Science: Physics first provides a firm foundation for Biology, Chemistry, and further study. Advanced Placement courses: Bio, Chem, Physics, Computer Science, and Environmental Science.
Math: Choices that meet students’ differing needs are offered beginning with Algebra I. Electives range from Discrete Math and Advanced Financial Algebra to three levels of Calculus (two of them APs), and Multivariable Calculus.
STEM Lab: High-tech hardware, including large-screen computers and a 3D printer
Bio Lab: Completely renovated in 2015, with state-of-the-art lab desks and two aeroponic gardens. “We’ve realized our vision of a welcoming, beautiful, and collegiate-style lab ... Most importantly, there has been an absolute transformation in the girls coming into this room.” — Biology teacher Meghen Tuttle, Ph.D. (Neuroscience)
Technology: A suite of special software programs and laptops for data acquisition, analysis, and presentation — MicroLAB; LabView, ArcGIS, SolidWorks CAD, and AgentSheets, to name a few.
Construction Space: Workbenches, basic tools, power tools and plenty of space for project design and construction
Foxcroft was the first girls’ school in Virginia to become part of Purdue University’s EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service Learning) High Program — which is a prime example of how we make STEM subjects compelling for students, whether they think of themselves as being science/math-oriented or not.
EPICS is a design-based service learning program through which student teams provide engineering solutions for local non-profits. Our “clients” include schools, therapeutic horseback riding centers, the humane society, and a history museum. Projects built range from an agility course for dogs, wheelchair-accessible picnic tables, and a grain bin to elegant podiums for the new conference room in Court.
A fun and stimulating girls-only competition in which teams of 3-4 solve real-world problems that draw on STEM skills. Created and hosted by Foxcroft's STEM faculty, it draws nearly 200 participants each year to compete in separate middle and high school divisions.
Engineers, architects, hands-on activities, and construction site visits introduce students to all aspects of design and engineering in these monthly seminar series. Project GreenBuild followed the creation of Stuart Hall, our first "green" building. Project Rebuild tracked the renovation of Court.
Web design, 3D design and printing, robotics, rocketry, and computer programming are among the skills that this active group of students explore. The group is mentored by several faculty members which allow members of the club to separate into groups of their own interest and pursue learning that excites them.
Guest speakers — often women with groundbreaking careers — visit campus to share their stories and their work in various STEM fields. NASA's Chief Scientist, Ellen Stofan, and award-winning industrial designer Julia Sutula are are recent examples. Students also go on field trips and take on internships to further explore careers in this booming businesses.
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.