LANDON SCHOOL Academics
Our academics program challenges boys throughout their Landon School journey, whether they are a third grader who gains confidence with mathematics, history and English courses; a Middle School Bear who takes an honors math class; or an upper schooler who masters calculus, thinks outside the box with our signature class in the Humanities, or prepares for college with one of the 17 Advanced Placement and 15 honors courses we offer. Our goal is to equip each Bear with the tools to excel when they reach the next step in their path from Lower School to Middle School to Upper School to college to a full life as an accomplished, responsible and caring man.
Small class sizes across all divisions give Landon School boys the individual attention they need to gain fundamental knowledge while also learning vital skills such as analytical and creative thinking, independence, cooperation and integrity. Our unique eight-day class cycle is deliberately planned for the way boys learn, with classes that rotate through the day so students can experience every course at their peak time, and strategic breaks over the course of the day ensure that boys are more focused during class.
To keep up with the ever-changing academic landscape, we have put into action a strategic plan to use appropriate technology as a vital supplement to, but not a surrogate for, the challenging and collaborative learning process espoused at the school. Each division has a dedicated academic technologist — all of them experts in the field — who helps teachers employ technology in the classroom to enhance the educational experience.
As a result of this emphasis on strong, well-rounded academics, students in all three divisions have excelled both inside and outside the classroom.
For example, 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 SeaPearch 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 2015 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.
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 — a reap invaluable real-life experience along the way.
For more information on our academic programs, please see our curriculum guide.