The Girls' School Advantage

National research and years of experience tells us that adolescent and teenage girls thrive in a single-gender environment.

As a girls' school, Harpeth Hall offers an academic and social experience where students can take risks in a supportive environment, engage in important and relevant discussions, and develop a positive sense of self. 


A Harpeth Hall student is...


Academically Driven

Girls' schools create a culture of achievement where a girl's accomplishments are what matters — where what she believes in and how she puts her beliefs into action are what builds confidence and inspires academic curiosity. 

Prepared for college

Ninety three percent of recent girls' school graduates said they were very or extremely satisfied with how their schools prepared them for college. At Harpeth Hall, 100% of graduates attend and thrive at four-year colleges or universities. Additionally, more girls' school graduates consider college a stepping stone to graduate school (71% vs. 66% from coed schools).


Every Harpeth Hall girl voluntarily participates and annually contributes more than 20,000 hours of service. At the start of college, girls' school graduates rate their political engagement more than 10% higher than their coed peers and report they are more likely to have a political discussion in class and with friends and find it essential to keep up with the political and social issues.

Strong in STEM subjects

All Harpeth Hall students complete four years of math and three years of science, which is twice the national average. At the start of college, girls' school graduates rate their confidence in their math and computer science skills as more than 10% higher than their coed counterparts. They are also three times more likely to consider pursuing a career in engineering, and they report majoring in math or science at significantly higher rates.

A Leader

All girls can be leaders and all leaders are girls. Leadership is a developed skill and one that is fostered across our community. Eighty four percent of recent girls' school graduates give their schools top marks for providing leadership opportunities. Additionally, 93% agreed that girls' schools provide greater leadership opportunities than coed schools and 80% held leadership positions since graduating from high school.


Our mission is to empower girls to think critically, to lead confidently, and to live honorably. Self-confidence is the key to turning skills and knowledge into success. Eighty two percent of recent girls' school graduates say they were very or extremely satisfied with how well their schools instilled self-confidence.

Harpeth Hall offers so much more than just an academic education - if you take advantage of broadening your horizons, you will leave there feeling confident, prepared and ready to take on the world.

Meghann McConnell Myers '98



Sources for data:
  • 2013 Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools, administered by Indiana University’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE)
  • 2009 UCLA study of more than 20,000 freshmen college women
  • 2005 National Coalition of Girls' Schools Alumnae Survey
  • 2000 NCGS study conducted by the Goodman Research Group of Cambridge, MA