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Agnes Irwin School
Rosemont, Pennsylvania, United States
Type All-Girls'
Religious affiliation nonsectarian
Established 1869
Head of School Dr. Mary Seppala
Enrollment 680
Average class size 12-16
Student:teacher ratio 7 to 1
Campus suburban
Color(s) blue and gold
Athletics conference Inter-Academic League
Average SAT scores 1300

Agnes Irwin School is an all-girls', non-sectarian, day school for students in grades PreK-12. The School has been a leader in girls' education since 1869, when it was founded by Miss Agnes Irwin of Philadelphia. Agnes Irwin was the great-great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin; she later became the first dean of Radcliffe College. The campus moved to Wynnewood, Pennsylvania in 1933, and then moved to its present location in Rosemont in 1961.



Rosemont, PA, 10 miles (16 km) West of Philadelphia and two miles (3 km) from Exit 13 on Rte. 476 (the Blue Route). The campus borders Villanova University and is just minutes from Bryn Mawr College.


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, three playing fields, three playgrounds and an outdoor dining area.


  • PreK-12: 680
  • Lower School (PreK-Grade 4): 220
  • Middle School (Grades 5-8): 219
  • Upper School (Grades 9-12): 241
  • 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. A Multicultural Board has been formed to promote diversity in the school. It is made up of elected members and they discuss methods they can use to discuss racial conflicts in school and society.


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.


Anne Weeks - Director of Upper School
Lynne Myavec - Director of Middle School
Donna Lindner - Director of Lower School
Kim Beamon - Director of Student Support Services
Anna May Charrington - Director of Communications
A. James Jones - Director of Technology
Sally Keidel - Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Deanna W. Mayer - Dean of Students
Kevin McCullough - Director of Finance and Facilities
Connie McEvoy - Director of College Counseling
Meredyth D. Patterson - Director of Student Activities
Kathy Shortelle - Director of Athletics
Margaret Welsh - Director of Development


  • Pre-K $17,850
  • Kindergarten $19,490
  • Grades 1-4 $20,200
  • Grades 5-8 $23,060
  • Grades 9-12 $25,710

Additional costs include uniforms, textbooks, 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.


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.


Thirteen varsity sports including basketball, crew, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, tennis, track, and 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 an incredible amount of 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.

Notable Alumnae

Summer Session at Agnes Irwin

Summer Session is a summer camp run by the Agnes Irwin School between June 15 and July 31, 2009 for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 18. This camp offers both academic courses for credit and other various classes such as art and sports. Kids can enroll for a full day, which is from 9 to 5:30, or they can enroll in each class individually. There is also an optional lunch program. Each class is taught by professional artists, instructors, or teachers.


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Coordinates: 40°01′42″N 75°21′01″W / 40.0283°N 75.3502°W / 40.0283; -75.3502



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