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

Special Programs

Beyond the classroom, the athletic fields, and the visual and performing arts studios, students have the opportunity to immerse and engage themselves in a variety of activities and programs that further enrich the Marlborough experience.

Honors Research has been so helpful in helping me transition into my laboratory class courses and into a full-fledged research assistant position, and I wanted to express to you how grateful I am. I was so fortunate to have been introduced to an opportunity in research during high school.

Annie '12, Johns Hopkins University

Leonetti/O'Connell Family Honors Research Programs

In 2007, the Leonetti/O'Connell Family Endowed Fund was established at Marlborough School to support the Honors Research in Science Program, and in 2013, the Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation expanded its generosity to include the Honors Research in Humanities and Social Sciences Program. These distinctive Programs provide selected juniors and seniors with the opportunity to define, design, and conduct original, "real world" research at nationally renowned facilities and institutions throughout the greater Los Angeles area, and further support the School's commitment to provide meaningful opportunities for independent thought and engagement to high-achieving, self-directed girls.

Carefully matched with professional mentors, students explore a wide range of disciplines, gain early fluency in scholarly literature, and interact with experts in their fields. Stretched far beyond any high school Advanced Placement course, students see firsthand the challenge of producing relevant, valuable research and learn to communicate their results at professional presentations.

The Leonetti/O'Connell Family Endowed Fund provides vital operational funding for the Program, including support for professional development, administrative needs, assessment, laboratory equipment, student transportation costs, guest speaker honorariums, and other related materials.

The Guerin Prize

The Guerin Prize, established in 1999, offers members of Marlborough's junior class an opportunity to write a competitive essay about the living American whom they most admire. The winner of the Guerin Prize is provided the unique and special opportunity to meet the subject of her essay.

Each student interested in competing for the Guerin Prize submits an essay of no more than 1,000 words. Finalists are selected based on the clarity of thought, strength of conviction, enthusiasm, and determination conveyed in the essays. Finalists participate in individual interviews with a panel of judges who will make the final selection of the Guerin Prize winner. The Guerin Prize provides for travel expenses, if necessary, for both the student and her faculty sponsor. The finalists are expected to participate in the selection of the Guerin Visiting Scholar.

The Guerin Prize, along with the Guerin Visiting Scholar Program, is funded by the Guerin Endowed Fund established by Trustee Rick Guerin.

The Guerin Visiting Scholar Program

In 1983, a gift from the Guerin Family Foundation established the Guerin Visiting Scholar Program. This generous gift made it possible for faculty members to look beyond the Los Angeles metropolitan area to bring guests from around the world to the Marlborough campus. In the earliest days of the Program, Trustee Rick Guerin, president of the Foundation, was particularly eager to introduce Marlborough students to women who were pioneers carving out pathways in career fields that had traditionally been male domains.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof, selected as the Marlborough's 2013 Guerin Visiting Scholar, speaks with students about his work.

Today, the Guerin Visiting Scholar Program welcomes men and women who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields, and their visits include hands-on work with students in either a classroom or studio setting, a presentation at an All-School Meeting, and often an evening presentation open to the community at large.

The Guerin Visiting Scholar Program is an impressive example of how our benefactors seek ways to support the mission of the School, and as a result, enrich the experiences of our students. Our Scholars have not only shared with our students their commitment to excellence in their respective fields and disciplines, they have demonstrated the importance of values and character, and reinforced the importance of integrity, commitment, and contribution.

The Guerin Visiting Scholar Program, along with the Guerin Prize, is funded by the Guerin Endowed Fund established by Trustee Rick Guerin.

One Schoolhouse

In 2010, Marlborough School joined One Schoolhouse, formerly the Online School for Girls, a nationwide consortium of independent all-girls’ schools, in creating the first ever online school dedicated to secondary education for girls. One Schoolhouse is guided by current research on how girls learn best, focusing on several key principles: emphasizing connections among participants, incorporating collaboration into the learning experience, inspiring and rewarding creativity, and engaging in real-world problems and applications while having students probe the social and ethical dynamics that define and stretch our global society. One Schoolhouse inspires girls worldwide to reach their potential by offering exceptional instruction in an online setting, which challenges girls through vigorous coursework and exposure to new ideas in a fun, engaging, and relevant learning environment.


Click here to read a copy of the latest edition of Marlborough's Honors Research Journal.