Academic Concentrations

Foxcroft’s curriculum provides a breadth of course options in core liberal arts subjects — English, History, World Languages, Mathematics, Science, and the Arts — that students may take to earn the 21 credits required for graduation. The Academic Concentrations program allows a student to focus her studies at our college prep school in one of several specific areas, above and beyond the requirements for graduation, and to learn outside of the traditional classroom experience.

Academic Concentrations are offered in:

Animal Science
Global Studies
The Arts
Students who successfully complete the requirements earn special transcript designations.

Each student at our school may explore the various opportunities that comprise the overall Academic Concentrations program, even if she is not pursuing the diploma designation. Those opportunities include individual classes (with the Assistant Head of School for Academics’ approval), internships, community service, and in some cases, independent research/culminating presentations.

How It Works

List of 3 items.

  • Eligibility & Requirements

    A student may apply to participate in the Academic Concentrations program in the spring of her first year at Foxcroft (usually freshman year), and eligibility is reviewed annually.

    To be eligible, a student must:
    • Have a proven record of motivation and achievement
    • Demonstrate competency in the Concentration

    Requirements to earn the Academic Concentration transcript designation vary from discipline to discipline but generally include the following:
    • Rigorous course work at a high level of achievement
    • Internships each year that a student is enrolled
    • Annual commitment to community service in the concentration field
    • Independent study and/or a culminating project
    A student who enters Foxcroft after her freshman year may be eligible to transfer courses, internships, and community service from another school in order to meet the requirements; final approval for transfer credits rests with the department chair and the Assistant Head of School for Academics.
  • Application Process

    To apply, a student should
    • Meet with the Assistant Head of School for Academics
    • Meet with Lead Concentration Mentor in her Concentration area
    • Prepare a written proposal
    • Submit a transcript and a list of co-curricular and leadership activities
  • Progress & Support

    Each student will have:
    • A “concentration mentor” — a faculty member who will guide the student through the three-year program and track her progress towards fulfilling requirements
    • A “concentration committee” comprised of the mentor and two additional faculty, to review project proposals and final presentations
    • A variety of internships and community service opportunities established by the School to choose from. The student may also devise her own.

— Cathy McGehee, Head of School

“The Academic Concentrations program affords the unique opportunity for students to pursue deep learning in and out of the classroom in an area of passion for them.”


Concentration Mentors

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Katie Hergenreder

    Katie Hergenreder 

    STEM Department Chair, Animal Science Concentration Coordinator, Dorm Parent
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  • Photo of Julie Fisher

    Julie Fisher 

    Director of STEAM Education; Department Chair, Fine Arts; Yearbook Advisor
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  • Photo of Maria-Esther Sánchez

    Maria-Esther Sánchez 

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  • Photo of Meghen Tuttle

    Meghen Tuttle 

    STEM, Dorm Parent
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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.