Our rigorous program places an emphasis on strong, well-rounded academics with class sizes that average 14 students and offerings that include 32 accelerated and 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, students learn 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 2015–16 Wonder League Robotics Competition, and two Landon teams finished tied for first in Maryland (with perfect scores) in the 2016–17 Wonder League 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. Two Bears made the 2017 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. Ethan Fine '19 was one of 18 D.C.-area students to qualify for the 2018 United States National Chemistry Olympiad. And Arslon Humayun '17 was named 2016 Potomac Youth of the Year for excellence in academics and extracurricular activities, while Harrison Smith '18 earned the same honor in the fall of 2017.
Bears have also sought to expand their educational horizons with opportunities outside the classroom. One recent 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.
Lower School Bears celebrate Black History Month through a new experiential learning program that allows them to explore different facets of African American culture.
The following blog post is adapted from an ethics speech given by Middle School social studies teacher-coach-mentor Brian Reilly '09 (right, alongside Associate Director of College Counseling and fellow Landon alum Forbes Mann '04).In it, Reilly reflects on what he believes makes humans unique, and how we have the opportunity to be global citizens.
Landon welcomed more than 140 visitors from across the greater Washington area, and several special guests from China, to campus for an annual celebration of Chinese culture and an exploration of traditions commonly found in China.