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The Bullis School

Private | 2-12 | 745 students

Bullis is known for its balanced approach to academics, arts and athletics.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $805,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,550.

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Posted May 4, 2014

My experience at Bullis has been incredible and I would happily recommend the school to any parent or student. Their new Entrepreneurship and Capstone programs are unrivaled and I am confident that they will continue to grow, especially with the new building that will contain state of the art technology for both STEM and Entrepreneurship. I personally have learned to build a business and been provided all the tools to persist through hard times and learn to get answers for problems I don't know. I've been introduced to incredible business connections and been provided with a very well established board of advisers for my growing company. Since the Entrepreneurship program wants students to be successful, all legal documents and work done is put in the name of the students, so we can continue the business after school and build a company. My team and I have decided to carry on and have even secured a deal with a minor league baseball team! I have also played football and ice hockey at bullis and sung in the choir. Bullis allows students to pursue any interest and all teachers are available afterschool and during study halls.


Posted April 30, 2014

I love Bullis! I have two children who love their school and are being challenged and stretched academically. And they know their teachers care. The teachers stay on top of their progress and communicate any concerns immediately. Couldn't ask for a better group of teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

This is the third year our children have attended Bullis. We are so pleased with the academic environment and a focus on learning, not just memorization and fact regurgitation. They are extremely well prepared for college not just because of the academics, but also because the Bullis community recognizes how important it is to help children grow as people. The faculty and staff understand the importance of building character and developing well-rounded individuals who are eager to be a part of and contribute to their community AND the world beyond. It really does take a village to raise caring, intelligent, responsible citizens and we are grateful to have the Bullis "village" for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2014

I love teaching at Bullis! My colleagues and I stop at nothing to make sure our students are engaged, happy, and learning at the highest levels. Our Head of School knows exactly what good instruction should look and feel like. He sets the bar very high, but provides terrific professional development opportunities. The respect, camaraderie and generosity among the teachers is transferred directly to the student experiences. Students give us their best because they know we respect and care for them. I've taught in several places and know that no school is perfect, but Bullis is pretty close to it!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 14, 2013

Bullis is becoming way to big and everything is about football and sports. THere is no homework and learning


Posted August 21, 2013

I am a parent of a rising 10th grader who started at Bullis as a 9th grader. Our child started middle school at another 'top' VA private school. Our child has learning differences (dyslexia) and we were not happy with our treatment at the other private school. Bullis has been wonderful! The teachers and administration have been top notch. The school as a whole works together so that every child can reach their potential. Bullis does a wonderful job meeting each child's level of education as well as encouraging the arts and sports. For our child it has been the perfect blend of what high school should be. We are also driving from Virginia to have our child attend school at Bullis. While I wish it was down the street, it is worth the extra effort. After the poor experience that we had at our prior school and the amazing treatment we have had at Bullis I would give Bullis 10 stars if I could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2011

I am a parent of a current Bullis student and we hope that our younger child will join the community next year. Bullis seems to be "on a roll." Enrollment numbers are up, the campus looks beautiful, the quality of the teachers has increased, and all of the extracurriculars are excellent. My son is currently plays on two sports teams and is a musician. He loves his coaches and his band instructor is incredible. The teachers really care about each and every student and are very communicative with the parents. The head of school, now in his second year, is enthusiastic, forward thinking, and knows every child by name. The new academic center is lovely and provides support to a range of students. I think that the English and Social Studies departments are particularly strong. The school is very diverse, with students coming from DC, Virginia, Prince Georges, Frederick, and of course Potomac. There is a sizeable international student body as well. I think this school deserves a close look by any families considering private education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

I'm been at Bullis since the 3rd grade. Currently a rising Senior, I couldn't be happier. I have loved every minute that I have spent at Bullis. I have been prepared very well academically for each new grade level, as well as the transitions from lower to middle school, and middle school to high school. I spend all my time doing theatre and choir, and have really enjoyed the theatre and music departments at Bullis. I have really enjoyed Bullis, and am looking forward to another and final great year.


Posted April 23, 2011

I m currently a student at Bullis, and I couldn't be happier. I started in sixth grade, and I've stayed not only because of the education I'm getting, but because of the people I'm surrounded by. The faculty cares a lot about each student's personal progress; if a student is struggling, the teachers take time to help the student get back on track. I am particularly impressed by how professional the teachers are, but at the same time, they know how to relate with students. Due to our small class sizes, we can ask questions and get deep into material in order to develop a better understanding. Since we are a relatively small school, we are a tight knit community. Our new headmaster attends athletic and arts events very frequently. We support each other; school pride has never been as important as it is now. The words "caring, challenging community" truly define Bullis.


