Landon School

6101 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, MD 20817-0200
Tel: (301)320-3200
Grades: 3-12 | 685 students
Nestled in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside our nation's capital, Landon's beautiful 75-acre campus resembles that of a small college.
Nestled in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside our nation's capital, Landon's beautiful 75-acre campus resembles that of a small college.
Landon School was co-founded in 1929 by Paul Landon Banfield and his wife, Mary Lee Banfield. More than eight decades later, the School cleaves to the commitment of its founders to boys' education and their long-held belief in the importance of challenging academics, daily arts and athletics, and strong values.
To ensure that we equip our students and teachers with the tools and technological literacy needed to succeed in an ever-changing digital landscape, Landon has implemented a strategic plan to strengthen and refine the use of technology as an academic instrument.
With 20 sports to choose from, Landon teaches boys the value of teamwork and healthy living.
Bears are guided in their athletic endeavors by the same men and women who educate them in the classroom and advise them outside of it: their teacher-coach-mentors.
Every boy, across all three schools, is required to participate in daily sports -- varsity, club or intramural -- to stay physically fit, learn about the value of healthy living and teamwork, and form lifelong bonds with his Bear brothers.
At Landon, we encourage boys to discover and cultivate all of their passions  and that extends beyond academics and athletics to the arts.
Landon offers an award-winning music program with a diverse range of opportunities for all Bears, whether they are in the Lower, Middle or Upper School.
Every Landon boy participates in the arts until 11th grade, and many continue through graduation.
The library program helps ensure that our graduates are effective and ethical users of ideas and information, as well as lifelong readers and learners.
Landon School, an independent, non-sectarian boys day school, prepares talented boys for productive lives as accomplished, responsible and caring men whose actions are guided by the principles of perseverance, teamwork, honor and fair play. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum that features 17 Advanced Placement (AP) and 15 honors courses in the Upper School, students choose from 22 arts and 20 co-curricular athletics programs so that they can nurture all of their passions.
Landon embraces the teacher-coach mentor philosophy so that faculty members are also coaches, advisors and leaders who connect with students in multiple ways throughout the day — in the classroom, on the athletics field, in the art studio, on the performance stage, and beyond.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 3-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1929

Student Body

Total Students 685 students
Student Body Type All-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade Landon School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 84 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Number of AP Courses 17 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 29
Tuition Notes Grades 3-5: $35,560; Grade 6 through Form VI (Grade 12): $36,706
Admissions Director Len Armstrong
Admissions Associate Chris Predmore


Total Sports Offered 21 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Riflery, Rugby, Sailing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Polo, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDiving,
GolfIce Hockey,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
Water PoloWinter Track,

School Notes:

  • Since Paul and Mary Lee Banfield founded Landon School in 1929, we have prepared talented boys for productive lives as accomplished, responsible and caring men. Over the past 86 years, Landon School has developed into the premier non-sectarian boys day school in the greater Washington, D.C., area.
  • Our academic program is designed specifically to prepare boys for college and for life. Our innovative eight-day learning cycle allows boys to experience each class at different times for peak performance, and we employ targeted breaks to keep students energized so they can stay focused in class. Plus, with 20 athleticsand 22 arts programs to choose from, every Landon boy finds his passion and excels!
  • We embrace the teacher-coach-mentor teaching philosophy. Our world-class faculty members are not only teachers: They are coaches, advisors and leaders who connect with our boys in multiple ways throughout the day and find teachable moments everywhere — in the classroom, art studio, on the playing field, in the greenhouse and beyond.
  • We believe character education is the most important teaching we do. Our Code of Character defines our community with its Honor and Civility Codes. We inspire the boys to think and live ethically, instilling in them the values of respect and honesty that guide all of their actions and relationships with others.
  • Our 75-acre campus, minutes away from Washington, D.C., resembles a small college. It inspires boys to discover and explore beyond the classroom in our libraries, art gallery, on our courts and fields, and in our newly renovated athletic and performing arts centers.

Profile last updated: 10/05/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is The Greentree School (0.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The Greentree School (0.7 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Bethesda Community School (0.9 miles away)
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    The Greentree School
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    Grades: 7-12 | 5 students
    0.7 miles
    6301 Greentree Rd
    Bethesda, MD 20817
  • Bethesda
    Bethesda Community School
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: PK-KG | 130 students
    0.9 miles
    7500 Honeywell Ln
    Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Bethesda
    Grades: K-8 | 216 students
    0.9 miles
    6900 River Road
    Bethesda, MD 20817
  • Bethesda
    Grades: PK-2 | 153 students
    1.2 miles
    7300 River Road
    Bethesda, MD 20817
  • Bethesda
    Grades: 3-12 | 659 students
    1.3 miles
    7303 River Road
    Bethesda, MD 20817

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