences, and as we continue to grow in diversity, it is our hope that our students approach life with the principles of justice, fairness, and equity foremost in their minds and hearts.

Ultimately, Baldwin aspires to cultivate in its students the desire to remain learners throughout their lives, the compassion to extend themselves to others, and the strength of character to act on their beliefs.

The Core Values of the Baldwin School:

Learning is a life-long acquisition of knowledge. It provides the "furniture of the mind." No matter what our ages, we can always learn.

Honesty plays an important role in our relationships with others. When all is said and done, we only have our word.

Respect comes from according others how you would like to be treated. There really is no time when it is appropriate to put someone else down in order to feel more important.

Compassion involves empathizing with others - trying to put yourself in someone else's shoes. It means understanding and feeling what they feel.

Responsibility entails accepting the consequences of one's own actions. It also signifies trustworthiness and reliability.

A Typical Day

The Pre-kindergarten program emphasizes the "whole girl," and is based on the philosophy that play is the work of children. Through play, a girl learns to negotiate situations, begins to problem solve, utilizes her imagination, articulates her ideas, and deals with feelings. Social skill development is vital in the early childhood years.

Baldwin's youngest girls receive exposure to Mandarin Chinese though integrated units in social studies, music and art. By tackling this tonal and complex language early on, Baldwin girls have a tremendous advantage in the world they will inherit - developing an ear for languages, fostering an appreciation for foreign cultures, and becoming an agent for positive social change.

At all Lower School grade levels, systematic reading instruction using a variety of materials meets a range of developmental needs. The goal is to stimulate a love of reading from the very earliest grades through Wilson Language Basics - Fundations. This program provides a systematic, explicit approach to reading and spelling through phonetic instruction. It is used in the early grades along with time to share and enjoy books, listen to stories and poems, participate in small skits and plays, and develop an appreciation for the importance of literature. All of Baldwin's early childhood educators are trained in a literature-based reading and writing program.

Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten classes are located in the Early Childhood Center of The Baldwin School's historic Residence building. Consisting of a unique complex of classrooms complete with climbing lofts; covered porches with play areas, sand/water tables and gardening equipment; and a playground, the center is specifically designed to meet the developmental needs of four- through six-year old girls. These youngest students are fully integrated into the life of the Lower School, attending assemblies, special subject classes, computer lab, science, physical education and swimming. Partner activities, such as book buddies and service projects with older grades help the girls build lasting friendships with their bigger Baldwin "sisters."