The Gunston School

  • The Gunston School offers an intellectually rigorous, highly personalized, and nurturing college preparatory educational experience. Valuing a healthy balance between mind and body, a strong sense of community, the creative process, and our connection to the Chesapeake Bay, Gunston strives to educate ethically and environmentally minded scholars, citizens, and leaders for our globalized society.

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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
Association of Independent Maryland And DC Schools (JAIMS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1911
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students212 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
19%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade The Gunston School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers29 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses22 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Latin, AP Physics - Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics - Mechanics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History
Average SAT score1230
Average ACT score26
Average Percentile SSAT70%
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(khaki pants or skirt, button-down shirt, tie or polo shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$25,600
% on Financial Aid
65%
Average Financial Aid Grant$12,500
Acceptance Rate
74%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDavid Henry
Endowment Size$1 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBasketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Tennis, VolleyballBasketballCrew,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
LacrosseSailing,
SoccerTennis,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.18 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
"Read to Me", Academic Team, Art, Book Club, Coding Club, Debate Team, Environmental Club, G.I.V.E., Global Culture, Investment Club, Literary & Art Magazine, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Philosophy of Pulp Culture, Science & Engineering, Student Diversity Leaders, Student Government, Yearbook

School Notes

School Type: Independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory high school
  • Address: 911 Gunston Road, P.O. Box 200, Centreville, MD 21617
  • Telephone: (410) 758-0620
  • School founded: 1911 by Samuel and Mary Middleton
  • Headmaster: Mr. John A. Lewis, IV, appointed July 2010
  • Assistant Headmaster: Mrs. Christie B. Grabis, appointed 1984
  • Total enrollment: 189 students  
  • Student Profile: Gunston draws students from five Maryland counties (Queen Anne`s, Kent, Talbot, Caroline, and Anne Arundel), Delaware (Kent and New Castle counties), and from overseas.  International students reside with host families.
  • Campus: 32-acre waterfront campus on the Corsica River.
  • Total faculty: 29 (full and part-time); most with advanced degrees; 3 with PhD
  • Average student to teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Average instructional class size in Upper School: 11
  • Average size of graduating class: 40 students
  • Financial aid: Approximately $1,300,000 per year; approximately 70% of students receive need and/or merit-based aid. 
  • Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools; National Association of Independent Schools
  • Memberships and Recognition: National Association of Independent Schools, Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools, National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Potomac and Chesapeake Association of College Admissions Counselors, Maryland Green Schools, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Educational Records Bureau, Secondary School Admission Test Board
  • Special events: Embarkation and Disembarkation, Green and White Days, In Celebration of Books, Global Awareness Day, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Headmaster`s Holiday, Earth Day, Senior Internships, and Bay Studies Week.
  • School colors: Green and White 
  • School mascot: Heron

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  
I cannot say enough good about this school. The teachers are just wonderful. The academics are tougher than most public schools, but the teachers challenge the kids to do their best & they typically respond. They are a college prep school, but they want the kids to be well rounded so they require an hour and a half of sports participation DAILY. Even if your child isn't enthused about sports, the idea is to find them something they can do to get some exercise from tennis to sailing/crew. The grounds are gorgeous and very homey feeling. They allow for all kinds of music and art classes and having many clubs for the kids to join-or start! They're inclusive & really try for ALL the kids to fit in. Virtually no bullying in the place and a real effort to make everyone welcome.
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Fantastic setting on the Corsica River, caring & dedicated teachers and staff and a healthy & supportive student experience make this school a gem.
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Excellent school and program. Teachers are amazing - lots of clubs and activities for the students. Athletics are very good and along with traditional offerings, there is sailing and crew. Located right on the Corsica River.
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