Formation of Self

Caring for your amazing mind, body and heart

How do I deal with test anxiety? Is five hours of sleep enough? What is ‘executive function?’

At Mayfield, girls don’t go it alone. Our breakthrough "Formation of Self" program, or FOS for short, aims to address essential health, wellness and developmental needs of students. The bold curriculum extends through all four high school years with age-appropriate topics addressed at each grade level. Classes meet about twice a month and are taught by our team of student support experts. At the root of the program lies one of Cornelia Connelly's powerful statements:

“Be yourself, only make the self all that God wants it to be.”

Our innovative program speaks to essential topics for teenage girls.

In a uniquely incisive approach to health and wellness education, Mayfield experts have developed year-long seminars at each grade level. Students meet twice a month with our school nurse, counselor, or education specialist to discuss teen-relevant topics, including how to navigate new environments and relationships.

At the root of the program lies one of the seven goals of Holy Child education—“to promote the personal growth and development of all who participate in the life of the school.”

List of 4 items.

  • School Counselor Cristina Perez, LCSW

    takes up mental health issues, including understanding and dealing with stress vs. anxiety and navigating healthy relationships.
  • School Nurse Cathy Cota, RN

    teaches students how to stay healthy and how their body systems function. 
  • Learning Specialist Ann Bussard, LMFT

    works with girls on issues including study strategies, time management and the teenage brain.
  • College Counselors Samantha Pieper and Lynn Maloney

    focus most of their attention on seniors applying to college and also begin preliminary work with other classes.

— Kate Morin, Head of School

This program goes above and beyond any one short-lived assembly or lesson and truly addresses the needs of our girls in a unique way. Their healthy minds, bodies and spirits are key to their growth and education and we are all about giving students the support they need.

Formation of Self topics include:

Stress vs. Anxiety
Decision Making
Organization, planning, time management
Study Skills & Learning Strategies
Self Exploration & Identity
Self Care
Self Defense
Academic Integrity
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.