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The Banner School

Private | PK-8 | 145 students

Our school provides a nuturing and vibrant environment for learning.

 
 

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Posted November 9, 2013

The Banner School is a co-educational, independent school composed of a preschool (3- and 4-year-olds), primary school (K-4th), and a middle school for grades 5-8. Its mission is to provide an academically challenging curriculum in a secure environment, to motivate students to achieve to the best of their abilities, and, in so doing, to stimulate a lifelong love of learning. The Banner School promotes a strong school-family partnership, individual self-worth, and respect for others and strives to graduate responsible individuals who will contribute to society. Reflecting the diversity in today s society and our student body, Banner provides an education with a global perspective through the study of various cultures, societies, and peoples of the world.


Posted October 5, 2009

The Banner School is a diverse community of learners and provides a nurturing environment that challenges and motivates students to become responsible citizens and leaders in the 21st century.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 21, 2009

Exceptional school with a very close-knit community environment for students, parents and teachers. It feels like everyone is family. The kids are encouraged to excel and they truly look forward to going to school! It is a shame they don't have a high school. They are by far the best school in Frederick County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2008

Banner has a good atmosphere. Parents were involved. Music program and the plays were terrific. Alas, my academically capable child was not challenged. We left for the Frederick Magnet program. Art, Music and Language weren't great, but the academics were much better. It is too bad that Banner, small though it was, didn't teach to the child's abilities...This was several years back. They may have changed. I know they have a new principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2008

this is probably the best school, private or public, in frederick. the academics are rigorous, and the school offers alot of great extracuriculars considering it is a small school. everyone is very nice here- the teachers, students, parents...i know my child will be well prepared when she leaves here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2006

Banner School is a top notch school and I would highly recommend it to any family. The excellent communication between teachers, parents and students is at the heart of this school's success. The students are very respectful of one another and truly enjoy learning everyday. We are moving out of town and will be switching to a public school in an adjacent county and will regretfully have to leave this school. However, if we ever returned to the area, Banner is the only school I would want our child to attend in the Frederick area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2005

Banner has provided our children with a strong foundation that will carry them throughout high school and college. The teachers are dynamic and engaging and all of the students appear enthusiastic about learning. The school, though small in size, is very diverse, and does not have an elitist atmosphere. The students are motivated and respectful of each other. Lots of communication between home and school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 42%
Black 6% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 1% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Stephen Parnes, Head of School
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
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
Fax number
  • (301) 695-9336

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • AM bus from Urbana
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • grades 5-8
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • grades 5-8

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

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

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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$4000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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1730 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
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Phone: (301) 695-9320

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