Our rigorous program places an emphasis on strong, well-rounded academics with class sizes that average 13 students and offerings that include 17 Advanced Placement and 15 honors courses in the Upper School.
Our eight-day class cycle is deliberately planned for the way you learn, with classes that rotate through the day and the week so you can experience every course at different times. Strategic breaks over the course of the day, with no more than two academic classes in a row, ensure that you are more focused during class and have time to talk with teachers, collaborate on projects, or prepare for a test.
In the Middle and Upper Schools, you will have not only teachers to guide you but also an academic dean, an advisor and a guidance counselor to offer support and advocate for you.
You will take required classes in the traditional subjects: English, history math, science and world languages (choose from Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish). We also have a wide range of electives in Upper School including architecture, constitutional law, forensic science, meteorology, oceanography, and photojournalism. Multivariable calculus is offered as part of a joint program with Holton-Arms School.
In the Lower School — where academic technologist Michael Fisher teaches his students how to write computer code, how to use a 3-D printer, and how to program robots — a team of six boys finished first in the state of Maryland and 16th in the nation in the 2015 Wonder League Robotics Competition.
In the Middle School, students learn about more than just a foreign language in their Spanish, French, Latin and Chinese classes; thanks to unique projects devised by their teachers — including Spanish film festivals, French food tastings, Latin fashion shows and Chinese fan dances — the boys also experience other countries’ culture and history. In addition, Middle School Science Club members showed their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) prowess when they built a submersible remote operating vehicle called a SeaPerch and qualified for the National SeaPerch Challenge by guiding the vehicle through a series of obstacles at the regional competition in Annapolis.
In the Upper School, Bears excel in national tests and competitions, as well as in using their talents to explore educational opportunities in the real world. The 16 students who took the AP Chemistry exam in 2015 passed with an average score of 4.65/5, more than two full points above the national average. Five boys were named 2016 Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Two Bears made the 2016 USA Water Polo Academic All-America Team. A team of five boys finished 10th out of 660 schools nationwide in the 2015 Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) Competition. And Arslon Humayun '17 was named 2016 Potomac Youth of the Year for excellence in academics and extracurricular activities.
Bears have also sought to expand their educational horizons with opportunities outside the classroom. In the summer of 2015, one student studied global development as part of a highly selective internship with the IMF/World Bank. And, as part of their required Independent Senior Project (ISP), students do everything from build a go-kart from scratch to run their own small business — and reap invaluable real-life experience along the way.
For more information on our academic programs, please see our curriculum guide.
This blog post is a transcript of the remarks Shoun '17 delivered to Middle and Upper School students and faculty at the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly.
In this blog post, Andy Kerr '81 shares how Landon instilled in him the importance of being well-rounded.