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POISED A Marymount girl is ready

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THERE’S NO MISTAKING A MARYMOUNT GRADUATE.


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She is smart. Articulate. And remarkably self-assured. She has a manner that is mature, grounded and thoughtful, a perspective that is global and other-focused and a deep passion for making the world a better place. She values learning, friendship, faith and fun.

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A Marymount graduate has the knowledge, skills and confidence to excel at top-tier universities. She has the compassion and creativity to make a difference in her community. She is both exceptionally poised and poised for excellence—ready to lead, wherever life takes her. There is no mistaking a Marymount graduate. She’s the one helping, in her own unique way, to set the world on fire.


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thinking and a passion for learning that sustains them through college and well beyond. Rich in math, science and the humanities, equally grounded in the timeless and the technological, our curriculum prepares young women for admission to the most selective universities—and to stand out once they’re there. Marymount students’ SAT and ACT scores exceed the national averages. Girls here take a minimum of six courses each semester and choose from among 17 AP and 10 honors courses. More than 80 of our courses are certified by the University of California. Each student receives individualized college counseling based on her particular skills, personality and goals, helping to ensure she is admitted to a college that is just right for her.

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Academic excellence above all. Marymount students develop an intellectual life—a talent for critical


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POISED TO LEARN.

“Marymount prepared me brilliantly for Georgetown. It instilled in me a sense of assurance and comfort that allows me to succeed in a challenging academic environment.”

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Sasha Elkin, Class of 2010 and current Hoya


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POISED TO LEAD.


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A culture that asks girls to step up. Our communities, corporations and governments are crying out for innovative, ethical leaders with a global vision and an unshakable commitment to the common good. At Marymount, we treat every girl as an emerging leader. We cultivate leadership and character through instruction designed specifically for girls. We augment the high expectations of our academic program with leadership-development initiatives like mentoring and a speaker series that brings accomplished women to our campus. We spark an awareness of the world outside Los Angeles through our curriculum and through a growing global network of over 19 schools. We give every girl the opportunity to practice leadership in a variety of settings—in the classroom, on the playing field, on stage and in dozens of student-led clubs and activities. When a girl leaves Marymount, she is keenly aware of her role in defining the future and equipped with the skills, confidence and moral grounding to lead the way.


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POISED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Since 2005, Marymount students have built and sent over 4,500 water pasteurization indicators (WAPIs) that provide clean drinking water to over 45,000 citizens in need all over the world.

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A signature emphasis on compassion, faith and justice. Success at Marymount is not defined

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by being the best in the world—it’s about being the best for the world. That’s why faith and service are fundamental to the Marymount experience. A Marymount girl benefits from the strong foundations in education, service, leadership and character development that only a Catholic, independent school can provide. Students here learn that the highest purpose of an education is to serve others. They volunteer in their communities and abroad. They consider how the choices we make as a society affect the most vulnerable. They reflect on their own circumstances and learn to live “lives of gratitude.” Marymount students are encouraged to explore faith as a foundation for service and learn how to define and articulate their beliefs in a compassionate and thoughtful manner. Opportunities for contemplation are integrated into daily school life and across the curriculum. Girls leave Marymount with an abiding compassion, a strong connection to their spiritual selves and a contagious enthusiasm for making the world a better place.


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POISED FOR SUCCESS.


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A time-tested pedagogy specifically for girls. “Girl Power” was probably not a phrase the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary used when they founded Marymount Los Angeles in 1923. But it was at the heart of their mission nonetheless and remains at the center of Marymount’s mission today. Our instruction is designed expressly for girls and based on the most up-to-date understanding of how they learn, grow and engage with the world. During an exceptionally formative time in their lives, our students connect with a peer group of strong, capable young women and are guided by accomplished teachers and mentors. They learn in a challenging, nurturing and supportive environment that prizes mutual success over competition. They explore what it means to be both powerful and female, and confront the complexities of being a woman in the 21st century. Studies have shown that single-sex education improves tests scores, math and science learning, and achievement in college. Our focus on girls, sharpened over nearly nine decades, is one reason Marymount students are striking in their confidence, fearless in their learning and unabashedly themselves.


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POISED FOR THE FUTURE. Girls who have what it takes.

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Barnard College Boston College Boston University Brown University University of California, Berkeley University of California, Los Angeles University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara Connecticut College Duke University George Washington University Georgetown University Lehigh University Loyola Marymount University University of Michigan New York University Northwestern University University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Pennsylvania Pomona College University of San Diego Santa Clara University Skidmore College University of Southern California Southern Methodist University Stanford University University of Texas, Austin Tulane University University of Washington Yale University

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Marymount’s curriculum, values and culture shape young women who are exceptionally well-prepared for the next phase of their educations. Following are just some of the institutions of higher learning to which Marymount students have been admitted over the last five years.


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ATHLETICS Opportunities to explore, learn and lead. A Marymount education addresses mind, body and spirit. Girls develop their strengths and discover new ones through a rich offering of athletics, activities, clubs and more.

