About

At A Glance

We hope these fast facts help you to get to know us better. If you want an in-depth look at our story, visit our history.

List of 16 items.

  • FOUNDING

    Founded in 1954 by local families in the holistic country day school model as a nonsectarian, college preparatory school alternative.
  • Location

    Howard County, Maryland, in a 90-acre natural setting
  • Students

    750 students age 2 through Grade 12; 49% minority student representation.
  • Faculty

    115 faculty members and 24 assistant teachers – 75% of faculty members hold advanced degrees.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio

    6:1
  • Average Class Size

    12 - 15 students
  • Curriculum

    Integrated, college preparatory school designed to foster strong intellectual discipline and superior academic skills with above grade level instruction available; STEAM program; 20 Advanced Placement courses.
  • College Placement

    2 full-time college counselors; mean SAT score for the class of 2017 was 1247 (critical reading & math); 100% of seniors accepted to four-year colleges or universities; class of 2017 awarded over $7.3 million in merit scholarships.
  • Athletics

    Physical education begins at age 2; interscholastic sports available grades 6-12; 15 championships in the last five years; 85% of Upper School students participate in one or more of the following MIAA, IAAM or IAE associated sports:

    Baseball; Basketball; Cross Country; Equestrian; Field Hockey; Golf; Ice Hockey;
    Indoor Track; Lacrosse; Soccer; Tennis; Track and Field; Volleyball; Wrestling
  • The Arts

    Music and art classes begin at age 2. A variety of offerings include choruses, recorder and jazz ensembles, bell choirs, bands, woodwind trios, string quartets, plays and musicals, photography, 2D and 3D classes, graphic design and videography.
  • Leadership and Services

    Middle and Upper School student councils; civic leadership training; all grades participate in community service, with Upper School students averaging 50 hours per year.
  • Enrichment

    Student clubs and enrichment activities begin in Pre-Kindergarten and include field trips; guest speakers; international travel; Upper School internships; robotics; yearbook; newspaper; elective offerings; summer camp programs.
  • Technology

    Fully integrated into the curriculum:
    • Over 400 computers on campus with network, Internet and SMART Board access
    • More than 45 online subscription research resources
    • Innovative educational software in music, world languages, filmmaking and more
    • Six computer labs
    • Web-based learning
    • Management system for resources, class notes and homework assignments
  • Facilities

    • Four separate divisional buildings, including an 18th century Manor House
    • Four libraries housing over 33,000 volumes
    • Multiple science labs
    • Gould Observatory
    • Pond and outdoor environmental labs and classrooms
    • Fully equipped art facilities in each division
    • Music rooms
    • 350-seat Mulitz Theater with scene shop and spacious dressing rooms
    • Outdoor theater in the woods
    • 35,000-square-foot athletic center with two basketball courts, a wrestling room, fitness and training centers, locker rooms and offices
    • Practice gymnasium
    • Four beautifully maintained playing fields and a baseball field
    • Dragon Stadium: turf field, six-lane track, 500 stadium seats and press box
    • Three playgrounds
    • Outdoor saline swimming pool
    • Five tennis courts
  • Alumni

    Our graduates go on to establish foundations, speak at TED, sing professionally, own companies, run corporations, produce documentaries and act as stewards of the environment by defining urban farming protocols for major cities.

    Read their stories!
  • Parent Involvement

    An active Parent & Friends Association provides multiple opportunities to support the school through the academic year. Learn more!
An independent school serving students from age 2 through grade 12 in Howard County, Maryland.