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Posted March 04, 2015
- a parent
Our daughter transferred to Foxcroft from another private school where she was experiencing academic difficulty. The curriculum at the "former" school was very rigid and highly structured. Our daughter did not respond well to that former environment, and she was academically disengaged. It wasn't that she was intellectually challenged, but the teachers and environment at her former school were simply not a good fit for her. Foxcroft has been a much better fit. She likes her teachers and is putting forth an outstanding effort with her studies. As parents we have been amazed at the turnaround. I should mention that Foxcroft's facilities are superb. If your daughter is an equestrian I would highly recommend this school. The equestrian program is outstanding. The teachers and administrators have been congenial and welcoming. The school "traditions" such as the Fox & Hound competitions, are special moments that the girls remember long after they graduate from the school. As a family, I'm glad we found Foxcroft.
I thought the same thing about this school until I sent my girl here. The campus is beautiful the student body diverse. However, its not enough. For kids of color or those not financially affluent this place tends to alienate. The diversity in the student body is incredible but the diversity in the faculty is not matching. The only people working there who are of color are the "help". There is one new teacher who is very young, inexperienced and not a strong advocate. Students are not learning to embrace who they are but are told how they should be. The lessons in social interaction are also absent. Where the girls could really use some guidance and thoughtful conversation about complicated social stuff that goes on-manipulative students whose parents are Senators or have their own jets are appeased and those without means must know their place or get shown the door. They correct them without informing the parents of what is happening which impedes resolution/support. Not the example I want for my child. This was my experience and I want to share both sides. If you want your daughter being expected to keep her head down and be thankful for the opportunity - send her to Foxcroft!
This is the most wonderful school for girls that I have known. My daughter started here after being somewhat broken down by her former school. She was uncertain of her capabilities and basic self-worth. The faculty and administration turned this shy wallflower into an amazing leader of her peers and launched her future academic career into orbit. There are teachers at this school that my daughter considers her life-long mentors. Mrs. Leapheimer is an amazing headmistress and my personal role model.