Every child is unique, and finding the right educational match is the key to her success. For many girls, a single-sex school is the ideal environment for academic growth and for fostering development in extra-curricular talents, leadership, and confidence.
Boys and girls learn differently. Stone Ridge faculty are keenly attuned to how girls learn best. Through the gift of an all-girls environment, we capitalize on girls' learning styles, giving them sound skills and preparing them to lead lives of intellect, compassion, and service. In our all-girls classroom setting, students tend to display their intelligence and curiosity with decreased concern for social stigma. This confidence, particularly gained at a young age, carries students through advanced studies, into new and challenging situations with peers and the world, and prepares young women for lives of courage and confidence.
For more information on the values and benefits of an all-girls learning environment, and on how girls learn and grow optimally, we invite you to review the following resources:
“Girls’ schools are places where girls take center stage. Girls occupy every seat in student government, every spot on the math team, and every position in the robotics club. In fact, every aspect of a girls’ school – from the classroom to the athletic field to the academic program – is designed for girls. By subtracting boys, an all-girls education adds opportunities for girls… there’s nothing that can stand in their way. That’s the incredibly important message girls’ schools send to girls each and every day. We believe that message, embedded in the nature of girls’ schools, provides powerful, relevant advantages and creates the best environments for girls to learn, grow, and develop. At their heart, girls’ schools are places of leadership. Places where community and collaboration, agency and self-efficacy flourish. But most of all, girls’ schools are places of incredible innovation.”
~ National Coalition for Girls Schools
“In her New York Times best seller, Dr. Lisa Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct—and absolutely normal—developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, including Parting with Childhood, Contending with Adult Authority, Entering the Romantic World, and Caring for Herself. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, Untangled gives parents a broad framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions.”
~ Untangled by Lisa Damour
“Unerringly nice, polite, modest, and selfless, the Good Girl is an identity so narrowly defined that it’s unachievable. When girls fail to live up to these empty expectations—experiencing conflicts with peers, making mistakes in the classroom or on the playing field—they become paralyzed by self-criticism, stunting the growth of vital skills and habits. Simmons traces the poisonous impact of Good Girl pressure on development and provides a strategy to reverse the tide. At once illuminating and prescriptive, The Curse of the Good Girl is an essential guide to contemporary girl culture and a call to arms from a new front in female empowerment.
We have long lamented the loss of self-esteem in adolescent girls, recognizing that while the doors of opportunity are open to twenty-first-century American girls, many lack the confidence to walk through them. In The Curse of the Good Girl, Simmons provides the first comprehensive action plan to silence the curse and bolster the self. Her inspiring message: that the most critical freedom we can win for our daughters is the liberty not only to listen to their inner voice, but to act on it.”
~ The Curse of the Good Girl by Rachel Simmons
Our Upper, Middle, and Lower Schools offer exceptional educational experiences for children. Each is comprised of faculty members committed to their own learning as professionals and to their understanding of and relationship with our girls. As a Sacred Heart Network School, Stone Ridge takes great pride in our distinct service learning program that is merged into the academic studies. Committed to educating to a deep respect for intellectual values, Stone Ridge seeks to inspire students to a lifelong love of learning. Our academic program across all divisions is founded upon our mission: to inspire young women to lead and serve, through lives of purpose that integrate faith, intellect, community, social action, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.
Our academic program is designed specifically to serve the needs of girls as they develop their gifts, build empathy and compassion for the world, and gain confidence in their lives as purposeful. Research tells us that when learning is directly tied to the understanding of self and to increased knowledge of the world, girls learn best. As such, our program uniquely serves girls with a curriculum founded on curiosity, interdisciplinary critical thinking, and the cultivation of their God-given gifts as they navigate increasingly, and developmentally appropriate challenging landscapes of learning.
Unlike many independent schools, Stone Ridge has a fully articulated Pre-Kindergarten-12 scope and sequence for learning. We use streamlined, research-informed Expectations for Learning at every level to guide the construction of knowledge and the building of skills across all grade levels. The Stone Ridge Little Hearts Program uses Creative Curriculum and The Project Approach for instructional design. In the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools, Stone Ridge educates using Understanding by Design as its pedagogical approach for instruction and curriculum. Each course is grounded in essential questions which allow the girls to engage in meaningful, open-ended questions designed to foster student interest, guide inquiry, stimulate discussion, and spark rethinking over time, pointing toward intra- and inter-disciplinary ideas. Students’ understanding of skills and knowledge is revealed through flexible performance. By anchoring our courses with Essential Questions, we guide students in uncovering and constructing meaning that they can flexibly transfer to new settings, issues, and problems. Learning is an exercise of purpose, of self-understanding, and of coming to know the world in which they will someday lead and serve as children of the Sacred Heart.
For more information about the academic program at Stone Ridge, please feel free to call or email Ms. Corinne Fogg, Director of Curriculum & Professional Development, ext. 1457.