Harpeth Hall clarifies admissions policy to parents and remains an all-girls school

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – A private girls’ school in Nashville that announced last week that it would allow anyone who identifies as female to apply to attend the school has reversed that approach.

Harpeth Hall sent a letter to members of the school’s community on Thursday saying the school had heard feedback on the matter and would continue to “serve girls and young women”; not someone who identifies as a woman.

“Last week, the Harpeth Hall Board of Trustees shared with current parents and alumni a Gender Diversity Philosophy, which was intended to clarify how the school addresses gender identity at Harpeth Hall” , the school said in the letter Thursday.

“We recognize that this philosophy has generated strong reactions of support and opposition beyond our expectations. We care deeply about your feedback and we heard you. Based on the response from our school community, the Harpeth Hall Board of Trustees chooses to pause adoption of the philosophy in order to engage a wider audience in ongoing discussion.

More than 300 members of the Harpeth Hall community have signed a letter sent to the school on Monday requesting a meeting with school administrators, committee members and council members involved in the creation and adoption of the Politics.

“The adoption of a policy that invites anyone other than women to apply to Harpeth Hall is a critical change in the structure of the school and, by extension, has a major impact on our girls,” the letter reads. “A significant number of Harpeth Hall families and community donors, including those copied on this post, feel that the Harpeth Hall Administration and Board of Trustees have failed to include us in the review process. such a major change. Harpeth Hall’s reputation is damaged and we would all like to be part of the repair process.

In Thursday’s letter, the school said it had not made and did not want to make any changes to the school’s longstanding admissions policy.

“We would like to take this opportunity to clarify that Harpeth Hall has not made, and does not wish to make, any changes to the school’s long-standing admissions practices. Harpeth Hall was founded to serve girls and young women, and this is a key differentiator in selecting this school over co-ed options. As a board, we reaffirm the school’s mission and vision to be a place where young women can become leaders.

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