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.
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!
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!
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.
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!