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Passion plus Purpose. Find Yours Through The James Center

Our nationally recognized James Center offers four, interwoven curricular and co-curricular programs for students to explore their passions, trying new skills, lead with confidence and make their mark on the world.

Each program component strategically mirrors Garrison Forest's traditional strengths, educational mission, and commitment to innovation. By partnering with institutions and organizations, including a groundbreaking STEM collaboration with The Johns Hopkins University, The James Center reinvents girls' education and extends learning and leadership well beyond campus borders. Programs include:

Science, Engineering & Public Health

Financial Literacy & Social Entrepreneurship

Civic Engagement & Service Learning

Learning to Lead

 

Making a Difference

Since 2008, The James Center has had a tremendous impact at GFS and across the globe. 

  • Every GFS student, K-12th, participates in the Center's foundational curricular and co-curricular programs.
  • By GFS graduation, more than 50% of each class participates in the selective flagship James Center programs, such as Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) or the Jenkins Fellowship. 
  • The GFS-funded Jenkins Fellowships have placed over 40 GFS students in countries across the world for in-depth summer service projects of the student's choosing.
  • Each November, the Middle School leads the entire GFS community in collecting 2,000+ canned goods to benefit the Donald Bentley, Jr. Pantry, part of the GFS community service program.
  • Over 70% of WISE alumnae declare a STEM major in college, with over half of that number majoring in an engineering discipline.
  • The James Center serves as a model for other independent schools through appearances at national conferences and workshop and by hosting visitors from other schools. Sharing what we do with others is one of the major ways the James Center broadens its realm of influence.

Named for alumna Amabel Boyce James ’70, the Center was established in 2008 through an inaugural E.E. Ford Foundation Leadership Challenge Grant. Garrison Forest was one of only five independent schools nationwide to receive the grant for the purpose of creating distinctive, nationally replicable, transformative programs. Ms. James generously met the grant challenge to  name The James Center. 

Interested in Learning More?

We welcome your phone calls and emails to learn more about our programs.

Andrea Perry
Director, The James Center
Dean of Special Programs
(410) 559-3125 (office)
andreaperry@gfs.org

Whitney "Whitty" Ransome
Founding Director
(410) 559-3465 (office)
whitneyransome@gfs.org