Welcome to The Center for Girls

Eighth graders take part in an annual Outward Bound experiential leadership trip.
Girls thrive at Forest Ridge. The curriculum and programs are engineered to build confidence—and motivation to step up. Students explore different ways to lead, whether running a meeting, taking center stage in the Lee Theatre, visiting a refugee camp in Germany or innovating in the lab.

Forest Ridge has a campus-wide commitment to girls’ leadership with a physical hub. The Center for Girls hosts a bustling hive of meetings, seminars and events focused on building leadership, emotional intelligence and social-emotional skills. The Center for Girls is also a resource for students, parents and teachers with a dedicated staff working to weave current best-practices in girls’ leadership into everything they do at Forest Ridge.

Forest Ridge staff and faculty keep one eye on mindful balance and the other on potential. Students receive hands-on experience in creative problem-solving, speaking with confidence and purpose, serving with strength and compassion, understanding team and power dynamics and developing resilience in the face of setbacks. Recognizing the important role of parents and other adults in the leadership journey, the school provides family support and a robust parent-education series. Students develop the strengths and develop the skills they need to pursue their dreams.

The world needs girls. The Center for Girls is all about helping our girls lean into the discomfort of stepping in, but also about helping them be mindful of balance. Girls are getting the message that they need to do it all. We want them to know themselves, be guided by their hearts and have healthy relationships with themselves and others.—Betsy Briardy, Director of Center for Girls

Parent Education Series: 2018-2019

Education goes beyond the classroom to include parents. All presentations will be held at forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.

Just for Dads
By Julie Metzger, RN, MN
Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms

A parent talk just for dads to explore the unique aspects of parenting a daughter. Julie will explain the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of girls and how dads can create important communication bonds with their daughters.

Julie Metzger, RN, MN, is the author of two books, Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? and This is Me – A Journal for Girls. She has been trying for nearly three decades to turn the “facts of life” talk into a candid dialogue between parents and children. Her class on puberty debuted in 1988 and the class continues today at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Great Conversations is the name of her company.

By Mary Person
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms

Mary is the founder of Anchor Mindful Teaching and will lead parents though an introduction to mindfulness, including the history and neuroscience research behind the benefits of mindfulness meditation, simple practices to help adults live a more mindful life, and strategies to guide children through the attention and emotion regulation challenges they face in their home, school and social lives.

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