Your Freshman Year

Welcome to Mayfield!

On behalf of the entire Mayfield community, we want to once again express our excitement and gratitude that you are a part of our Mayfield Senior School family! We hope the resources on this page will help guide your family through the transition to high school. Stay tuned—we will continue to add answers to frequently asked questions as the new school year approaches.

Summer academics for incoming 9th graders

Mandatory Summer Assignments

All incoming 9th graders have required summer homework assignments. These are posted on the iMSS Resources page on the Summer Assignments tab.

Optional Summer Enrichment Courses

Based on their placement exam results, incoming 9th-grade students can take optional three-week online enrichment courses in math (Algebra Readiness or Geometry Readiness) and/or English. Please note that students receiving financial aid will receive the same percentage towards summer classes. (We have limited space available in Algebra and Writing for High School in Session 2, which runs July 13-31. See course details below and register here.)

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  • Readiness for High School Algebra

    Session 1: June 22 - July 10, 2020
    Session 2: July 13-31, 2020
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
    This course is for students preparing for 9th-grade Algebra. It will cover algebra topics that are essential for success in Algebra I: algebraic expressions, linear equations, domain and range, ordered pairs, square roots, proportions, and equations of lines. A TI-84/84+ calculator is recommended, but not required. Purchase of a workbook is required (link to purchase).

    Please note that students receiving financial aid will receive the same percentage towards summer academic enrichment classes.

    Click to register
  • Readiness for High School Geometry

    Open to Mayfield students entering 9th grade by Math Department recommendation.
    Session 1: June 22 - July 10, 2020 (only)
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
    This course is for students preparing for 9th-grade Geometry. It will cover algebra topics that are essential for success in geometry: unit conversions, simple probability, algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities, ordered pairs, equations of lines, systems of linear equations, square roots, simplifying radicals, factoring, and quadratic equations. A TI-84/84+ calculator is required.

    Please note that students receiving financial aid will receive the same percentage towards summer academic enrichment classes.

    Click to register
  • Writing for High School

    Session 1: June 22 - July 10, 2020
    Session 2: July 13-31, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Monday - Friday)
    Students will develop their individual writer’s voice as they strengthen the composition and grammar skills essential for success in high school. Through structured assignments, students will practice developing clear thesis statements, crafting strong topic sentences, and supporting their claims with appropriate details. As they prepare logical, meaningful arguments, students will also sharpen their introductions and conclusions, use of transitions, and control of grammar and mechanics.

    Please note that students receiving financial aid will receive the same percentage towards summer academic enrichment classes.

    Click here to register

Device Requirements

All Mayfield students must bring an Apple Mac laptop or iPad to school each day. Please note that there are certain tools and applications that do not run as smoothly on iPad, so students may need to use a computer from home, a friend, or the school library.

If you are considering buying a new device, see the minimum requirements and recommendations. If you already own a Mac laptop or iPad, these are the minimum requirements:

  • Should be no more than 3 years old
  • 8 GB of RAM preferred
  • 128 GB hard drive, 256 GB preferred
  • Should be no more than 3 years old
  • Must support iOS 12
    • iPad Air 1, iPad Air 2, iPad (5th & 6th generation), 9.7” iPad Pro, 10.5” iPad Pro, or 12.9” iPad Pro (1st & 2nd generation)
  • Minimum 32GB storage
  • If you are purchasing a new iPad, 128 GB of RAM is the minimum recommended model
Battery Life
Battery life is critical. Ideally, the computer should have an operating life of 8 hours on a single charge, and students must come to school each day with a fully charged computer. We also recommend that students bring a charger, as the school is unable to provide loaner power cords. 

Texas Instruments (TI) Graphing Calculator
The Math Department also asks that students have a Texas Instruments (TI) graphing calculatorOur teachers consider this tool to be an important resource for high school math education—almost akin to a textbook. [Which TI model should I use? »] 

Conservatory for the Arts

Conservatory for the Arts courses are designed for the advanced art student who has a commitment to the arts. Conservatory students meet after school hours until 5:15 p.m., two or three days a week.

