Why Penguin Hall?

We’re not just an independent all-girls high school. Here, students progress through an academically rigorous curriculum within a supportive and empowering environment. As a result, Penguin Hall students are well-rounded; they see what’s possible, and ultimately surpass their goals in all areas, blazing trails wherever they go!

Girls Take Center Stage

Students progress academically because we are committed to the well-being of their whole self. Students have many opportunities to experience a healthy balance—academically, personally, and physically—both on and off-campus. As a result, Penguin Hall girls are well-rounded; they see what’s possible, and ultimately surpass their goals in all areas as they move through life.

“When my mom told me we were going to look at an all-girls school I was like, NO WAY, NO HOW. But once I took the tour I felt welcomed and honestly didn’t even notice there were no boys. There was so much focus on learning and fun and friends. That surprised me.”
– Paige ‘22

“It was so comforting to walk into my college classes and know that I have the skills and confidence to be successful. Penguin Hall prepared me well.”
– Kathryn, ‘18, Lafayette College ‘22

“I wanted my high school years to be meaningful and not just about getting into college. Of course college is important, but I wanted to have a blast in my high school classes, make great friends and connect with faculty. Penguin Hall gave me that opportunity.”
– Emma ‘19, Emerson College

A Vigorous Curriculum

At Penguin Hall, we provide a challenging and student-centered college-preparatory educational experience. Through interactive, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary classes, students engage in robust discussion with each other and our faculty and develop scholarly partnerships that will serve them all their lives. Our students value the opportunity to be seen and heard inside and outside of the classroom. All courses at Penguin Hall are designed to meet girls where they are and stretch them to reach higher. Our faculty design courses with depth and complexity which go well beyond that of a traditional curriculum or prescribed AP program.

Learn more about our curriculum >

The Power of Community

There is a palpable sisterhood that emerges each year at Penguin Hall. One that is welcoming, supportive, and empowering. When girls feel seen, heard, and valued they can tap into who they truly are. Friendships form on foundations that are naturally more meaningful and authentic. Grade level retreats offer spiritual support, self-reflection and opportunities for girls to bond. A strong advisory program offers a one-on-one connection with a faculty member who knows them implicitly and serves as the sounding board that girls naturally crave.

Learn more about our community >

Why an All-Girls Education

In a single-gender setting, girls are more willing to take risks and set more ambitious educational goals. They simultaneously learn to become supportive of each other and more competitive. And, the friendships that girls form with students and teachers are meaningful, often lifelong connections. Students at The Academy at Penguin Hall learn the skills they need to succeed in an atmosphere that supports their intellectual, social, athletic, and personal growth.

Read more about an all-girls education at Penguin Hall.

Support for single-gender education is also backed by data. The Higher Education Research Institute has reported that single-gender education for girls yields superior academic accomplishment, superior socio-emotional development, improved test scores and better long term indicators for success, as compared with co-ed schooling.

  • Girls are 6x more likely to consider a STEM major than peers from co-ed schools.
  • Nearly 80% of girls’ school graduates played competitive sports during high school.
  • Girls average 15-22% higher score on standardized tests than their peers in co-ed schools.
  • 25% of female representatives in Congress are graduates of a girls school (less than 1% of girls in the U.S. attend a single-gender school).
  • One third of female corporate board members of Fortune 500 companies are girls’ school graduates.
  • Statistics from the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, including a 2000 and 2005 study conducted for NCGS by the Goodman Research Group of Cambridge, Massachusetts.