Oldfields School

Oldfields School Photo #1 - Our community has a wonderful reopening experience under our belts, and we are looking forward to the months ahead! Oldfields is operating on campus and in person for the 2020-2021 school year.
Oldfields School Photo #2 - Oldfields Riding has been a vibrant part of the community for over 150 years. Our program is dedicated to creating an environment that helps each student reach her riding goals whether they are just beginning, very experienced, or anywhere in between.
Oldfields School Photo #3 - As Maryland's oldest girls' boarding school, Oldfields has been focusing on each girl's success for over 150 years. Our balanced approach to high academic standards combined with a caring, supportive environment makes our school a place where students reach their highest potential.
Oldfields School Photo #4 - Oldfields is located on 140 scenic acres in the heart of Maryland's horse country. Established in 1867, Oldfields was one of the first schools to teach science and athletics to girls.
Oldfields School Photo #5 - Our mission at Oldfields is to provide an environment that allows each girl to make the most of her academic and personal potential. The academic program is designed to be rigorous and challenging, as well as personal and supportive. Oldfields offers a complete college preparatory curriculum.
Oldfields School Photo #6 - Oldfields athletics emphasizes the value of each individual and respect for others. We stress teamwork, sportsmanship, personal commitment, reachable goal setting, and appreciation for lifetime activity.
Oldfields School Photo #7 - Whether students enter Oldfields with little or no experience in that arts or with years of expertise and training, every effort is made to expose Oldfields girls to a wide variety of dance, theatre, music, and visual arts. A wide array of academic courses, clubs, or extracurricular opportunities are offered.
Oldfields School Photo #8 - May Program is a two-week experiential learning experience that complements the academic curriculum. This program takes students across our community, our country, or the world. These two offer self-discovery, leadership, and confidence-building; another step in ensuring each girl's success.
Oldfields School Photo #9 - Traditions are what tie generations of Oldfields girls together. The traditions are unveiled for each new girl to experience and enjoy when she arrives. Embracing the new while honoring the traditions of old makes for a rich experience for each student.
Oldfields School is committed to the intellectual and moral development of young women.
In a culture of kindness and mutual respect, we encourage each student to make the most of her academic and personal potential.
We seek to guide each student to grow in character, confidence, and knowledge by encouraging her to embrace the values of personal honesty, intellectual curiosity, and social responsibility.
Our motto - Fortezza, Umilitade, e Largo Core - Courage, Humility, and Largeness of Heart, are the core values and beliefs that define our school culture.

