Oldfields School

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
1500 Glencoe Road
Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152
Tel: 410-472-4800
* 180 acres
* Located just 20 miles from Baltimore
* 30 minutes from BWI
* 1 hour from Washington, DC
* 90 minutes from Philadelphia
* 40 minutes from Annapolis
* 3 hours from New York City

(PICTURE: Birds eye view of campus)
* Experienced, devoted, hands-on Head of School, Dr. Parnell Hagerman
* Teachers who foster a love for learning 
* Faculty who understand the importance of emotional and social development in teenage girls
* Advisory, morning meeting, and community dinner every day of the week

(PICTURE: Dr. Parnell Hagerman)
* Unique Academic Schedule
* 5:1 Student to Teacher Ratio
* Flexible Course Curriculum, Including Honors Courses 
* Abundant Opportunity for Academic Support
* Exceptional Understanding of Learning Styles

(PICTURE: Anatomy and Physiology lab)
* An exceptionally unique two-week experiential learning tradition
* Spend a week training and living at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid
* Travel to Europe to study World War II
* Student-Teach at nearby public schools
* STEM-related programs

(PICTURE: Lake Placid May Program 2014)
* 180 girls from 28 states and 11 countries
* 80% boarding, 20% day
* Opportunities for each girl to develop and pursue leadership opportunities
* Opportunities to try new things in a supportive and encouraging environment

(PICTURE: Roommates from Jamaica and the United States)
* Renowned equestrian program in the heart of Hunt Valley, MD
* 36 school-owned horses on campus
* State-of-the-art indoor riding arena
* Cross-country trails surrounding campus
* Opportunities to ride each day as well as during the academic day

(PICTURE: Two riders outside of the Indoor Riding Arena)
* Competitive interscholastic athletic teams 
* Extra-curricular activities offered such as Pilates, yoga, fitness, and sailing
* Riding, Theater, and Dance offered each season 
* Inspiring coaches with NCAA Division I, II, and II experience

(PICTURE: Runners from the 2014 IAAM Cross-Country Championship team)
* Three theater productions each year
* Plethora of dance and theater classes offered during the academic day
* Oldfields Dance Company
* Opportunities to perform off-campus

(PICTURE: Members of the Oldfields Dance Company)
* Plethora of visual art classes offered during the academic day such as: studio, portfolio, digital design, ceramics, photography, architecture and design
* Four state-of-the-art art studios
* Renovated digital design classroom

(PICTURE: Portfolio class held outside in the Spring)
  • A leader among girls’ boarding schools, Oldfields School, founded 1867, is a college preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 8 – 12.
  • Located in Maryland’s horse country, Oldfields provides an environment where girls feel comfortable, supported, and encouraged to explore new experiences and take risks along the way.
  • A 5:1 student to teacher ratio coupled with a talented and dedicated faculty allows for the mission of “Each Girl’s Success” to be fully executed each and every day.
  • Oldfields’ distinctive academic schedule includes 3 classes per day with 1 hour in between each to allow for enrichment such as clubs, sports, or individual academic support.
  • Intensive immersion into the subject matter is similar to a college experience.
  • High academic standards combined with low pressure in a supportive environment results in confident, accomplished, well-rounded young women ready for the next phase of their education.

Alumni Reviews
  Review School

  • Review Description

  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars   10/10/2014
    Dickinson College
    We had many opportunities to get out into our external community, including ones through our curriculum called "May Program". May Program is a two week program that sets out to bring our girls outside of. . .

  • Class of 2009
    5 Stars   10/8/2009
    Lake Forest College
    The Family-like community, the availability of faculty, the support all the girls get from school...there are so many unique things that make Oldfields stand out. I checked this website (Boarding School Review) years ago when. . .

  • Class of 1999
    5 Stars   6/22/2009
    Sweet Briar College
    I feel the most unique asset that Oldfields offered that I loved dearly was the way that education was presented in the classroom. The teachers were available during and after school hours and invited. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Oldfields School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 8-12, PG 9-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1867 1910
Campus Size 180 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 180 students 300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 8 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 12 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $12 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,543 $51,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$31,000 $28,200
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $12,000 $21,500
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsAllison Letourneau
Associate Director of AdmissionsTom Faxon

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 12 16
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry , AP English Language and Composition , AP English Literature and Composition , AP Environmental Science, AP French Language and Culture , AP Latin, AP Physics , AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture , AP Spanish Literature and Culture , AP Statistics, AP US Government and Politics , AP US History, AP World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 19 14
SportsBadminton, Ballet, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Riding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track


Total Extracurricular Organizations 26 23
ExtracurricularsArt Club, Asian Culture Club, Baltimore Girls School Leadership Coalition, Black Awareness Club, Black Awareness Steppers, Book Club, Calorie Gallery, Disciplinary Council, Drama Club, Dubious Dozen (a capella), Environment Club, Fellowship of Christians at Universities and Schools (FOCUS), Global Awareness Club, Images (a capella), Jewish Culture Club, Model UN, NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute), Outing Club, Playmakers, Resident Assistants, Riding Club, Student Council, Tidbit (literary magazine), Tour Guides, Varsity Club,

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  •  Oldfields School, founded 1867, is a college preparatory day and boarding school for girls in grades 8 – 12.  Our 130 acre campus is located in MD's horse country near the cultural centers of Washington D.C. , New York City, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
  •  Our 5:1 student to teacher ratio allows us focus on “Each Girl’s Success.” Our faculty has an average tenure of 10 years and 67% hold advanced degrees.·        
  •  Students from as many as 15 states and 10 foreign countries make up our diverse student body.  
  • Our  distinctive academic schedule includes 3 courses per day lasting 80 minutes each with 1 hour in between each to allow for enrichment such as clubs, sports, lunch and individual academic support.  Intensive immersion in each course into the subject matter is similar to a college experience.
  •   Accreditations include Association of Independent Maryland Schools, Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, National Coalition of Girls Schools, National Association of Independent Schools
  • LD types supported: All
  • School accreditations: Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Wallis Simpson - The Duchess of Windsor
    • Renee duPont - Heiress to the duPont family
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