Charlotte Haxall Noland founded Foxcroft School in 1914, at the age of 32. Her dream was to create a school that "girls would want to come to and hate to leave because they loved it." More than 100 years later, it’s clear that she accomplished her goal. Foxcroft girls work hard, and they play hard, and they love their school. Each year, ITs (daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters) and Legacies (sisters, nieces, and cousins) of alumnae average between 20-25% of the student body, reflecting this love, belief, and commitment, fueled by the sense of joy and playfulness that Miss Charlotte created.
From the beginning, Miss Charlotte’s highest aim and Foxcroft’s greatest responsibility has been to educate the whole student. Her efforts to instill high purpose, integrity, leadership, understanding, and empathy in students, along with — as the motto for the boarding school for girls in Virginia states, "mens sana in corpore sano” (
A healthy mind in a healthy body) — guides Foxcroft to this day.