Academics

Our students achieve ambitious academic
and personal goals and graduate ready to face
a world of limitless opportunities.

Mirroring Bryn Mawr’s college-preparatory program, Bryn Mawr Online offers stimulating and challenging academics across many disciplines. Bryn Mawr Online offers a robust and diverse curriculum that provides girls with a strong foundation in mathematics, science, humanities, arts and athletics. Upper Schoolers are required to study a wide variety of subjects and have the flexibility to discover and pursue their individual interests.

One of our primary goals as we work with our talented students is to foster critical and independent thinking. Girls are encouraged at each step of their experience to develop their own questions as we consciously nurture in students the awareness that asking one's own question is often more valuable than answering someone else's. Bryn Mawr girls are known for developing strong and well-founded opinions and for being confident in sharing them.

We believe in the delights and demands of learning. At Bryn Mawr, we inspire each girl to discover her voice, rise to challenges and grow into her own extraordinary self. At all levels, our academic program fosters critical thinking, creative expression, a sense of discovery, and honorable character. There are no limits to what our girls can become.

Science | Technology | Engineering | Mathematics

We know that girls often hit barriers in STEM disciplines due to a gender gap and societal expectations. However, in an all-girls learning environment, there are no stereotypes about what girls like or where they can excel. We believe that all girls benefit from a solid foundation in math, science and engineering. Our curriculum also includes computer science, computational thinking.

Research Shows...

Research by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools shows that all-girls learning environments champion the educational needs of girls as a group currently underrepresented in STEM majors and careers.

  • Graduates of girls’ schools are six times more likely to consider majoring in math, science, and technology and three times more likely to consider engineering compared to girls who attended coed schools.

  • Compared to coed peers, girls’ school grads are 3 times more likely to consider engineering careers.

Read more about the All-Girls Advantage,at the National Coalition of Girls' Schools website.

STEM at Bryn Mawr

Our program encourages girls to explore their interests and passions, whether directly in STEM fields or by using technology to engage in real-world problem solving on campus, in the community and around the world. When you combine strong mentors, reduced gender stereotyping in curriculum and classroom, and abundant learning opportunities, the results are clear.



Leaders

11 Students participated in the first ever Quantum Computing Course lead by MIT and Oxford

Semi-Finalist


A group of students was one of 26 teams in the United States to reach the semi-finalist round of Technovation; a competition to develop technology entrepreneurs and leaders.

30

30 students have earned a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania through our Social Innovators Program.

Honored

Sample Course Sequence

Grade 9

  • English Grade 9
  • Honors Algebra 2
  • Honors Physics
  • Foundations of the Modern World
  • World Languages and Cultures: Spanish 
  • AP Computer Science Principles

Grade 10

  • English Grade 10
  • Honors Advanced Functions and Trigonometry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP World History
  • World Languages and Cultures: Spanish (Continued)
  • Studio Art Foundations

Grade 11

  • English Grade 11
  • AB or BC Pre-Calculus
  • Honors Biology
  • United States History
  • World Languages and Cultures: Spanish (Continued)
  • AP Computer Science A
  • Public Speaking

Grade 12

  • English Elective
  • AB or BC Calculus and/or AP Statistics
  • AP Chem/Bio/Physics
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Program Requirements

Courses

English
4 Credits
Must be taken all four years

Mathematics
4 Credits
Must be taken all four years

Science
4 Credits
3 credits of laboratory science, which must include Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

World Languages and Cultures
3 credits of consecutive years of a language except in rare cases where accommodations may be made at departmental discretion

History
3 Credits one must be US History

Computer Science
1 Credit 
Taken during Freshman year

Art
0.5 Credit

Physical Education 
0.5 Credit 

Public Speaking 
0.5 credit 
Taken during Junior Year

Electives
Taken during Junior and Senior Years

Diploma Requirements

To receive a Bryn Mawr diploma, a student must:

  1. Earn a total of 21.5 credits

  2. Satisfy the course requirements below

  3. Carry a minimum of five major courses each semester

  4. Complete fifty hours of community service

  5. Maintain a satisfactory grade point average

  6. Meet the activities requirements

  7. Present a convocation speech to the Upper School
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