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Educating a girl is investing in her future and in the future of our world. With a mission to develop bold and creative contributors for the greater good, Miss Hall’s School paves the way for tomorrow’s leaders to gain an exceptional academic education and the opportunity to develop core values for the human experience: authenticity, respect, honor and growth. .
Miss Hall’s is where teenage girls from 24 countries evolve to become change-making global citizens. The moment they leave their Holmes Street Campus, are equipped to energize around ideas and collaborate on exciting projects with confidence, vision, and voice. They are ready to bring about the change they want to see in the world.
For some students, like Keely O’Gorman ’22, which starts even before they graduate. She’s already improving lives through Bags of Hope, an initiative she started to provide reusable shopping bags filled with toiletries to residents at Pittsfield’s emergency winter shelter. It’s a bigger and better version of a project she tackled with her classmates in 2020. “It really fits in with what Ms. Hall does with philanthropy,” says Keely, who is leaving for Harvard in the fall. “It’s local. It is something that can be done every year, and it is necessary. Ideally, we wouldn’t have as many homeless people, but I can’t change that on my own, so I chose this as something that could help make people’s lives better.”
Your project is part of the signature of the School horizons Program. What it has achieved is due to the impact of the interdisciplinary and experiential program: bridging the classroom with the real world, empowering students every step of the way.
Horizons activities are woven into the fabric of Miss Hall’s. Every Wednesday, all students join the well-evolved program (it’s been around for nearly 30 years) to participate in leadership programs that include community learning and internships at more than 75 professional offices, businesses, nonprofits, and arts organizations.
The program begins in the ninth grade, when students explore their identity, identity, and community. They work with their peers to learn and apply the principles of equity and inclusion, health and wellness, and leadership. Specific topics include intersectionality, race and ethnicity, ability, citizenship and nationality, nutrition, sex education, media literacy, and financial literacy.
In tenth grade, they explore the concept of “place”. Miss Hall’s location in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an important place for arts, education, and nature in the Northeast, makes it a great place to learn about environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic theories. Students work in groups toward an end goal and later in the year delve into personalized individual and group projects designed to make a positive impact on the local community and the world.
In grade 11, students choose from a host of local internships, volunteer at nonprofits, write for an international literary magazine, develop a new TedX conference, work for the campus media team, code a new app and more.
In grade 12, they enter the world of exciting projects. It is then that they put into practice what they have learned, tackling personalized projects, combining research and activism, and. participate in professional practices.
The MHS Global Citizenship Group is another example of the global change happening every day on the Miss Hall campus and beyond. Ninth and tenth graders, along with students from the Gashora Academy of Science and Technology for Girls, are addressing issues of adolescent pregnancy and reproductive health in a local community in eastern Rwanda.
They are developing informative and accessible brochures that cover topics such as safe sex, consent, and reproductive health. “We want to give these young women the tools and information they need to be leaders as well as empowered advocates for their own health,” explains Idalis De Jesus ’25, a ninth-grader at MHS.
Information is power, so each booklet includes medical resources, illustrations, stories from young women, and women’s health news. They will be translated into “Kinyarwanda”, the native language of Rwanda, as well as French and English, which are widely spoken there. “We want the next generation to be safe, to know more about their bodies, and most importantly, to know their rights,” adds MHS ninth-grader Lily McDonald ’25. “As we collaborate, we are learning to understand perspectives different from our own, to be respectful and to have a sensitive understanding of other cultures.”
Investigate has found that girls’ school graduates are better than their peers in co-educational schools at bridging racial and cultural divides, contributing to their communities, fulfilling civic duties, communicating opinions, and developing leadership skills.
Miss Hall graduates embody these traits. Since the School’s founding in 1898, it has inspired bold and creative contributors to the common good and continues to do so, 124 years later. See for yourself.