Ninth-graders may enroll in our UC-approved Conservatory courses by taking the required arts foundation courses concurrently, by audition or portfolio review, or with instructor approval.

Additional costs apply for Conservatory classes ($800/year or $300/trimester) and enrollment for the full year is recommended.

Athletics Tryouts

Cross Country, Golf, Tennis and Volleyball are the four fall sports offered at Mayfield Senior School. We will have more information about fall athletics as soon as CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) announces their return-to-play guidelines. 

All students trying out for and/or playing on a team must have a physical on file with the school. All relevant information must be uploaded to Magnus Health prior to the start of sport.

Uniform Guidelines

Wearing a uniform is intended to free a student to focus her creativity and self-expression into her intellectual pursuits, as well as her artistic and athletic endeavors. 

  • CKW School Uniforms is Mayfield's official uniform store. You can contact them directly via email, by text at (909) 493-6692, by phone at (626) 287-1994 or via live chat on their website. Virtual appointments continue over the summer and in-store appointments start July 7. You can also shop online or by phone on their dedicated order line at (626)-765-5624. 
  • You can buy Fitness & Wellness uniforms, Mayfield sweatshirts, jackets and vests, and other Cubs gear at the Cubs StoreOrder pickup has been temporarily suspended while our campus is closed, but the Cubs Store is open! Rest assured that we will set your item(s) aside for collection at a later date. 
Scroll down for more specific uniform guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact Abigail Shaw, Dean of Students, at (626) 799-9121 ext. 308.

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  • Formal Uniform

    Must be worn on all special occasions including liturgies and prayer services.
    • Box pleat brown & white skirt (no shorter than four inches above the knee)
      OR CKW-issued khaki pants
    • White Oxford blouse/shirt shirt (short- or long-sleeved)
    • Brown Mayfield blazer
    • Brown or black loafers or flats
    • White knee-high socks or white tights (worn with skirt)
  • Fitness & Wellness Uniform

    Worn during appropriate classes, may not be worn during the day outside of class
    • White Mayfield Senior School t-shirt
    • Black Mayfield Senior School shorts and/or sweat pants
    • Mayfield red or white sweatshirt or sweater
    These items are available at the Cubs Store.
  • Blazer, Jackets & Sweatshirts

    MUST be Mayfield issued
    • Brown blazer (MUST be worn on formal uniform days)
      • Sweatshirts may not be worn under blazer on formal uniform days
    • Black down puffer jacket with Mayfield crest
      • Available from CKW by order only
    • Red or white Mayfield sweatshirt
    • Red or tan Mayfield fleece jacket
    • Red or black cardigan with Mayfield crest (from CKW)
    • Mayfield Athletics letterman sweater
    • Other Athletic/Conservatory/Club sweatshirts and jackets must be approved by the Dean of Students
    • Violations 
      • Wearing a sweatshirt without a polo or t-shirt underneath 
  • Skirts and/or Dress

    All options can be worn year round. ALL skirts should be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee.
    • Box pleat brown & white skirt (REQUIRED — MUST be worn on formal uniform days)
    • Box pleat red & black skirt 
    • Monogrammed dress pinfeather blue 
  • Pants

    • CKW-issue khakis only (no corduroy, no cargo)
  • Shirts

    Students MUST wear a collared shirt.
    • White Oxford shirt 
      • REQUIRED — MUST be worn on formal uniform days
      • Plain or with Mayfield Senior School crest
      • Short- or long-sleeved
    • White Polo
      • Plain or with Mayfield Senior School crest only
  • Shoes

    Shoes must be secure to foot, closed back and toe, cut below the ankle. Composition soles are highly recommended due to the school’s hardwood and marble floors.
    • Brown or black loafers or flats
      • REQUIRED — MUST be worn on formal uniform days
      • Brown, black or white saddle shoe OK
    • Tennis shoes
      • Brown, Black, Red, White, Navy, Grey
    • Rain boots
      • May only be worn on rainy days
    • Violations
      • High Heels, Platforms, Slippers, Backless Shoes, Moccasins, Uggs
  • Socks, Tights & Leggings

