Though Gossip Girl depicts an exaggerated version of life at single-sex Upper East Side schools – and exactly the sort of ‘too much too soon’ image these schools wish to avoid – watching it has brought back hundreds of half-remembered incidents and emotions from my Spence days. The Spence School, a private all-girls school located on the Upper East Side of New York City, offers a rigorous liberal arts study for diverse students in Grades K-12. (With an August birthday, I was one of the youngest and by no means the cleverest in my year, though I eventually fulfilled Blair’s dream and made it to Yale. I was always part of the ‘in crowd’, so to speak, and therefore never on the receiving end. Sofia Black-D'Elia (born December 1991) is an American actress. New York City. or debate this issue live on our message boards. The Upper School (9–12) and Middle School (5–8) are housed a half block from Central Park/5th Avenue at 22 East 91st Street, next to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. And while girls like these did not form the majority of the student body – many of whom were academic types from less lofty backgrounds – the presence of more than a few Blairs and Serenas certainly stopped school from feeling boring. In 2019, the Sabers’ Varsity Track and Field Team won their fifth AAIS title in the last 6 years, scoring a league record of 210 points. Jade Jagger and Gwyneth Paltrow, both a couple of years older than me, were, without a doubt, the coolest girls in the school. She is the daughter of Steven Spence as well as the girlfriend of Nate Archibald. Serena's Boyfriends on Gossip Girl Serena's Suitors: Her Many Men on Gossip Girl. July 2020. Spence also won the 2009 and 2010 NYSAISAA state championships, advanced to the state quarterfinal in 2011 and 2015, and advanced to the state semi-finals in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Spot on. Like many teenage girls, Gossip Girl was one of my favorite shows to watch in high school. The school’s privileged setting and impressive exterior serve as a perfect backdrop to the show’s dramatic goings-on, which include a heady cocktail of underage drinking, drugs, bulimia, promiscuity and bitchiness of the first order – something which those of us at Spence in the 1980s also knew a thing or two about. Clara B. Spence described her school as: "A place not of mechanical instruction, but a school of character where the common requisites for all have been human feeling, a sense of humor and the spirit of intellectual and moral adventure. Though I headed off to boarding school before any of my classmates became Gossip Girl-style naughty, I remember hearing whisperings of older girls dating married men or those who were said to sneak out of their parents’ apartments at night to party at downtown nightclubs. Spence’s trademark uniforms have been aped by the series, with the Constance Billard girls wearing them just as short as we used to; I can still remember being only ten or 11 and clustered in a loo with my friends at the end of the school day, using safety pins to hike up our skirts to appear more leggy and Lolita-like for the boys from our brother schools, St Bernard’s and St David’s (in Gossip Girl it’s St Jude’s). The Spence School was founded in 1892 by Clara B. Spence, who was its head for 31 years. Other celebrity offspring to have attended Spence since I left include Anna Wintour’s daughter Bee, and Carolina Herrera’s daughter Patricia. Gossip Girl (2008-2011): la ekstero funkcias kiel fono al multaj epizodoj de la televidserialo, kaj, ĉar la produktantoj de la spektaklo notis, multaj aspektoj de la Spence Lernejo estis tre influaj en la kreado de la spektaklo, inkluzive de la verdaj plejdoĵerzoj kaj bluaj jupoj, kiuj estas la oficialaj Spence-uniformstiloj por la Malsupra kaj mezlernejoj, respektive. An exclusive group of privileged teens from a posh prep school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side whose lives revolve around the blog of the all-knowing albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl. Add Footnote » Add » 0.00 INK. "Gossip Girl" is based on a book series, and the author Cecily von Ziegesar had … Gossip Girl Fashion. The hit TV series Gossip Girl is based on the rarefied world of the elite Spence School in Manhattan. The school's motto is "non scholae sed vitae discimus" (Latin for "Not for school, but for life we learn"). Charlotte Methven, who was a pupil there in the 1980s (along with Gwyneth Paltrow), gives us the lowdown on what it’s like to be one of the girls. Sage Spence | 6X07 SAVE THE LAST CHANCE Reopening of School Plans 2020-2021; News Currently @ Spence Athletics Login Search. She is portrayed by Sofia Black D'Elia. Article from buzzfeed.com. In a recent survey by Worth magazine in the US, Spence was rated sixth in the country in terms of how