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The Spence School

The Spence School is an all-female private school for students in grades Kindergarten through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Urban


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The Spence School says

Founded by Clara B. Spence in 1892, The Spence School is an independent, college- preparatory, day school for girls in kindergarten through Grade 12, with separate campuses for the Upper and Lower Schools. Spence has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence and admits approximately one in ten applicants. Students are drawn from the five boroughs of New York City as well as New Jersey, some commuting as long as three hours a day. Spence is committed to high academic standards, integrity, a diverse student body and a purpose larger than oneself.

Mission Statement

The Mission of The Spence School is to educate girls and young women to the highest academic and personal standards necessary for responsible, effective citizenship and for the successful pursuit of higher education. The School is committed to the rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences appropriate to Grades K through 12. The development of high standards and character is considered as important as achievement in academic areas. The School integrates visual and performing arts and athletics both within its academic program and as extracurricular activities.The School creates an environment that fosters the growth of self-confidence, instills the joy of learning, develops the skills of leadership in every student and prepares its graduates intellectually and emotionally for the future. The School is committed to preparing its students for full participation in a diverse and changing world. Believing in the importance of strong traditions, the School also looks to the future and adapts its educational programs to meet the needs of its students, while remaining centered on a curriculum that provides preparation for college as well as for life.



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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 705
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Kindergarten 54
1 49
2 54
3 53
4 49
5 52
6 54
7 58
8 58
9 58
10 59
11 59
12 48

The Spence School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Spence School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 7 : 1
Gender 100% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 67%
Multi-racial 13%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 10%


  • Amnesty International
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Debate
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • French Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Jewish Culture Club/ Jewish Student Association
  • Math Team
  • Model UN
  • Poetry Club
  • Science Bowl
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Associations & Memberships

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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