I am fortunate to be the Principal of the Girls School, which often gives me the opportunity to talk to parents and to their children regarding our school. In my conversations, I always talk about the benefit of having two schools and one school, and why that works so well.
From an academic standpoint, an all-girls school gives our students an environment that is safe, nurturing, and supportive, where they can be themselves and thrive academically. Through the unflagging efforts of our faculty, we create a place where it is ok to answer questions and to be involved in discussion. We strive to provide all our girls with a place where they are encouraged to excel and to stretch without the distraction of boys.
We also care about the spiritual welfare of our students. We try to give our girls the tools that will help them thrive throughout their lives, with deep and lasting moral foundations. It is our job to teach our girls to navigate the world and its challenges. We want them to live their lives fully, as confident, caring women who are morally grounded and spiritually motivated.
In supporting our girls academically and spiritually, we work closely with the Boys School. Our girls benefit from collaboration with the boys in many aspects of an ANC education. In the arts, our students rehearse and perform side-by-side. In athletics, we share a common school pride, cheering one another on. In advanced academics we cooperate in the classroom, benefitting from the different perspectives that the boys offer.
I view our schools, independently and together, as a place where seeds are planted; some grow immediately and others will blossom in the future. As educators, it is our job to till the fields in the garden of knowledge, caring for and sustaining our seedlings day to day.
Susan O. Odhner
Principal, ANC Girls School