Our History

    • Founders' Day Celebration

School Timeline

  • 1954 Glenelg Country School opened its doors to 35 students, grades 1 – 7
  • 1956 Glenelg Country School graduated its first 8th grade class
  • 1963 The Glenelg Manor home, along with 50 acres were purchased
  • 1966 Additions to the original Manor home were completed, including classrooms, offices and a gymnasium
  • 1975 The Parents & Friends Association hosted its first fundraising auction; in the late 1970s an additional 30 acres were purchased
  • 1979 A free-standing gymnasium was built. The old gymnasium was converted into classrooms, a multi-purpose room and administrative offices.
  • 1980 Glenelg Country School established two separate divisions, the Lower and Middle Schools
  • 1981 Summer in the Country, Glenelg Country’s summer camp program, began
  • 1983 A swimming pool was added on campus grounds
  • 1985 The Upper School opened in temporary housing
  • 1986 The Upper School building was completed
  • 1989 Glenelg Country School graduated its first senior class
  • 1997 A new Middle School and Performing Arts building opened
  • 2002 The new Primary School building was completed
  • 2003 A state-of-the-art observatory was added, housing a high-powered telescope
  • 2005 The 60,000 square-foot Upper School academic and athletic addition was completed
  • 2011 Outdoor classroom at campus pond and outdoor amphitheater completed
  • 2013 Turf field and six-lane competition track completed
  • 2014 Graduated the 1,000 student from the Upper School; Dragon Stadium completed
  • 2015 Little Dragon Early Learning program for 2 and 3 year olds
  • 2017 Awarded Edward E. Ford Foundation grant for the new Roesch Exploratory Learning Initiative

Over 60 years of education

In the early 1950s, founders Kingdon and Mary Gould saw a need for an independent, non-sectarian school in Howard County. The Goulds, along with Mr. and Mrs. John T. Mason Jr., Judge James Macgill, Mr. Albert Gallatin Warfield, and Mr. and Mrs. William Shippen, opened Glenelg Country School on September 23, 1954.

Through the school’s original building, the historic Manor House, Glenelg Country School has ties that extend all the way back to 1740, before the founding of our country. However, the original building bore little resemblance to the Manor House seen today, as in 1845, it was remodeled to resemble a Scottish castle and given the name Glenelg Manor.

More than 100 years later, during an excursion through the countryside, Mr. Gould came across an empty Glenelg Manor, lost in the pages of time. However, he saw its potential as the perfect location for a school. The founders promptly leased the Manor House and Glenelg Country School was born.

By 1963, interest in Glenelg Country School had flourished. The founders were able to purchase the Manor Home and 50 surrounding acres.

Students enjoyed an engaging academic program that fostered a respect and love for the environment around them – the same feelings that informed the architectural plans of the school through many years of growth.

With the addition of a gymnasium in 1979, a swimming pool in 1983, the establishment of an Upper School in 1985, a Middle School and Performing Arts Center in 1997, a Primary School facility opening in 2002, and a state-of-the-art academic and athletic center in 2005, Glenelg Country School boasts one of the best campuses in the Baltimore-Washington area. All this growth has been fueled by the support of our community, students, parents, and alumni.

From an initial enrollment of 35, we have grown to over 750 students with over 180 faculty and staff. The focus on individual attention – a continuous hallmark of the school – has kept the average class size at 15 students, with a student to teacher ratio of 6 to 1.

Our Founder's Vision

An independent school serving students from age 2 through grade 12 in Howard County, Maryland.