Designed for Boys

Students and teacher mixing chemicals for a reaction
Student works a piece of pottery

Every aspect of a Landon education places boys at the center.

One look at the activity on campus illustrates our top priority: to create an experience that spurs growth for boys in all areas. Our teachers introduce academic challenge in ways that harness boys’ natural energy and curiosity as an asset to their learning. From a schedule that encourages movement and offers breathing room to enhance cognitive development to 75 acres of green fields, studios, labs, and fresh air, the difference is palpable—and represents exactly what boys need to thrive.

Tom DiChiara

Upper School English Teacher

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Paul Padalino

Upper School Math Teacher and Associate Athletics Director

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Adam Diaz

Counselor for the Lower and Middle Schools

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Teachers, Coaches & Mentors

Math teacher works with students

 

70%

Of Faculty Hold Advanced Degrees

6to1

Student-Teacher Ratio

9

Year Tenure

On Average for Faculty

You are known.

Relationships are foundational at Landon, which is why a Landon boy’s science teacher, track coach, and advisor may very well be the same person. 

In fact, Landon teachers are required to coach and mentor students because we believe the connections they form with students in these roles allow faculty to educate every boy more effectively. As teachers and students see each other in different lights, they develop a common language and experience that can be leveraged to the boys’ benefit. You can see how this plays out in the classroom and all over campus.

Movement Breaks

Boys enjoy breaks between classes, plus afternoon athletics to stay focused.

Rotating Schedule

Boys have rotating schedules that maximize students' peak learning times.

Active Learning

Boys experience hands-on learning in each subject to stay engaged.

As a science teacher and baseball coach, I see the same boy in times of celebration, adversity, and triumph. This shows me where their confidence lies, which allows me to help them grow from their experiences.- chris powers, Middle School science teacher and varsity baseball coach

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    Ethics, Service & Leadership

    Landon develops caring, thoughtful men who realize that their views and ideas matter, that their words can lift others, and that their actions, guided by respect, empathy, inclusivity, and civility, can effect positive change. It is not just worthy work; it is a moral obligation we owe to our boys, their families, and the world to develop young men who live honorable and ethical lives.

    We believe leadership grows from experience, which is why Landon students earn opportunities to take responsibility for their own actions and those of their peers through positions on our student and honor councils, captaincies on our athletic teams, leadership in service initiatives, and more.

    Lower School Code of Character Signing 2020

    Code of Character

    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.

     

    Civility Code

    I will treat all people with respect, civility, and dignity. I will also respect my school, my surroundings, and myself.

    Honor Code 

    I will not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do. I have abided by the Honor Code on this work. 

    Core Values 

    Respect, Honesty, Inclusivity, Gratitude, Kindness, Courage, Perseverance, Humility, Responsibility, Teamwork, and Hope. 

    TJ Kim

    Putting Others First

    While service is not a requirement at Landon, our boys still go to great lengths to spend their time helping others.

    One Upper School student even started “Operation Supplies Over Skies,” in which he used his pilot's license to deliver donated medical supplies to remote hospitals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every year, boys pack Thanksgiving baskets, donate canned goods and winter coats, work with special needs students, and more through partnerships with organizations such as A Wider Circle, Manna Food Center, Special Olympics, and Iona Senior Services.

    #GoodNewsTues

    The Durbin Family has led efforts for Landon to partner with A Wider Circle. 

    The nonprofit organization aims to end poverty and focuses on revitalizing neighborhoods, developing workforce skills, and creating stable homes. Landon students get hands-on experience helping others on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and throughout the year. Read more about our partnership.

     

    Students make packages for those in need

     

    100+

    Ethics Assemblies

    800

    Code of Character Signatures

    10000

    Meals Packed for Rise Against Hunger


     

    Student speaks at assembly

    Landon has given me a moral code. When I talk about Landon to other people, I talk about character and the values it has instilled in me. Landon gives every boy the means to do something great.

    - baxter brew, class of 2021, student council president

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    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.

    Student speaking at MLK Day assembly

    This work is supported by round table discussions, school assemblies and events based on cultural celebrations, such as Chinese New Year, and schoolwide events to honor Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. Students are at the center of this work, as they share their own stories and become presenters at these events. 

     

    41%

    Students of Color

    21

    Annual co-ed events including leadership seminars

    20

    Zip codes represented in the student body

    James Speight

     Landon helped me shape my worldview. I was able to tap into so many parts of what inform my identity. I could be a football player, an a capella singer, and a newspaper writer. That is the Landon man, a man of honor and a culturally aware and active global citizen.

    - james speight '10

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    Health, Wellness & Fitness

    We know that healthy and happy boys learn better. That’s why we don’t compromise on anything that will foster boys’ mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being. In addition to daily athletics, study halls, teacher office hours, and dedicated time with advisors, an age-appropriate schedule provide the breaks boys need to be rejuvenated and engage fully in their learning.

    Athletics are a requirement for all three seasons. For some, that means the opportunity to compete at the highest level. For others, this focus on fitness means daily exercise in our strength and conditioning program or participation in club or intramural sports.

     

    115

    Movement Minutes in Lower School Daily

    100

    Movement Minutes in Middle School Daily

    22

    Athletics Options in Upper School


     

    Athletics

    Landon offers athletics in every division, from Lower School flag football to varsity baseball.

    Because we believe so deeply in the benefits of interscholastic athletics, we require every boy in the Middle and Upper Schools to participate in a sport at Landon during every season. Beyond physical exercise and overall wellness, athletics also gives every boy the opportunity to experience teamwork and develop leadership skills that will help him throughout his life.  

    Student runs in track relay race
    Teacher shows student how to play handbells

    Arts

    Creative expression breeds self-confidence in every boy at Landon.

    With every brushstroke, he’s discovering a strength he didn’t know he had. With every performance, he’s channeling his emotions and turning them into artistry. With every violin solo, he’s gaining confidence as a musician and a young man. Landon offers 22 courses in studio art, music, and theater every year, beginning in Grade 3 and continuing through the Upper School, where our handbells program is nationally renowned. 

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