Dear Future Oldfields Families,
Words can’t describe how great it feels to have the classrooms bustling with activity, the quad filled with conversation and laughter, and the lights glowing in the dorm windows once again! What an incredible action-packed opening we have had as the students, new and returning, create and reestablish connections and embrace life at Oldfields School.
Opening Days kept everyone busy as students participated in a variety of activities such as the Scavenger Hunt on Saturday and Fun Run on Sunday designed to help them get to know the members of their advisory and the rest of the “Oldfields family” better. As you can see by the pictures—it worked! The weather was hot, but the students rose to the occasion, and the water balloon toss, ice cream trucks, and frequent water breaks in the shade helped! A highlight was when Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dawn Anderson led “What’s in a Name,” an artistic session where students created and shared their feelings about their names and what they represent. Believe it or not, by nightfall, it cooled off enough to have s’mores and music around the firepits.
Continue reading to learn more about what's happening in Admission and on campus for the month of September.
The very best way to explore the Oldfields Experience is in person, and we offer two unique opportunities (tours and shadow days) designed to fit your schedule, interests, and needs. Can't visit campus? No need to worry—we offer virtual campus tours and Tuition Assistance Webinars as well.
During Open House you and your student will tour campus, hear from a panel of current students, meet program directors of interest, and have the opportunity to learn more about key programs in small sessions.
To register, create a Ravenna HUB account using the button below.
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 and contextual, taking into account each student's' unique story and background. Click on the button below to begin your application today
Current Student Spotlight
Parker D.'25, Day Student
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Team affiliation: White Team
Activities: Model UN, Black Alliance Club, Gross Notes, Student Council, Admission Ambassador
What makes Oldfields unique?
"The small community that we have on campus."
“Coming to Oldfields in 8th grade was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. Although going to a new school in 9th grade can be easier for some families, as it is a transition year, coming in 8th grade gave me a head start that I truly benefited from. This year I have grown as a person, grown academically, and matured more than I ever thought I would during my 8th grade year. Being at Oldfields in 8th grade has taught me I can do anything I put my mind to, I will continue to grow and take leadership opportunities, and I will always be supported in whatever decisions I decide to make.”
Current Family Spotlight
The Golumbic Family
Leigh G. '23 Boarding Student
What made Oldfields School an attractive choice for your family?
“How much our daughter wanted to go there! Also, because of the Academic Strategies Program and additional on-sight tutoring available for Leigh.”
Describe Oldfields in three words:
“Warm. Beautiful. Student-centric.”
How has your daughter grown while at Oldfields?
“Leigh has shown a new and deeper maturity and greater focus on her own education. She clearly feels the support of a number of amazing advisors, teachers, and administrators.”
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director Dawn Anderson
Welcoming our new leader of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts on campus and within our community.
After a global search, Oldfields is excited to welcome Dawn Anderson (she/her/hers) as our Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has hit the ground running and has already been a valuable resource as we continue the work to create a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for everyone. Dawn's sessions with the students during Orientation and with faculty during opening meetings demonstrated the depth of her knowledge and empathy when it comes to complex DEI issues.
Dawn expressed her excitement to join Oldfields and shares that she accepted the position after “clicking” with the search committee and current student and All-School President, Jadisha '22. She was impressed with the DEI work that had already been started and felt as though this was a place where she could truly have an impact and be effective.
She was born and raised in eastern North Carolina (which, according to Dawn, has the best BBQ). She studied journalism and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a fan of all things Tar Heels. While there, she performed in musicals (like The Wiz), danced in various groups (İQué Rico!, Bhangra Elite), pledged Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., and went to many, many, many games. Her favorite acronym is, of course, GDTBATH! (which stands for Good Day To Be A Tar Heel.)