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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B+
Address
285 Pawling Ave
Troy, NY 12180
Telephone
(518) 833-1302

Applying

Application Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
SSAT, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$37,690
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$62,150
Received Financial Aid
41%
Average Financial Aid
$30,161
From Emma Willard School

A HISTORY OF EMPOWERMENT

At the age of 23, Emma Hart Willard opened the doors of her home in Middlebury, Vermont, to girls seeking a rich educational experience comparable with their brothers.

She pioneered girls’ education, taking it from focusing on “the charms of youth and beauty” to intellectually stimulating and rigorous courses in mathematics, geography, history, science, and philosophy.

More than 200 years later, Emma Willard School continues to proudly foster in each of our girls a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life; and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world.

Emma Willard School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1370
139 responses
Average ACT
29
36 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Revels
    33%
  • Eventide
    24%
  • Ring week
    24%
  • Principal's Play Day
    14%
  • Triangle Takeover
    5%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    60%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    7-day
    Top Countries
    China, Kazakhstan, Korea, Republic of, Mexico, Viet Nam
    International Boarding Students
    24%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    358
    83%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
    67%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    7:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.5 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.5 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.5 responses

    Emma Willard School Reviews

    51 reviews
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    Emma Willard is a great school with great people, however, everyone is extremely competitive and overworks themselves to prove their academic strengths. While this can be a good thing, as it isn't wrong to improve your strengths, many people stress themselves out over SATs and college applications while doing the absolute most to get into top colleges, especially international students! On the other hand, a lot of students, typically rich day students, don't really put in a lot of effort and still get high marks and get into top schools. It's really hard, to be honest, and open about your life experiences that may have been hard because while we claim to be welcoming and accepting, the majority of the school is wealthy and therefore is unaware of what it truly means to struggle economically. Everyone assumes your rich when thats not the case for everyone.
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    Emma Willard is an incredible institution for young women looking to identify their purpose in the world and nourish their intellectual spirits. When I first arrived as a freshman, older students served as my peer mentors to guide me through my first year at the school, called Wellies (mental health advocates) and Proctors (senior role models). The school offers a variety of unique academic courses (ranging from Mediterranean History to Lit of Jane Austen), as well as a myriad of individual extracurricular programs including Practicum, Signature, and Varsity/JV sports. Each Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, the entire school crowds into the elegant auditorium known as Kiggins for Morning Reports, in which students, faculty, and the Head of School discuss upcoming school events. Emma Willard girls participate in countless unforgettable traditions, including Peanuts and Shells (secular Secret Santa), Revels (a century-old play performed annually by seniors), May Day, and Triangle Takeover.
    Emma Willard has a rigorous academic program that gave me plenty of opportunities to develop as a student and a person. There are plenty of resources on campus for academic help, whether it be through student tutors or the teachers themselves, who are often available during study hall. The students I learn alongside are some of the most intelligent, and have pushed me to become the best I am today.

    The student body's awareness of social justice issues is also remarkable. In response, Emma has held events and discussions revolving around these issues, resulting in profound and rewarding conversations that I am grateful for.

    I will say the lack of diversity in faculty is somewhat disappointing, considering the wide range of diversity among students. Additionally, the dining options have become redundant, having been a boarder for a few years here.

    Overall, Emma Willard provides students with many fantastic opportunities—so long as you're willing to take advantage of them.