Garrison Forest School

Garrison Forest School

Garrison Forest School (GFS) is a college preparatory school, in Owings Mills, Maryland, near Baltimore, with a nationally distinctive educational model. The school offers a day school for girls, pre-first through grade 12, as well as a coed program from ages two through kindergarten. The regional, national, and international residential program is for girls in grades 8–12. For fall 2009, total enrollment is 683 students across three divisions: the Lower Division (preschool and elementary grades), Middle School, and Upper School. The school averages about 60 residential students per year.

Garrison Forest School was founded in 1910 by Mary Moncrieffe Livingston. Montcrieffe adopted the motto Esse Quam Videri—To Be Rather Than To Seem for her then-fledgling school. Nearly 100 years later, those words encourage students to be who they are, not who they think others want them to be. G. Peter O'Neill, Jr. has been the Head of Garrison Forest School since 1994, and has been serving as a head of independent schools for 24 years. A nationally respected educational leader and advocate for girls’ education, Mr. O’Neill was recognized as one of the country's most outstanding school heads in 2006 by the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University.

Located on 116 acres (0.47 km) outside of Baltimore, the school’s park-like campus offers collegiate-quality academic, athletic, arts, residential, and student facilities. Garrison Forest School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.

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