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Glenelg Country School

Private | PK-12 | 795 students

Small class sizes, dedicated teachers, STEM track program.
 
 

 
 

Living in Ellicott City

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $515,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,440.

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted August 12, 2014

Not sure how the regular school year fares, but I can tell you that I was not happy with the summer camp program my daughter attended. After a referral to camp by a friend, we tried a one-week camp where two boys bullied my daughter all week. We started out telling her they were only teasing; to joke back with them; then proceeded to ask how the counselors handled the situation "the boys are only having fun." It got to the point where one boy told her "I hate you". I spoke with the asst director of camp about the situation who adequately said he would handle the matter. Only to find on her last day of camp, one of the boys kicked her! Every camp she has attended since, she has been concerned about these things happening. Hasn't ever happened before or after. But I cannot believe it could happen at a school like this. Very disappointed!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2014

GCS is an amazing learning community of families, faculty and students. We had a great first year at the Primary School. The activities, engagement, energy and IT interaction (via e-mail, learning platforms, and newsletters) are great. The school is multicultural with an emphasis on celebrating diversity and each child's uniqueness. I would keep my child there for all 15 years if I could. We love it. Principals and Head of School take education and learning extremely seriously. Families become very engaged and involved. The place is just warm and endearing. There is also really wonderful and strong interactions between all 4 schools (PK-12), so that the Primary School students become part of the fabric of life at the institution from the start; there are really strong traditions here. I can't say enough good things about the Primary School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

My son is thriving in the Primary School at Glenelg. The head of the primary school is very approachable and open to new ideas. The teaching staff is dedicated and great with kids. The head of the whole school is very interested in continuous improvement at the school and emphasizes the need for the school to provide an excellent education for students in a away that supports the families as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

GCS has provided a wonderful learning environment for my children. We started in Pre-K, and I honestly cannot say enough about the Primary School. From my own experience with children of different learning styles, the teachers do a wonderful job to ensure that each child gets the support or enrichment they need. The strong academic program, combined with exposure to foreign language, art, music, computer science, STEM, and physical education provide for a wonderful learning foundation. With a 45% minority student population, this is a school that embraces diversity. I cannot thank GCS enough for all it has provided for my children, and it has truly been worth every penny spent. My children will definitely be "lifers" and will be well-prepared for the next phase of their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

I enrolled my daughter in both pre-k and kindergarten classes and it was the worst. My daughter was essentially labelled slow, ADD/ADHD ridden and pretty much a lost cause. I do agree that certain families were shown favoritism based on donations. The campus is breath taking and the curriculum okay but there isn't much diversity and kids can be extremely cruel if not part of the majority. My child was threatened by another child but it was barely addressed. I have since put my child in public school (she's now in the 3rd grade) and she is the happiest she's ever been. I wouldn't recommend this school unfortunately and was definitely a complete waste of money for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2013

My two children have attended Glenelg Country School since they were in preschool. As they have moved through the different levels of the school, my husband and I have had the opportunity to watch them develop academically and socially. We have been very pleased with the academics offered by the school and realize the various opportunities that have been offered to our children over the years. As with any school, each teacher is unique and has different experiences with individual students. We are very grateful for the care and nurturing that has been offered by many of the teachers at GCS. We did look elsewhere as our kids were entering the next division and decided to keep our children in the safe and nurturing environment Glenelg provides. The beautiful campus is a perfect setting for our school family. We would recommend Glenelg Country School to anyone looking for a safe and nurturing environment that provides academic challenges and incredible opportunities for children to grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

What a wonderful school this has been for my child! He is not a "school" type of kid. He has a great personality but is not the most academically minded student. In public school he quickly fell through the cracks. From the moment he started at Glenelg he was given the support he needed to succeed. It's not all roses and fairy-tales. We've had our share of difficulties, but overall the teachers are caring, knowledgeable, and very capable. The facilities are wonderful, and the technology is very up to date. There are wonderful programs that have engaged him and made him feel at home in the school. My only real complaint is that the school board and headmaster are absentee. I have no idea what they do and the few times I've talked to them it's obvious that they don't really know very much about modern education. Luckily, the teachers seem to conduct their own professional development and keep the place running. Not the cheapest option, and with no busses it's not the most convenient either, but we have no regrets and would do it all again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

Think long and hard before you choose GCS. The aesthetics of the campus are second to none. However, the academic quality of Howard County public schools meets, and and some cases, exceeds that of GCS. Additionally, as mentioned by another review, things are not always clear. The schools policies as written are not those that are actually implemented and applied. Not sure you get what you pay for at GCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2012

My child has attended GCS since the 2nd grade and is at the high school now. She loves this school and we are very happy with the education she is receiving. The campus and facilities are outstanding and the warmness of the faculty makes everyone feel welcome. The teachers challenge the students to think and achieve, and the academic choices are excellent for those who need advanced placement to those who need a slower pace. The arts and theater programs are unparalleled, giving the kids a chnce to shine in many areas other than academics. The athletics are getting more attention now with new fields being built and new teams being formed. fols who have an issue with an individual at the school, or how teenagers act no matter where they attend school, should not cast a bad light on the entire school. Our daughter loves going to GCS each day and we are proud to support her in everything she does at GCS, and GCS does everything they can do to support the parents, too. Send your child to GCS - you won't regret it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2012

Gcs is an okay school! Some teachers seem to neglect students when they are needed most. Certain kids were not kind and the teachers show favortism with students. Things are not always clear at GCS.


