The Center for Girls

Here, she can lead

The Center for Girls prepares girls to be brave, resilient, global leaders by supporting the development of three essential pillars: wellness, social-emotional intelligence and leadership. These foundational pillars are based in research and woven into every element of the Forest Ridge experience. From the classroom curriculum, to community service, to the playing field—she practices the skills that make her ready to lead. It's this emphasis on leadership and well rounded qualities that make us a leading private school for girls not only in Seattle or Western Washington, but internationally.  


The Essential Pillars of Girls' Leadership

We believe that every girl is powerful. Her personal wellness and ability to care for herself is at the core of her capacity to empathetically lead and collaborate with others. Her social-emotional intelligence comes next, empowering her with a toolbox of strategies for knowing herself and building relationships with others. With this strong foundation, she is ready to share her strengths through leadership and service to others.


Care for yourself

Emotional Wellness: Develop emotional literacy and a personalized toolbox of healthy strategies

Financial Wellness: Make informed and deliberate personal finance decisions

Digital Wellness: Stay safe online and in control of technology use

Social-Emotional Intelligence

Know yourself

Resiliency: Respond productively to ambiguity, open-endedness and challenge

Deliberate Risk-Taking: Engage with nature beyond your comfort zone

Personal Footprint and Reputation: Mind your community footprint and public persona


Leverage your strengths

Owning the Room: Use purposeful strategies for speaking and listening authentically

Purposeful Collaboration: Negotiate differences when working together on complex tasks

Community Engagement: Make a habit of active social and civic engagement


Partnering with Parents

We're in this together

Parent Enrichment: A monthly education series on timely topics

Coaching: We walk through tough challenges together

Curated Resources: Information on everything you thought you knew—or never knew to think of

Parent Ed Series

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World-Class Resources

Forest Ridge prepares girls through authentic leadership experiences, courageous conversations and world-class resources. The Center for Girls invites national experts and community leaders to partner with us to create powerful learning experiences for Forest Ridge students, parents and faculty.

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