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Landon School

Private | 3-12 | 675 students

a college preparatory, non-sectarian school for boys in grades 3-12

 
 

Living in Bethesda

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $729,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,550.

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Posted March 20, 2014

Amazing school! All components of the curriculum are outstanding. Academics, sports, the arts and music programs are all top notch. The boys are challenged in an extremely nurturing environment and the faculty is outstanding and caring. The strong community bond and brotherhood amongst the boys is exceptional. Having such a beautiful campus is a plus!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2014

Landon school is terrible all they are about is safety if you want your child to hate life send him to landon. They are terrible about school closing sand delays their gradually gliding downhill from the powerhouse at everything it used to be. The teachers don't care about helping your kids all they care about is not helping your kids. They are pompous freaks over their. I would rather send my child to public school. Hope this helps and believe me I've had 3 kids go through this school.


Posted June 20, 2013

A school that advertises high standards should think twice when it comes to their faculty. They should have a better selection method to avoid getting people on board who have real life issues. Bad influence for middle school age kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2013

this is the worst school ever terrible people academics and just plain down old terrible i hate landon


Posted November 1, 2011

As a parent, I have direct knowledge. This is school for one type of boy, one of very average intellect, that follows direction with no question, and limited creativity. There is THE Landon way for your boy else your boy will require "improvement". The teaching staff is very inconsistent. A few teachers are outstanding, most are not, do not work very hard, and have been there way too long. You will spend way too much time doing Landon's job. Count how many teachers are in the classroom (not the weight room) after 2 PM. If your son is an athlete or the family contributes there is special treatment. There are dramatic changes still required even after recent wholesale changes in leadership at all of the schools. I moved my son out and would absolutely not recommend the school. Many parents there are not in touch with reality. Landon does not know most boys and has shown to be locked in the 1950s. Arts and sciences are pathetic. Ask to see the sad science labs and old outdated programs. Landon has no vision and is lost. Most placements show the limited success. Too many good school choices, do not be fooled into supporting the few "stars" with your son. Tradition is no excuse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2011

If your son is motivated by challenge, this is an absolutely top notch school. I have 2 sons here, one who is wonderfully compassionate, bright and a natural leader, and the other is a highly gifted learner and incredibly athletic yet reserved and quiet. Both boys are thriving in their academics. One has become an amazing artist and the other a wonderful musician. Both made seamless transitions due to a very committed and caring faculty. The teachers are very committed and involved in the lives of the students and reach out to parents with thoughts and suggestions for success! There is something very unique and special about this place, and you can feel it when you are part of the community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

Undoubtedly a top tier school school. Landon is not for everyone. It is academically rigorous, and a competitive environment. But its also very supportive and inclusive, especially if your child is motivated. It creates strong bonds and loyalties among students and faculty. For those who can cope with the high expectations of the program, it will bring out a better academic and artistic performance and, what is more, it will help your boy develop into a well rounded gentleman.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2011

Landon is a very special place that combines phenomenal athletics with rigorous academics. We have a very quiet, mild-mannered humble son who is an amazing artist and a gifted learner. He was new to the high school and had a seamless transition. The school is very proactive and responsive to any problems. It is an amazing place! Despite the publicity last year, the received 120 applicants and only had 18 spots!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

I have had 15 yrs of involvement with Landon having two sons attend there. I am a tough critic and can say without reservation that this is an excellent school inside and outside of the classroom. My sons have made friendships that will last a lifetime, both with their peers and their teachers. Landon has been a partner in my parenting efforts to teach my sons right from wrong, to be respectful of others and to always give their best effort in any endeavor. It is disturbing to hear the media and other individuals try to undermine an 80-yr old institution where so many students have thrived and so many adults have given their life's work to effectively teach and mentor. Stereotyping the Landon commununity as spoiled, wealthy, and morally lax is also incorrect and myopic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2010

I have seen Landon kids and graduates in recent years. I have also seen the school's tradition and culture and I can tell you that it is something special. The media and publicity which Landon is receiving recently has been out of control. Do you actually believe that all the boys at Landon are actually that careless? At every school, you will find a batch of boys/girls who choose to conduct in a immature or unacceptable manner, thus we come to certain boys who came up in the news recently. Therefore, these little news columns are blowing up these stories to damage a school's high reputation. Think for a second. It's the families' responsibilities sometimes to nurture their children not always the school. These recent stories do not reflect on Landon's quality of students. Opinion wise, Landon still ranks near the best with Georgetown Prep and Sidwell Friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

I agree with the review posted May 3, 2010. I am a parent of a former Landon School boy who attended the school for 4 years. Although my son never complained at the time, he also encountered an atmosphere of mean-spirited kids who had very little supervision outside of the immediate classroom. The school had a philosophy of letting boys be boys. On the surface that would seem to be ideal. However, the school turns a blind eye towards constant bullying and unacceptable behavior. Many of the kids who attend Landon are the type of kids you might encounter outside the school as being unruly, disrespectful and could care less about how their actions affect others. In the Bethesda area, the Landon kids have developed a bad reputation as the kids you don't want around. Sorry my boy attended the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

