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Garrison Forest School

The James Center

What are your passions? Take them to the next level through The James Center’s exciting curricular and co-curricular programs. These innovative programs in leadership, service, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art/design and Math) and financial literacy give you the hands-on, real-world experience you need to meld passion and purpose.

What does The James Center do? By bringing together Garrison Forest’s many hands-on learning programs, The James Center offers students from Lower School through Upper School many opportunities to link to existing programs and to create their own. Andrea Perry, James Center Director, is a resource for you to take your interests to the next level and shape your own learning.

James Center Programs

WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Program with Johns Hopkins University

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program is a groundbreaking partnership between Garrison Forest and The Johns Hopkins University. We place talented GFS students in Hopkins labs three times a week for a whole semester. Learn more.

Jenkins Fellows and Community Service

The Elsie Foster Jenkins ’53 Endowment Fund for Community Service program supports Garrison Forest’s Service League community outreach program, brings noted community service leaders to campus to speak and sponsors the Jenkins Fellows Program. Named for School President and community leader Elsie Foster Jenkins ’53, the fund was created in her memory in 1999 by her family and friends. Learn More.

Service League

Do you like to do community service? Garrison Forest’s Service League has many ways for you to help! Learn more.

Middle Grades Partnership (MGP)

Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) is part of a city-wide initiative that partners independent schools with Baltimore public schools to provide learning opportunities for promising Baltimore City students. Learn more.

About the James Center

Named for alumna Amabel Boyce James ’70, the James 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 initial grant for the purpose of creating distinctive, nationally replicable, transformative programs. Founding Director Whitney “Whitty” Ransome, one of the co-founders of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, and Director Andrea Perry created partnerships with organizations and non-profits around the region and country to give Garrison Forest students many opportunities to dive into learning and leadership.

Today, The James Center includes partnerships with Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Community Foundation’s Middle Grades Partnership, dozens of non-profits and more. Two of The James Center’s hallmark programs—the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program and the Jenkins Fellows—are recognized nationally.

By intersecting with outside professionals, resources and organizations, you can expand your horizons and gain new understandings about the larger world. You get to test what you’re learning in the greater Baltimore region’s learning laboratory of non-profits, universities and more. With many James Center programs, that “laboratory” extends well beyond Maryland.


Andrea Perry
Director, The James Center
Dean of Special Programs
(410) 559-3125 (office)