About Us

The United States is the first nation to land on the moon and the nation which developed the polio vaccine and invented the light bulb. After decades of dominance in the scientific fields, American schools and universities must work to ensure this country remains competitive in the STEM fields. Women are underrepresented in these fields, comprising only 26 percent of mathematical and computer scientists, and 11 percent of engineers.


The Harpeth Hall School will have a transformative impact on the educational opportunities for girls by establishing The Center for STEM Education for Girls to increase participation by girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math studies in high school and college and to encourage them to aspire to STEM careers. Click here to review more information about our center.

The Center for STEM Education for Girls will accomplish the following:


  • Create a STEM for Girls Consortium of K-12 and university educational leaders, community leaders, and business leaders that will meet annually to discuss best practices for STEM education for girls at both the secondary and university levels.
  • Initiate and host a summer STEM for Girls Conference for educators, providing teachers with hands-on workshops.
  • Develop a replicable summer STEM Institute for Girls, which will offer intensive experiences in STEM fields for girls primarily from non-magnet public schools and charter schools entering 9th and 10th grades in Middle Tennessee schools.


Harpeth Hall will bring together educational leaders to improve STEM instruction and STEM opportunities for girls. We will collect research-based information and innovative best practices in STEM education for girls, acting as a "clearinghouse" for Harpeth Hall faculty and other educators across the country. Building upon the strength of our existing STEM program for girls, Harpeth Hall will champion the educational needs of girls as a group currently underrepresented in core STEM majors in college and in STEM careers.


Harpeth Hall is deeply grateful to the generous donors to date who have provided essential match funding for our Edward E. Ford Educational Leadership Grant for our Center for STEM Education for Girls. If you would like to make a gift in support of this initiative, please contact us at stem@harpethhall.org.