Admission Newsletter

January 2021

Dear Future Oldfields Families,

 The new year is a time for embracing new challenges and opportunities. You might decide that this is the year to climb Mount Everest, learn a new language, or discover how to cook the perfect loaf of bread. Our personal goals are just that—personal. Maybe this is the year you decide that an exciting new type of high school experience is what your family is looking for in 2022.

At a time when so many outside influences attempt to define who a girl should be, Oldfields provides a place free from that pressure—where girls can focus on who they are and what passions they wish to pursue. Research tells us that young women in single-gender schools have stronger self-esteem, greater self-confidence, broader leadership opportunities, and higher aspirations. Nothing could better describe an Oldfields student. Here, girls lead everything. From small opportunities like making announcements at Morning Meeting to being elected All-School President, leadership is reinforced. We believe in the power of teenage girls, and by the time they leave us, they believe in themselves.

Keep reading to learn more about our students' passions and how they have been able to pursue these interests on our campus!

Virtual Open House: January 22

During our Virtual Open House you and your student will hear from a panel of current students, speak with current parents, and meet program directors of interest. To register, you will need to create or use an existing Ravenna HUB account which will automatically keep track of and prefill future forms as you continue in the application process.

Online Application: Due February 1

Oldfields’ review process is not “one size fits all.” There’s no magic formula for gaining admission—no “ideal” girl. Oldfields' review process is holistic, taking into account your unique story. Our team is here to assist you throughout every step of the process. Your Ravenna application will also have easy to follow checklists to help along the way.

Tuition Assistance Application: Due February 1

We recognize the decision to send your daughter to Oldfields is a significant investment in her future. Together, we can provide your daughter with this life-changing opportunity. To assist families in meeting the cost of an Oldfields School education, we offer need-based assistance, merit awards, and payment plans.


What's Happening on Campus?

Community Service at Oldfields

LARGENESS OF HEART IN ACTION

Practicing "Largeness of Heart" remains a cornerstone of the Oldfields experience. Not only does it support those in need, but during challenging times, one of the best things we can do for our own well-being is to focus on helping someone else. The addition of student input via the newly formed Community Service Council increased the breadth and depth of the opportunities. Below are just a few of the experiences our students participated in both on and off of campus this past semester:

  • Oldfields students are regulars at the Maryland Book Bank, a nonprofit committed to cultivating literacy in children from under-resourced neighborhoods. They love sorting and shelving donated books as they reminisce about their own favorite reads.
  • The team at the barn was thrilled to partner with the McKim Center via the Inclusive Youth Animal Cross-Cultural Empathy Project. The joy on the faces of the young visitors from Baltimore as they learned about horses and took a ride around the paddock was priceless.
  • On-campus events included creating care packages for the Ronald McDonald House (we even had local alumni join in on this one!), knitting for Project Linus, and of course, making the holidays a bit brighter for ten local families by donating and wrapping presents.

Annual Holiday Show

SHARING OUR AUTHENTIC SELVES

So much FUN! Everyone was thrilled to be gathered for the live performances from our students, faculty, staff, and even a few campus kids! There was the usual fabulous singing and dancing, but new additions this year included a Drum Circle Club performance led by Julie Evonna, an original Oldfields version of T'was the Night Before Christmas by Admission Counselor Rayven Vinson '10, and impromptu jokes by Ms. Krohn, our master of ceremonies. If you need a little pick-me-up during January, you can watch all the performances by clicking here. We won't be offended if you fast forward past the faculty and staff rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas!


Faculty Spotlight

Michelle Goodrich

SCIENTIST FOLLOWS HER TRUE PASSION

Michelle Goodrich is already an integral part of Oldfields' science department, teaching chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and genetics. She enjoys saying “yes” to new opportunities and encourages her students to do the same. A native of Baltimore, Michelle pursued her undergraduate and graduate studies at Washington College and Towson University. While at Towson, she had the opportunity to join a program at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in cytology. Completing her post-bachelor’s degree in cytopathology, she began a career as an applied scientist. Michelle worked in a hospital as a diagnostician focusing on the bio-chemistry of cancer.

Although Michelle enjoyed this work, she knew in her heart that her real passion was teaching. She is most excited by the lightbulb moment when “you see the student understand what they thought they could not” and the confidence that moment brings for future learning. That connection between student and teacher is Michelle’s greatest joy. Michelle has taught as an adjunct professor of chemistry and biology at a local college, and in 2016 began teaching high school science in a small private school. She then went on to teach AP Chemistry and AP Biology for John Hopkins CTY (Center for Talented Youth) and at the same time she taught senior electives for Roland Park Country School.

Michelle quickly jumped in to boarding school life as a dorm parent and enjoys doing weekend activities with the students as she strongly believes that learning happens beyond the classroom. Michelle believes life at Oldfields is the combination of the best things life has to offer: family, community, academics, and fun! She has been a competitive and recreational horseback rider for most of her life, spending most afternoons, like some of the students here, at the barn. Michelle and her two daughters currently care for ten horses, a pig, two cats, and a dog.


From our entire Admission Office, we hope you enjoyed learning more about Oldfields School. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions—we are always here to help.

Warmest Regards,

Kathleen Wenck
Interim Dean of Admission
Director of Financial Aid

443-662-1050
Admission@OldfieldsSchool.org