Landon is a school that produces boys who learn more about unhealthy competition and unsupervised harshness between its students. Our son attended Landon for 6 years and had I known how unruly and mean spirited the students really are, I would have taken my son out long ago. My son is a fairly smart, tough kid who played a number of sports, yet he found himself involved in, or witnessed seemingly endless entanglements and infighting amongst the students. Landon advertises its focus on ethics and honesty, and yet there have been stories of Landon graduates finding themselves in serious legal trouble each and every year, including the most recent news out of Charlottesville, VA. Do your sons a favor and avoid a school like Landon. The school is filled with mean-spirited, spoiled kids and a leadership philosophy that caters to the wealthier, abrasive parents. So many other better choices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

Outstanding School, with great leadership form all ends. Academics are amazing along with top notch athletic teams. This is the place to send your child, I have been so pleased with Landon and all they have done with my family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

I am a recent alumni of Landon and I cannot begin to explain how much the school means to me. The camaraderie fostered throughout the schoolday was one of the hallmarks of the experience. I am still very close friends with my buddies from Landon, and I considered them much closer friends than any of my friends in college. Academics were superb- I am now at a highly-regarded college where my core classes were quite easy thanks to the preparation I got at Landon. Athletic program was a point of pride. Before sending your son here, make sure he will be able to handle it. It is NOT a touchy-feely school, and boys who do not live up to expectations will not be coddled by their peers. Ability to succeed either in the classroom, on the field, or socially- or all 3- is crucial. Confidence, sense of humor, and assertiveness are important.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2009

We are parents of a 4th year student. Landon's all boy programs are some of the best in the U.S. The school's cornerstone built on its civility code and honor code is unique among secondary schools. The foundation the faculty works from has already proved to be highly successful in developing well rounded, smart, motivated young men. Landon counts 100% of its recent graduates as new college freshman at some of the finest colleges in the country. Early admission to the top schools including the Military Academy at West Point and Ivy League is common.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

The school is top rate. The Arts and music programs at the school are exceptional. The academics are rigorous, and the boys enjoy a wide variety of sports opportunities. Above all there is a wonderful cameraderie among the boys. And perhaps most importantly, I observe that the boys seem very happy and comfortable with themselves. The school aims to produce well rounded gentlemen, and it does a good job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

I attended landon for 10 years (a lifer) and graduated in 2004. I loved every minute of it. I was molded into a great person. I am friends with all my other alumni both in my class as well as many other classes. Alumni play a big role in landon and are always coming back to be a part of what is going on. Landon kids are accomplished and become valuable parts of the society. The learning and teaching is incredible. You go to college very well prepared. I hold their history and writing teaching to be the best. There's a reason why landon consistently ranks among the best in the country. This isn't a place that you send your kid to just go somewhere for 8hours a day. He'll come out with relationships, a strong sense of community, and many experiences that drive him to return to campus every day.


Posted October 1, 2009

I am a student at Landon and have been attending it for 3 years and my experience there has been extremely unique in my opinion. I have read in some of these reviews that Landon does not allow you to express yourselves yet we have several different art programs in the high school. It is true that athletics take a large part in the student body and yet it is only because of the prinipals that these athletics teach, such as teamwork, work ethic, and brotherhood. after going through a sport at landon it is not possible not to know what it is to work. However the accedemics are also extremely important which shows. Disipline is much more instituted then in my old school. here at landon they will not allow you to slack or you simply will not be able to come back, for going to landon is a privlege.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2009

I have two sons who have attended Landon. One is a graduate and the other is currently enrolled in the Upper School. It is a wonderful school with high academic standards. The boys have to work hard, but it teaches them good work ethics. When they go away to college, you will not have to worry if they can handle the college schedule and workload, they are well prepared. What no one else has mentioned in their comments that I think is wonderful, is that Landon boys are friends for life, not just during their days of attendance. It is a most amazing bond, that I wish I had. I have never seen this or heard of it at any other school. A truly great place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

My son has been going there since 3rd grade, and loves it. He is in 10th grade now, and they have really shaped him into a man. The rigorous academics, some of the finest in the metro area, combined with their athletic program. Every boy must participate in a sport, and the lessons he learns on the field will stick with him for the rest of his life.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 45%
Black 12% 40%
Hispanic 5% 10%
Asian 4% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
French
Chinese (Mandarin)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
Clubs
  • Debate
  • It's Academic
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • David M. Armstrong
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • All boys
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Independent Study
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Center for Teaching/Learning
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Riflery
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Ally Council
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • It's Academic
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Science club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$30000 - $35000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
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6101 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, MD 20817
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Phone: (301) 320-3200

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