many of its students were accepted by ‘the holy trinity’ (to borrow Blair’s term) of American universities – Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Eating disorders were rife at times, and although text-messaging and blogging – the key vehicle for social cruelty in Gossip Girl (the series is narrated by an eponymous all-knowing blogger) – weren’t around in the 80s, there was cattiness. © Spence School 2017 Though I am utterly hooked on it, for me it’s not exactly escapism, and it’s definitely not unrealistic. The home, which is five stories and 7,205 square feet, is a fairly traditional, Renaissance-Revival-style townhouse. [2], Spence has about 740 students, with grades K-4 representing the Lower School, 5-8 representing the Middle School, and 9-12 representing the Upper School. From Dallas to Dynasty, Miami Vice to The OC and Sex and the City, television viewers around the world have long relied on American dramas for a weekly fix of glamour and excess. Nate's relationship with seventeen year-old Sage always creeped us out. ), A school photo of a teenage Gwyneth Paltrow. In one episode, Blair attempts to psychologically dismantle her academic rival, Nelly Yuki, so that she doesn’t beat her out of a place at Yale. Like the Gossip girls, Spence girls are seriously driven, both by peer pressure and their parents. None. The two-time Tony winner is reportedly playing the school’s headmistress. And while her attempts at revenge were cute, they were no match for seasoned veterans, Serena and Blair. The Varsity Softball Team won the AAIS Tournament 2015, 2017, and 2018 and were regular season AAIS Champions in 2018. Gossip Girl (2008–2011): the exterior serves as a backdrop to many episodes of the television series, and, as the producers of the show have noted, many aspects of the Spence School have been highly influential in the creation of the show, including the green plaid jumpers and blue skirts, which are the official Spence uniform styles for the Lower and Middle schools, respectively. The student: teacher ratio is 7:1 and students of color in all grades make up approximately 33 percent of the student body. Spence. Setting. She created a buzz from the moment she joined the school, having just moved to New York from Los Angeles. The first building was located on New York City's West 48th Street. As Gossip Girl would say: ‘You know you love me... XOXO.’. In a Worth magazine study, out of the 31,700 private and public high schools in the United States, Spence ranked the sixth most successful school in the country in placing its graduates in Harvard, Yale and Princeton.[8]. RELATED: If You Miss Gossip Girl, Watch These Shows Instead. The Definitive Ranking Of "Gossip Girl" Characters. ^ They did film a few scenes of Gossip Girl, and the uniform on the show is based on the Spence school uniform. Live television appearances aged ten seemed part and parcel of the school experience. [6] The school once had a boarding option, but all current girls are day students. Just as Blair’s mother, society stalwart Eleanor Waldorf, runs one of New York’s most fêted fashion labels, the father of one of my best friends ran Chanel in the US; another conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and another was a famous TV chef, on whose programme our entire class once appeared. This would’ve been during Gwyneth Paltrow’s teenage years, when she attended the Spence School, a private all-girls academy that’s just around the corner from the property. The Spence Indoor Track team captured back-to-back AAIS Champions in 2018 and 2019. It also seemed totally normal to have classmates come back to school on a Monday chatting about their weekend at the Oscars or in the front row of New York Fashion Week. The sheer concentration of intensity and ambition on the slender island of Manhattan makes it, for me, too much of a catfight there. Both exuded a knowing confidence beyond their years. In fact, when I first started tuning in last year, I felt a strong desire to return to the Upper East Side, to re-experience this rarefied world. And, while I wasn’t a ringleader, I’m ashamed to say I was sometimes an accomplice to conspiracies concocted to torment girls we considered less than cool. When I compare notes with my husband – who was educated at an English prep school and then Eton – there is no contest as to who was stretched more academically. Rubbing shoulders with celebrity was something that we took for granted. It is currently under construction and slated for opening in fall 2020. