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Garrison Forest School


In addition to our need-based financial aid awards, Garrison Forest offers two scholarship programs:

Legacy Scholarship Program

Since its earliest days in 1910, boarding at Garrison Forest School has been a treasured tradition. Generations of Alumnae have benefited from the enriching experience of learning and living at Garrison Forest.

Garrison Forest offers two merit-based legacy scholarships for any new student or current day students entering Grades 8-12 to board at Garrison Forest. Alumnae daughters, granddaughters, or nieces are eligible to apply. Scholarships are renewable each year with good academic standing.



Who is eligible?

Alumnae daughters, granddaughters, or nieces are eligible. Applicants may be new students to Garrison Forest School or current day students entering Grades 8-12.

What is the award?

The Legacy Scholarship covers the difference in cost between a day and a boarding tuition. Eligible families may also apply for additional need-based financial aid.

Why board at Garrison Forest as a Legacy Scholar?

  • Lifelong friendships forged in the dormitories
  • The continuation of a family tradition, one shared with many GFS alumnae
  • A gorgeous, 110-acre campus with collegiate-level facilities
  • Unique experiences from evening and weekend activities, which further intellectual curiosity, inspire personal growth, develop leadership skills, and prepare for college life as only a boarding community can
  • Close connections with residential faculty dedicated to our on-campus community

How does my family apply?

There is no separate application required. Families applying for the first time should complete the boarding application process, and contact Catie Gibbons at (410) 559-3137 or to let her know of your interest.

Current GFS families in Grades 7-11 do not need to complete a new application. Contact Catie Gibbons to let her know of your interest.

May I visit Garrison Forest with my family member who is interested?

Of course! You may schedule a tour and visit or register to attend one of our Garrison Getaways, overnight programs for interested applicants. Students stay in our dormitories with other boarders, attend classes, and take a tour.


Head of School Merit Scholarship Program

In addition to our need-based financial aid awards, Garrison Forest offers a small number of merit scholarships to incoming students. These merit awards recognize students who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement in combination with positive contributions to their school and community. We seek students who personify our motto, Esse Quam Videri – To Be Rather Than To Seem. 

  • Students must complete all aspects of the application process by January 31st, including teacher recommendations and essays
  • Students must demonstrate strong academic achievement as seen on academic records from their current school and comments on their teacher recommendations
  • Students must show positive engagement and leadership in their current school community through arts, athletics and service
  • Students must be U.S. citizens

Head of School Scholars are renewed each year assuming that they maintain a high academic standard and contribute positively to the Garrison Forest community. Recipients are not prohibited from obtaining additional financial assistance if they qualify.

Students who receive scholarships will be notified with the admissions decision letters in mid-February for day students and early March for boarding students.


Phone: (410) 559-3111

Fax: (410) 363-8441


Office Hours:

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the academic school year

9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during summer months and holidays

What does the research show?

Subtracting boys from a girl’s school environment simply adds up to many more opportunities—and better learning—for the girls.

Nearly 80% of girls’ schools students report most of their classes challenge them to achieve their full academic potential vs. 72.3% of girls at coed independent and 44.3% at coed public schools.- Dr. Richard A. Holmgren, Allegheny College, ‘Steeped in Learning: the Students Experience at All-Girls Schools

More positive academic and behavioral interactions [were observed] between teachers and students in the single-sex schools than in comparison to coed schools.- U.S. Department of Education, “Early Implementation of Public Single-Sex Schools: Perceptions and Characteristics.”

93% of girls’ school grads say they were offered greater leadership opportunities than peers at coed schools and 80% have held leadership positions since graduating from high school.- Goodman Research Group, “The Girls’ School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools”

Compared to coed peers, girls’ school grads are 3 times more likely to consider engineering careers.

Nearly 50% of all women graduating from girls’ schools rate their public speaking ability as high vs. 38% from coed schools.

Dr. Linda Sax, UCLA, “Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Difference in their Characteristics and the Transition to College”

Want to learn more? Visit the National Coalition of Girls Schools.