Middle School English Teacher
Since 1929, Landon School has prepared generations of boys to become accomplished, responsible, and caring men. Our program develops boys in Grades 3–12 as scholars and servant-leaders, as thinkers and creators, as men of character and commitment who are ready for college and life beyond.
Landon School challenges and inspires every boy it teaches to think deeply and broadly; to embody the timeless values of respect, resilience, and honor; to seek balance and pursue excellence in all endeavors; to become the best version of himself.
Upper and Middle School Theater Arts and Drama Teacher
As you consider Landon, you may ask of us: What is it that we believe about this institution and its mission?
We believe in the vast human potential inherent in boys and their capacity to do and to be good. - Jim Neill, Head of school
Of Faculty Hold Advanced Degrees
Average Class Size
Landon is home to 690 students, 125 full-time faculty and staff, a 75-acre campus, and so much more. Statistics, though, are only one element that tells the story of who we are, what we do, and how we go about a boy-centered, well-balanced approach to help your son learn and grow.
Mission & Codes
We believe in and are inspired by the vast human potential inherent in boys. We believe it is a moral imperative to help boys become the very best version of themselves and recognize an all-boys setting is uniquely effective for delivering on this purpose. That is why character development is central to all we do for your son.
Landon School's mission is "to prepare talented boys for productive lives as accomplished, responsible, and caring men whose actions are guided by the principles of perseverance, teamwork, honor, and fair play."
We expect our students to become young men of integrity who behave honorably in all of their actions and relationships with others. Respect drives our Civility Code. Honesty drives our Honor Code. Students, faculty, and staff sign a pledge each year to live by and model these virtues.
I will treat all people with respect, civility, and dignity, I will also respect my school, my surroundings and myself.
I will not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do. I have abided by the Honor Code on this work.
Respect, Honesty, Inclusivity, Gratitude, Kindness, Courage, Perseverance, Humility, Responsibility, Teamwork, and Hope.
Landon’s Board of Trustees focuses on cultivating the long-term growth of the institution. Our Head of School conducts the day-to-day operations of the school. The Board of Trustees and Head work closely together to ensure Landon’s programs and practices serve our boys effectively and remain grounded in our mission.
As a parent of a member of the Class of 2018, I am grateful to Landon for the excellent education and meaningful relationships the school provided my son.
As Board Chair, I am committed to ensuring that Landon’s extraordinary faculty and staff have the facilities and resources to provide an outstanding education for generations to come.
- Alex Baldwin, Board chair
In the fall of 2016, Landon began its first comprehensive goal-setting exercise in a decade. The 2018 Strategic Plan was the result of this exercise, and it challenges us to grow as a school and live our mission to the fullest. It is focused on six key areas: academics, character, faculty, campus, resources, and community.
We spent a year developing the six goals and associated action steps that make up the plan. The process included commentary from hundreds of community members and engagement by a 35-person committee whose voices represented a wide array of Landon constituencies and viewpoints. Our Board of Trustees approved the plan in 2017.
Campus Master Plan
Landon submitted its campus master plan to Montgomery County in the Spring of 2021 for approval. The process involves multiple steps. The plan will be reviewed by the Montgomery County Planning Board on July 1, 2021 for compliance with various technical standards and the Planning Board will make a recommendation with regard to the special exception on those fronts prior to submitting the plan and their recommendation to the Montgomery County Hearing Examiner. The Hearing Examiner will subsequently develop a report compiled of all items in the record to date with regard to the Plans compliance with the various technical matters and overall compatibility with the neighborhood. This will ultimately be submitted to the Montgomery County Board of Appeals for a final decision later in the summer or fall of 2021.
We value the relationships we have with the community around us, and this section of our website is designed to share information about our school. We invite our neighbors who are interested in Landon events and activities and who wish to receive communications about Landon on a regular basis to share an email address with us. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer Chris Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Director of Buildings and Grounds Mike Sopher at email@example.com.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Respect is a core value of a Landon School education. And respecting others means respecting and celebrating their different journeys, backgrounds, and identities. Landon is committed to promoting supportive and welcoming traits like inclusivity and appreciating diversity and how it enriches the tapestry of the community. We seek to develop in our students the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to value differences, encouraging both speaking and acting with integrity and compassion and developing an informed and respectful worldview.
The Landon 2018 Strategic Plan identifies areas for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work, including:
- Imbue an authentic respect and appreciation for differences of all kinds through programming and practices that expand students' understanding of others and that lead to lifelong brotherly bonds.
- Enrich the school population through broadened efforts to recruit and support students and faculty with diverse backgrounds.
