|Preparing students for success in the 21st century|
Foxcroft offers a robust college preparatory academic program which prepares young women for a future that demands intelligent responses, highly developed skills, and firmly rooted character. The central components of a Foxcroft education are intellectual; the academic curriculum is designed to challenge each student to develop analytical ability, critical thinking, and communication skills, and rigorous independent thought. We educate each student to seek the confidence and character to meet her future with integrity, high purpose, and a sense of accomplishment.
Commencement Speakers 2016
|A Grand Classroom|
NCGS Leadership Retreat to Grand Canyon coming up June 18-22
Five Foxcroft girls are taking advantage of an amazing leadership opportunity with the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS)
in an awe-inspiring location -- the Grand Canyon. Joining together at a leadership retreat with students from other NCGS schools, they will generate big ideas in a "Grand Classroom" while taking in one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, and will hone their leadership skills and think about ways to incorporate them into the Foxcroft community.
|24 Students Honored for Excellence on National French Contest|
Freshman Itzi Y. got a perfect score on the French I exam to earn a Platinum Medal and lead an impressive group of 24 Foxcroft students honored for excellence on the National French Contest, teacher Arnaud Boulestreau announced recently.
Itzi's performance placed her first, not only in Virginia but in the entire United States -- out of 21,791 students who took the Level I exam. Two students, Lu C. '19, in Level I, and Patia F. '16, in Level IV, placed second in the state, while junior Michelle A. took third among Virginian Level II contestants. They all received gold medals.
|Six Students Earn National Latin Exam Honors!|
The foreign language accolades continue! Six Foxcroft students have been recognized for achieving excellence on the National Latin Exam (NLE), Latin teacher Eric Dombrowski shared this week.
Lindsay W. '17 of Latin IV Prose and Pradyuta P. '18 of Latin III were both honored with Gold Summa Cum Laude awards for scoring 35 and 33 respectively out of 40 on the exam. Grace M. '19 continues the tradition of Latin aptitude in her family after her sisters Charlotte '12 and Lily '14, earning Silver Maxima Cum Laude with a score of 30 on the Latin III exam. Three students -- Aria D. '19 (Latin I), Sophia D. '16 (Latin I) and Jasmine M. '16 (Latin II) -- achieved Magna Cum Laude honors by scoring in the 30-32 range.
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REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
The minimum requirement for graduation is the successful completion of 18 academic units (credits) plus four years of physical education. A unit is the equivalent of a single full-year course. The Foxcroft School year is divided into two semesters; courses of one semester's length receive one-half unit.
The normal program consists of five academic units per year. In exceptional cases and with permission of the Academic Dean, a student may carry a four-course or six-course load.
DISTRIBUTION AND COURSE REQUIREMENTS
English: 4 units: one unit to be taken each year. In addition, international students who are non-native speakers of English are required to take Advanced Academic English classes for a minimum of two years and to complete the Level III class.
Foreign Language: 3 units: three consecutive units of any one foreign language or four units of foreign language, two being consecutive in one and two in another.
History: 3 units: World Cultures* for Freshmen; U.S. History* for Sophomores; One additional unit.
Mathematics: 3 units: The Math core curriculum includes Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Three units of credit are granted for demonstrating competency in these areas, but the number of actual semesters of study may vary.
Science: 3 units: Physics* for Freshmen or Physics I, plus Chemistry I, Biology I, and 1 or 1.5 additional units for a total of 3 units. Beginning in 2013-14, Freshmen are required to complete Physics or Physics M. Students who have not completed either of these are required to take Physics I or Physics IM.
Fine Arts: 1.5 units: Introduction to the Arts* for Freshmen; one additional unit to be earned in Dance, Drama, Music, Studio Art, or Art History.
Physical Education: 3 trimesters/year
Health: Sophomore Health Class*
Other: Successful completion of Wintermission term in each year at Foxcroft.
* These requirements are waived for students who do not attend Foxcroft during their Freshman and/or Sophomore year(s).
Students and teachers use myFoxcroft to access classroom materials, to interact with one another outside of the classroom, to manage their schedules and assignments, and much more!
