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PK-12
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Ellicott City, MD
 

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12793 Folly Quarter Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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(410) 531-8600
(410) 531-5878
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February 09, 2015
I have a daughter in the middle school. Very good school! The curriculum is great and challenging. Very thorough! She is doing very well and I plan to let her graduate from the school. I love their mathematics program. If you have an Algebra ready 6th grade kids, you can rest assure that kid will be in the Algebra class. They have some bright students in in 7th grade taking geometry...Good science and Liberal art program too.

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November 02, 2014
I have a daughter in the middle school and a daughter in the primary school. Both are thriving! They are challenged and engaged, but without feeling overwhelmed and pressured. The teachers are responsive and I feel my daughters get a lot of attention and support; they are both performing well above grade-level.

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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!!

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June 05, 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.

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October 04, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

May 05, 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.

- submitted by a community member

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

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.

- submitted by a community member

April 04, 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.

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January 28, 2012
This is an average school except that special privilege is given to students whose parents donate more and knows headmaster personally.

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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.

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August 24, 2011
DONT DO IT!!! they send out emails to change the online ratings -! The kids are bullied and the parents too. We were here for over 7 years and it is a WASTE OF MONEY - do not do it - your kids is better off at a school that can go IVY - this one cannot. Maryland if your lucky. We have the Tshirts and the therapy bills. DO NOT do it.

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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.

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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.

- submitted by a community member

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

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

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April 03, 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.

- submitted by a community member

February 09, 2011
Students do not fall through the cracks at Glenelg Country School. They are asked to do their work and be respectful. It is a wonderful learning environment where children are encouraged and challenged. It is telling that the only negative review comes from the same disgruntled past-parent. The current Glenelg parents are trhilled with the care that their children receive.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2011
Many children fall through the cracks at this school as the school is only equipped to educate one basic type of student. Horrible administration, ridiculous politics, and the school really is run like a business and not an educational facility. There are some amazing teachers here but there are also some absolutely horrific teachers who have no business teaching children. The new Head of School is a disaster and the school has really gone downhill since he took over.

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September 23, 2010
I have two children here who are stimulated in the classroom by an engaged and motivated faculty. The communication lines are open and the school encourages parents to be a part of their child's learning process. My children have become independent thinkers and love their experience at Glenelg.

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2010
My child fell through the cracks at this school for over five years, if your child has a learning difference do not go to this school, they tell you they can handle it but they cannot. They run the school like a business, they count the $$ not the children or the education. It is a shame we put our faith in them. Do not do it, save your money, kids are left behind, grades are bought if you have enough $$ and teachers are paid well below local schools and you pay how much? Think twice, dont make the mistake we did.

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June 06, 2010
This school is ripe with politics, bribing and dishonesty. The child is the last item the leaders think about- it is a horrific waste of money. READ ALL the reviews it runs DEEP, save your money and your sanity DO NOT DO IT

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May 31, 2010
I agree with the May 25 review. This is NOT a child-centered education, as one expects from a private school. Also, refer the the March 2008 and February 2005 reviews. The problems associated with these reviews continue.

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May 25, 2010
Glenelg provides a beautiful setting in Ellicott City. GCS rates kids performance against other kids rather than their individual talents, depressing students confidence. Student talents must fit into a specific box and are not allowed for individual growth. Students are rated lower than actual to advance GCS claim of student growth based on their instructional guidance.

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May 11, 2010
The only problem with gcs is the athletic program. We don't have any A Conference teams and don't have a football or high school wrestlng team. Many parents like me will rather have their children go to a more athletic school

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November 18, 2009
I am in 10th grade at GCS and have been attending there for 10 years. GCS is an amazing school because of the small class sizes, unique and student-lead activities, sports teams, challenging theater arts program and of course an extreme emphasis on academics. It can be hard at times (harder than public school) but it is definitely worth it. While here, I have participated in five years of field hockey, two years of theater tech as a lighting and set designer, on the newspaper staff of the middle and upper schools, and as a theater critic for our school's theater critic team. I know GCS will prepare me well for the world after high school and I am excited to finish my junior and senior years and put my excellent education to good use!

- submitted by a student

August 19, 2009
Glenelg is a wonderful school. i have been going their since the beginning, all the way back from Pre-k and still going. I can say for myself that it is a hard school but it is more then worth it. The environment is great, the friends you make are for a lifetime, and your teachers are caring and understanding. You can tell by just reading the other comments as well!

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August 03, 2009
Glenelg Country is an exceptional school. I am an international student and I feel like no other American school would provide such a good environment for me.

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June 09, 2009
We have two of our children at gcs. Gcs has nurturing environment and great academics program. The staff members at ps are very caring and professionals. We are very satisfied with the out come.

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February 26, 2009
This is truly an exceptional school. My children have adapted well and just love it here after transferring from another local private school. As a parent, I cannot be any happier ,to see my children thriving in their education and really loving school. All the teachers and staff we have known over the years were caring and very enthusiastic in their area of teaching. The school provides a safe and nurturing enviroment and a strong and challenging academic curriculum.

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January 23, 2009
I love this school. When I first arrived here i was scared and shy, but everyone came up to me immediatly and made me feel comfortable in my new enviroment. The teachers are great and will help a student whenever they are struggling. We do lots of community service and we are big on GOING GREEN! The catered lunch is okay, but I really enjoy the pizza Fridays. We learn the importance of learership and other qualities in order to succeed. The classes are a lot different from public school, but it's exceedingly easy to adjust. Although the curriculum can be challenging at times there are always friends that will help you through it.

