Landon School

Tel: (301)320-3200
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 23 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.
  • For example, History Department Chair Bill Reed is also the head coach of our varsity soccer and baseball teams, a father of two (including one Landon boy), and a respected teacher who has such a lasting impact on his students that one alumnus nominated him for the University of Chicago's 2014 Outstanding Educator Award.
  • Studio Arts Department Chair Walt Bartman is head coach of our varsity swimming/diving and water polo teams, a father of two, a practicing artist and a mentor to our students as they undertake extracurricular projects -- this year, he provided guidance to a group of students as they painted portraits for at-risk Argentinian children and another group who painted pet portraits for patients at Children's National Medical Center.
  • Assistant Middle School Head Erin Duffy connects with her students as a history teacher and as head coach of the seventh grade basketball team. Grade 6 Dean Addison Hunt gets to know students as their math teacher and as head coach of the varsity, junior varsity and Middle School cross country and track teams. Spanish teacher Sarah DeCamps, also a Middle School tennis and soccer coach, has taken groups of her students to Honduras to experience the language and culture firsthand.
  • Lower School science teacher Beth Hughes bonds with our youngest Bears as a coach on the soccer field and as an advisor who helps students care for class pets as part of the after-school Animal Crew program.
  • In 2015, five seniors were recognized as National Merit Commended Scholars for displaying the potential for excellence in their college studies.
  • The 16 students in the 2014-15 Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry class had a 100% pass rate and averaged a 4.65 (out of a possible 5) on the AP exam, a full two points higher than the national average.
  • Two of our Upper School students were USA Water Polo Academic All-Americans.
  • A team of our Middle School boys built their own SeaPerch submersible remote operating vehicle and in 2015 qualified for SeaPerch Nationals.
  • A tech-savvy team of Lower School students, who worked together to learn to write computer code and program robots, finished first in the state of Maryland and 16th in the nation out of 1,150 teams in the Wonder League Robotics Competition.
  • In 2016, 13 Upper and Middle School artists earned honors in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards; the work of five artists was juried into the Congressional Art Exhibition; and 22 Landon artists were among the finalists (and four won awards) in the regional Best of the Independent Schools Art Awards, an independently judged contest held in our very own Landow Gallery. Our musicians also shined in competition: Members of our Upper School Strings Ensemble, Jazz Band, Chamber Singers, Bearitones and Concert Band earn four first places and one second place at the 2016 Big Apple Classic music festival in New York City.
  • On the athletics front, Bears varsity teams won five IAC championships in 2014-15, and the lacrosse team secured a No. 2 national ranking.
  • In addition, 16 athletes from the Class of 2016 have committed to compete in college athletics.
  • Our alumni, who frequently share their stories -- and praise Landon's teachers -- on our Bear Blog (, have gone on to be Naval nuclear engineers, tech pioneers in Silicon Valley, college basketball coaches, investment bankers, award-winning writers and so much more.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
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.: 33%
Students by Grade Landon School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 84 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
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. 13
Tuition Notes Grades 3-5: $36,430; Grade 6 through Form VI (Grade 12): $38,500
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 87 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 athletics and 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.
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