Atlanta Girls’ School enters its 17th academic year poised for continued success in educating young women for purposeful and fulfilling lives. As written in our founder’s charge, girls learn how to listen, ask questions, be bold, and wed themselves to joy. This year, we are proud to introduce our update Mission Statement—Inspiring Girls to Lead Lives of Purpose.Ayanna Hill-Gill, Head of School
Welcome from the Head
Ayanna Hill-Gill, Head of School
Although only having completed my second year as Head of the School, I have quickly discovered that AGS students learn to be leaders, who are thoughtful, articulate and confident young women. Not only does our all-girls’ environment allow each student to maximize how she learns best, but also it fosters an environment for her to stretch intellectually across the variety of subjects we offer allowing her to find her own authentic voice.
Through perusing each page on our website, you will begin to learn why AGS is the best place for girls. By remaining committed to being a small school, each girl is known beyond just her name. We know how to best educate girls both in and out of the classroom in a way that provides a vigorous academic experience complemented by a co-curricular experience that keeps the whole student at its core.
Our website is full of great information, but the best way for you to experience how we execute our mission is to visit. And when you do, you will notice that being small, allows us to build an inclusive community that celebrates authentic diversity with faculty and students of different backgrounds, religions, cultures, and experiences. While you are here, you will grow to understand that each student demonstrates ownership over her learning, which is evident when she leads her individual parent and teacher conferences articulating her goals, strengths, and challenges.
If you happen to visit on a Wednesday, you will experience our students leading the assembly that often includes Senior Speeches that reflect growth, discovery, and meaning. During your tour, you will be able to meet our students who will express their journey of learning and how AGS allows them to find their voice. Throughout your visit, you can hear first hand from the faculty as national leaders in teaching girls, why they are committed to creating continuous meaningful learning opportunities.
I personally welcome you to visit AGS and experience for yourself, the only all-girls’ independent school in Atlanta.
Ayanna Hill-Gill is affectionately known as Yanni. Prior to joining AGS in 2014, Yanni worked at Purnell School, a boarding school for girls in New Jersey, where she was the Head of School since 2007.
Yanni holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Dickinson College and a master’s degree from Columbia University Teacher’s College with an emphasis on Private School Leadership. She has been a yearlong Klingenstein Fellow and an EE Ford Fellow for NAIS’ Aspiring Heads Program. Prior to her tenure at Purnell, Yanni worked at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden building their community outreach program and developing curriculum for children’s educational programs. In 1992, Yanni lived in Costa Rica while studying sustainable development and conducting independent research in water quality. It was these two experiences that led Yanni to teaching, particularly science.
In the Community
Yanni currently serves on the Board of the Heads’ Network and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. She serves locally as a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Village Project, an all girls’ school for refugees in Decatur, GA. Yanni is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2017, and a Trustee on Emory University’s Board of Visitors this fall. As a graduate of an all girls’ school in Philadelphia, Yanni has committed her career to creating opportunities for girls and young women to discover their voices, achieve success and become leaders in the fields of their choice.