Concentrate! New Program Enables Girls to Focus on their Academic Passions

Academic Dean Courtney Ulmer made an exciting announcement Wednesday at Morning Meeting when she introduced the Foxcroft Concentration Program, a new academic opportunity for girls who want to focus on an area of special interest inside and outside of the classroom.
In its inaugural year (2018-19), the program will offer concentrations in Animal Science, Global Studies, and STEM. Additional concentrations in the arts and other areas are being explored. Typically, students will apply at the end of their freshman year to participate in the concentration for the next three years. Ms. Ulmer said, however, that a special plan to give current sophomores and juniors an opportunity to participate was in the works. 

“The Foxcroft Concentration Program will allow our student to delve into subjects which they are passionate about and explore them in an multifaceted way from internships to service learning experiences to a culminating capstone experience,” Ulmer said.

Specific requirements vary depending on the concentration, but always include academic (course) requirements, service learning projects or participation, on-campus and/or off-campus internships, and a culminating capstone or independent study project. 

A noteworthy component of the program is required participation in relevant service learning activities each year such as therapeutic riding and Goose Creek stream monitoring for Animal Science students, and engineering or technology innovation projects for STEM students. Participating in the life of the school, through clubs and on-site internship participation, is another important aspect of these concentrations. Global Studies students, for instance, might be International Ambassadors or serve as a French intern, while Animal Science students could work at Foxcroft's apiary or stables. Each student in the program will have a faculty mentor to guide her through the three-year program, as well as a committee, with two additional faculty, to review project proposals and final presentations. Watch for more specifics about the program, requirements, and the application process soon.
An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.