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Encyclopedia > Agnes Irwin School
Agnes Irwin School
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Established 1869
School type All-Girl
Religious affiliation nonsectarian
Head of School Martha C. Cutts
Location Rosemont, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus suburban
Enrollment 674
Average class size 12-16
7 to 1
Average SAT
scores ()
Color(s) blue and yellow
Conference Inter-Academic League
Homepage Agnes Irwin School

Agnes Irwin School is an all-girl, non-sectarian, day school for PreK-Grade 12. Founded in 1869 in Philadelphia by Miss Agnes Irwin, the great, great granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin, who later became the first dean of Radcliffe College. The campus moved to Rosemont in 1961. 1869 (MDCCCLXIX) is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Rosemont is a community in Pennsylvania on the Pennsylvania Main Line lying partly in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania and partly in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1869 (MDCCCLXIX) is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... Agnes Irwin (1841-1914) was the first dean of Radcliffe College. ... Radcliffe College was a liberal arts womens college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, closely associated with Harvard University. ... Rosemont is a community in Pennsylvania on the Pennsylvania Main Line lying partly in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania and partly in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ...



Rosemont, PA, 10 miles West of Philadelphia and two miles from Exit 13 on Rte. 476 (the Blue Route). The campus borders Villanova University and is just minutes from Bryn Mawr College. It has been suggested that The North Eastern Extension be merged into this article or section. ... Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. ... “Bryn Mawr” redirects here. ...


Eighteen acres in a suburban setting including a self-contained Lower School with its own gym, dining room, library, and arts, science and music rooms. The Middle School, Upper School, Arts and Science Center, Libraries and Gym/Fitness Center are interconnected buildings. The campus also includes five tennis courts, 3 playing fields, 3 playgrounds and an outdoor dining area.


  • PreK-12: 674
  • Lower School (PreK-Grade 4): 217
  • Middle School (Grades 5-8): 219
  • Upper School (Grades 9-12): 238
  • Average class size: 12-16


Students of color represent 19% of the student body. More than fifty girls have parents for whom English is a second language. The School is not religiously associated, and all faiths are honored and respected. The global perspective that families bring to our School when relocating to this area is highly valued.


Agnes Irwin offers a rigorous liberal arts program. Upper School requirements include English (4 years), History, Math, Science and Language (3 years), Arts (1 year), Community Service and Physical Education. Academic profile for the Class of 2006 includes: SATs: Verbal-655, Writing-671, Math-661; 28% honored by the National Merit Scholarship Program; 61% taking 5 or more AP’s and honored by the AP Scholars Program; 50% enrolled in AP math and/or science; 21% were recruited for college athletics. In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic scholarship competition for recognition and college scholarships administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a privately funded, not-for-profit organization. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Upper School Administration

Kathlyn L. Gray - Director of Upper School
Lisa H. Webster - Dean of Students
Meredyth D. Patterson - Director of Student Activities
Sheila J. Pauley - Director of Athletics
Lorraine Cairns - Registrar


  • PreK $15,000
  • K-Grade 4 $17,250
  • Grades 5-8 $20,000
  • Grades 9-12 $22,350

Additional costs include uniforms, textbooks, after-school care (optional), and lunch (optional).


Over $1.5 million in scholarships is distributed annually to 17% of the girls in K-12 who demonstrate financial need. Approximately 50% is dedicated to Upper School girls, 30% to Middle, and 20% to Lower. The average award is $12,000. Note: The term scholarship can mean either the methods employed by scholars (see scholarly method) or an award of access to an institution and/or money for an individual for the purposes of furthering their education. ...


Twenty school districts provide free bus transportation to Agnes Irwin. In addition, the school is located within a mile of the Villanova stations for the SEPTA Regional Rail R5 and the Norristown High Speed Line. For the abbreviation SEPTA, see SEPTA. A septum, in general, is a wall separating two cavities or two spaces containing a less dense material. ... Norristown is a home rule municipality in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 17 miles (27 km) west by north of Philadelphia, on the Schuylkill River. ...


Twelve varsity sports including basketball, crew, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, tennis, volleyball. Performing arts include dance, drill team, choral and instrumental groups and dramatic and musical productions. Visual Arts include studio art, ceramics, photography and media arts. There is an active Community Service program and multiple clubs.

Accreditation and Associations

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, Cum Laude Society, Multicultural Resource Center, National Association of Independent Schools. The Cum Laude Society is an organization that honors scholastic achievement at secondary institutions, similar to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, which honors scholastic achievements at the university level. ...



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