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Severn School

Private | 6-12 | 596 students


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Posted June 25, 2014

Severn School has offered my children (in elementary school) a wonderful academic experience and rich character development. Many of the reviews (some almost 10 years old) below talk about preparedness for college, but it's important to note that this school is for preschool (age 3) through grade 12 now. Students are helpful and respectful. Teachers are beloved and some have been teaching at the school for several for decades. Severn has created innovative ways to cultivate young readers and creators, and they work with each child on their specific needs. There are high expectations for being "leaders of good choices" and working toward each child's best self through character development. A program for 4th and 5th graders layers on arts, drama, and technology and culminates in a dramatic production performed in the school's beautiful theater. The gym is bright and large and there is a large playground and playing fields for pickup soccer games at recess. The teachers and facilities are really incredible for an elementary school, and there are so many parents involved. Can't say enough great things!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 21, 2013

Severn is a great school. Both of my daughters have attended the school since the sixth grade. They are now in the 9th and 11th grades. The school is nurturing, challenging, and rigorous. They are always busy doing homework and projects. Homework averages about 4-5 hours per night. They both are also on the sailing team. As a parent and educator, I am very stubborn when it comes to the education of my children. However, Severn exceeds my expectations. Both of my daughters have traveled to Europe. We have also hosted an Italian student. My daughters attend school with a diverse group of students. The teachers are all so caring and involved. The administration is amazing. There are a variety of social and academic events for the students and parents. I highly recommend Severn.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2013

My daughter is a current middle school student at Severn. She loves school and her instructors. The teachers and administration are outstanding, supportive, and nurturing. The academics are rigorous with an average of 3 hours of homework nightly. My daughter has taken advantage of the many leadership opportunities offered at Severn. I would highly recommend Severn School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 3, 2012

There is no doubt that Severn has a fabulous academic track record, but there are some things to remember before applying. As a student myself, I can tell you that if your child is not interested in sports or is an athletic person do not consider Severn. In 6th grade P.E. occurs everyday, and for every other grade, a sport is required! I, personally, hate sports and being made to do sports has been TERRIBLE! Practice occurs everyday after school, which can lead to getting behind on the extreme amount of homework. A student in the middle school has an average of 2 to 3 hours of homework. A student in the high school will have anywhere from 3 to 5 hours of homework (depending on Honors courses etc.). On the social side of things, Severn is a school filled with some wonderful kids. However, prepare your kid(s) for the realization that many of the kids will already know each other! As a student coming in from a school other than Chesapeake Bay Academy was very difficult. The cliques and groups were already created. I would estimate that 75% of the kids are from Chesapeake. I hope this helped!

Posted June 4, 2011

I'm a current 8th grade student at Severn (until Wednesday!!!). My middle school experience was pretty good...academically. I feel that since my 6th grade year the school has become too strict with its rules and my nonacademic experience has gotten progressively worse. I feel like the faculty does N O T H I N G to prevent cliques and have no idea how much exclusion there is. The amount foul language used in and out of the classroom is outrageous. Academically Severn is great. I love my school but one of their goals for next year should be to control the cliques, gossip, and social exclusion.

Posted June 2, 2011

I am a student at Severn right now in the 10th grade. It is a very good school and all the teachers are very nice and helpful. If you ask them to stay after school with you that day, about 95% of the teachers will be able to stay and give you extra help. Evne though the high school is hard, I am very well prepared to go to college in a few years!

Posted February 9, 2011

my two college students - both graduates of Severn - have each reported that they feel very well prepared fro college and, in the majority of cases, are much better equipped to handle school than most of their peers. My first semester freshmen got a 4.0! Thank you, Severn!
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Posted September 13, 2010

Teachers seem very good, administration seems to want to use Severn as a springboard to something better.
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Posted July 24, 2010

I've been going to Severn since 6th grad =e and I just graduated the 12th grade. My overall experience was great. The small classes, teacher/ parent involvment, and excellent leadership makes Severn School one of the best schools in the county.

Posted October 28, 2009

I've been a student here since 9th grade and overall it's an okay school. The teachers are very good (except those in the math department) and the ciriculum is very challenging yet rewarding. I know when I go to college I'll be prepared for whatever my professors give me to do. The only problem with Severn is the students. It's a very cliquie school and everything is based on wealth. If you aren't white, blonde, tan and rich you're going to have a hard time fitting in and finding friends. In short its a preppy rich white kid school that has really good acedemics.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 7, 2009

Severn School is outstanding! Rigorous yet nurturing. Full of terrific opportunities for my students.
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Posted January 10, 2008

As a Severn student, I am qualified in saying that the school is challenging but fun. The teachers are amazing and are always willing to stay late for extra help. Like most schools, Severn can be cliqy, but most people are good friends because of the small size. Severn has a reputation for being rude and snobby, but the people who say these things obviously have never been a student.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 11, 2007

I graduated from Severn, and i can say that I was well prepared for college from an academic standpoint. Overall, a good experience.

Posted January 23, 2007

I was a Severn student from 6th grade to 12th. The education was excellent and prepared me for college. The teachers, particularly the AP teachers, were informative, but also promoted discussions in the classroom, which taught students to speak clearly and support their point. Through college, I found that many of my classmates could not make a concise, supported argument. Severn was a great school, and if I am around Severna Park at the time, would want to send my children there.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted October 14, 2006

The Severn academic curriculum is challenging, and 99.8% of graduates have gone to college since 1914. The sports program has a similar tradition of excellence. The parents are involved every step of the way, and they are included throughout the learning process. The open communication at the Severn School, in addition to its top notch facilities, teachers, curriculum, and overall program make it the best place for children.
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Posted September 14, 2005

Although the teachers are wonderful at Severn, there is a cold and indifferent attitude within the admissions office and social exclusions are very much tolerated in this school. The academic program is very good, but the student body has a reputation for being particularly rude and wild.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 42%
Black 6% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Hispanic 1% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 4%
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Severna Park, MD 21146
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