To be a successful 21st century life-long learner, understanding and measuring Information Literacy standards will give students the ability to develop critical thinking skills that are universal and can be transferred to a multitude of situations. All freshmen are required to take a Digital Literacy course during the fall semester. Subsequently, students will enhance their Information Literacy abilities with grade- and course-level activities that build increasing mastery based on the premise that everyone can be an effective and responsible user of information.
Students will learn to: use the electronic card catalog to locate library materials; understand that a range of information sources may meet an information need; evaluate the most reliable and appropriate resources available; assimilate information into a cohesive, well documented research report; and incorporate information seeking skills into current and future relationships with knowledge.
|Advanced Placement Courses|
Foxcroft participates in the College Board’s Advanced Placement program. This program, begun in 1955, offers a college-level curriculum, taught at the high school level, to motivated high school students throughout the U.S. These accelerated courses have workloads that are, both qualitatively and quantitatively heavier than standard courses in their disciplines. As such, permission from the appropriate department and completion of prerequisite courses are required for enrollment in AP classes. Departments base their enrollment decisions on previous years’ work in the subject area, writing samples, and overall suitability for the AP curriculum. Completion of required summer study is essential for many AP classes.
Students who fail to meet their prerequisites and/or summer study requirements may not enroll in these courses. All students enrolled in AP courses sit for the apprpriate AP examinations in May. Note: Foxcroft considers two AP courses to be a heavy commitment, and permission of the Academic Dean is required to take more than two AP courses at one time. Approval from the Academic Dean is required prior to enrollment in any AP course.
The Senior Thesis is an interdisciplinary, multimedia research project designed to be the culminating experience of four years of English instruction at Foxcroft. It is a full semester course required for seniors not enrolled in AP Literature or American Literature. The course engages all the skills and abilities students have developed in the areas of expository writing, literary analysis, inductive research and public speaking. It begins with an extensive exposure to research, covering everything from in-house reference sources to a multitude of search engines, in order to stress the necessity of building a comprehensive bibliography.
|Online School for Girls|
Foxcroft is a charter affiliate member of the Online School for Girls
, a consortium of schools dedicated to creating the best online courses for girls. With the approval of the Academic Dean and appropriate Department Chair, a student may take an Online School for Girls course for credit as an elective during the school year or during the summer. Grades received will appear on the student’s transcript, but will not contribute to the student’s grade point average. The Online School for Girls offers a variety of courses
Academic Dean, Dorm Parent
Year Appointed: 2006
College of William and Mary - B.A.
Vanderbilt University - M.A.
Courtney Ulmer was born and raised in Baltimore, Md., and attended The Bryn Mawr School, an all girls day school, for 13 years. Courtney also attended The College of William and Mary as an undergraduate and earned a master's degree in American History from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to Foxcroft she taught history in New Hampshire and Baltimore.
In 2013, Courtney became Foxcroft's Academic Dean, a new role that she embraced following seven years of teaching and serving as Chair of the History Department. Now that she has had time to settle into the Academic Office, Courtney is excited to be returning to the classroom this year to teach History of Western Art, which has been a passion of hers since her undergraduate days as a dual history and art history major.
She lives in Stuart Hall, where she serves as the Resident Relief. When not reading history books, Courtney enjoys sailing with her family on the Chesapeake Bay.
Registrar and Administrative Assistant to the Academic Dean, Lead Dorm Parent
Year Appointed: 1993
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Patty Boswell attended an all girls' private high school where she learned the value of single sex education. She arrived at Foxcroft in May of 1990 with her family and began what was to become an unexpected adventure. After a brief stint on the switchboard, Patty became the Registrar/Administrative Assistant in the Academic Office in 1992. Always the faithful Hound, Patty proudly became the HoundBacker in 1999 and has lived in her Fox/Hound world ever since. In 2000, Patty added Court Housemother to her job description.
In her spare time, Patty enjoys spending time with her family -- Patty's daughter Kelli graduated from Foxcroft in the Class of 2003. She also enjoys reading, listening to music and enjoying the company of her many pets.