The Spence of 2015 finds itself in a fortunate place: a recently successful capital campaign, increased endowment, new or renovated facilities, and a successfully implemented former Long Range Plan. With this new Long Range Plan, we turn our collective attention to teaching and learning.
Our title, inspired by the language of Clara Spence, speaks to an exciting, strategic direction. What will the Class of 2025 need to move from our Red Doors and into the world as scholars, learners and leading citizens of the world? How can we continue to honor Miss Spence’s stated purposes about learning at Spence as “an intellectual and moral adventure?”
Central to this adventure is our profound commitment to educating girls and young women. Our abiding focus on identity, voice and confidence allows our young scholars to meet the complex challenges of today and to frame the ones of tomorrow.
Since 1892, our dedication to a rigorous, liberal arts education has shaped our work. Liberal arts, often misunderstood in today’s world to include humanities only, lives for us in its original interpretation: a rich course of study free from any utilitarian goals and inclusive of all disciplines. Essential to our enterprise is the understanding that meaningful and nuanced perspectives and multiple points of view fuel academic excellence: neither the world nor our School is single or static. Our community’s strength and our mission of “lifelong transformation of self and the world” are predicated on equity of voice in regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion and socioeconomic diversity and on the belief that a privileged education such as ours requires an active commitment to our larger community.