Dear Members of the
As parents pulled up to the Rossmore gate on the first day of school, as returning students reconnected with their friends and teachers, and as nervous seventh graders settled in at their lockers, there was an extra layer of excitement permeating the school hallways this year. What had been a noisy construction site when our students left campus a few months before was now a fully completed aquatics center, multipurpose field, alumnae garden, and fitness center. That morning, these new spaces were officially declared open during a student led ribbon cutting. It has been wonderful to see the girls enjoy their new campus each day.
The start of the 2016-2017 school year was also accompanied by another new campus facility. Named by our students as the SPARC, an acronym for Special Projects in the ARC, this innovation space was created over the summer to provide an adaptable workspace to fuel collaboration and creativity and provide a home for our growing robotics and coding programs, as well as new entrepreneurship classes.
The Arden Project and SPARC are just two of the many initiatives that are the direct result of your generosity, vision, and dedicated support. As you will see in the pages of this report, your gifts also enable deserving girls to receive a Marlborough education through financial aid, provide the opportunity for students to complete real-world research, allow us to bring in inspirational guest speakers, and bolster the ongoing professional development of Marlborough’s faculty and staff.
In 2015-2016, 100% of employees and Trustees made gifts to the Marlborough Annual Fund, 99% of parents contributed, and once again, support by Marlborough alumnae was ranked top in the nation. Your gifts allow Marlborough’s teachers to skillfully guide each student on her unique journey, nurturing every girl’s growth as a scholar and a leader, and motivating her to reach her potential.
Thank you for your continued support and investment in our girls, school, and community.
Dr. Priscilla Sands
Head of School
President, Board of Trustees