Marlborough School - An independent day school for girls grades 7-12


Marlborough School provides a learning environment where young women develop self-confidence, creativity, a sense of responsibility, and moral decisiveness.

Through the encouragement of critical thinking and the development of intellectual curiosity, students learn to set priorities and develop decision-making skills, all while gaining a true understanding of the importance of the educational experience.

As a girls' school, we celebrate the importance of our long history and tradition of quality education for young women. We understand and address their needs, while exploring how societal roles of men and women are changing. We emphasize the process of personal growth, encourage cooperation, and foster close association among members of the community to promote emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being.

Marlborough School strives to understand and respect the differences inherent in a multicultural urban environment, and to reflect this diversity in our own community. We encourage an understanding of the complexities of global issues while teaching young women to face the world with courage, compassion, flexibility, and commitment.

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Academic Requirements

Marlborough School is divided into two divisions, the Middle School (Grades 7, 8, and 9) and the Upper School (Grades 10, 11, and 12). The curriculum is centered on a required core of studies, believed to be fundamental for all students, and elective courses, designed to fit the interests of individual students. Classroom groups are small enough to permit individual attention, and students have the opportunity to take regular, honors, or Advanced Placement level courses.

In the Middle School, students are required to take a minimum of six courses each semester. In the Upper School, students are required to take a minimum of four academic courses each semester. Special Studies courses are taken in addition to the four required courses. Most Upper School students take five academic courses and elect other nonacademic courses to complete their course plans.

In the Middle School, Grades 7-9, full-year requirements are as follows:

● English
● History
● Mathematics
● Science
● World Languages

In the Middle School, Fine Arts requirements are as follows:
● Grade 7 and 8: five quarters of Fine Arts, includes one required Performing Arts course, and one quarter of Visual Art.
● Grade 9: one year of Visual or Performing Arts. Semester courses must be taken in the same area, must be sequential classes, and cannot be taken in lieu of Physical Education.

In the Middle School, Physical Education requirements are as follows:
● Grade 7 and 8: six quarters total of Active Electives
o Grade 7: required one quarter class of Health 7 and Swimming
o Grade 8: required one quarter class of Health 8 and Fitness
● Grade 9: Health In Grade 7 one quarter of Digital Citizenship is required.

Graduation Requirements

The following are graduation requirements to be completed in Grades 9-12:
● English: each semester (American Studies may be substituted for English II).
● Mathematics: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II; three years of mathematics.
● History and Social Sciences: United States History (AP United States History or American Studies) and Modern History (Modern World History, Modern World Honors, or AP World History).
● Science: three yearlong science courses (Biology or Grade Biology Honors required in 9th Grade).
● World Languages: through level III of a language (at least two years).
● Physical Education: four semesters, including Health, and Emergency Preparedness and Water Safety. Dance may be taken to fulfill P.E. requirements.
● Fine Arts: one full year in Grade 9, and additional semesters in Grades 10-12. Semester courses in Dance can be taken to fulfill either a Fine Arts or P.E. requirement. Art History or AP Art History fulfill only one semester of the requirement.

These are minimum requirements and many colleges to which Marlborough sends its graduates strongly recommend one year of mathematics beyond Algebra II (especially in the senior year); four or five years of one foreign language, or any combination of two years of one and three of another foreign language; two additional semesters of History and Social Sciences; two semesters in the Fine Arts; and electives in the Sciences. Choices depend on the student’s interests, on the kind of record she wishes to present to the colleges, and on the breadth she desires in her education. All departments offer courses beyond the level of preparation for college.

Honor Code and The Understanding

Marlborough's Honor Code and Honor Pledge

We believe that to be honorable, we must have honor and pride within ourselves and trust throughout our School community. Each student must respect not only herself but the rights and property of others. For the Honor Principle to work, we all have to be willing to uphold these values and to encourage each other in their fulfillment. In order to operate within an Honor Principle, a common understanding of these expectations must exist between faculty, administration, and students.

Our School supports an Honor Code. We believe in the utmost importance of honesty and integrity. Students and all members of the Marlborough community must believe in these values and follow the standards which define it.

Parents and students affirm their support of all School rules, including the Honor Principle, in the Student Handbook of Expectations when they sign The Understanding each fall. The Honor Ceremony, held at the beginning of the School year, explains the Honor Code to new students and heightens awareness for returning students.

The Understanding

Marlborough School is a community built on honor, trust, individual responsibility, and mutual respect. The School feels strongly that self-discipline is more valuable than imposed discipline and expects good conduct and behavior from every member of the School community. It is the responsibility of all members of the community to follow established rules so that the School functions safely and individual needs can be met and respected. A student represents Marlborough School when she is on or off campus. Therefore a Marlborough student must take responsibility and will be held accountable for her actions at School, at a School-related function (on or off campus), in the neighborhood or vicinity of the School, while wearing Marlborough apparel, and in other circumstances where the student's conduct may reflect back upon the School, its students, faculty, staff, or community.

Laura Hotchkiss
Associate Head of Academics (323) 964-8470

Sean Fitts
Director of Middle School
(323) 964-8474