Greenbrier Academy for Girls Blog

Playing a Positive, Active Role in Your Teen’s Life

As tweens begin their teenage years and grow up to become young adults, it’s important that parents play an active role in their lives. As a parent, you’re probably thinking your teenager wants absolutely nothing to do with you and your spouse, but whether that’s apparent or not, research shows that it’s important to stay… Read more »

Three Incredible Benefits of a Small Class Size

At Greenbrier Academy for Girls, a positive and supportive learning environment is an important piece of our premier program. And one of the best ways to ensure that your daughter is receiving the best possible education is by offering her individual attention in the classroom. Small class sizes allow for a more personalized learning experience,… Read more »

Five Benefits of Real World Learning

As a technique often employed at Greenbrier Academy for Girls, real world learning encourages students to get involved and excited about learning through hands-on experiences. Real-world learning is a way to get our girls interested in the classes they take and there are some incredible benefits to this teaching method. Cooperation Instead of having students… Read more »

The Five Aspirational Modules of Our New Curriculum

This week was an exciting week at Greenbrier Academy. As we are moving forward with our new curriculum, we’ve initiated a new process and ceremony to add to the sacredness of our aspirational work. Several of our girls have completed their first 10 weeks on our new aspirational system and have either successfully completed their… Read more »

Thoughts from Miss Starr’s Creative Writing Class

Humanitarian Month of February Our class had an in-depth discussion about how our current American society and new generations are becoming less focused on acts of service. For centuries humans have found ways of connecting with strangers and lending a helping had. Now recently people are less concerned with other people’s common welfare unless it… Read more »

A Message From Greenbrier’s Trip to Nicaragua

Earlier this month a group of Greenbrier girls and staff members took a trip to Nicaragua. Here is a message from Greenbrier therapist Shellie Beeker on their service experience: “These people have to walk 11 miles to get food and we complain about what we are getting for snack after we’ve already had three meals.”… Read more »

Drumming with Children in Nicaragua

Last week a group of nine Greenbrier girls, two therapists and one teacher headed off on a week-long trip to Nicaragua, where they have been performing community service, including painting a local church, and enjoying their free time with Nicaraguan children who are out of school for the summer. During their trip, the girls have… Read more »

The Importance of Self-Compassion

We are all taught from a young age of how important it is to show each other compassion, but self-compassion is not always explained. Regardless of who you are or how old you are, allowing yourself to feel self-compassion can help you to get through your daily struggles –big and small –with an open mind… Read more »

Serving Others Can Help Us to Heal

Here at Greenbrier Academy we firmly believe that volunteering and serving others is a positive experience that can help us to heal and become happier, more fulfilled individuals. Throughout the holiday season our girls tried their hand at volunteer work, purchasing and bagging food for local families in need. With the help of staff members… Read more »

The Negative Effects of Shaming

According to Merriam-Webster, shame is “a painful emotion caused by the consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety.” And to children and teens who are consistently shamed, the consequences can be especially damaging. A disciplinary technique often used by parents, shaming can greatly harm a child’s self-concept, making them feel that they are “bad” instead of… Read more »