We have made the advancement of DEI-related work a primary professional development priority for the school. All faculty and staff have set goals for themselves on a range of topics from reviewing curricular and programmatic content and teaching practices; to personal growth and development through workshops, conversations, and reading; to evaluating various policies and procedures to ensure we are creating an equitable and inclusive experience for our young men.
This blog post was written by Charles Harley, Upper School teacher and coach. The blog explains the “I See You” campaign, an effort launched by Harley to recognize, support and lift up the Landon faculty and staff.
Landon celebrated Women's History Month with an assembly that featured personal stories and powerful messages from teachers and parents to the boys and the community.
Grade 5 students created collages based on the artwork of Romare Bearden. With a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, they are learning about art history and exploring work created during the Harlem Renaissance.
Landon facilities are not available for rent at this time. If you are interested in future rentals, please reach out to Assistant to the Athletic Director for Facilities Charles Harley with questions and/or inquiries. Here is a look at some of Landon's facilities as part of our 75-acre campus.
- 1934 — Landon School moves to the Walsh McLean estate (Whitehall) at the corner of Bradley Blvd. and Wilson Lane in Bethesda, Maryland.
- 1936 — Landon School purchases the Andrews estate at 6101 Wilson Lane, where the school stands today. Classes for Grades 3–6 remain in Whitehall until 1940.
- 1939 — Landon wins its first IAC championship, this time for baseball. In the years that follow, Landon wins an IAC title every year except three.
- 1940 — Following the completion of the new Perkins Gymnasium, the Lower School building is constructed.
- 1943 — Albert Rogers is wartime acting headmaster. Landon conducts three graduations the next year (February, June, and August) for students heading off to war.
- 1948 — Gladys Georgia becomes Landon’s first full-time art teacher, expanding the school’s arts offerings from music and theater to the studio arts.
- 1954 — The public is invited to tour the newly acquired Perkins Memorial Azalea Garden, and the annual Azalea Garden Festival, a scholarship fundraiser, is born.
- 1961 — The Lower School building is dedicated to longtime Lower School Head Clyde T. Wilson.
- 1963 — Landon Upper School students propose and adopt an Honor Code defining their own conduct.
- 1968 — Landon School fields its first lacrosse team with Coach Sullivan. Participants are in Grades 5 and 6.
- 1970 — Founder and Headmaster Paul L. Banfield retires, and Hugh C. Riddleberger is named Landon School’s second headmaster.
- 1971 — With only 15 boys in the dorm, the Boarding Department closes at the end of the school year.
- 1981 — Hugh C. Riddleberger retires; Malcolm Coates is named Landon School’s third headmaster.
- 1988 — Landon wins its first IAC Founder’s Cup.
- 1989 — The Mondzac Performing Arts Center opens with an auditorium (named for Malcolm Coates), music classrooms, rehearsal space, and a dining room.
- 1990 — Malcolm Coates retires; Damon F. Bradley is named Landon’s fourth headmaster.
- 2000 — Landon opens a new Middle School for Grades 6–8, which includes a library, science laboratories, and art studios.
- 2002 — The school adds a Civility Code to the core principles that govern our behavior as members of a community dedicated to the inclusion of all.
- 2004 — Damon F. Bradley retires; David M. Armstrong is named the school’s fifth headmaster. Landon celebrates its 75th graduating class.
- 2008 — Landon adopts a Code of Character, which raises civility to the level of honor; the Joshua M. Freeman ’83 Center for Athletic Achievement opens, providing a new fitness center and wrestling facility.
- 2013 — Landon celebrates its 60th Azalea Garden Festival.
- 2014 — Landon celebrates its 85th anniversary. The Landon United capital campaign comes to a close having raised more than $51 million for the school, the most successful fundraising initiative in Landon history.
- 2015 — Headmaster David M. Armstrong steps down to lead the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC); Jim Neill becomes Landon’s sixth Head of School.
News & Calendar
Reese Finnell '22 and Robbie Lee '22 were among 40 student leaders who received President's Volunteer Service Awards for their work with Families4families, a nonprofit that combats food insecurity.
The end of the school year brought opportunity for unique assignments and creative projects! In this Q&A, James Moncur ’23 talks about the impressive stop-motion video he created for Beverly Sivaslian's honors chemistry class.
The work of Upper School Art Teacher Kevin Hetzel is featured in an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In this Q&A, he talks about the show as well as his approach to teaching and painting during the school year.
Issa Mudashiru ’21 has been playing soccer since he was three-years old, moving from recreation teams to club and academy teams to a professional opportunity with D.C. United during the pandemic.