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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B+

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

At Garrison Forest School, we recognize every girl has a unique path to success, and our community is built around supporting and empowering her through her journey. We help each girl find her individual path, give her space and support to explore and grow and challenge her in ways that develop her authentic voice. Our graduates leave GFS ready to serve and shape the world with confidence, creativity and integrity.

Our motto, Esse Quam Videri, To Be Rather Than To Seem,has united our community since the school's founding in 1910. Today, it inspires our core values—Be Authentic, Be Brave, Be Compassionate, Be Curious and Be Spirited—and guides how our students and faculty teach and learn, connect and collaborate, serve and succeed.

With an academic philosophy focused on the specific needs of young women, a campus that encourages creative learning and a joyful community spirit that lifts up each girl, Garrison Forest is a place where girls innovate, create and lead with confidence.

Garrison Forest School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1220
112 responses
Average ACT
27
47 responses

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, a unique partnership between Garrison Forest and Johns Hopkins University, matches talented GFS students with a Hopkins mentor and places them in a Hopkins research lab for a semester. More than just working on world-class research projects, WISE is an opportunity to dive into your passions for STEM and truly become a contributor in a real lab.

Culture & Safety

Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Lights and Darks
    19%
  • Ring Dance
    19%
  • Prom
    16%
  • Vespers
    14%
  • Boarding
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    11%
  • Peer Ed
    5%

    Students

    Diversity
    B
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    600
    70%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
    90%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
    90%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
    Starting Age
    2
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    Website
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
      Yes
    • Offers Part Week
      Yes
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day
      Yes

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    82%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
    Poll
    91%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
    Poll
    91%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
    86%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses

    Garrison Forest School Reviews

    65 reviews
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    At GFS, the grade you enter our close knit community doesn’t matter because you are instantly a member of our family from the first day. The difference this school has made on me is extraordinary and has allowed me to grow into the confident women that was always inside of me. Before Garrison, I was the girl who sat in the back and rarely spoke but now as a senior, I have spoken in front of the whole school dozens of times and learned how to use my voice to enact change. This last statement really speaks volumes for my growth because despite being a POC in a PWI, I still feel comfortable and safe to speak my opinions. Even more so, taking advantage of this school’s Women In Science and Engineering Partnership with Johns Hopkins and exceptional Jenkins Fellowship for service work have prepared me for college laboratory work and the real world. I give my unconditional support to all interested students who wish to find a school they can call home. Leaving GFS will be a hard one!
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    My GFS education was an invaluable foundation that enabled me to excel in college, graduate school and beyond. GFS girls talk about the "spirit of GFS" - this spirit continues to exist. My daughters have enjoyed it. It is their second home. Girls are genuinely happy at GFS, because the school fosters kindness, authenticity, collaboration while encouraging girls to strive for excellence and reach beyond. The teachers are committed, give individual support and provide a rigorous education that allows girls to be successful students and leaders in college. Single sex education allows girls to be comfortable, to develop confidence and find their passions without the distraction or influence of boys. Summary: The opportunities at GFS in the sciences, humanities, arts, the cultural experiences supported by the school as well as the opportunities to compete in athletics and to thrive in such a beautiful campus setting is a unique experience, unparalleled in the Baltimore-Washington area.
    GFS has an exceptional lower school. Its small size allows character development that is less feasible at larger independent schools. My daughter is learning to carry herself with confidence and kindness. She is also learning how to advocate for herself and others. GFS somehow manages to foster ambitious and driven girls without stepping over the line to unhealthy competition, and the girls are each others’ biggest cheerleaders. The curriculum is challenging and thorough; we have not noticed any gaps and our daughter continues to impress us with the way she understands entire concepts and not just facts. Outstanding Spanish, Music, Art and PE programs, too. We feel so fortunate that our daughter is growing up in such a special place surrounded by wonderful people.