Deciding where to enroll your K-8 daughter can be an excruciating process. Public or private? West Austin or North Austin? Religious or secular? Lisa Schmidtt wants you to consider the Girls School of Austin (GSA).
In accordance with its mission, GSA inspires girls to achieve personal excellence and go on to lead distinguished and fulfilling lives. The Girl’s School is located in Tarrytown off Windsor Road and enrolls about a hundred students annually. This coming year will mark its 10th anniversary.
Schmidtt is Head of School at GSA. “A typical Girls’ School student is smart, creative, and willing to ‘dig in.’ In this past year, digging in included laying sod on our bare fields, moving monstrous compost piles, and participating in robotics, speech, art, music and writing competitions; whatever the challenge, GSA girls are ready to embrace it!”
Impressive fact? According to a 2000 study of 4,274 girls’ school alumnae (conducted by the NCGS by the Goodman Research Group), 93% agreed that girls’ schools provide greater leadership opportunities than coed schools. Something else extraordinary? The number of alumnae intending to major in math or science was 6 times the national average!
“This past year, students won awards in visual art, robotics, music, writing and speech, with most of these in our first year of competition. Not bad for a school that is less than a decade old and where the entire middle-school student body numbered less than 30 students last year. Who says girls shy away from competition?” jests Schmidtt.
Parents pay an average of $225/week for tuition, and financial assistance is available. Applications can be found on campus or on the Girls’ School website and are due February 1st, 2012. Want to learn more? The Girls’ School of Austin will be holding an open house on January 12th and January 26th! Call the GSA office for more information: (512) 478-7827.
“Please do come and visit,” says Lisa Schmidtt. “We might just challenge all of your concepts of what it means to be an all-girls school!