Marlborough School (Los Angeles)
|Los Angeles, CA, USA|
|Head of School||Barbara Wagner|
|Average class size||13 students|
|Student to teacher ratio||9:1|
|Campus||4 acres (16,000 m2) in Hancock Park|
|Athletics||10 Interscholastic Sports|
|Mascot||Sally the Mustang|
Marlborough School is a private, all-girls, college-preparatory secondary school for grades 7th through 12th located at 250 South Rossmore Avenue in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. Marlborough was founded in 1889 by Mary Caswell and is the oldest independent girls' school in Southern California. Marlborough is considered one of the foremost college-preparatory schools in Los Angeles. Marlborough has a $33.7 million endowment which is the largest endowment per student among independent schools in Southern California. Recently, the Leadership in Learning Campaign has doubled the size of the Marlborough campus and has added Munger Hall, including a state of the art Academic Resource Center, visual arts center, and the Seaver Art Gallery.
Marlbrough's colors are purple and white and the mascot is the mustang. Girls who attend Marlborough are also known as Violets, the original Marlborough mascot.
The school's mission statement:
Marlborough School, founded in 1889, is an independent, urban day school serving a diverse group of young women. The School is committed to delivering a superior college preparatory education in an environment imbued with high ethical values. Marlborough believes that, for women, academic excellence, leadership skills and confidence flourish best in a school exclusively devoted to their education. The Marlborough community enables each student to develop her fullest potential so that she may contribute in a global society.
The student to teacher ratio at Marlborough School is approximately (9:1), lower than the national high school average of (11:1) and the average public school student to teacher ratio of (16:1). In addition, the admissions process is selective. In 2006, over 1,000 girls applied for the 100 available seats for incoming class of 2012.
Marlborough's college acceptance rates have historically fallen above the national median placement. Over 90% of the students have been accepted into UC schools, and over 20% have been accepted into Ivy Leagues. For the Class of 2008, 79% of the students who applied regular decision to highly selective colleges and universities were admitted.
Representing part of the top 2% of 1.4 million test takers nationwide, the Class of 2006 included 2 National Merit Scholarship winners, 8 National Merit Finalists, 17 National Merit Commended Students, 2 National Achievement Scholars, and 1 National Hispanic Scholar.
Marlborough has received national recognition for the strength of its science program. In 2005, Marlborough's honors research program was featured in an article in the New York Times, "When Popular Science is Called Women's Work". Marlborough's Honors Research program allows students to take part in hands-on research projects with their mentors at institutions such as Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, USC, CalTech, and UCLA. In 2009, Marlborough was the school of a finalist (top 5) in the Seimens grant for science and technology.
Marlborough fields teams in ten sports programs in the CIF Southern Section (CIF-SS): basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, water polo, and volleyball. A similar number participate in the Junior High Delphic League and Junior High Pacific Basin League. In addition an equestrian team competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian League (IEL). Over 60% of Marlborough girls compete in athletics.
Marlborough’s athletic facilities include: the Combs Gymnasium, a fitness center, Caldwell Swimming Pool, 3 multipurpose courts, and Booth Field. Marlborough also uses local sports facilities such as the Los Angeles Tennis Club and USC McAlister Soccer Field.
Marlborough has a well established athletic program that has won many championships in recent years. In 2006-2007 Marlborough won the Commissioners Cup, awarded to the most successful girls sports program in the whole of CIF Southern Section. Since the late 1970s, Marlborough has won 57 Varsity League Titles, 14 CIF-SS Titles, 2 CIF State Titles and 1 National Championship. Most recently the Cross Country Team (2006) and the Basketball Team (2007) won State Championships, and Track & Field (2006), Tennis (2006), Cross Country (2006) and Basketball (2007) won CIF Southern Section Championships. From 2006-2008, the 7-8 Tennis Team lost just once. In 2010 Marlborough Girls Varsity Swimming Team won Division IV CIF Southern Section.
Many notable athletic alumnae can be found in the Marlborough Athletic Hall of Fame.