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. These girls really do want it all: to achieve the social standing of their mothers while at the same time attending the best universities and having careers every bit as successful as their fathers. In some ways, TV just can’t accurately mirror life. Current Spence students are apparently disgruntled about the fact that, though Gossip Girl is meant to depict their lives, they actually spend an average of five hours revising each night, while Blair and Serena make it seem possible to spend all one’s time at parties and still be a candidate for an Ivy League university. In the Gossip Girl book series, all the main female characters: Serena, Blair, Jenny, and Vanessa all attend Constance. Aaron Rose. The facility features a regulation-size gymnasium for volleyball and basketball; nine squash courts, including an exhibition court; a multipurpose room for the performing arts; as well an ecology center. There's a huge group of people at my school that want to go on the exchange. [7], Spence offers a liberal arts and science curriculum, including programs in the arts and foreign languages. But there’s a part of me that will always belong to New York – an irresistible place to return for visits. Genre: Comedy. Gossip Girl (2008–2011): the exterior serves as a backdrop to many episodes of the television series, and, as the producers of the show have noted, many aspects of the Spence School have been highly influential in the creation of the show, including the green plaid jumpers and blue skirts, which are the official Spence uniform styles for the Lower and Middle schools, respectively. She had previously been away at Taft, a boarding school, but got expelled, though no one knows exactly why. SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN, a near-perfect, rich girl from New York City’s Upper East Side, returns to The Spence School (all girls) in her Junior year. [3], For the 2017-18 academic year, tuition and fees total $49,980 for all grades. Gossip Girl Outfits. And parents of children at top Upper East Side schools won’t think twice about spending $1,000 an hour on tutors to help with the Sat test, which largely determines US college admissions. Director: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage. October 2020. It helped launch the careers of Blake Lively and Leighton Meester and influenced fashion trends of the 2010s. The Sad Truth About Gossip Girl’s School Uniforms - YouTube On balance, I am glad to be raising my own family in London. Watch Gossip Girl Full Series Online. Today, I’m a 34-year-old mum living in West London, married to an Englishman, but from the age of five to 12, I attended the Spence School in New York City – inspiration for the Constance Billard School for Girls in Gossip Girl – alongside the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jade Jagger (more of whom later). Fortunately for her mother, Lily, Serena wasn’t too rebellious of a teenager upon returning from boarding school. 2018 marked the seventh consecutive year the team has had multiple student-athletes qualify for the NY State Federation Track and Field Championship. No comments have so far been submitted. The main building of the Spence School (the Upper and Middle School) is on East 91st Street, one half block from 5th Avenue/Central Park, adjacent to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (originally the Andrew Carnegie mansion), and across the street from the Consulate General of Russia. Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr has given birth to her first child with boyfriend Brad Richardson. Many of Gossip Girl’s scenes are filmed on the leafy block of prime Upper East Side real estate, which has been home to Spence since 1892. Reporting for VanityFair.com, fashion designer Abigail Lorick cornered three New York City Upper East Side high schoolers at the Palace Hotel and asked them how real Gossip Girl is. The Varsity Tennis team won the 2011 Athletic Association of Independent Schools of New York City (AAIS) Tournament Championship during the 2010-2011 school year, and went undefeated and won the 2012 AAIS League Championship during the 2011-2012 school year. She is known for her roles as Tea Marvelli in Skins, Sage Spence in Gossip Girl and Andrea Cornish in The Night Of. The bulk of my classmates, however, had at least one parent of the banker or lawyer variety; and there were some parents with more glamorous occupations. The couple welcomed their baby girl on January 11 … On September 16, 2011, the Spence School announced the purchase of a fourth building, the Spence School athletic and educational facility—Spence 412—at 412 East 90th Street. Lower school average class sizes are 16-18 and middle and upper school average class sizes are 13-14. In 2018-19, the Spence squash team finished 20-1, en route to winning 4 titles;  AAIS Regular Season and Tournament Championship, the NYSAIS Coaches' Association Championship and the HEAD US Squash Division II High School Girls National Team Championship, capturing the first National Championship in school history. Nate Archibald, Sage Spence. At