Middle School English Teacher
Landon School challenges and inspires every boy it teaches to think deeply and broadly; to embody the timeless values of respect, perseverance, 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
These are remarks given by Head of School Jim Neill during an all-school Thanksgiving Assembly on November 17.
Landon's opening day Convocation ceremony featured speeches from Head of School Jim Neill and Student Council President George Roggie '21 that focused on the year ahead.
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.
For information on our 2021 lead in drinking water testing, results, and mitigation as mandated by the State of Maryland, please contact our Director of Facilities Mike Sopher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission & Values
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.
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, which was later approved by the County in the Fall of 2021.
This plan represents has the potential to transform our grounds into an even more beautiful and beneficial home for our boys and our faculty. The plan envisions the creation of a new Upper School building, which will maintain a central location on the current site of the Andrews House, establishing a beacon of learning on the highest point of our 75 acres. With this new Upper School, the Middle School will then move into a renovated and expanded Banfield Academic Center (the current Upper School building), and the Lower School will move into the current Middle School, resulting in an academic quad that supports a cohesive Landon experience for all of our students.
The success of this campaign will empower us to reimagine our campus.
Our entire community will immensely benefit from this transformation. New and renovated spaces will connect our community and encourage faculty and students to ask questions and explore new ideas.
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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 email@example.com or our Director of Facilities Mike Sopher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Landon facilities are available to rent. 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.
Lead Testing Notification (October 2021)
Per updated state of Maryland regulations, all public, charter, and nonpublic schools are required to test all water outlets including fountains and sinks on a three-year cycle for the possible presence of lead. In accordance with this law, Landon tested water sites across campus during the summer and found a few to be over a new, lower five ppb (parts per billion) threshold recently enacted by the state (the previous threshold was 20 ppb). We posted non-potable signs on those sites and then, to confirm the first results, tested them a second time. We found only one of them – a science room prep and cleaning sink in room 201 of the Upper School – continued to have levels that exceeded the acceptable threshold. We have permanently disabled and removed that sink. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to Director of Facilities Mike Sopher at email@example.com.
- 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
Landon students develop many skills over the course of their years at Landon, including time management, communication strategies, and our core values of teamwork and perseverance among others! Those skills and values have proven to be essential to four students who started their own small businesses.
Grades 3 and 9 Bears joined forces for a science project to hone their research, writing, and presentation skills.
Seventeen members of the Class of 2022 have committed to play college athletics on signing days throughout the year. They join the 88 students in the last five graduating classes to play sports at colleges and universities around the country. Go Bears!
For the first time in its 40-year history, the Smithsonian Craft Show features student artists, including seven from Landon.