Garrison Forest empowers students to realize their full potential and live lives of purpose.

Garrison Forest School

Join us for an upcoming Prospective Parent Visiting Day

Preschool: Please Call (410) 559-3221
Lower School: October 10
Middle School: October 28
Upper School: October 18

Family Visiting Day: October 30

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Why a Girls' School

What is Knowledge that Sticks?

What is Sticky Knowledge? from Garrison Forest on Vimeo.


At Garrison Forest, we call this “knowledge that sticks.” When what you’re learning and discovering really grabs hold of you—the “sticky” moments when you’re digging deep into a topic you love.


Your passions guide your learning at Garrison Forest. From engineering your own design for a catapult for a STEM competition to creating a service club to address public health issues in Baltimore’s homeless population, learning here is active, deeply engaging and wonderfully challenging.


At the heart of knowledge that sticks is our faculty. Your teachers push, encourage and inspire you to make connections, wrestle with questions, take risks and think creatively to solve problems. What you learn is how to take your intellect beyond what you thought possible, making sure that your knowledge “sticks”—at Garrison Forest, in college and in life.

“GFS’s wide variety of experiences stretches our students’ minds and hearts beyond the familiar. Knowing that it is the ability to think deeply that matters most, our teachers give students the time to seek deep understanding and learn as much from the process as from any product they create. “

-Jenny Rao, Director of Academic Affairs


Coed Parent-Toddler through Pre-Kindergarten
80 students 16 faculty/staff, who are experienced educators
All lead teachers have advanced degrees in early childhood education

Student:teacher ratio: 5:1 to 7:1

Free before-care and fee-based afterschool care available for Threes and Pre-K

Teachers with an average of 18 years in early childhood education and over ten years at Garrison Forest.

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Lower School

Project-based, best-of-practice teaching and learning in Language, Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

A full-time Lower School Digital Media Specialist bringing the latest in technology into each high-tech classroom

A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) focus in class

Classes in Art, Science, Music, Computer, Foreign Language (Spanish), Library and Physical Education with specialists in their field

80 percent of the lead teachers in grades K to 5th with advanced degrees in education, educational technology, or a related field

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Middle School

Exploratory curriculum with a focus on interdisciplinary approach (Math, English, Science, History)

Maker-Space in Middle School fully equipped with laser cutters, 3D printing and appropriate software and tools

Full visual and performing arts classes for all Middle School grades (art, music, theatre, dance)

Digital Thinking classes focusing on building media and technology fluency in all grades

Elective offerings include design engineering, guitar, mural making, current event discussions, independent studies

Full-time Academic Resource Coordinator to work to challenge all students of all abilities in all disciplines

Immersion-based world language offerings in Spanish and French

Latin in Grades Seven and Eight

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Upper School

30 faculty members hold advanced degrees

Academic program offers a range of Advanced Placement courses including: Art History and Studio Art, Calculus AB and BC, English Literature, U.S. History, Languages, and Sciences.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, an innovative, semester-long research and mentoring program at Johns Hopkins University for Juniors and Seniors.

French, Latin, and Spanish courses through Advanced Placement level

Rich and varied arts program: drawing, painting, 3-D Studio, jewelry making, theater arts, dance, music. Advanced Placement in both art history and studio art

Robotics, documentary film making, animation and computer programming.

Expert College Counselors guide Juniors and Seniors in all aspects of college search and application process

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