the 2015 NYSAISAA Federation State Championship, the 4x400m relay team set a school record, breaking the magical four-minute mark. Kerry Washington and Gwyneth Paltrow Spill Secrets From Their High School Days The actresses opened up in a … (In another GG episode, two students pay a ‘professional’ to take the test for them to ensure success.). . DNAinfo News Editor UPPER EAST SIDE — The Spence School, the elite girls school that inspired the rarefied world of Gossip Girl, has outraged its … As a ‘foreigner’ in New York – my mother is English and my father Argentine – I never felt the pressure to fulfil a social destiny that Blair and Serena, both die-hard New Yorkers, seem to feel in Gossip Girl. I remember as a small girl staying up until nine or ten o’clock at night trying to get my revision done and collapsing into bed exhausted and often tearful. The Lower School (K–4) is housed in the renovated landmark building William Goadby Loew House on East 93rd Street between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue. Their names drip with Wasp-y entitlement, as do their opulent Upper East Side homes, wardrobes stuffed with Chanel and Marc Jacobs, and their sophisticated social calendars. The show focuses on the scandal and lifestyle of wealthy students at an exclusive Upper-East Side prep-school as an unknown source named “Gossip Girl” exposes their darkest secrets. The original Gossip Girl followed the lives of a group of teens living on the Upper East Side in their final couple of years in High School. If you feel like your relationship with your mom is more like a friendship than a typical mother-daughter dynamic, then you can relate to Serena. By Charlotte Methven Updated: 15:00 EST, 7 February 2009, Leighton Meester as Blair, left, and Blake Lively as Serena, right, the best friends and rivals in Gossip Girl. It all seemed terribly glamorous at the time. In fact, in many ways, watching it is like seeing a raunchier and somewhat exaggerated version of my own American childhood played out on the screen. I never felt judged: having an international background was glamorous enough to excuse me. Anyway thanks for all your opinions everyone. Donna Murphy is in the ensemble of HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot and will reportedly play a high-school headmistress. But, as in any school where standards are stratospheric, we had our problems. In hindsight, I can see that this environment, which might look needlessly brutal from the outside, was, in fact, a brilliant breeding ground for success in the Darwinian battle to survive in New York, the toughest of all cities. The new townhouse is connected to the main 91st Street building. Charlotte aged ten in a Spence School jumper. Leighton Meester, who plays scheming socialite Blair Waldorf, and Blake Lively, as privileged wild child Serena van der Woodsen, are perfectly cast as the two female leads in Gossip Girl: best friends and fiercest rivals, they are spookily similar to some of the girls I knew at Spence. [4] Its sister schools are the all-girls Brearley School, the all-girls Chapin School and the all-boys Collegiate School, all in New York City. Though Gwyneth wasn’t yet famous, I can still remember that she carried herself in such a way that there was never any doubt that she would be. On April 28, 2008, the Spence School announced the acquisition of a third building through the purchase of the Wanamaker Munn townhouse at 17 East 90th Street, directly behind the Upper and Middle School facility. As a small-town girl from Texas, I was intrigued by the aristocratic lifestyle and elitism of the Upper East Side. Aged eight, we were already designing our own computer programs, dissecting small animals in science class and putting on school plays in French. RELATED: Gossip Girl: Guest Stars, Ranked There will be 10 episodes which take place eight years after the show and focus on a new set of characters. The CW's " Gossip Girl " has gained a huge following since its 2007 premiere. The team also finished 4th at the 2018 NYSAISAA State Championships. For me, like so many others, these shows have been the most basic form of escapism, transporting us to a world so ludicrously beautiful and comfortingly unrealistic that we sit back and savour every moment, safe in the knowledge that our own lives could never reach such decadent heights.Which is why I find Gossip Girl – ITV’s hot and much-hyped new show about a group of overprivileged teens growing up in Manhattan – slightly disconcerting. Rumors swirl, but the bottom line is that she’s coming home, regardless of why. located in New York City, a part of Gossip Girl: Spence High, one of the many universes on RPG. From 2017 to 2018 Black-D'Elia starred as Sabrina on the FOX comedy The Mick. or debate this issue live on our message boards. She's also a repeat