Every independent school is defined by its mission. But the mission is embodied by the people who give it life every day. That’s why the admissions process is so important—it brings in each year’s new group of students who will discover themselves and help others to do the same within this sparkling community.
Field’s admissions team, led by Director of Admissions Maureen Miesmer, a 13-year veteran teacher, has been busy since the second week of school spreading the word about Field, how it teaches kids in unique ways, and how we go about finding students who find a great “fit” on our campus and in our community.
“We held our first, packed Admissions Information Session two Saturdays ago,” Maureen explains, “and we have been running small parent tours since mid-September, visiting classes in action. My team, along with other faculty, have also been attending admissions fairs in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. And last week we started hosting our first student visits. Admissions season is in full swing!” This year, the process also features a new version of Field’s viewbook
, which captures the mission and vibe of our school in photographs, stories, and philosophy.
This is Field’s fifth year bringing prospective students into an innovative sixth grade program on the top floor of the Cafritz House. The sixth grade focuses on critical thinking but spans a huge range of engagement and skill development. Susan Greenspan, who heads both Field’s Middle School and the sixth grade, describes this program as “already filled with traditions that help connect the 6th graders to the rest of the Field community and a place where new projects, curriculum, and activities are developing on a daily basis.” In addition to filling about 22 slots for that grade, the admissions process adds 11 more 7th grade students as well.
The largest influx of new students, however, comes into Field’s ninth grade, which almost doubles in size to about 65 students. “We receive hundreds of applications to Field each year,” Maureen notes, “and we invite every applicant to attend classes with a ‘buddy’ for the morning or a whole day. The Field buddies are incredibly important to the process—they show our school at its best and welcome visitors with real warmth.” After their “shadow days,” every applicant (and his or her parents) have a conversation with a member of the admissions team. “We try to get to know each applicant well,” explains Eva Greenberg, Senior Admissions Associate, “as Field is not just looking for those with the best grades but students who are bright, interesting, and really a ‘fit’ in a school based on small classes and learning through dialogue.”
Tours and open houses continue through mid-January, and student visits continue until Winter Internship begins in February. Eventually, Maureen and her team sit down with an admissions committee that includes Head of School Dale Johnson, Associate Head David Buffum, Susan Greenspan, Ninth Grade Head Tara Hanlon, and others. “At Field, we aim to see every student as an individual,” Dale explains, “and this begins with the admissions process. Admitting a class of Field students is an art, balancing an even number of boys and girls with different strengths, styles, cultural backgrounds, and interests. The recruitment and admission of students and their families into Field is the most critical aspect to creating a school culture that is uniquely diverse and dear to our hearts.”
To download Field's admissions information packet for people interested in learning more about the admissions process, CLICK HERE!