Arts Club Ceramics Choir Dance Ensemble Digital Design Drama Club Drawing and Painting Drama Teachers Association of Southern California (DTASC) International Thespian Society Orchestra Photography Sculpture Stage Crew Tech Crew The Marymount Players Tunes@Noon POISED/ 11

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Archery Basketball Crew Cross Country Equestrian Fencing Golf Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track and Field Volleyball Water Polo

ACTIVITIES Campus Ministry Team Diversity Club Environmental Club French Club Honor Council Mesa Espa単ola Mock Trial Model United Nations National Honor Society Newspaper Retreats Robotics Team Student Government Sunset Literary Magazine Yearbook Staff


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Tori Shepherd ’13 Volleyball — CIF Champs, Marymount Ambassador, Breakfast Club, Toiletries for Troops, Diversity Club Favorite Class: English II Honors

Kristen Lee ’14 Swimming, Cross Country, Model United Nations, The Anchor Newspaper, Honor Council Favorite Class: English I

“The combination of top-rate learning tools and technology, the wisdom of accomplished faculty, and the contagious dedication and spirit of my peers have enriched my outlook on life. Marymount has proven to be a place where people work their hardest yet maintain a humorous attitude in the classroom. I hope this fun work ethic will be present wherever I find myself in the future.”

“Marymount High School isn't just about ‘fitting in’; it’s a place where girls stand out. Marymount embraces all of the unique qualities that each girl has, making diversity and empowerment two top priorities. Students not only learn about their passions, but they also make new friends with common interests, thus forming a stronger sense of community.”

Devon Bankler-Jukes ’13 Softball, Model United Nations, Diversity Club, Environmental Club, Harry Potter Club, Breakfast Club Favorite Class: Algebra II/ Trigonometry Honors

“Marymount not only challenges me to challenge myself in the classroom, but challenges me to always speak out and make my voice heard in the world. The best thing about Marymount is the sense of empowerment and strength it promotes in every aspect of the school.”

Torre’ Hankins ’13 Manager of swim and track teams, Marymount Ambassador, Assistant Director for fall plays, Fashion Club, Diversity Club, Photography Club Favorite Class: Anatomy

“The loving and open atmosphere at Marymount has helped me to mature and grow, both academically and socially. I love that I am constantly improving my skills through writing essays. Becoming a better writer and communicator is going to help me tremendously when it comes time for college and beyond.”

Phoebe Balson ’14 “Marymount teaches you to be fearless and to accept even the scariest of challenges. It’s a great place to explore your talents, and even if you fall flat on your face trying, your peers and teachers will always be there to help you back up.”

WHO THEY ARE. What kind of girl excels at Marymount? Every kind. Marymount’s diversity may surprise you. We draw students from 72 ZIP codes, 87 feeder schools, 17 religions and a multitude of diverse backgrounds. Each year, approximately 25 percent of our students receive financial aid. Since there are no better spokeswomen for our school than the students themselves, we asked several to describe their Marymount experience.

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Marymount Players, Tennis, Dance Ensemble, Entertainment Industry Club Treasurer, Toiletries for Troops, Marymount Ambassador Favorite Class: Early Global Studies


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Mysheika LeMaile-Williams ‘88 Medical Director and Assistant Health Commissioner, Columbus Public Health “Whenever I address the community, I rely on the skills I learned at Marymount – confidence, discipline and compassion. Marymount is where I was challenged, nurtured and encouraged to strive for excellence. As class vice president at Marymount, I learned to hone and apply my communication and leadership skills. I have utilized these skills again and again in my adult life; while in the sorority during college, serving as class vice president in medical school, and in my current job when speaking to the media and community members.”

Daniela Taplin Lundberg ’94 Founder/Producer, Red Crown Productions, LLC “Whether it is raising money, sending notes on a script or closing a deal with an actor, I use the same skills in producing movies that I did in carrying out our “Under the Sea” themed prom in 1993. At Marymount, I learned what it was to take responsibility for something and follow through with it. I had opportunities to execute on ideas and plans that we as a group were developing. That is exactly what I do day in and day out in my career.”

Maire O’Keefe Byrne ’91 Owner/Chef, Thyme Café & Market “At Marymount, math was my subject, whereas English always presented more of a challenge. My freshman English teacher taught me techniques that helped me become a better writer. Years later, when I opened my restaurant, Thyme Café & Market, I quickly learned to develop techniques that would help me cope with many of the issues that did not come naturally to me. I reflected back on the techniques learned at Marymount that allowed me to meet the challenges of a new and difficult subject matter. I credit Marymount for helping me to appreciate my strengths and weaknesses and to reach my fullest potential.”

Loretta Jitner ‘81 Founder & President, Media Matters, Inc. and Pencils for Kids, Inc. “Marymount laid the foundation for my educational path, as well as my new journey in philanthropy as founder of Pencils For Kids, Inc. The RSHM made a commitment to prepare young women to be leaders, and in doing so they have also instilled the firm belief to go out in the world and make a difference… because we can. This is a true gift they have given us, as it is the key to a fulfilling and joyful life. I cannot imagine where my life would be without the influence, guidance, support and love of Marymount… I am blessed.”

Lauren Nalepa ‘02 Systems Engineer, Raytheon

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“My incredibly unique years at Marymount High School, from essay writing in AP English Language to managing elaborate productions with the Theater Department, inspired me to reach for the stars. When a group of my friends and I had already completed AP Physics in our junior year, the faculty offered us the opportunity to investigate our future careers by studying engineering and building a robot in the inaugural Introduction to Robotics and Engineering class. This invaluable experience instilled in me the determination to pursue Electrical Engineering in college and follow my dreams to engineering satellites — truly reaching the stars.”

AND WHO THEY BECOME. Women living lives of consequence. The ultimate measure of an education is the caliber of the person a student becomes. For generations, Marymount High School has produced women with the knowledge, skills, character and confidence to succeed and lead in whatever life calls them to do. There is no greater affirmation of our work than the amazing women whose success began at Marymount.


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Marymount High School 10643 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90077 310-472-1205 www.mhs-la.org

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