What Sets Us Apart

Why Montrose?

We believe that the best education develops the whole person: it integrates academic excellence with personal character development. 

We help young women to become leaders who are called to greatness. Every aspect of school life provides an occasion to nurture the education of the whole person, including our
  • rigorous and engaging liberal arts curriculum
  • outstanding faculty and staff
  • collaboration with parents
  • individualized mentoring program
  • opportunities for spiritual growth
  • ethic of service and community outreach
  • family atmosphere and traditions
  • rich student life
  • study abroad opportunities
  • effort to do ordinary things extraordinarily well for love of God

Called to Greatness

What parents are saying

'Where Girls are Called to Greatness' isn’t just a tagline or a marketing tool. It is woven into the fabric of everything Montrose does. The girls are constantly encouraged to be the best version of themselves, with amazing support from teachers, mentors, coaches, administration and their peers.

Portrait of a Montrose Graduate

List of 3 items.

  • Greatness of Mind

    • Intellectual curiosity
    • Ability to problem-solve
    • Passion for learning, a breadth of interests and a clear sense of purpose
    • Resilience and perseverance in the face of difficulty  
    • Practical wisdom and the competence to commit herself to what is noble and worthwhile
  • Greatness of Heart

    • Understands the integral relationship between faith and reason
    • Cultivates a philosophical mind and knows that all work can glorify God
    • Respects the uniqueness of others
    • Is empathetic
    • Seeks to build unity among diverse groups
    • Has a desire to discover her own unique purpose, vocation and contribution to the world
    • Understands the value of a personal relationship with God
  • Greatness of Character

    • A strong self-knowledge
    • An open and loving heart, actively participating in and serving her community
    • Confidence, initiative and courage  
    • A sense of balance and a sense of humor
    • The wisdom to use her freedom responsibly
    • A principled, independent ability to challenge others articulately and respectfully

A National School of Character: The LifeCompass Advantage

One of the first ten National Schools of Character in the country, Montrose was recently named a National School of Character again - supporting our bold mission of top-notch academics combined with our LifeCompass character and leadership program.

Every aspect of a Montrose experience helps a young woman to build a life compass, one that orients her to pursue the truth (veritas) with her mind, to seek authentic friendships and noble ambition with her heart (caritas), and to direct her whole self toward free and responsible action (libertas).  This compass endures well beyond her years at Montrose equipping her to navigate life with joy and purpose. 

Spotlight on our Faculty

Barbara Whitlock
Upper School Director
BA, Rider University
MA, Character Education, University of Birmingham (UK)

“There is no limit to what our students can achieve, especially with our mentoring and support. At Montrose, they develop a tenacious, confident spirit to dig in and master what is before them. We want them to have empowered voices and to learn that, while we have a right to speak up, we also have a responsibility to engage with other people, to build relationships in a community.”
An independent school for girls in grades 6-12
Inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church