From the Head of School

Recently, Sister Edithann C. Kane, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur and a former trustee at Maryvale, sent me the following quote. It felt like a gift; poignant words to reflect upon the world’s current situation.

“The heavens don’t always protect us. They choose, on occasion, to throw down challenges instead of simply showering more blessings on our heads. Not every tempest passes in an instant. Not every deluge can be brushed off. We can cower. We can wait for the blue skies to be restored. Or we can take the plunge, defy the elements, and we can seize the day.”

At Maryvale – and for the past 75 years – we seize each day. Since the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur opened and operated Maryvale beginning on September 9, 1945 with 12 boarders and eight day students, we have remained a leader in preparing girls for the future through our commitment to faith-based, individualized support and instruction. COVID-19 did not change that. While we were more prepared than many peer institutions for distance learning, we continued to dedicate signi´Čücant investment and effort to ensure the well-being of our students and faculty, whether we were engaged in distance or hybrid options for learning. Our plans were carefully structured in accordance with CDC, state and local guidelines and we have also sought and acted upon the thoughtful input of our Maryvale partners. Despite an ever-changing environment, our school community can rest assured that we are committed to carrying on Maryvale’s unique sense of community, faith and tradition in both new and familiar ways.

Regardless of what is happening in the world, Maryvale continues its mission of preparing confident young women for life. We have strong momentum propelling our academic excellence and communal traditions entering the 2021-2022 school year. We remain the “right size” to motivate and celebrate each student’s individual talents, all in a collegial atmosphere of inclusivity, support and respect. We remain steadfast in our goal to prepare girls to be the next generation of leaders for a new world. Our size, resources, commitment to innovation and highly personalized partnership with each girl and parent in the Maryvale community allows us to continue to deliver on this mission now and in the future.

In our 75-year history, Maryvale evolved to meet the demands of an ever-changing world. We will continue to rise to meet the challenges of today’s world as we endeavor to provide an exceptional education that responds to change and prepares young women for life!


Tracey H. Ford