Orchard House is named after the long-standing home of the famous literary family, the Alcotts of Concord, Massachusetts. Louisa May Alcott penned her famous diaries of growing up at Orchard House, providing the text for Little Women, an American classic beloved by school-aged girls for decades. The book like Orchard House School celebrates the differences and tremendous affection among sisters growing up.
Nothing honors the Orchard House experience as effectively as the School's logo. The abstract purple design depicts a flower at the crossroads connected by a circle, a deceptively simple symbol of adolescence and the Orchard House experience. This symbol reflects the pioneering research by Harvard University educator Carol Gilligan, who in “Meeting at the Crossroads,” interviewed hundreds of adolescent girls and chronicled their journey of growth. At Orchard House, we honor those transitions and educate girls to navigate them successfully.