Welcome to Mayfield Senior School, where your gifts come alive!
Welcome to Mayfield Senior School, where an incredible energy and sense of joy embrace our beautiful campus!
We are a school where the powers of faith, community and excellence create an irresistible place of discovery that draws us together with enthusiasm every day.
Our teachers are innovative, caring and fun, creatively engaging students so that they are captivated, curious and motivated. We know how girls learn best and we stretch their minds. With deep thought and care, we work to ensure that each student receives what she needs to be successful.
Yet these awesome qualities are not enough at Mayfield. As a Holy Child School, our educators must also live our mission “to help students believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world.” In other words, at Mayfield we help our students know and feel that they are loved by God.
We teach our wonderful students to see themselves in control of their own destinies—powerful and strong. At Mayfield, we strive to instill the qualities of justice, integrity, reverence and intellect because our young women will soon be the leaders this world so desperately needs.
Kate Morin, Mayfield's 14th Head of School, is an accomplished administrator, innovator and expert in girls' education who brings a warm, generous spirit and faith-filled leadership to our community.
Her strong bonds with students, her visionary guidance that pushes for continuous improvement and her indefatigable devotion to Mayfield distinguishes her leadership. Under Kate's direction, Mayfield has strengthened and greatly invested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education, launched a breakthrough health and wellness program, and nurtured a thriving Campus Ministry team, among other top-notch initiatives.
Kate enters her fourth year at Mayfield after serving eight years as Head of the Upper School at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, MD. Over the course of her 28-year career, which also encompassed a variety of teaching and leadership roles at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., Kate has developed an unequivocal dedication to empowering young women through single-sex education.
A longtime Washington, D.C. resident, Kate was drawn to Mayfield Senior School’s Catholic, Holy Child tradition of academic excellence and commitment to service and social justice. An accomplished musician (cello and recorder), avid 20th-century historian and enthusiastic dressage rider, Kate embodies Cornelia Connelly’s educational philosophy of educating the whole person in mind, body and spirit.
Kate holds an M.A. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. in musicology from New York University and a B.A. in music from the University of Maryland, College Park. Kate and her husband, Skip—a music professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for 23 years—have three grown sons who live on the East Coast, Aubrey, Nicholas and Matthew.
— Kate Morin
“Being a Holy Child school means that everything we do—academics, arts, sports, service—is done with the powerful belief that God is an active presence in our lives.”
There is no place like our Mayfield home for the holidays! This is particularly true for me this year as we celebrate the birth of Our Lord all together once more in our beautiful Strub Hall. Even as we are entering the final phase of our renovation project—lovingly protecting and strengthening our cherished Mayfield home—Christmas is everywhere. Once again, we see the glittering tree filling the entryway, the staircase banister wound with ribboned garland, the living room mantle crowned by a beautiful angel, and most of all, our lovely crèche in the chapel, inviting prayer and reflection. Music fills our school too, as our singers and instrumentalists complete their final Carol Night rehearsals. We smell and taste the sugary treats that seem to be around every corner, and we feel the excitement of each Kris Kind gift given and received.
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.