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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 242 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $29,850
  • Acceptance rate: 74%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 4 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Gunston School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
242 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade
The Gunston School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
11 students
Number of AP Courses
22 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP 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 score
Average ACT score
Average Percentile SSAT
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
khaki pants or skirt, button-down shirt, tie or polo shirt

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 4 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
David Henry
Endowment Size
$1 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
18 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
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

Recreational Athletic Programs:

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: 242 students
  • Student Profile: Gunston draws students from six Maryland counties (Queen Anne`s, Kent, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, and Anne Arundel), Delaware (Kent and New Castle counties), and from overseas. International students reside with host families.
  • Campus: 70-acre waterfront campus on the Corsica River.
  • Total faculty: 32 (full and part-time); most with advanced degrees; 3 with PhD
  • Average student to teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Average instructional class size in Upper School: 11
  • Average size of graduating class: 54 students
  • Financial aid: Approximately $1,900,000 per year; approximately 60% 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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Gunston School cost?
The Gunston School's tuition is approximately $29,850 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Gunston School?
The acceptance rate of The Gunston School is 74%, which is lower than the national average of 82%.
What sports does The Gunston School offer?
The Gunston School offers 11 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball.
What is The Gunston School's ranking?
The Gunston School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for: Most AP courses offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for The Gunston School?
The application deadline for The Gunston School is Feb. 4 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 4 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 242 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $29,850
  • Acceptance rate: 74%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 4 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Maryland is $13,615 for elementary schools and $17,893 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Maryland is 82% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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