Glenelg Country School

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Glenelg Country School Photo #1 - Upon entering our beautiful 90-acre campus, you first see our Upper School building which also connects to our Athletic Center.
Glenelg Country School Photo #2 - Small class sizes and a 6:1 student to teacher ratio enable our teachers to ensure that each student is engaged. A holistic approach to education prepares students for success.
Glenelg Country School Photo #3 - World Languages begin in Lower School, and continue through Upper School with offerings in Chinese French, Latin and Spanish. Understanding and appreciating different cultures and perspectives prepares students to contribute to our global society.
Glenelg Country School Photo #4 - Although we have 750 students, each division is relatively small. Students and get to know each other well and establish friendships that last a lifetime. This is the GCS Family - we support and care for one another.
Glenelg Country School Photo #5 - Students explore their creative and innovative talents through engagement in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).
Glenelg Country School Photo #6 - Sportsmanship, leadership, collaboration, self-discipline, and perseverance are key life skills that every student learns through athletics and physical education. GCS participates in the MIAA and the IAAM Conferences, and we offer over 20 different sports options in the Upper School.
Glenelg Country School Photo #7 - Using the children's own thoughts, environment, experiences, and interests, the teachers guide them to construct their own knowledge.
Glenelg Country School Photo #8 - Our graduates are well-prepared to meet the demands of life after GCS. With the guidance of two full-time college counselors, 100% of our students are admitted into four-year colleges and universities - many into honors programs and/or with generous merit scholarship offers.
Glenelg Country School is an independent, coeducational day school in Howard County, MD that offers an alternative for students and families seeking an exceptional educational experience with personalized attention. Our dedicated faculty, abundant resources, and beautiful rural setting create a learning environment that fosters essential life skills including creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, adaptability, curiosity, and reflection. As a result, our students are better prepared to successfully adapt to changes and navigate new landscapes as their future unfolds.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 748 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $30,340
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling

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Glenelg Country School places among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for:

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Attribute
Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1954
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost Notes
Cost varies depending on camp choice and number of weeks
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
748 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
39%
State avg.: 37%
Students by Grade
Glenelg Country School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
120 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
65%
Average Class Size
13 students
Number of AP Courses
22 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Latin, AP Macro Economics, AP Micro Economics, AP Physics: Mechanics, AP Spanish, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art: 2D, AP Studio Art: 3D, AP Studio Art: Drawing
Average SAT score
1300
Average ACT score
27
Average Percentile SSAT
70%
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(khaki pants & ties for boys, plaid or khaki skorts, jumpers, or pants for girls)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition rate given is for grades 9-12 for 2019-2020; tuition is lower for age 2 - grade 8.
% on Financial Aid
45%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$12,500
Acceptance Rate
70%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Karen Wootton
Admissions Associate
Jennifer Schiller

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
29 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Anime/Graphic Novels, Battle of the Books, Black Awareness Club, Common Ground, Community Service, Debate/Seminar, DragonTV, Environmental Club, Food and Culture Club, Garden Club, International Club, It's Academic, Knitting Club, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Mock Trial, Newspaper Club, Photography Club, Robotics, Rocketry, School Council, Sign Language Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, Spirit Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, Drama, Instrumental Music

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dance Fitness Club

School Notes

  • Little Dragons Program for ages 2-3 offers 9 or 12-month options for families seeking a quality early childhood learning experience using the Reggio Emilia approach.
  • Lower School for Grades Pre-K through 5 offers class sizes of 12-18 and emphasizes project-based learning opportunities.
  • Middle School for Grades 6 through 8 offers a strong curriculum including English, Social Studies, Science, World Language, Mathematics, Art, Music, Technology, Physical Education, and Electives in addition to competitive sports and a variety of leadership opportunities
  • Upper School for Grades 9 through 12 provides a strong college preparatory curriculum with opportunities to further explore areas of interest in converging sciences, technology, engineering, the arts, mathematics, entrepreneurship, global leadership, and the humanities.  Athletics and Community Service opportunities engage students in their community and enhance their learning experience.

School Reviews

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This is my older son's 9th year at GCS. My younger son is currently in kindergarten. Both are very different. The school does an excellent job of meeting their different learning styles and needs. The teachers, particularly the middle school teachers are wonderful. I'm so thankful our boys go here. Do not underestimate the value of an independent school. Much can be accomplished by eliminating bureaucracy. As a parent, you will never feel ignored by an administrator or teacher. They have a policy to respond to all communication within 24 hours, and they usually get back to you the same day. Soft skills and public speaking are also stressed. I cannot understate the real world value of possessing those skills prior to college. It's just an all-around great school.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 748 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $30,340
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Howard County, MD is $12,930 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Howard County, MD is 79% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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