We deliberately combine the best of ancient wisdom with modern research on how human beings develop intellectual and character strength. This looks like . . .
1. A Rich Liberal Arts Education: A Montrose liberal arts education allows young women to encounter and learn from the best of literature, theology, philosophy, history, science, math, technology, world languages, and fine and performing arts. We feed the intellectual lives of students with a rich and balanced diet of primary sources and classical and contemporary texts that offer compelling insights and raise essential questions about what it means to be human. Our curriculum includes inquiry-based lab science at each grade level as well as applied mathematics and computer science that empowers girls to explore engineering, economics, technology and business.
2. Vibrant Classroom Pedagogy: In the context of a rich liberal arts curriculum, we pay special attention to the strengths and virtues that form the foundation of academic excellence -- examining, “What are the habits and mindsets of great scientists, great mathematicians, great historians...?” We regularly engage in mission-aligned professional development that honors the intellectual life of the teacher. In addition to ongoing study in their discipline, our teachers commit to continuous training in approaches to teaching and learning that engage students' minds and hearts. These include: Design Thinking, Understanding by Design (UBD), Growth Mindset research, Intellectual Virtues & Thinking Routines, and the Socratic Method.
3. Meaningful Mentoring: At Montrose, individualized advising helps students take ownership of their learning and use their freedom responsibly. Advisors collaborate with parents and teachers to help young women become the best version of themselves. We regularly engage guest speakers to visit classes, inspiring our girls with their personal and professional life journeys.
4. Student Life & Leadership: Students have enormous opportunities to practice leading, taking risks, serving others, building friendships, learning from mistakes, and feeling connected to something larger than themselves. This vision animates athletics and the arts, our thirty student-led clubs, our service initiatives and international trips, and our student government-led events and traditions.
5. Parent Engagement: Parents are students’ primary and most important educators. We work in collaboration with them to support each young woman’s growth. We work to build authentic, collaborative relationships with parents, and offer parent enrichment including workshops, speakers, blog posts and online resources.