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Garrison Forest School

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.


Owings Mills, MD


Year Founded:
Number of Students:

550 (whole school), 300 (8-12)

Average Class Size:



Specialty Program(s): 

WISE Partnership with Johns Hopkins University: As part of a schoolwide focus on wellness, public health and STEM, our Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) partnership with Johns Hopkins University provides you with real-world, relevant research experience in the labs at Johns Hopkins. Work alongside JHU professors and grad student mentors to dive deeper into real issues and discover new interests. Since 2005, WISE students have contributed more than 20,000 research hours at Hopkins, making new discoveries and gaining skills, confidence and knowledge.


Riding & Polo Program: From beginners to veteran riders and polo players, the nationally renowned riding programs at GFS cater to students of all skill and interest levels, with top-notch facilities. Polo at GFS is truly unique, as we are the only girls’ school in the US to offer the sport. Beginning in the 6th Grade, riders can apply to join the Equestrian Institute, a program designed for top competitive riders. Our expert faculty guide our polo players and riders to reach their greatest potential while learning self-confidence that takes them to new heights both inside and outside of the ring.

Garrison Forest School
Garrison Forest School
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