By Laura Busk

Single gender education is powerful. Girls’ schools create a culture of achievement in which academic progress is of great importance and the discovery and development of a girls individual potential is paramount.  At a girls’ school, a girl occupies every role: every part in the play and every position on every team.

Here are the top 5 private girls schools in Connecticut according to

Greenwich Academy

Greenwich Academy is an independent college-preparatory day school for girls and young women that seeks to foster excellence. Its mission is to provide a challenging, comprehensive educational experience grounded in a rigorous liberal arts curriculum within an inclusive, diverse community. The school’s objective is to develop girls and young women of exceptional character and achievement who demonstrate independence, resilience, courage, integrity and compassion. Since 1827, Greenwich Academy has provided an ideal balance of a character-based education within the context of an extraordinary academic environment. A leader in girls’ education, GA sets a high bar in academics, athletics, arts and service leadership. Fueled by the motto, Toward the Building of Character,  girls understand that choosing to do the right thing is a vital prerequisite to achieving success.

Miss Porter’s School

Miss Porter's School educates young women to become informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens to shape a changing world. In keeping with the founder's vision, Miss Porter's School joins tradition with innovation to provide an exemplary education to young women.

In 1843, Sarah Porter, founded Miss Porter's School in Farmington. She came from an illustrious and learned family and received the most advanced education available to a woman at that time, including tutoring by Yale professors. The school, which had only 18 students its first year, grew with the support of a progressive group of Farmington fathers who wanted their daughters to be educated in the liberal arts. By the 1880s, Miss Porter’s School had risen to national prominence.

Westover School

Westover is an independent boarding and day high school located in Middlebury, that challenges smart, motivated girls to become confident, connected women. A wide range of opportunities are offered that will provoke thought, spur discussion, and help build skills and expertise. Innovative programs such as WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and IIG (Invest in Girls) are just a few of the offerings. Westover offers an enduring commitment to social justice and community engagement through the numerous activities sponsored by the Rasin Center for Global Justice.

Perhaps most important, Westover really is family. A place where girls are comfortable taking risks, where they don’t worry about looking silly, and where they feel completely free to be themselves.

Ethel Walker School

The Ethel Walker School, located in Simsbury, is an independent, college preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades six through 12. Since 1911, The Ethel Walker School has excelled at preparing girls to make a difference in the world. Members of this diverse community are dedicated to scholarship, the arts, athletics, wellness and service. The satisfaction of achievement and joy of friendship are fundamental principles as the school empowers girls to lead with integrity, respect, confidence, courage, conviction and a love of learning.

Convent of Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Greenwich is a Catholic, independent college-preparatory day school which provides an empowering learning environment for girls and young women from kindergarten through twelfth grade to prepare them to become confident, intelligent and compassionate global leaders. A  rigorous academic program challenges students to take on a variety of leadership roles on campus and beyond.

Sacred Heart offers a global educational experience that encourages girls and young women to develop, practice and showcase their own style of leadership with confidence. The school’s focus on internationality includes an exchange program with Australia, Austria, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Latin America, Spain, and Taiwan.

Laura Busk is a real estate specialist with Chilton & Chadwick and sent her own daughter to an all girls school. To contact her, please e-mail 

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