Posted May 31, 2010

The faculty at the school work with each strtudent to help them reach their potential. Although the students are clearly expected to be responsible for their study habits, there is immediate intervention by both teachers and coaches shoud a student fall behind and/or haivng issues. The teachers are very receptive to working with parents. There is a good balance between academics, sports and the arts. Teh school makes studneds individually and collectivley responsible for their actions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2010

I entered Bullis as a rising senior this year. I played football and ran track. Before Bullis I attended another private school in the area. The difference between my former school and Bullis is the amount of people that actually care. The small class sizes makes learning in a classroom of your peers a lot easier. Teacher are always willing to help you before or after school. Bullis also cherishes community. Bullis just i'snt a school its a community. All in all making the change to Bullis has been absolutely refreshing and life changing. My writing skills has improved greatly. I've made life long friends, and also got accepted into a top Liberal Arts School. Thank You Bullis
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2010

I am a former top student / athlete. Despite reaching the highest levels of academic success at Bullis, I entered college (on scholarship) feeling like my science and math education was mediocre at best. I would have been better served going to one Wooton, Churchill, or Whitman with a lower price tag for my parents.


Posted January 7, 2010

Bullis is a wonderful school with small classes and an excellent faculty. The facilities are very good and the emphasis on academics/art and athletics is balanced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

As an alum, I had a good time at bullis. I graduated in 2009, and even with the controversy and common disagreements between administration and students, I believe that the education I have received prepared me well for the excellent liberal arts college I am attending. The teachers are hit and miss, but overall a few stood out. College Counseling is easily the best of, I would argue, any of the other schools in the area. Bullis is a school in the midst of finding itself; formerly a 'jock school' Bullis is currently redefining itself, working towards a more centered and all-inclusive education. Bullis also does an excellent job teaching students time management by requring extracurricular activites 2 out of the 3 semesters, which run from 3:30 to 5:30 weekly. Students will get out of Bullis what they put into it.


Posted August 23, 2008

My son will be returning to Bullis' upper school this year and I am very pleased that he is doing so. I agree with the other reviews that there are a few public options but I doubt public schools can compete with the small class sizes and one-on-one attention, which is particularly important when getting accepted into the college or university of one's choice. The teachers and administrators at Bullis try to prepare students for the future society. I think Bullis offers a competitive, private-school education to its students with a focus on a civic responsiblity and all within a warm and progressive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2007

Agree with one of past reviews. Bullis is good school for some, but the public schools in the area are just as good if not a lot better. Teachers & administrators live in a bubble regarding what really goes on around school. Also, there always seems to be some type of admin. controversy going on too. Campus is very nice. Library is great and art cener is top-notch. Class rooms though are run down & despite upgrades in athletic facilities, they are nothing special--especially compared to other private schools or newer public schools. The great teachers seem to leave after only a year or two. The rest of the teachers seem to just go through the motions. Despite its sometimes 'jock school' status, the athletic department is a joke, mostly because there is no real commitment. Below average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2006

My daughter has been at Bullis for nearly 2 years. I am very happy with the quality of the education and the caring nature of the teachers and administration. The parental support for the school is strong and the school benefits from this support (new buildings etc...). After school clubs have been added. The clubs really help to add to the students development outside of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

I'm a middle school student at bullis. I found it hard to beleive that there are no after school clubs, student run or otherwise, in this school. There isn't even a student government. It seems like there are these things in upper school, but i'm dissapointed that this school focuses completely on sports as after school activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2004

Bullis is a good choice for some. However, if you are in the Churchill or Whitman area, you may as well attend either, because those two public schools are just as strong, if not stronger, than Bullis academically. I believe Bullis posted a 1210 SAT average and Whitman and Churchill's are a notch over 1200 as well, and they send graduates to the same caliber colleges. This may be because Bullis brings in less-than-stellar student-athletes to play basketball, but that only applies to a select few kids. If you are looking for academics, St. Albans, Landon, Sidwell, Holton Arms, NCS, and maybe Georgetown Prep...those are the schools to go with in the DC/MD area. To be honest, Bullis shares many similar characteristics with Churchill in terms of the student body, athletics, and academics. If you want the Bullis experience for free, send your child to Churchill.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 14, 2004

I have been very happy with the school. My son started in 3rd and in now in 4th. Bullis focuses on the Golden Rule and teaching children to be caring. It is a wonderful environment. With 88 acres, it has a wonderful sports program. By being a lower, middle and upper school you get the benefits of a big school, but the class size of a small school. We go to homecoming, basketball games, and lots of cultural events as well. It is a very well-rounded education. My son has blossomed at Bullis.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 42%
Black 14% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Hispanic 2% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
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 social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • 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
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance 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
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • It's Academic
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Gerald L. Boarman
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Admission Office 301-983-5724
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Non-denominational
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (301) 299-9050

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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

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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • 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 social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Academic Support Center
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • It's Academic
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Model OAS
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Open House each fall, plus weekly tours throughout the fall are available for prospective families. We invite you to come visit!
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.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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10601 Falls Rd
Potomac, MD 20854
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