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January 16, 2009
I have 2 children at GCS and have sent them from Primary school though the Upper School. Each division is truely exceptional. THe GCS middle school is amazing. The middle schools are the most difficult, the kids are changing, theur attention is being diverted, socialization becomes increasingly important and competitive; the GCS Middle School team deals with the children in a wonderful manner. The children thrive with great teachers, great direction and a unique combination of treating the kids as both kids and teenagers. What a wonderful transition my children made. The Upper School is eactly what you want for college prep, challenging coursework and great teachers. The students have a beautiful sense of community and togetherness.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2009
The Upper School has great teachers, strong emphasis on academics, unique classes, many student-led clubs, a great community service program, and one hundred percent of students go on to attend great colleges and universities.

- submitted by a student
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December 08, 2008
I am currently a senior at Glenelg and have attended the school since 6th grade. Glenelg has definatly been a positive experience for me. The teachers may be young but are great adn get connected to their students. Also the principle, Dr. Broderick, is great. So I definalty recommend Glenelg to anyone who is willing to work and loves to have a friendly environment to learn in.

- submitted by a student

July 25, 2008
GCS is a wonderful place, particularly in the Primary and Lower Schools. The small class size and dedication of the teachers is amazing! Parent communication, strong academics, caring staff, and great facilities add to the schools appeal! Expensive, but worth it!

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May 09, 2008
I have a son who started the Upper School this year and coming from both public and parochial schools, he has definitely found his niche and loves it. The small class sizes, teachers who engage their students and treat them like adults, diversity of subject matter covered (beyond the standard tests), stressing critical thought, and a managerial team who don't hide behind policies when common sense should prevail (like the public schools) makes this a great choice. I highly recommend this school.

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March 24, 2008
When I was at this school, scandal and bad behaviour were rife, and problems seemed to be ignored more often than they were efficiently dealt with. I am still trying to work out exactly what went on, but I personally (as a student) never felt that discipline was dealt out properly. That said, there were some truly wonderful teachers who made my time there worthwhile.

- submitted by a community member
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March 18, 2008
Well this school is full of scandels and the children in the middle and upper school are not well behaved. Its the talk of gossip in many schools. The teachers dont help the situation much. This is not a school i would suggest.

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March 07, 2008
This is an excellent school for any student. The curriculum is challenging as well as innovative. After spending a few years in a public middle school, my time at GCS was absolutely incredible. The rteachers truly cared about me and they took time to help me when I needed it.

- submitted by a student

February 28, 2005
This is a decent school, however, teachers are not well-educated and the curriculum is not very progressive. The public schools in this county offer a more aggresive education where most of the teachers have advanced degrees. Also, many of the teachers at Glengelg are parents of students in the school, whis raises concerns. They seem to promote conformity and discourage individuality. Not worth the high price tag, IMHO.

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August 22, 2004
We started my son at Glenelg last year for third grade, after giving up in disgust on the local public school. We are very happy with Glenelg. The overall environment reminded me of the small college I attended. It is very nurturing. There is a very strong science program, with science lab classes even in the very early grades. The teachers care about the students, and enjoy their job. The staff is friendly and accessible, and the students are their because their families care about their education. A+ from us to Glenelg Country School!

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August 21, 2004
This school is an excellent school for kids who want to get away from the Public school community. With small class sizes and a caring and understanding set of teachers, the community is perfect for any student wanting to get a good education. I have seen a tremendous improvement in my child as a student and discipline in one year at Glenelg Country School. I am extremely pleased with my child's experience at Glenelg Country School and would recommend looking into the school if you are looking for another school for your child.

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July 19, 2004
My children are so fortunate to have the opportunity to attend this school. This is a place where each student counts, and the focus isn't just on the students who need correction or the ones who are 'gifted.' From the Kindergarten Circus, to the Public Speaking Contest, to the Athletic Teams beginning in Middle School, there is a chance for each student to make a meaningful contribution. My children are each different, and the teachers really capitalize on the talents that each one has. Their experiences at GCS will be far more memorable than those I had through the public schools.

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June 18, 2004
We have two children enrolled in the Primary School. Both are thriving beyond all reasonable expectation, academically and personally. We would recommend GCS without hesitation or reservation.

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May 13, 2004
Upper school is not very well managed. Heavy turnover of teachers. Except for few [>10 years experience], teachers turnover rate is very high. Most teachers are hired on a yearly basis strainght out of college who lack either teaching experience or not well qualified to teach [this is especially true in the areas of math and science]. This affects studens ability to learn and lose interest. Some teachers also lack dedication and are less willing to help students. Finally, there is some kind of bias in favor of teacher's sons/daughters who attend the school.

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January 29, 2004
This is an amazing school that provides an incredible education. In addition to the academics this school strives in teaching each child how to be the best they can be and how to give back to the community and those less fortunate. The are developing the whole child.

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September 09, 2003
Excellent school that provides a well rounded education in a safe and pleasant environment.

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Glenelg Country School
12793 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD  21042
(410) 531-8600
Last modified Glenelg Country School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Glenelg Country School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top