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Online School for Girls

Laurel leads national consortium to establish world's first online school for girls

The Online School for Girls (OSG) was founded by a consortium of four of the top independent girls’ schools in the country in the summer 2009.  Those schools, Harpeth Hall School in Tennessee, Holton-Arms School in Maryland, Laurel School in Ohio, and Westover School in Connecticut, came together with the common beliefs that girls’ schools are the most powerful, transformative learning environments for girls and that online education is an increasingly powerful way to learn. 

Laurel's Center for Research on Girls designed the pedagogical model upon which OSG is built based on the newest research shedding light on how girls function in the online space.  This pedagogical model emphasizes four components of every OSG course:

  1. Connection among participants
  2. Collaboration built into the learning experience
  3. Creativity
  4. Real world application

Because girls inhabit online spaces differently than boys, the Online School for Girtls develops curricula based on this research-based foundation and provides a high-quality, twenty-first century academic experience for young women around the world.

Though the courses offered by OSG are separate from Laurel School courses (and billed for separately), all courses taken through OSG count toward a Laurel diploma. Learn more by visiting the OSG website: