Garrison Forest School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: (410)363-1500
  • 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.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other special emphasis association(s)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded 1910

Student Body

Total Students 647 students
Student Body Type All-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 33%
Students by Grade Garrison Forest School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 66 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 14 students
Number of AP Courses 14 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses English Language, English Literature, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, US History, Art History, AP Portfolio, French, Spanish, Latin,
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 13 / Feb. 7 / rolling
Tuition Notes Tution ranges from $2500 for 2-day Twos to $48,200 for national/international boarding
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $12,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Associate Alison Greer


Total Sports Offered 15 sports
Sports Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Polo, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Winter TrackBadmintonBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
EquestrianField Hockey,
GolfIndoor Soccer,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Book Club, Debate Club, GREEN Club, JSA, Christian Club, Model UN, Riding Club, Politics Club, Literary Magazine, Spanish and Latin Clubs, Anime Club, Games Club, Cooking Club, Multicultural Student Alliance Club Book Club, Debate Club, GREEN Club, JSA, Model UN, Riding Club, Politics Club, Anime Club, Games Club, Cooking Club, Christian Club,
Literary Magazine,
Spanish and Latin Clubs,
Multicultural Student Alliance Club,
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School Reviews

5  6/29/2016
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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