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 #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 790 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 (2024)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 901 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $34,130
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

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

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
901 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade
Glenelg Country School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
120 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
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
Average ACT score
Average Percentile SSAT
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
khaki pants & ties for boys, plaid or khaki skorts, jumpers, or pants for girls

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition rate given is for grades 9-12 for 2022-2023; tuition is lower for age 2 - grade 8.
Summer Program Cost Notes
Cost varies depending on camp choice and number of weeks
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Karen Wootton
Admissions Associate
Jennifer Schiller



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
28 extracurriculars
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, 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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Glenelg Country School cost?
Glenelg Country School's tuition is approximately $34,130 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Glenelg Country School?
The acceptance rate of Glenelg Country School is 70%, which is lower than the national average of 82%. Glenelg Country School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Maryland with low acceptance rates.
Does Glenelg Country School offer a summer program?
Yes, Glenelg Country School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Glenelg Country School offer?
Glenelg Country School offers 14 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track and Wrestling. Glenelg Country School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for most sports offered.
What is Glenelg Country School's ranking?
Glenelg Country School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Glenelg Country School?
The application deadline for Glenelg Country School is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
My family has really been happy with our overall experience at Glenelg Country School. We enrolled our first daughter at GCS in her 10th grade year and I must say that we were thrilled at the tremendous impact the transfer had on her. She was always looking forward to going to school. There was no longer a communication gap, but an engaging and warm environment for a student. She joined two sports teams which became another community for her that she could lean on as a transfer. The students on her teams were so wonderful and focused and that made the transition for her very easy. There was also peace of mind that came with having her at GCS leading to us enrolling our second child. The communication and feedback we get from my children's teachers are amazing. They always update you and are willing to help their students. And being a college prep school, we did not have to bother so much when it was time for her to prepare for college because the school had college counselors who helped her with every step to ensure that the process was smooth. GCS funds a lot of programs and activities which are always very beneficial to its students. The school values diversity and teachers are always about bringing out the best in the children. Whenever I reached out with a question, I always received a prompt reply. At this point, we have our last child at the school and it has only been a WOW experience. With great Sports, Arts, STEM, and Tech programs and a great environment where students are nice and respectful to teachers and one another, our daughter was very ready for college and this has reflected so much on her performance at school academically and sports-wise, and we can see the same in our last two that are currently attending.
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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 (2024)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 901 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $34,130
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Howard County, MD is $13,443 for elementary schools and $16,857 for high 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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