Admission Newsletter May 2021
Dear Future Oldfields Families,
While April showers bring May flowers, May brings May Program to Oldfields! One of the hallmarks of an Oldfields education is our May Program – a two-week experiential learning program that complements the academic curriculum. Galloping across the beaches of the Irish coast, nailing drywall for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, touring the ruins in Pompeii, writing code for an original video game – the May Program can take students just about anywhere! May Program offers a life-changing opportunity for our students. Officially inaugurated in 1971, this popular tradition is still perfectly aligned with our mission since each girl chooses an area to explore that sparks her interest.
May Program could be considered one of Oldfields’ newer traditions, but this year it is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Girls relish the seriousness of purpose that these real-world experiences add to their high school education. They often discover interests that eventually become careers. May Program is an opportunity for self-discovery, leadership, and confidence-building; another step in ensuring Each Girl’s Success.
Your student is one application away from beginning their own Oldfields School experience, which will be sure to bring many one-of-a-kind May Program memories in the future. Keep reading to learn more about May Program, academics, and athletics at Oldfields!
Get a Glimpse of the Oldfields May Program
Exciting Enhancements for 2021-2022
This week is the last week of regular academic classes with students busy registering for next year’s exciting course offerings! From new semester electives to a free period for all students, here is an overview of academic enhancements for the 2021-2022 year:
- Additional class period in 2021-2022. This seventh period will allow each student the flexibility to give or receive tutoring, head to the barn, catch up on work, find a library nook to read in, and more.
- Three unique instructional day schedules next year. While Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday will be very similar to our current schedule, Wednesdays will be late start days--perfect for some extra rest! Fridays will be flex days, allowing our students a study hall opportunity so they can have more "weekend" in their weekend. View Sample Weekly Schedules >
- More courses to choose from, including new semester options. From Comedy and Improv to Women and Gender Studies, students can select from a variety of new and engaging courses. View the 2021-2022 Course Catalog >
- Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses offered. Students can supplement their college prep courses with college-level courses.
- Access to an expanded portfolio of experiential learning opportunities. Building on our signature May Program, a new January experiential learning program will be added. In addition, educational weekend trip offerings to museums, art galleries, and other cultural experiences will be increased.
- New Arts Concentration Program in 2021-2022. If your student is passionate about the arts, this program just might be the perfect fit!
School Library Month: Ms. Karen Miller
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 Oldfields’ 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. Read more about Ms. Miller here.
Keeping Students on the Move
We welcomed the return of interscholastic softball and badminton this spring; in addition, the riders have also returned to off-campus horse shows!
- Softball highlights include Michaela '22 helping out the team by taking on pitching which is not her usual position. We have an almost entirely "new to Oldfields" and "new to softball" team, so the lessons in sportsmanship, grit, and teamwork abound!
- Our badminton team has been super flexible and has a mixture of new and returning players. Many of our strong players are currently remote, but we feel their support across the miles!
- Most recently, the Riding Program took seven horses and riders to Thornridge Manor Farm Combined Test. The riders worked hard to prepare, setting up the dressage arena last weekend (geometry + perseverance + patience) and riding twice a day all week practicing their tests. They brought home ribbons of every color!
- For the students not involved in any of the above, Phys Ed class has been doing a mixture of all things outdoors and athletic. Most recently they played kicked ball and outdoor volleyball!
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Oldfields, and we look forward to learning more about you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.