    • White knee-high socks or white tights
      • REQUIRED — MUST be worn on formal uniform days
    • White Socks
      • Must be visible
      • Manufacturer’s logo OK but must be predominantly white
    • Black leggings or black tights
      • May not be worn with Formal Uniform 
      • Leggings must be long enough to cover the ankle
    • Violations 
      • Sweat pants under skirts 
      • Leggings with logos or mesh panels
      • Tights with printed designs 
      • Black socks
      • Socks with designs or colors

Back to School FAQ

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What format will school take next year? 

    Head of School Kate Morin is hopeful that we will be able to return to campus next school year. However, we are currently awaiting further guidelines, including dates, safety protocols, etc., for our return to campus. Families will be updated as more information is received.
  • Q: What is the status of competitive athletics? 

    The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the governing body for high school athletics, called for the cancellation of athletics in mid-March amidst school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer athletics have been cancelled. CIF has not yet provided any return-to-play guidelines, so we are still awaiting more info about the status of play for 2020-21, especially for the fall sports season beginning in August (tennis, volleyball, cross country and golf).
  • Q: Will 9th-grade orientation still take place?

    Students will still participate in orientation activities, whether this is remote or in-person. A two-day orientation for new students is usually held before the beginning of each school year. This includes one day on campus with Student Council leaders (Thursday, Aug. 27), and a second day of service off-campus (Friday, Aug. 28). If we are still unable to participate in any in-person activities at the end of August, both days will be run as virtual sessions. 
  • Q:
    What is the status of summer school? 

    Due to the extension of California's Safer at Home order, summer courses will be offered remotely beginning June 22. Incoming 9th-grade students have the option to take three-week enrichment courses in math (Algebra Readiness or Geometry Readiness) and/or English. Registration for summer courses opens Monday, June 1.

At-A-Glance Reminders

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  • Mandatory Summer Assignments

    Please note that summer math and English assignments are mandatory for all students, whether or not you are enrolled in a summer class! (Please refer to your placement exam results to see which subject assignment you need to complete.) Assignments are posted on the Summer Assignments tab on the iMSS Resources page. Log in to your parent or student iMSS account, and click the Resources tab on the dashboard. Students are also expected to periodically check their Mayfield Gmail accounts for announcements and information from faculty and staff.
  • Technology Requirements and Recommendations

    All Mayfield students must bring a MacBook laptop or iPad to school each day. The Math Department also asks that students have a Texas Instruments (TI) graphing calculator. See detailed requirements and recommendations »
  • Books & Schedules

    Student schedules are released in late July. We will email detailed instructions for viewing your daughter’s schedule in iMSS and buying textbooks. Stay tuned!
  • Dedicated Parent Q&A Sessions (Dates TBA)

    We are planning dedicated Zoom Q&A sessions for you to ask detailed questions about academics, athletics and the Conservatory for the Arts. Stay tuned for dates and meeting links!
  • Mandatory Tech Sessions (Dates TBA)

Important Back to School Dates

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iMSS Login Help

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  • iMSS Login Help

    All parents will log into iMSS, our secure online community, to access their daughter's schedule, assignments, attendance record and report cards. You will also find a detailed school calendar, searchable parent directory and other important links and downloads. All new parents and students received their personal iMSS login information and instructions at the New Parent and Student Orientation in May. If you do not know your login, you can go to the login page and click on the "Forgot login or First time logging in?" link to retrieve your login information. (If you are logging into iMSS at a secure computer that you use regularly, check the "Remember Me" box to make future logins faster!)
  • How to search the iMSS Directory

    Download the iMSS Directory "Cheat Sheet" [PDF] to learn how to access parent contact information on our secure online directory. If your contact information has changed and you need to update your profile, please complete this online form.
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.