Emma Willard School

Troy, New York

My stay at Emma Willard was the best that I could have asked for.  Everyone at the school was so kind and welcoming to me.  When I arrived I always had someone to sit with at meals, or to walk me to classes…Thanks to everyone’s kindness I was able to feel right at home in only a few days.
– Emily Griffith

General Information

Emma Willard School is a boarding and day school for 300 girls, grades 9 –12.  Students represent 32 states and 16 foreign countries.  The school is located on 90 acres on the outskirts of Troy, New York.  The campus is across the Hudson River from Albany, the capital of New York State.  Troy is 30 miles from the borders of Massachusetts and Vermont.


Network students are considered part of the EWS student body.  We encourage them to immerse themselves in the community and participate in the school’s extensive academic, social, cultural and athletic opportunities.

Course work

Network students may elect to take classes selected from our online course descriptions and subject to teacher approval.  EWS offers a rigorous academic program, with particular strengths in the arts (dance, theatre, photography and studio arts) and humanities (literature, writing, contemporary issues and history).  Students interested in the arts could focus on visual arts, music or dance.  Visual arts students could take classes and work independently, thus filling the day.  Dancers and musicians would need to take other courses to fill the day.


Arranged on an individual basis and available in a variety of areas including:


New York State Legislature in Albany (7 miles from the EWS campus). The best time is between January and June when the Assembly is in session.

Early Childhood Education

Susan Taylor School, Robert C. Parker School, Sacred Heart School, School 14 or School 16 (two blocks from Campus) are all within 10 – 15 minutes of school and students can intern in elementary education.

Social Service

Service opportunities can take place in a variety of settings depending on the population with which the student wishes to work.


EWS students participate in independent study and internships in such diverse areas as dentistry, museum curation, and the Emma Willard archives. 

Living Arrangements and Travel

Network students live on campus in student dormitories. If the dorms are full, the Network advisor will try to set up a host family. Students eat all meals in the dining hall.  Laundry facilities are available.  The Capital District provides many cultural opportunities, available to students through Weekend Activities.

Students should fly into Albany International Airport or take a bus or train to Albany.

Application Procedure

Students should complete the Network Student Information form and return it to the home school Network Advisor.  The Network health form and an Emma Willard travel permission form are required for accepted students.


Individually arranged throughout the year for grades 9-12.  See the School Calendar for vacation dates.

Download this information in PDF format here: EMMA WILLARD.pdf

Advisor Name: Wendy Pattison
Title: Director of International Recruitment
Phone: (518) 833-1300
Email: wpattison@emmawillard.org