At the heart of Marlborough's Fine Arts program is the goal that students develop both an understanding of the creative process and a lifelong appreciation of the arts. Drama offerings range from open audition productions (an all-School and a Middle School performance) to student-directed work produced by the Drama Ensemble. The Winter Choral concert showcases the work of music classes, the Chamber Choir, and the Faculty Chorus. Instrumental Ensemble groups perform in a spring recital. Professional and student choreography is featured in the annual "Evening of Dance." Art exhibitions change monthly in the Disney Gallery and feature the work of both student and guest artists. Each year the Gallery hosts the Annual Invitational Show which includes art work from Los Angeles area schools. In addition to these larger venues, student work can be seen and enjoyed at lunchtime concerts, the "Evening of Scenes," and School assemblies. Several clubs offer opportunities to participate in the arts outside of the classroom experience as well.
Students have the opportunity to participate in arts activities, as a performer or observer, on a weekly basis.
The UltraViolet (often referred to by the community as The UV) is Marlborough's Upper School newspaper. The paper, which is written and edited by students in grades 9-12, produces six issues a year. The UltraViolet is also available online. The UV newspaper is a member of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association, and Quill and Scroll Society, and has won multiple awards from these associations.
Unique among independent high schools, Marlborough’s service program is completely voluntary. Rather than a graduation requirement, service is seen as a personal commitment as well as an integral part of the life of the School. Each month, a calendar of service activities is posted on the School’s web site, reminders are listed on flyers posted on two campus bulletin boards, and announcements are made at class meetings by elected student representatives.
Projects are based on four levels of action: fund-raising for non-profit agencies and projects; collection of food and other life-necessities; environmental cleanup (including the campus of the immediate community); and most important, contact with children, adults in need of assistance, the sick, and the elderly.
At each grade, a student is elected, and parent and faculty representatives volunteer to help coordinate the service calendar. Again this year, one middle and one upper school class will take the lead each month for publicizing projects and recruiting volunteers. As always, everyone is invited to participate in any project. Activities take place on campus during the school day, after school, and on weekends at sites in the Los Angeles area. It is the goal of the program that students, parents, and faculty find outlets to share their time and talents in meaningful ways.
In the 2005-2006 school year, the students extraordinarily demonstrated their voluntary commitment to serving others in need by raising over $28,000 to build a new school in Zambia, Africa for AIDS orphans.
Seventh graders have participated in the annual Math-a-thon for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, contributing well over $53,000 over a span of four years.
A partial listing of community service activities include: tutoring daily after school at the nearby 3rd Street School and Los Angeles Leadership Academy, Bookworms reading club with the Wilshire Elementary School kindergarten class, food of the month collection, 150 lunches made of homeless teens at the Covenant House Shelter and Outreach, working to distribute food at the Hope Net Pantry on Saturday mornings, Tree People, Binky Patrol, AIDS Walk (raising over $4500 for AIDS research), Denim Day (raising $2540 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation), volunteering at Adoption Day at the Children's Court House, helping set up for a Thanksgiving Dinner for 2500 at the Santa Monica Civic Center, preparing snack bags for the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, caroling at the St. John of God Care Center, working with One Voice to pack holiday food at the Santa Monica Airport, cell phone donations, arts projects at the Shriners' Hospital, Locks of Love, Chocolate for Charity, book collection for Para Los Ninos, bake sale for hearing-impaired children, prom dress collection, Relay for Life, dinner at PATH, dance ensemble charity event, planting at the Hope Net community garden, and participation in Big Sunday.
Marlborough is one of the most expensive private secondary schools in the nation; tuition for the 2011-2012 school year is $31,200, not including uniforms, books, field trips,etc. Marlborough has a $1.9 million financial aid budget with 14% of enrolled students receiving financial assistance.
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- Marlborough School
- Marlborough School - Los Angeles, California/CA - Private School Profile
- "When Popular Science is Called Women's Work", New York Times, 27 April 2005
- "Tai Fauci". IMDB. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
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