fedora offender. From my own year, girls have gone on to be bestselling novelists, dot-com entrepreneurs and investment bankers; one of my friends had a film she wrote shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Spence captured the AAIS championship in 2013 and 2014, and finished as league runner-up in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and 2018. The Spence School campus is currently located in three buildings in the Carnegie Hill Historic District on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts, But what Gossip Girl captures most brilliantly is the sense that, for a certain type of New York girl, it is not enough just to be well-connected and groomed and dressed by the same designers as their mothers. The Sabers finished 3rd at the 2019 NYSAISAA State Championship, earning gold in the 4x100m Relay and the 4x400m Relay, sending both teams and a freshman individual athlete in the shot put to represent Spence at the NY State Federation Track and Field Championship, where the 4x100m relay team set a new school record with a time of 50.23sec and finished 4th in Division II. Sofia Black D'Elia Natasha "Sage" Spence is a recurring character in the sixth and final season of the Gossip Girl television adaptation. Gossip Girl (2008–2011): the exterior serves as a backdrop to many episodes of the television series, and, as the producers of the show have noted, many aspects of the Spence School have been highly influential in the creation of the show, including the green plaid jumpers and blue skirts, which are the official Spence uniform styles for the Lower and Middle schools, respectively. In season two, Serena starts dating Aaron Rose (son of the far more interesting Cyrus), … The location (5th Avenue and 91st Street) has been used as a backdrop in several movies and television shows including, Learn how and when to remove this template message, New York State Association of Independent Schools, Survivor: The Manhattan Kindergarten by Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal Spring 2001, "A profile of one of America's 20 best prep schools", "Ciaran Brown Meets the Stars(Dawn French)", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spence_School&oldid=997946138, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 3 January 2021, at 00:45. Gossip Girl (2008–2011): the exterior serves as a backdrop to many episodes of the television series, and, as the producers of the show have noted, many aspects of the Spence School have been highly influential in the creation of the show, including the green plaid jumpers and blue skirts, which are the official Spence uniform styles for the Lower and Middle schools, respectively. The Spence School is an American all-girls private school in New York City, founded in 1892 by Clara B. In 2016, the team claimed second in the AAIS, 5th in the NYSAISAA, and put two individual medalists on the podium at the NY State Federation Track Championship. Despite the weighty expectations, the atmosphere at Spence was generally a happy one. Oct 21, 2017 - Gossip Girl Season 6. Gossip Girl (2008 - 2011) - the exterior serves as a backdrop to many episodes of the television series, and, as the producers of the show have noted, many aspects of the Spence School have been highly influential in the creation of the show, including the green plaid jumpers and blue skirts, which are the official Spence uniform styles for the Lower and Middle schools, respectively. Forbes magazine ranked Spence ninth on its "America's Best Prep Schools" list in 2010.[5]. ", The school has been located on East 91st Street since 1929. Alex Trebek 2020 Election Gossip Girl Anna Faris Fall TV Photos Videos. Neither of my parents had conventional jobs, but because they were foreign, that was OK. From 2007 to 2012, fans watched Blair Waldorf, Serena van der Woodsen, and their attractive, affluent friends scheme and carouse on Gossip Girl.Now a reboot/continuation story is coming to WarnerMedia's streaming service, HBO Max. In 2013, Spence finished the season 21-0, capturing numerous titles: AAIS regular season champion, AAIS tournament champion and NYSAISAA champion. (In one GG episode, Blair’s mother delivers the killing line to her bulimic daughter: ‘You’ll never be as beautiful or as thin as you are now.’). Tag Characters » Add to Arc » Footnotes. In 2018, Spence finished 1-2-3 in the 100m, making league history. Characters Present. From Kindergarten through grade 12, Spence girls are immersed in a rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum that promotes self-confidence and instills a love of learning. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group, Author Charlotte Methven: I was a real-life, . Though I am glad to be raising my own family in London finished! 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