Why Spence

Grade 2 students share their wisdom about Spence

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Great Teaching

Dalia Aidoo, Head of the Science Department

“Our students graduate, knowing how to ask the right questions, knowing how to challenge ideas, and thoughts, and thinking. They will understand the connectedness of all of the sciences. They will know how to collaborate, respectfully. They will know how to share knowledge and information. They will be high level, critical thinkers who are unafraid of numbers and data, and they'll want to go into a science field.”

In the World

Samara ’23 is a U.S. Presidential Scholar. Only five students in the state of New York were among the 161 students honored this year, and Samara is the only female recipient from an independent school in the state. A member of the Math Team, Acting Company, Model UN Club, a two-sport varsity athlete, and an Eco Fellow, Samara will continue to pursue her passion for engineering and economics at Harvard University next year. 
Spence junior Chloe performed at Carnegie Hall as a Grand Prize Winner of the International Music and Arts Society 9th Annual Talented Young Musician Olympia Competition.
Pepper in Grade 6 is an all-star sport journalist who is a reporter and podcaster, covering MLB and NBA. Read more about her.
Coding for a Better World: SpenceHacks is a city wide annual event that Spence Upper School students host for NYC students to participate in workshops about python programming and virtual reality and create projects to better the world.
Emma is a summer intern for a New York Criminal Court judge. She has the opportunity to observe court proceedings, take on a range of administrative responsibilities. "Every day I make my way to 100 Centre Street, where I observe a wide array of trials. Wednesdays are designated for field trips to various institutions that enhance our understanding of the broader criminal justice system. The internship has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the behind-the-scenes work of the legal system."
During their music tour of Budapest, Vienna, and Prague over spring break, Select Choir students participated in the Young Prague Music Festival 2023, bringing home a Gold Achievement Award for their performance.
Annesley ’24 has been named a US Squash High School All-American, one of only 20 female athletes nationally to receive the honor. Annesley led the 2022-2023 Sabers Squash Team to an impressive collection of three championship team titles: AAIS Regular Season Co-Champion, AAIS Tournament Champion and NYSAIS Tournament Champion. A junior Co-Captain, Annesley has been an instrumental part of the Sabers’ Squash dominance in the past two years, rising to the #1 spot on the ladder this year.

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