The Oldfields Difference
There are many exceptional college preparatory schools from which to choose, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The information families really need is what Oldfields has to offer that can’t be found anywhere else. The decision becomes clearer when you come for a visit but until then, consider these distinguishing characteristics as a good place to start!
The structure of a day at Oldfields is unique, intentional and individualized. Created to emphasize effective learning, three 80-minute daily classes allow the girls to immerse themselves in and master each subject. Additionally, it allows the teachers to create dynamic classroom scenarios that engage the students. There is an hour between classes when teachers remain in their classrooms, ready and available to meet with students, allowing for extra learning support and other enrichment. This time gives them the opportunity to advocate for themselves and develop meaningful relationships with teachers. The similarity to a collegiate schedule and collegiate “office hours” helps them successfully transition into higher learning. This hour is also used for club meetings or even just down time when needed!
It is ideal to be able to give this much attention to our students, and the results are undeniable! By design, our faculty has the time to tailor the learning experience to each individual girl, providing enrichment for those who need challenge, as well as extra help to those who need support. With an average class size of 8, everyone participates and gets the attention they need. Teachers can exercise freedom and creativity through off campus trips, unique instruction methods, and cutting edge use of technology when a class is this size!
Galloping across the beaches of the Irish coast, nailing drywall in New Orleans, touring the ruins of Pompeii, developing code for an original video game – the May Program can take students just about anywhere! Our two week experiential learning experience is a unique hallmark of an Oldfields education that complements the academic curriculum. May Program offers a life changing opportunity for our students. Officially inaugurated in 1971, this popular tradition is perfectly aligned with our mission since each girl chooses an area to explore what sparks her interest. Read more about May Program where real life learning is intentionally developed.
In the Oldfields Community, students develop robust and meaningful relationships with faculty through significant connections in and out of the classroom. The girls are constantly surrounded by inspiring mentors who are ready and willing to help guide, challenge, and support them. One of the most important mentors is the student advisor.
All students are assigned an advisor and meet daily in advisory groups of 3-5 students. The role of the advisor includes:
- Guiding students through their academic career at Oldfields. Working together on everything from setting up a study schedule to texting them reminders about an appointment with a teacher.
- Supporting students socially and emotionally. This may mean providing a listening ear, overseeing a roommate dispute, or going for an off campus excursion to celebrate a good grade.
- Communicating with students’ parents. Advisors are often the go-between for families, students, and faculty. Oldfields families always have someone they can call about anything – and that person is the advisor!