Foxcroft provides a residential learning experience for girls in which academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and integrity are our highest values.
Founded in 1914, Foxcroft School is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12. The school is located on 500 acres in Middleburg, Virginia, 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. It is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.
The Student Body
Foxcroft is, by design, a small, residential school. The 2014-15 student body is 72 percent boarding students with a total of 157 girls from 19 states, Washington D.C., and 15 foreign countries. Fifteen percent were U.S. students of color, 25 percent international students, and about 30 percent receive financial aid. Eighteen percent of the students are related to alumnae -- an impressive testament to the relationship between the School and its graduates.
Foxcroft curriculum offerings number 83 courses and 14 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as academic support through the Learning Center and the Math and English Labs. In in 2014, 25 students -- including six members of the (then) Junior Class, earned AP Scholar recognition from the College Board. Seven girls earned AP Scholar with Distinction Award status by achieving an average of at least 3.5 (out of five) on all the AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more tests. Nationwide, only 22 percent of students who take AP Exams earn such recognition. (AP Scholars must earn a grade of three or higher on three or more AP Exams.)
The student:faculty ratio is 6:1 and 83 percent of the teaching faculty have advanced degrees. More than 80 percent of the faculty live on campus and all are available outside of class for extra help, review, and additional work. A diverse group, 16 percent of our classroom teachers are people of color/multiracial, and individual members have lived and worked all over the world, including Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland.
Above and Beyond
Foxcroft is at the forefront of STEM education and inspiring girls to pursue these vital fields of study: More than 35 percent of its 2014 graduates chose STEM fields as their majors in college -- compared to 20 percent nationally. Science and Math faculty incorporate new teaching strategies, technologies, projects, and service learning into students’ lives and School facilities include STEM lab, an engineering workshop, an Animal Room and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. In addition, the Read Observatory houses a Newtonian-Cassegrain reflecting telescope, two 8-inch Celestron telescopes, and astrophotography and solar-observing accessories.
Members of the Class of 2014 received 234 acceptances to 153 colleges and universities in the U.S., France, and Spain, including Barnard, Georgetown, Michigan, Middlebury, Pratt, Syracuse, Tulane, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington and Lee, Wellesley and Wesleyan.
Foxcroft School admits students of any race, color, religion, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions, or financial aid policies, loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs.
Foxcroft is located on 500 acres of land just north of Middleburg, Virginia. In addition to its natural beauty, the campus provides a wonderful setting for environmental studies, hiking, riding, cross country, and sledding when it snows. From Schoolhouse, the Currier Library, and dormitories that form the heart of the campus to the extensive riding venues, numerous athletic fields, tennis courts, swimming pool, and Athletic/Student Center (opened in 2010), the facilities provide ample space for all our girls' activities.
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.
At Foxcroft, girls are encouraged to find their voice. One way they do that is through the arts, expressing themselves via any of the many art media and performance options available. Art courses, theater productions, music lessons (for fun or for credit), digital graphics, singing groups, hip-hop dance – between curricular and extra-curricular programs on campus, the possibilities are endless.
Life on Campus
Girls succeed academically at Foxcroft because of the quality of our curriculum and the close attention of our faculty. But they thrive here intellectually, socially, and personally because this is a closely-knit residential community which they quickly come to love.
Full-time housemothers, additional faculty who live in or near the dorm, and student leaders comprise the “Dorm Team,” and are responsible for making sure that each and every student is known and valued. Academic, social, and personal challenges are quickly recognized and addressed. At Foxcroft, our housemothers’ main responsibility is the well-being of the girls in their dormitory homes. Housemothers are in constant contact with teachers, the Office of Student Life, advisors, and the Health Center
In addition, each girl establishes a special, unique relationship with her faculty advisor. The close rapport that develops manifests itself in many ways: shared meals in the Dining Room or in the advisor’s home, attendance at a game or play, formal meetings, and casual conversations. Advisors and teachers speak to parents on a regular basis about girls they know on many levels. Coaches and club advisors, too, offer additional adults with whom girls often connect.
Taken together these things create an exceptional community in which each girl grows in knowledge, in wisdom, and in compassion. A place where they feel safe to take the risks that help them develop into leaders.