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

Student Life

Working together, having fun, developing leadership skills, building friendships, trying new things, facing challenges…all part of the active day of a Marlborough student.

Marlborough's athletic, artistic, civic, and extracurricular programs engage students with opportunities to develop the critical thinking and leadership skills engendered by their studies. As part of a vibrant, multi-faceted community, girls can explore, take risks, and define themselves as confident individuals.


Whether her interests are in Harry Potter, the environment, multiculturalism, kniting, human rights, ultimate frisbee, or all of the above, a Marlborough girl can always find collaborators.


Girls develop teamwork, leadership skills, and personal vision through meaningful student government.


In addition to an intensive curricular emphasis on writing skills, Marlborough offers students opportunities to hone their skills at writing, researching, editing, and design through two campus newspapers, a yearbook, and a creative writing anthology.


Students practice altruism and engagement through voluntary involvement with a variety of groups and causes. With a busy calendar of events, our Community Outreach office coordinates activities that encourage girls to see beyond themselves.

A Legacy of Tradition

For more than 125 years and through nine successive heads of school, Marlborough has nurtured and cherished a number of traditions, each holding its own unique place in the life of the school, its students and alumnae.

Big Sister/Little Sister/Twin Sister

Each new student is paired up with a “Big Sister” or "Twin Sister" who welcomes her to Marlborough and helps orient her to her new school.

Daughters' Day Picnic

An annual event since 1954, Marlborough students and their dads (or favorite father-figures) enjoy a day filled with food and friendly competition.

Pumpkin Day

A carnival-like atmosphere takes over the School each Halloween as students, teachers, and administrators turn out in costume for a parade and contest.

Class Colors and Class Song

Before they leave the Middle School, 9th graders select their Class Colors and Song. They carry the colors with them through Upper School and sing their song at various School celebrations.

Pin Ceremony

To celebrate their completion of Middle School, 9th graders are given a Marlborough School pin at a special ceremony at the end of the year.

Banner Presentation

10th Grade students create and present a banner embodying the best characteristics of their class. The banner moves with them and is then proudly displayed in the Senior Lounge when the class becomes seniors.

Ring Ceremony

Marking the passage into their final school year, juniors are presented their School rings by seniors in a formal evening ceremony. The design of Marlborough’s school ring dates back to the early 1920s.

Mascot Presentation

Each senior class selects and presents a class mascot--a fictional figure that symbolizes the identity of the graduates. Recent mascots have included Madeline, the Pink Panther, Wonder Woman, Curious George, and the Lorax.