Garrison Forest School

300 Garrison Forest Road,
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Tel: 410-559-3111
Gr: (Boarding) 8-12 | 298 students
Garrison Forest School is a nationally known all-girls college preparatory boarding school and day school.
GFS is recognized for educating intelligent and caring young women.
Superb faculty, a beautiful campus, excellent resources, and a talented and diverse student body, all work to instill within our students a love of learning, an ethic of caring for others, and a strong sense of self.
Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Garrison Forest Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 8-12 8-12
Grades Offered (Day) Pre-K-12 8-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1910 1908
Campus Size 110 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 298 students 300 students
% Students of Color 28% 18%
% International Students 21% 20%
% Students Boarding 24% 67%
Average SAT Score 1790 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 500 - 700 -
Average ACT score 26 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 15 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:9 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 16 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 72% 66%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $38 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$48,200 $47,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$26,110 $26,110
Tuition 5 day boarding $37,945 $36,800
% Students on Financial Aid 30% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $21,500 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 55% -
Acceptance Rate 50% 58%
Associate Director of Admissions Crystal Lee  

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 16 15
Art History Art Portfolio
Biology Calculus AB
Calculus BC Chemistry
Economics English Language
Environmental Science French Language
French Literature Latin Literature
Psychology Spanish Language
U.S. History World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 15 14
SportsBadminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Polo, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Winter Track


Total Extracurricular Organizations 29 24
ExtracurricularsActivities Committee, Amnesty International, Art Club, Athletic Association, Black Awareness Club (BAC), Callisto, Cooking Club, Film Club, Focus (informal Christian group), Forum, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Grizzly Guides, International Students Club, Jewish Students Association, Junior Assistants, Latin Club, Model United Nations Club, Multicultural Student Alliance, Peer Educators/ Peer Mentors, Prefects, Ragged Robins (Junior/Senior a cappella group), Riding Club, Service League, Service League (community service groups),

College Matriculation

Year: 2008-2012 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Maryland 15
University of Virginia 14
Syracuse University 11
Kenyon College 6
Cornell University 5
University of Richmond 5
Duke University 4
Johns Hopkins University 4
Georgetown University 3
Princeton University 3

School Notes:

  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Elizabeth Littlefield '78 - President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
    • Lara Schwartz - Vice President of External Affairs for The American Association of People with Disabilities
    • Helen Whitney '61 - Oscar nominated producer, director, and documentary writer
    • Nicole Hansen '12 - Nationally ranked climber
    • Tiffany Zapulla '85 - Set Director for HBO's Game Change
    • Learic Cramer '96 - Northrup Grumman engineer and race car driver
    • Julie Bowen '87 - Emmy Award-winning actress
    • Beth Botsford '99 - Olympic Gold Medalist
    • Adele Smith Simmons '59 - President of the Global Philanthropy Partnership, senior advisor to the World Economic Forum, first female dean at Princeton

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is Saint James School (54.4 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • HagerstownSaint James School
    17641 College Road
    54.4 mi | 220 students | Gr. 8-12
  • MiddletownSt. Andrew's School, DE
    350 Noxontown Road
    (302) 285-4231
    57.1 mi | 300 students | Gr. 9-12
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