Admission Newsletter

December 2021

Dear Future Oldfields Families,

With 2021 coming to a close, we hope your family has time to reflect and find gratitude in the lessons that each year brings. For teenage girls, every school year is a formational year. Passions grow, interests change, and their experiences shape the young women they will become.

The admission process is meant to be one of exploration and soul searching. Your application to Oldfields is a window into who you are and who you want to become. Oldfields is committed to championing each of our students’ growth trajectories and personal definitions of success. Therefore, the Admission Team is committed to admitting students who are willing and hungry to progress and emerge as their best-self during their Oldfields tenure.

Our team looks forward to continuing to learn more about your family throughout the application process. Continue reading to learn more about what's happening in Admissions and on campus during the month of December.

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?

We Are Thankful

On November 17, the entire Oldfields community was treated to a wonderful Thanksgiving meal off-campus at nearby Camp Puh'tok's beautiful lodge. As is our tradition, the junior class individually shared what they are most thankful for this year. It has been a complex time for all, but the challenges we face have a silver lining—our feelings of gratitude and thanks run deeper than ever. As you heard in the video above, many students mentioned their gratitude for relationships with advisors, teachers, classmates, and of course, family. We truly have too many blessings to list, but below are just a few that come to mind that brought joy to our community in November:

  • The engaging performance of “Clue” brought to life by a dedicated and talented cast and crew that brought laughter to the David Niven Theatre
  • Giving back via our community service projects that included supporting literacy through the Maryland Book Bank and teaching Baltimore youth the joy of riding through the McKim Center
  • The abundance of food prepared with care by FLIK for all of us on a daily basis
  • The dedication of our facilities staff that works 24/7 to keep everything running behind the scenes (We were thrilled to outsource the Thanksgiving meal so that the FLIK staff and the Facilities Department could join us for dinner!)  
  • The spontaneous singing that often breaks out in Morning Meeting now that we are  in-person instead of via Zoom
  • The courage to open our hearts and minds as we acknowledge and learn about indigenous peoples’ perspectives and rights as we celebrate Thanksgiving
  • The commitment of our faculty and staff, as they not only teach and mentor our students, but go the extra mile to plan wonderful Winter and May Programs
  • And finally, for you, our future families that share the most precious gift of your students with us


Riders Win Big at BCHSA Banquet

Oldfields Riding Program was well represented in the winners circle at the Baltimore County Horse Show Association Banquet of Champions on Saturday, November 20. It was a night of celebrating a very fun year of showing.

  • Bryce M. ’23 (pictured above, left) earned the James McGhee Memorial Trophy for Junior Sportsmanship for BCHSA. Way to go, Bryce! She was awarded this prize for her support of her peers, her love of horses, and her constant smile at all the shows. Additionally, Bryce '23 and Oldfields Baloumerang SV earned 3rd place in the Children’s Hunter Division.
  • Emily S. ’23 (pictured above, far right) and Oldfields’ Royal Highland earned 3rd place in the Low Children’s Hunter Division. Emily also earned 5th place in the Low Children’s with her own horse, Tangier.
  • Emily '23 and Bryce '23 shared the prize for Oldfields' Tymeless who earned Reserve Champion of the Hopeful Hunter Division.
  • Peyton S. '22 earned 4th place in the Junior Equitation 14-17.
  • In the BCHSA Benefit Scholarship Hack Division, Oldfields' Umberto (with Leigh G. '23 and Bryce '23) earned 7th place. Sophie H. ’24 horse Fillip earned 8th place.
  • Brooke C. '23 earned a Blue Merit prize for Beginner Rider Equitation.
  • Cate D. '23 earned a Yellow Merit Award in The Long Stirrup Division.

Congratulations to everyone! Thank you, BCHSA, for a fun year!

New Admission Team Member: Rayven Vinson '10, Admission Counselor

Who better to work in Admission than a former student? That kind of first-hand experience is tough to beat, but it is only one of the many qualifications that alumna Rayven Vinson, Class of 2010, brings to the Oldfields community! We are thrilled to welcome her back to campus as an Admission Counselor bringing her knowledge and expertise to prospective families. Rayven shares that she has always known that she wanted to come back to work at OS so that she can be a positive force and mentor to the students as many faculty members were for her when she attended the School. Rayven has jumped right in getting to know our students as she leads the Student Ambassador program.

After graduating from Oldfields, Rayven went on to earn bachelor's of arts degrees in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Southern California and a master's degree in International Political Economy from King's College London. While Rayven has most recently worked in public policy, including in the United States Senate and a DC-based policy institute, she started her career working in student affairs at USC.

Between welcoming new students to campus during orientation and supporting them throughout their academic careers, Rayven believes in offering a holistic, supportive, and enthusiastic environment for prospective families and current students. Rayven has stayed actively involved with Oldfields since graduating, including serving on the Board of Trustees where she was a powerful advocate for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. She will continue to use her expertise in her new role as we work to make every student feel welcome and accepted on our campus.

When Rayven is not working, she enjoys watching 1930s-1960s horror and suspense films and hanging out with her dog, Sinatra. She also plays lacrosse, a passion that began at Oldfields, and she looks forward to coaching the OS lacrosse team.

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