Glenelg Country School

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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
AIMSMDDC (Assoc. of independent Maryland and DC Schools)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1954
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesCost varies depending on camp choice and number of weeks
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students748 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Glenelg Country School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers120 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size13 students
Number of AP Courses22 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP 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 score1300
Average ACT score27
Average Percentile SSAT70%
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(khaki pants & ties for boys, plaid or khaki skorts, jumpers, or pants for girls)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$30,340
Tuition NotesTuition rate given is for grades 9-12 for 2019-2020; tuition is lower for age 2 - grade 8.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$12,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKaren Wootton
Admissions AssociateJennifer Schiller


Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBadmintonBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,


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.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Columbia
    Grades: NS-8 | 138 students
    7.2 miles
    10350 Old Columbia Road
    Columbia, MD 21046
    (410) 312-7413
    7.2 NS-8
  • Marriottsville
    Grades: NS-12 | 290 students
    4.4 miles
    2600 Marriottsville Rd
    Marriottsville, MD 21104
    (410) 442-5888
    4.4 NS-12
  • Ellicott City
    Grades: NS-8 | 239 students
    10.2 miles
    4801 Ilchester Rd
    Ellicott City, MD 21043
    (410) 744-4251
    10.2 NS-8
  • Laurel
    Grades: 9-12 | 441 students
    11.8 miles
    113 St Mary's Place
    Laurel, MD 20707
    (301) 725-3228
    11.8 9-12
  • Owings Mills
    Grades: PK-12 | 1357 students
    13.2 miles
    8600 Mcdonogh Rd
    Owings Mills, MD 21117
    (443) 544-7071
    13.2 PK-12

School Reviews

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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