Garrison Forest School

300 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Tel: 410-559-3111
  • 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.

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Garrison ForestBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)8-126-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-124-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19101910
Campus Size110 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment298 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1790* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)500 - 700-
Average ACT score26*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(School Uniform)
Average Class Size15 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:91:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1617
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$38 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$21,500$22,730
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT55%-
Acceptance Rate
Associate Director of AdmissionsCrystal Lee

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1617
CoursesArt 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 Offered1514
SportsBadminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Polo, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Winter Track


Total Extracurricular Organizations2923
ExtracurricularsArt Club

Club or Organization:
Activities Committee, Amnesty International Club, Athletic Association, Black Awareness Club, Callisto, Cooking Club, Fellowship of Christians at Universities and Schools (FOCUS), Film Club, Forum, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Grizzly Guides, International Student Club, Jewish Students Association, Junior Assistants, Latin Club, Model United Nations Club, Multicultural Student Alliance, Peer Educators/ Peer Mentors, Prefects, Riding Club, Service League, Service League (community service groups), Soup Kitchen (community service group), Spanish Club, The Paw Print (student newspaper), The Ragged Robin (yearbook)

Arts and Music Programs:
Ragged Robins (Junior/Senior a cappella group)

College Matriculation

Year: 2008 - 201210 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Maryland15
University of Virginia14
Syracuse University11
Kenyon College6
Cornell University5
University of Richmond5
Duke University4
Johns Hopkins University4
Georgetown University3
Princeton University3

School Notes

  • The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program is the outcome of a groundbreaking partnership between Garrison Forest School and The Johns Hopkins University to establish a critically needed mentoring program. The program links students with faculty mentors in the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and Public Health.
  • The Garrison Forest Riding Program welcomes riders with any amount of experience. The primary focus of the Riding Program is Hunter Seat Equitation. Students participate in horse shows at the local and upper levels, including A shows. Show-Jumping and Eventing also are offered on a limited basis.
  • Garrison Forest offers exceptional Arts facilities:The Hathaway Fine and Performing Arts Center, which centralizes the Arts on campus and houses a recital hall, a choral rehearsal room, music classrooms, teaching studios and practice rooms, two magnificent art studios with cathedral ceilings, an art history room, and facilities for sculpture and jewelry-making. The building's photography studio includes a traditional wet lab darkroom as well as a digital lab, 13 enlargers, and a large workroom with computer workstations. Dancers have classes and rehearsals in the Dance Studio in the modern, collegiate-level Campus Center.
  • Since 2008-09, Garrison Forest teams across an array of sports have won a collective 27 championships.
  • 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
    • 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
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