Posted April 26, 2012

Poor value. Beautiful campus, awful faculty- indifferent administration, absent Head of School. Area public schools are a better investment. Read all reviews. Beware this school is staffed with young inexperienced teachers, as well as those that could not find work in the public system. Check the credentials of the Members of the Board of Directors. Weak program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

This school only cared to help me when my parents paid even more money to help with my struggle. I was better off doing it my way. Not to mention they don't consider the students lives such as bullying, I remember middle school we had to take a survey and would say who got bullied and who did the bullying .. After the surveys nothing ever happened, even a consideration of people told me who The bullies were, nothing happened. Glad I left when I went To high school having a much better time now.


Posted April 4, 2012

We attended. Very happy with the LS. Good leadership; good teachers; a dynamic curriculum that was constantly evaluated; even the aftercare program was reevaluated. Did not like the MS that much. There was no leadership and the whole program was static nothing was ever reevaluated and therefore nothing ever changed. Although there were a lot of great MS teachers, a couple teachers were very mean and those teachers will be the teachers my kids will remember. I also didn t like the lax MS teacher hiring standards. As the previous reviewer stated, there was a huge amount of favoritism toward certain kids in all GCS schools, especially in the MS. I d say though it was toward the kids with the PITA moms and the LAX boys. However, there was also a huge favoritism toward a group of teachers too. Also, way too much money was spent sending a lot of teachers and staff on international travels during the summer that was not adding to the curriculum. It was blatant and constantly written about in the school news. Lastly, someone should tell the head that he is the Head of School and not the Head of the High School.


Posted January 28, 2012

This is an average school except that special privilege is given to students whose parents donate more and knows headmaster personally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2011

Wonderful school. The balance of challenging academics and creativity is unparalleled. My children are flourishing both in the primary and lower schools. Dedicated teachers, who connect with both students and parents make this school a great choice for all kinds of kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

My child hated this school. It was like sending him to ROTC training. The primary school principal is very unapproachable and not easy to voice concerns to. The teachers are ok, but honestly, not worth the 20k that they charge. You can easily find a school better than this one for less than half the cost. They try to fit all of the children into a little box and do not encourage creativity and individuality. I DO NOT recommend this school. Several parents that I spoke to voiced the same concerns and actually pulled their child out after 1 year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2011

The students who have been commenting on GCS show the caliber of the school; They had lots of typos. I went to Folly Quarter Middle and now go to a Baltimore County private school. A lot of kids who come from GCS can barely keep up with us. GCS is publicly looked upon as not quite as easy as public school, but not quite as academically or athletically difficult as other private schools. Coming from a kid who lives in the both the Howard County and Baltimore County schools, I don't recommend GCS. I'd say Gilman, McDonogh, or NDP are your best bets. Overall, they are more difficult and have more to offer.


Posted May 19, 2011

In response to the May 11th parent posting - my child has attended GCS since Pre-K and is in the Upper School now. My child loves a challenge and has excelled both academically and socially. The school does not let children think for themselves, it pits child against child in a competitive race to appear academically equivalent to the Baltimore area private schools. The truth of the matter is it does not have the quality of teachers, leadership, or programs to come close to competing with those schools. For anyone considering this school, save your money and send your children elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

The only parents who say bad things about GCS are the ones who's children couldn't make it. This is an amazing school, the teachers treat the students like family, and it prepares your children for college. It's challenging, and the parents who wrote bad ratings, clearly had children who couldn't take a challange
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2011

I have attended GCS since Pre-K and I absolutely love it! GCS has a challenging but not so challenging that it is impossible to succeed. The teachers go out of their way to help you succeed. The school is also very diverse which is a big plus. The athletic programs are also excellent. Though we may not have any A conference teams the coaches are excellent. Education is the main focus of the school and I just love that. The parents are also very involved and help make the school great. There is very little bullying in GCS and the bullying that they do have is dealt with immediately and effectively. If your child is focused and determined they will do very well at GCS.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 45%
Black 13% 40%
Asian 10% N/A
Two or more races 6% N/A
Hispanic 3% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Korean
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • It's Academic
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Gregory J. Ventre
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • www.glenelg.org/inquire
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (410) 531-5878

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Computer programming

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • A Capella
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Black Awareness
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Forensics club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • It's Academic
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Sign Language
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$10000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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12793 Folly Quarter Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
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Phone: (410) 531-8600

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