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An exceptional independent boarding and day school for girls grades 8-12
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The magic of Oldfields is how you feel when you are here—excited and challenged, and at the same time, comfortable and at home. The very best way to experience it is in person.

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Why Oldfields

The Oldfields Difference

As Maryland's oldest girls' boarding school and the first to teach girls science, Oldfields has been focusing on each girl's success for over 150 years. Our balanced approach to high academic standards combined with a caring, supportive environment makes our school a place where students reach their highest potential. The magic of Oldfields becomes clearer when you come for a visit ,but until then, learn more about what it would be like to be an Oldfields student.

Explore some of Oldfields' distinguishing characteristics that allow our students to reach their highest potential.

5:1 Ratio

It is ideal to be able to give this much attention to our students, and the results are undeniable! By design, our faculty has the time to tailor the learning experience to each individual girl, providing enrichment for those who need challenge, as well as extra help to those who need support. With an average class size of 8, everyone participates and gets the attention they need. Teachers can exercise freedom and creativity through off campus trips, unique instruction methods, and cutting edge use of technology when a class is this size!

Unique schedule

Created to provide an emphasis on true learning, not adherence to a strict time table, our 3 classes of 80 minutes each allow the girls to immerse themselves in each subject. An hour between classes allow for extra learning support or other enrichment – maybe even just hanging out with the horses!

Distinctive May Program

Galloping across the beaches of the Irish coast, nailing drywall in New Orleans, touring the ruins of Pompeii, developing code for an original video game – the May Program can take students just about anywhere! Our two week experiential learning experience is a unique hallmark of an Oldfields education that complements the academic curriculum. May Program offers a life changing opportunity for our students. Officially inaugurated in 1971, this popular tradition is perfectly aligned with our mission since each girl chooses an area to explore what sparks her interest. Read more about May Program where real life learning is intentionally developed.

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Feeling of Family

At no other school will so many exceptional individuals be focused on a young woman’s success as a student, a leader, an athlete, an artist, or an adventurer. Everything we do; daily Morning Meetings, family-style dinners, the big sister/little sister program, is intentionally designed to develop strong relationships so our students stay connected – and successful. Even our weekly faculty meetings resemble a “family meeting,” thoroughly discussing each student’s academic, athletic, artistic, emotional and social progress and areas in which additional support is needed.

Unparalleled Mentoring

In the Oldfields Community, students develop robust and meaningful relationships with faculty through significant connections in and out of the classroom. The girls are constantly surrounded by inspiring mentors who are ready and willing to help guide, challenge, and support them. One of the most important mentors is the student advisor.

All students are assigned an advisor and meet daily in advisory groups of 3-5 students. The role of the advisor includes:

  • Guiding students through their academic career at Oldfields. Working together on everything from setting up a study schedule to texting them reminders about an appointment with a teacher.
  • Supporting students socially and emotionally. This may mean providing a listening ear, overseeing a roommate dispute, or going for an off campus excursion to celebrate a good grade.
  • Communicating with students’ parents. Advisors are often the go-between for families, students, and faculty. Oldfields families always have someone they can call about anything – and that person is the advisor!

Leadership Opportunities

Our enrollment of 180 students allows each and every student to engage in a leadership role, and they are actively encouraged to do so! Students might opt to be a member of student council member or a dorm prefect or leader of the Eco-club. All seniors get chances to demonstrate leadership by being “big sisters” and by delivering Senior Presentation – an opportunity to impart the wisdom they have gained over their time at Oldfields. It is one of the most rewarding aspects of School life to witness girls grow in confidence and leadership. Leadership development >
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1500 Glencoe Road
Sparks Glencoe, Maryland 21152

Each Girl's Success

At no other school will so many caring individuals be focused on a young woman’s success as a student, a leader, an athlete, an artist, or an adventurer!


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The Oldfields Difference

From our unique academic schedule to our one-of-a kind May Program, there are benefits to OS students that cannot be found elsewhere.

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Undeniable Results

High standards, low pressure, and a supportive environment result in confident, successful young women.

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A Sporting Life

Experience a different approach to coaching and team building, one where sportsmanship matters and there is a place on the team for everyone.

Athletic and co-curricular options >

Unleash Creativity

In the spotlight or behind the scenes, in the studio or behind the camera, find your creative outlet.

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A Girl and her Horse

Oldfields’ Riding Program is where learning moves out of the classroom and into the barn.

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Total Life Balance

Students’ days are intentionally planned to nurture mind, body, and spirit – and have fun!

Student Life >

Giving back

Each new experience and every time-honored tradition we share with Oldfields girls is made possible by the gifts you send.

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