Upcoming Events and News

  • Inaugural Black Alumni Town Hall - 05/03/2021 - Alumni Weekend 2021 began on Thursday evening, April 22, with an Inaugural Town Hall for our Black Alumni. Hosted by noted Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) facilitator Rodney Glasgow, ...morethe evening`s event provided a place where our Black Alumni could share their Oldfields experiences and gain an understanding of the work we have started this year. Head of School David Perfield and Board Chair Nancy Palmer P`12 joined over twenty-five alumni, from classes as far back as the early 1970s, to listen and assure our former students that the commitment to this work is real, intentional, and ongoing.
    Rodney asked two simple questions to get the conversation going. "What are you hoping to get from this experience?" and "What are you still carrying from your time on the Oldfields campus?" The next two hours were filled with memories and experiences that were heartbreaking in their honesty and clarity. This forum reaffirmed how imperative it is that we continue to change the narrative here on our campus.
    Through the pain expressed, there was a call for joy. Several alumni shared their interest in forming a group to come together regularly, celebrating who they have become, being a part of a mentor program, and having Black alumni teach at Oldfields. While the Black Alumni Town Hall may be seen as a small step toward change, this cannot negate the reality that such efforts, on behalf of the School, are long overdue and in many cases, too little too late. The personal truths that were shared on Thursday evening reinforce our need to sustain the commitment to the DEIJ work at Oldfields School.
  • Working: the Musical – Opens Friday! - 04/28/2021 - The time has come! Sets are painted, lines are memorized, and theatre director Shawn Wright and her cast and crew are excited to open the curtain, turn on the stage ...morelights, and perform Working for all of you this weekend!
    Working: the Musical is adapted from a novel by Studs Terkel, originally written in the 1970s. With its focus on working-class communities, blue-collar workers, and daily life, Working is unique in its presentation of reality and how that reality rings especially true during the current pandemic. Designed as a show featuring monologues and solos, it has been an ideal choice for this year with the incorporation of on-stage dividers, social distancing, and face masks.
    Due to health and safety protocols, only students may attend the shows in person on Friday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m., or Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. All students are required to attend one of the three shows in person.
    The good news is that we will be streaming Saturday night`s performance live for everyone else! You can watch the show via our YouTube channel. We will also record and share a video if you can't join us via the live stream.* So pop some popcorn, cozy up in your living room, and tune in to watch these incredibly talented students bring the stories of each character within this show to life! Click here for a sneak peek at our trailer.
    The students have been working so incredibly hard through all of the COVID-19 challenges and virtual learning breaks. They have poured their hearts into this show, so get excited for an amazing display of Oldfields' dedication and talent, and we`ll "see you" on Saturday night!
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Ms. Karen Miller - 04/13/2021 - Karen Miller and Oldfields School are lifelong friends. Regardless of time or circumstance, Karen has come back to serve this community and celebrate the milestones in both her life and ...moreOldfields` for more than forty years. In her words, "Oldfields is near and dear to my heart."
    Karen joined this community in 1977 as a Spanish teacher and became the first-ever day student bus driver. She recalls the two-hour trip she would take every morning and afternoon to pick up students at their homes and Green Spring Station. From Spanish teacher to Academic Dean, Director of Learning Support to Volunteer Librarian, Karen has given her time and talent as an educator to the students, faculty, and spaces around campus.
    A friendly face in the library this year, Karen Miller now volunteers her time designing book displays, helping students find something new to read, and creating library challenges. "If I can get the girls into the library during a challenge then maybe they will stumble upon something they want to read." To honor April as National Poetry Month she has made a display in the Rodney hallway. And it also happens to be National School Library Month, so she has designed a paper heart display for students and faculty to share what they love most about our light and literature-filled space.
    Karen spends a lot of time at the local public library, leafing through new books and reading the blurbs inside to help her choose what to read next. With it being closed to visitors for over a year now, she considers her time here in the Nevens Library a blessing. A historical fiction fan, Karen has discovered so many wonderful books within the shelves and stacks and most recently fallen in love with some wonderful young adult novels.
    Karen has been reading since she was a small child and has kept a reading journal for over forty years. "I buy a blank notebook and write down the title, author, and two to three sentences about the book. Sometimes I will even include a note if there is someone I think should read the book. I would say that I average about 50 books a year."
    You can feel the love that Karen has for our School in just a few short moments with her. It`s the magic that so many speak of when they talk about Oldfields. And sitting with her outside of Old House, surrounded by so many trees in bloom, it is no surprise that she chose to have her wedding here! "I was married in Miss Nan`s library and had my reception on Chicken Hill. And in all these years I have only missed one Alumni Weekend."
    Considering her passions for history, Oldfields, and books, where might we see Karen next on campus? The archives, of course! Karen is very knowledgeable about the history of our School, and organizing our archives has always interested her. "I want to be useful in a place that I love." Ms. Miller, we can assure you that you are so much more than that.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Association of Independent Maryland And DC Schools (JAIMS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 8-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, Language-based, Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1867

Student Body

Total Students100 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Oldfields School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Number of AP Courses13 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(While our dress code is designed to be casual and comfortable, it does not allow jeans, sweatpants, or athletic wear during the academic day.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$62,000
Tuition NotesDay: $34,500 Application Fee Waiver Code: OSPSR
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorReiva Kibbee
Admissions AssociateKathleen Wenck


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBadminton, Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBadmintonBallet,
BasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.35 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art and Design, Asian Culture Club, Baltimore Girls' School Leadership Coalition, Becoming Globally Aware, Bibliobash, Black Awareness Club, Chess Club, Diversity Committee, Gay Straight Alliance, Green School Committee, Jewish Culture Club, Library Proctors, Model UN, One Love, Peer Tutors, Powered by Speech, School Judiciary Board, Semi-Formal, STEM, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Tidbit (Student Literary Magazine), Yearbook, Young Democrats, Young Republicans

Arts and Music Programs:
Dream Catchers (K-Pop Dance Troupe), Dubious Dozen (a cappella), Images (a cappella), Oldfields Dance Company, Playmakers, Theatre

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dance, Fitness & Conditioning, Pilates, Yoga

School Notes

Application Fee Waiver Code: OSPSR
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School Reviews

We are so happy with our choice to send our daughter to Oldfields. She has blossomed into a beautiful young woman and her grades have improved immensely. It has been a success story for her. We visited many schools and right away we knew this was a good fit for her. The girls were friendly and the staff nurturing. The warm care from the staff has continued throughout the year. I loved working with the Director of Boarding Admission and knew she was a great role model for my daughter. I thought the Admission Office, Office of the Head of School had a direct approach and knew her students well. My daughter thought of her as grandmotherly and even goes up to hug her. Academically, my daughter is challenged and when she needs extra help, she knows she has several opportunities and sources to go to. I am so happy to see her interest in the sciences and she loves the hands on opportunities the school provides. As she puts it, "I really get it." She is mastering Spanish and loves her art class. We are so proud of her accomplishments academically and discovering on how to be a beautiful young woman.
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