The Field School is a University-preparatory school in Washington, D.C., located in the old Cafritz mansion on Foxhall Rd. The school teaches 6th-12th grade, with about 320 students attending.
The Field School was founded in 1972 by Elizabeth Ely (1924–2009). Originally housed above Regina Cleaners in the _Washington, D.C.'s _Dupont Circle neighborhood, the school had 44 students. Two years later, in 1974, the school's student population had more than doubled to 97, which the school's small location could not accommodate. Field found a new home, an old house nearby, but movers were not in the budget. That spring, students, faculty, and parents carried the school's belongings, including the furniture, up the street to the new location.
Field continued to grow at its new location. Field bought another house across the street, and the two houses were used for the now 220 of Field's students. In 1993, Field was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation came with publicity and credibility for the school, but also the requirement of a new campus, according to the Association. The school began frantically raising money, and in 1998, discovered the Cafritz mansion and the 10.5 acres (42,000 m2) of land that accompanied it.
Field began construction on the new campus and began using it in 2002. The new campus included a gymnasium and playing field, firsts for Field, as well as new science labs and dedicated studio spaces for art, photography, ceramics, and, later, music. In 2004, Dale Johnson was appointed to the position of Head of School, and in 2006 Elizabeth Ely retired. In 2007, a three-year strategic plan was created by school leadership with assistance from the community as a whole.
In late 2007, the school's new logo was released. The logo depicts the facade of a part of the original Cafritz mansion.
At the end of the 2009-2010 school year, the Field School renovated large portions of the Cafritz mansion.
In 2011, it was announced that the Field School will be adding a sixth grade to its middle school in 2012.