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.”
This week marks the start of the yearlong celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. On October 15, 1846, in Derby, England, Cornelia Connelly and three postulants participated in their first Mass as a religious community. How grateful we feel for the amazing work of so many that began on that faithful day!
I hope this edition of the Messenger finds you and your families enjoying the summer despite the difficult times we have all been facing.
While the last few months have presented many challenges, I’m extremely proud of the way our Mayfield community finished out the school year. Our students, faculty, and staff all rose to the occasion. They worked hard to keep moving forward academically, staying engaged, and continuing to strengthen our community even though we could not be physically together.
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 21 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.