Garrison Forest empowers students to realize their full potential and live lives of purpose.

Garrison Forest School

Core Values, Mission and Statement of Respect

Core Values

Our Motto matters. Esse Quam Videri, “To Be Rather Than To Seem,” has inspired our community since Garrison Forest School’s founding in 1910.

Today, it inspires our Core Values:

  • Be Authentic.
  • Be Brave.
  • Be Compassionate.
  • Be Curious.
  • Be Spirited.

These five Core Values, created by the GFS community in 2015, guide how we teach and learn, connect and collaborate, serve and succeed. Underscoring our Mission and Statement of Respect, these five values are a road map for every member of our community, adult and child, to be our best selves.

Mission and Philosophy

At Garrison Forest School, we prepare our students in and out of the classroom to thrive in a complex, changing world by:

  • challenging them to strive for academic excellence and to grow into informed, independent and creative thinkers
  • cultivating an authentic and resilient sense of self, grounded in respect and integrity
  • creating a diverse and inclusive community built on a spirit of caring
  • inspiring young women to lead and to serve with passion, purpose and joy

Statement of Respect

The Garrison Forest School community is deeply committed to equity, honesty, kindness and respect as part of the educational experience. To this end, we:

  • celebrate diversity both within our community and our curriculum
  • are concerned for the well-being of all people
  • seek to build the self-esteem of all people
  • aspire to promote the understanding of all people.

500 Internal Server Error

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request. Either the server is overloaded or there is an error in the application.