Welcome from the Head of School

I welcome you to our school with an invitation to explore the many stories throughout the site that highlight the vibrancy of the Spence community.

There is great joy and opportunity in being a K-12 school and developing a rigorous curriculum for girls ages 5 to 18 serving as the foundation of lifelong passion for learning. Every space and every aspect of our program is focused on teaching and learning, on building close connections with a gifted faculty, and on creating age-appropriate distinction for our Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. This is what shapes our community.

We are a school with a national reputation of educating scholarly women of the highest order. What you’ll find in Spence’s all-girls environment is the very considered community that embodies what it means to share sisterhood and womanhood in defining our own education. We put equal importance on self-agency and development of self as we do on purposeful citizenship and care for others. Our charge undoubtedly is preparing our students for the world ahead, and it has always been the charge since the School’s founding in 1892 by Clara Spence. In fact, Clara’s vision continues to define our purpose and the words we honor each day. In her 1898 address to seniors, Clara shared: “The importance of each individual is the collective actions of the community and if the school has been faithful to its charge, each one of you should have an earnest desire to help others.” This frames our mission.

Our entire school—faculty, students, administrators, trustees, parents and alumnae—is engaged in ensuring that Spence is a thriving community, diverse in perspectives and ethnicity, as well as socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. We recognize diversity as an essential component of academic excellence: the depth of our commitment around diversity infuses every conversation.

I thank you for your interest in our school.


Bodie Brizendine
Head of School