One of the hallmarks of an Oldfields education is our May Program—a two-week experiential learning experience 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.
Every year, each student chooses one of the many diverse programs taught by one or more of our committed faculty. May Programs can take them across town, throughout the country, or around the globe, but all involve expanding horizons. The faculty often share a personal passion or area of expertise outside the traditional curriculum, and both teacher and student alike grow from this in-depth, hands-on experience.
Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to design an independent May Program. Working in consultation with a faculty member who serves as her advisor, each girl develops a project that is unique to her. Many students choose to explore areas of college study or a potential career path. Past projects have included working as a veterinary aide, being part of a congressional campaign committee, assisting teachers at an elementary school, and interning in surgical pathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
May Program could be considered one of Oldfields’ newer traditions, but it is truly an important and cherished part of an Oldfields education. 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.