Garrison Forest School

300 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
A non-denominational private college preparatory boarding and day school located on a 110 acres campus in Owings Mills, Maryland. GFS offers kindergarten through 12th grade for girls as well as a co-educational program for pre-K. Garrison Forest School is dedicated to the intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, moral, physical and spiritual growth of its students.
The school seeks to develop within each student a strong sense of integrity, identity and self-esteem, reflecting its motto Esse Quam Videri: "To be and not to seem.".

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12
  • Enrollment: 548 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $65,790
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $33,080
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Garrison Forest School ranks among the top 5 all-girls schools (out of 20 all-girls schools) for:

Offering Breadth

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Garrison Forest School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
Grades Offered (Day)
School Type
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
110 acres
126 acres

Student Body

548 students
319 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
(Out of 1600)
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
1130 - 1275
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
School Uniform
Average Class Size
15 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$42 million
$27 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
Director of Admissions
Catie Gibbons

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
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



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
American Sign Language Club, Art Club, Asian Student Alliance, Black Student Alliance, Book Club, Debate Club, Forum (Student Government), Girl Up, Girls Advancing in STEM, Green Club, Habitat for Humanity Chapter, History Club, Honor Council Advisory Board, Jewish Student Alliance, Love Thy Neighbor, Mental Health Club, Mock Trial, Model UN, MS Book Club, MS Current Events, MS Keyboarding, MS Life Skills, MS Math Games, MS Newspaper, MS Writers Circle, Oasis Literary Art Magazine, One Love, Peer Tutoring - English, Photography Club, Politics Club, Psychology Club, Riding Club, Robotics Team, Science Behind Cooking Club, Science Hurricane Club, Service League, Service League (community service groups), Soup Kitchen (community service group), Spanish Club, Spectrum, Spirit Boosters, STITCH, Student Diversity Leadership Council, Students Against Drunk Driving, Teens Against Alzheimer's, The Paw Print (student newspaper), The Ragged Robin (yearbook)

Arts and Music Programs:
Musicale Event Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2008 - 2012
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Maryland
University of Virginia
Syracuse University
Kenyon College
Cornell University
University of Richmond
Duke University
Johns Hopkins University
Georgetown University
Princeton University

School Notes

    The school's primary commitment is to develop and maintain a strong academic program designed to foster a spirit of inquiry, intellectual independence and enthusiasm for learning. Students are expected and encouraged to achieve their potential through a traditional program enhanced by innovative approaches. They are challenged, in and out of the classroom, to lead, to serve and to make decisions and to accept responsibilities for consequences. Respect, trust, warmth and joy combine to create an atmosphere in which all members of the school community can grow. Ultimately, the goal of Garrison Forest School is for each student to become confident and prepared to contribute to a complex and challenging world.In addition to strong academics and community, Garrison Forest School offers a variety of signature programs. 
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) is an experiential research program for juniors and seniors in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University. WISE participants are paired with JHU faculty and work as a member of a research team. Placements are made in JHU`s Whiting School of Engineering, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Archeological Museum. The project culminates in a final oral and written presentation for JHU and GFS faculty.  
  • The Jenkins Fellows Program empowers GFS students to promote and commit to global community service. Sophomores and juniors are invited to research opportunities and fellows are selected through a competitive application process. Jenkins Fellows immerse themselves in summer service and return to campus to present reflections on their experiences to the community. Jenkins Fellows serve as leaders of the student Service League Board for the remainder of their time at GFS. Recent projects include volunteering in an orphanage in Cambodia, working with Habitat for Humanity in Milwaukee, WI, volunteering in a hospital in the Czech Republic, mentoring children and working with tribal elders on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana and supporting young woman survivors of human trafficking in a Sicilian (Italy) community center. 
  • Independent Senior Project (ISP) students complete a twoweek unpaid internship in a professional environment at the end of their senior year. Recent ISP sites include Smithsonian Institution, Under Armour, Roominate (Silicon Valley start-up), T. Rowe Price, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Special Olympics, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Baltimore Magazine, NASA`s Goddard Space Center, Walt Disney Family Museum and Habitat for Humanity, as well as schools and other non-profit organizations.
  • The Equestrian Institute is designed to give competitive riders the opportunity to advance their skills, expand their horsemanship knowledge and compete at a high level while enjoying the benefits and camaraderie of riding in a school program. Participation in the Equestrian Institute will combine an in-depth equestrian program with a full Garrison Forest academic curriculum uniquely customized for top riders. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to apply for this rigorous and personalized program that prepares girls to rise to the academic and athletic challenge of being student-riders at Garrison Forest and in college.
  • Garrison Forest School accreditations: Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), National Association of Independent Schools (AIMS)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Elizabeth Littlefield '78 - President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
    • Lara Schwartz '85 - 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
    • Rachel Pohl '74 - Help found ArtCorps, a health and human rights nonprofit
    • Tiffany Thomas '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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Garrison Forest School cost?
Garrison Forest School's tuition is approximately $65,790 for boarding students and $33,080 for day students.
Who are famous alumni from Garrison Forest School?
Garrison Forest School famous alumni include: Elizabeth Littlefield '78, Lara Schwartz '85, Helen Whitney '61, Nicole Hansen '12, Rachel Pohl '74, Tiffany Thomas '85, Learic Cramer '96, Julie Bowen '87, Beth Botsford '99 and Adele Smith Simmons '59.
What sports does Garrison Forest School offer?
Garrison Forest School offers 19 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Polo, Riding, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball and Winter Track. Garrison Forest School is ranked as one of the top boarding schools for most sports offered.
Does Garrison Forest School offer a summer program?
Yes, Garrison Forest School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Garrison Forest School's ranking?
Garrison Forest School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Large student body (number of students), Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Garrison Forest School?
The application deadline for Garrison Forest School is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12
  • Enrollment: 548 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $65,790
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $33,080
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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