Garrison Forest School

  • A Baltimore area Independent Day and Boarding college preparatory school for girls with a coeducational two-year-old through Pre-Kindergarten program, Garrison Forest School is dedicated to the intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, moral, physical, and spiritual growth of its students.
  • The school seeks to develop within each student a strong sense of integrity, identity, and self-esteem, reflecting its motto Esse Quam Videri: "To be and not to seem." The school's primary commitment is to develop and maintain a strong academic program designed to foster a spirit of inquiry, intellectual independence, and enthusiasm for learning. Students are expected and encouraged to achieve their potential through a traditional program enhanced by innovative approaches. They are challenged, in and out of the classroom, to lead, to serve, to make decisions, and to accept responsibilities for consequences.
  • Respect, trust, warmth, and joy combine to create an atmosphere in which all members of the School community can grow. Ultimately, the goal of Garrison Forest School is for each student to become confident and prepared to contribute to a complex and challenging world.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
AIMSMDDC (Assoc. of independent Maryland and DC Schools)
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1910

Student Body

Total Students647 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
22%
State avg.: 30%
Students by GradeGarrison Forest School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers66 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
78%
Average Class Size14 students
Number of AP Courses20 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesEnglish Language, English Literature, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, US History, Art History, AP Portfolio, French, Spanish, Latin,
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 15 / Feb. 7 / rolling
Tuition NotesTution ranges from $2500 for 2-day Twos to $58,700 for national/international boarding
% on Financial Aid
39%
Acceptance Rate
57%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions AssociateAlison Greer

Sports

Total Sports Offered16 sports
SportsBadminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Polo, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Volleyball, Winter TrackBadmintonBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
EquestrianField Hockey,
GolfIndoor Soccer,
LacrossePolo,
SoccerSoftball,
SquashTennis,
VolleyballWinter Track,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Anime Club, Book Club, Christian Club, Debate Club, Games Club, GREEN Club, JSA, Literary Magazine, Model UN, Multicultural Student Alliance Club, Politics Club, Riding Club, Spanish and Latin Clubs

School Notes

  • A Baltimore area Independent Day and Boarding college preparatory school for girls with a coeducational two-year-old through Pre-Kindergarten program, Garrison Forest School is dedicated to the intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, moral, physical, and spiritual growth of its students. The school seeks to develop within each student a strong sense of integrity, identity, and self-esteem, reflecting its motto Esse Quam Videri: "To be and not to seem." The school's primary commitment is to develop and maintain a strong academic program designed to foster a spirit of inquiry, intellectual independence, and enthusiasm for learning. Students are expected and encouraged to achieve their potential through a traditional program enhanced by innovative approaches. They are challenged, in and out of the classroom, to lead, to serve, to make decisions, and to accept responsibilities for consequences. Respect, trust, warmth, and joy combine to create an atmosphere in which all members of the School community can grow. Ultimately, the goal of Garrison Forest School is for each student to become confident and prepared to contribute to a complex and challenging world.
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    2.1 miles
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    All-girls  | Special Program Emphasis (Roman Catholic)
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    (410)825-6202
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    802
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    11.4 miles
    109 W Melrose Ave
    Baltimore, MD 21210
    (410)323-8800
    11.4 PK-12
    767

School Reviews

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We only have experience with the Preschool and I cannot recommend it enough. Our son was introduced to "school" through the Two's program and it was a phenomenal way for him to discover and explore his independence. He just finished the Three's program and we've continued to be impressed with teachers and curriculum, including the "specials" of science, gym, music and library. He's happy to go to school and, at this age, I think his enthusiasm for school is more important than academic progress (though he has learned a great deal). The head of the preschool, Zibby, stresses that GFS is a place for families and we've found that to be true. It feels like a home away from home, with wonderful classmates, parents and friends. Our son was admitted to one of the more selective preschools in DC, but we declined the invitation and chose Garrison Forest for this reason. We've never regretted that decision. We're looking forward to our youngest starting the Two's program next fall. She's already so comfortable there, and her first stop during drop-off is always Mrs. Isenhour's office to say hello. It's just a wonderful, nurturing place. We feel so lucky that our kids' first taste of formal education is with people who genuinely care about them.
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