Mayfield Senior School takes great pride in its educational heritage, which is derived from the vision of Cornelia Connelly (1809-1879), the foundress of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. One of the few American women to establish a Catholic religious order, Cornelia promoted the serious education of young women at a time when such views were daringly progressive.
She boldly provided her female students with a rigorous curriculum and instructed her teachers to “lead pupils by love rather than fear,” and encouraged them to “take the trouble to study the character of each child.” She understood that the right learning environment could create a lasting impact far beyond “book learning”—it could build character, spirit and faith. The hallmark of a Holy Child School is its emphasis on respect, trust and joy.
Mayfield Senior School is a testament to Cornelia’s vision and to all that is unique to a Catholic, Holy Child education—love of learning, a lifelong commitment to service, a strong sense of self, a joyful spirit, and true respect for the inherent worth of every human being.