About Spence

At a Glance

Founded by Clara B. Spence in 1892, The Spence School is an independent, college-preparatory day school for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 12, with separate campuses for the Lower and Upper Schools. Spence has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence and admits approximately one in 10 applicants. Students are drawn from the five boroughs of New York City as well as New Jersey, some commuting as long as three hours a day. Spence is committed to high academic standards, integrity, a diverse student body and a purpose larger than oneself.
Our buildings honor and provide for discourse in all corners, saluting the long continuum of our learning community on stage, at Harkness tables, in the Middle School science tables that are reconfigured each day, the Lower School STEAM Lab designed for our youngest learners and our outdoor spaces. 
—Bodie Brizendine, Head of School

School Profile

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  • General Info

    • Founded in 1892
    • Head of School Bodie Brizendine
    • All-girls, K-12, independent, college-preparatory school
    • Accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)

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  • Faculty

    • 83% hold advanced degrees
      • 33% are faculty of color
      • Median of 16 years of teaching experience
      • Average years at Spence: 10
      • 20% male; 80% female

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    • Students

      • Lower School: 265
      • Middle School: 229
      • Upper School: 253
      • 18 students per class in Lower School
      • 14 students per class in Middle and Upper Schools
      • Grades K-2 have two teachers for each class
      • Middle and Upper School student/faculty ratio is 7:1
      • More than 40 Clubs and Activities available to Upper School students
      • 80 students live outside of Manhattan
      • 42% are students of color
      • 100% of the graduating seniors attend college

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    • Athletics

       Athletic Association of Independent Schools of New York City (AAIS)

      League Opponents: Brearley, Chapin, Sacred Heart, Friends Seminary, Hewitt, Marymount, Nightingale-Bamford, Packer-Collegiate, St. Anns, Trevor Day and Trinity


    delicious meals
    served daily


    First Graduating


    alumnae living in
    45 states and 31 countries


    Heads of

    The Spence School adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship or athletic and other school-administered programs.