About Us

Bryn Mawr Online is a full-time, diploma-awarding online high school program enrolling rising 8-11th grade students for the 2024-25 academic year.

Bryn Mawr Online is fully accredited by AIMS and WASC, NCAA approved, and offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses approved by the College Board.

Founded in 1885 as the first college-preparatory school for girls in the United States, The Bryn Mawr School is known as one of the premier academic institutions in the country.

Our students live deliberate, considered and consequential lives, with the resourcefulness and self-awareness to make choices for themselves. They know where they want to go and how to create the lives they want to live. They are well-prepared, creative thinkers. They are confident and resilient. They are dynamic, joyful, energetic, powerful and smart women who care for the world.
Quite simply, the Bryn Mawr experience changes girls’ lives. 
That’s why we launched Bryn Mawr Online in 2022.  Until then, the Bryn Mawr academic experience had only been available to students in the vicinity of our campus in Baltimore, Maryland. Yet we always believed, like our founders, that young women across the country would benefit tremendously from a Bryn Mawr education. Through the innovative use of technology, a reimagined curriculum, a commitment to student support and our outstanding faculty, our nationally-ranked program is available to students no matter where they are.

Our Mission

The Bryn Mawr School inspires a passion for intellectual curiosity; emphasizes the delights and demands of learning; and nurtures the full potential of our young women in mind, body, and spirit. To prepare our students for lifelong learning and leadership, we are deeply committed to academic excellence, ethical decision-making, and the dignity of all people. A Bryn Mawr education is grounded in the expectation that young women will be resilient in the face of complexity, ambiguity, and change; will become responsible and confident participants in the world; and will lead considered and consequential lives.

Program Highlights

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Bryn Mawr School is deeply committed to growing as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community. We are dedicated to providing an education that is rooted in the ideals of equity and justice and that reflects the diverse identities, experiences, and voices of our constituents. By honoring and nurturing the unique differences within our school community, we teach our students to better understand and contribute to the wider world. To prepare our students and ourselves to lead considered and consequential lives, we believe it is essential that we develop the ability to identify, question, and challenge bias and acts of discrimination. As we strive to build a community that celebrates and values each individual, Bryn Mawr will engage in an ongoing review of our policies and practices that address bias and discrimination.

At a Glance

Fully accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools

All Girls Virtual School | Best Private Online High School | Video interview of Christine Valenti

“Online teaching permits me to teach my curriculum in creative and challenging ways while remaining faithful to the curriculum and standards. Online teaching embraces flexibility in scheduling for both faculty and students.”

“A big part of this is that just because the school is digital, it does NOT mean that everything has to take place on a computer screen. We are all trying hard to incorporate physical experiences to go along with screen time. Our whole school chat has also provided a surprising platform for community building and keeping discussions going beyond class times!”

Best Virtual Private High School | Frank Ecker - Bryn Mawr Online School Faculty and Program Designer - Math and Physics
Private High School | Dr. Mallory Pladus - Bryn Mawr Online School Faculty and Program Coordinator - English

“I love that we are building a school and a community. This allows us to be intentional about every decision. We can draw inspiration from schools we admire, but we also have space to reimagine. We’re asking ourselves, 'What would the ideal Upper School experience look like?' We’re trying to create it.''

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Meet Mallory Pladus

English Teacher

Where do you live?
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

What do you like about teaching online?
I like the small school environment, the ambitious students BMOS attracts, and the flexibility learning and teaching online affords students and faculty.

What do you like to do when you’re NOT in school?
Hike, travel, play frisbee, and spend time on the Jersey Shore.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Japan. My dad is half Japanese, and there is a rumor in our family that he and my aunt relinquished property rights to a small portion of a mountain in Japan. I’d like to go see that mountain.

Best way to spend a Saturday?
Reading outside.

What do you want students to remember about you?
I want them to remember that I did my best to make literature open up for them in surprising, intriguing ways and that I cared about their ideas.

Personal catchphrase?
“Let’s reflect on this.”

Who inspires you?
Writers I love: James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson, Louise Erdrich, to name a few.

What activity/class have you enjoyed the most through BMOS (and why)?
The poet Sarah Ali visited our English 9 and 10 classes to discuss her poem about animal roadkill. The students asked great questions, and she gave thoughtful answers. We broached a topic that often feels too intractable to talk about.