|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
|Investing in Girls: Creating Strong Women|
In order to prepare our students for success, wellness, and a life of leadership and philanthropy, we must provide skills that will give our girls agency over their financial future. To do so, Foxcroft has joined forces with Invest in Girls, a national organization dedicated to the empowerment of high school girls by teaching financial concepts, exposing girls to professional women as role models, and introducing them to financial services companies and career paths in finance.
Foxcroft students will participate in four topic-specific workshops each year. We’ve carved out time in our school schedule to avoid conflicts with classes and athletic events. Workshops will be taught both by staff of Invest in Girls as well as Foxcroft staff and local community partners. Deborah Anderson, Foxcroft’s Business Manager, will teach the sophomore workshop on budgeting and personal finance.
Additionally, Foxcroft can tailor workshops to meet specific needs of our students. For example, the Junior Class will attend a workshop to help them plan a successful class fundraiser to be held in March, 2017.
2016-17 Workshop Themes Include:
- Sophomores: Personal finance and budgeting
- Juniors: Investing your money
- Seniors: Financing college, taxes, insurance, interviewing and philanthropic giving
To read more about why financial literacy is essential to our students future wellness, read Head of School Cathy McGehee'ss recent blog post, "Investing in Girls: Creating Strong Women.
|Patia '16 Named National AP Scholar; record 30 students honored by College Board|
Patia Fann, who graduated last spring, attained the rare status of National Scholar to lead a record-setting 30 Foxcroft School students earning 2016 AP Scholar Awards from the College Board for outstanding achievement on Advanced Placement Exams, Academic Dean Courtney Ulmer announced Wednesday.
Patia led a stellar group of AP Scholar award-winners that includes 40 percent of the most recent graduating class. Worldwide, only about 22 percent of the 2.2 million students who took AP Exams performed well enough to earn AP Scholar designation. Eleven current students also earned recognition, as the number of Foxcroft AP Scholars reached double digits for the 13th consecutive year— an impressive feat for such a small school.
|From Schoolhouse to The Piedmont Virginian: The Poetry of Steve McCarty|
At Foxcroft, students are encouraged to explore their creative sides as they develop their unique voices. Whether writing a poem or short story, picking up a new instrument at an evening jam session, taking photographs, or creating something special in the art room, girls find time for artistic expression. Faculty members, too, pursue their creative sides as time permits, and one who has made this a priority recently has gained some attention for it.
Between refining curriculum for his four courses -- including Creative Writing -- and advising Chimera, Foxcroft’s online student literary and arts magazine, English and Economics teacher Steve McCarty writes poetry. He recently submitted some of his work to The Piedmont Virginian -- and three poems were featured in the July/August issue. A bi-monthly journal, The Piedmont Virginian shares information on and an appreciation of the Piedmont area of Virginia.
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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.
Experiential Learning Coordinator
Year Appointed: 2015
A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts and a Bachelor's of Interior Architecture, Beth O'Quinn made a career of applied arts and sciences, working for several architecture and interior design firms in both New York City and Washington, DC, and then running her own design firm. She has also engaged in volunteer work for various organizations in Loudoun County, and serves on the Outreach Committee of Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, VA.
Beth is passionate about service learning and experiential education, in their many forms and coordinates special opportunities for Foxcroft students that included the Wintermission term, travel and exchange opportunities, the Exceptional Proficiency Program, and community service and volunteer experiences, both occasional an on-going.
Director of the Learning Center, Dorm Parent
Year Appointed: 2016
University of Georgia Southern - B.S.
Susan Bentley brings her expertise to the Foxcroft community as the new Director of the Learning Center after nine years as Director of Academic Support at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Florida. She earned her undergraduate degree in education from Georgia Southern University and holds a M.A. in teaching with a focus in reading from Jacksonville University. Her leadership extends to a variety of roles from admissions committee and academic review committee to chairing a self-study committee for accreditation and serving as chair of the Florida Council of Independent Schools review for academic accommodations.
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.