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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Sports
    B+
Address
300 Garrison Forest Rd
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Telephone
(410) 559-3111
Website

Applying

Application Deadline
December 14
Application Fee
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$30,555
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$58,460
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid
From Garrison Forest School

Empowering students to achieve their fullest potential and live lives of purpose—this has been the core of Garrison Forest School since 1910.

What was an innovative educational mission for girls at the turn of the 20th century remains so in the 21st century. Garrison Forest was founded in 1910 as an all-girls’ day and boarding school with a coeducational primary program (now preschool).

Throughout our history, our mission has been to prepare young women for a rewarding college experience and for a purposeful life well beyond. Guided by our motto, Esse Quam Videri—To Be Rather Than To Seem—Garrison Forest’s curricular and co-curricular program balances exceedingly high standards within a welcoming, spirited atmosphere.

Here, students flourish intellectually and individually. Find their voice. Discover their passions. And embrace their potential.

Garrison Forest School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1210
90 responses
Average ACT
27
41 responses

Culture & Safety

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What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
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  • Lights and Darks
    19%
  • Prom
    19%
  • Ring Dance
    19%
  • Vespers
    19%
  • Boarding
    13%
  • Peer Ed
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
600
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Poll
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
Poll
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
Poll
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
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Garrison Forest School Reviews

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I loved my experience at GFS! I was there from 6th-12th grade and grew a lot with my class. As a Black girl on campus, it was hard at times to fit in and even feel included as time went on. With their new director on Diversity and Inclusion, they are making strides on changing the campus culture. Being at the school for so long, my identity as a POC was altered by the majority white students on campus. It was hard to regain my identity, but I am successfully doing so as a college student and alumna who visits GFS often. If you're interested in the school, go and take a tour. Make the decision as a family and if you ever get the feeling something isn't right, go to a trusted teacher, counselor, principal, or director of Diversity and Inclusion.
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I absolutely love the campus, the sports facilities, the teachers, and the students. We are called Garrison "Forest" for a reason. The campus is surrounded by beautiful trees that just give the campus life. The sports facilities are lovely. We have two soccer fields, two turf fields, 5 basketball courts, an indoor track, and a fitness center. The teachers are incredibly supportive and accessible. they make time for their students and are genuinely interested in your success. The students friendly, supportive, and encourage diversity and good morals in themselves and others. My only complaint is how unfriendly the campus and buildings are to people with disabilities If you are in a wheelchair, there is no way you will be able to get to your class on the second floor or the library (I am specifically speaking about the Upper-School). There are ramps, however, that give access to the first level of all Upper-School buildings.
Garrison Forest has been a place where I have learned about the world and myself. My personal growth has sparked while attending school here and I also feel globally aware thanks to the amazing teachers and staff. The supportive environment is inviting to students who might struggle more with work, yet there is also competitive academics for students who are more scholarly. I love being a part of Garrison Forest School!