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Academics

The Upper School at Stoneleigh-Burnham

Stoneleigh-Burnham is small by design because we know that girls thrive where they feel genuinely heard. Our intentionally small classes provide each student with the support she needs to take risks in her learning. Our students repeatedly remark on the palpable sense of community they find here and that begins with our faculty. Our faculty are not only the best in their field, they are dedicated to their students and our school. 88% have advanced degrees and all actively pursue professional development in their disciplines. About more than half of faculty members live on campus and serve as houseparents and coaches. This translates to an academic environment where girls are truly known and thus provided with the skilled instruction and encouragement to become their best selves.

Schedule

The academic day begins at 8:00 a.m. and will typically include six class periods (each period is 50-minutes) interspersed with periods for Leadership, Advisory, Housemeeting, daytime study hall periods, and performance group meetings on any given day. Individual classes meet four times each week. The class day ends at 3:00 p.m., and daily athletics span about two hours in the afternoon. Students can attend dinner anytime from 5:30-6:30 p.m., after which is time for club meetings and a two-hour evening study hall.

Homework

Upper School boarding students have a two-hour study hall in the evening, but a typical course load demands work outside of that period.