Designed for Boys
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.
Upper School English Teacher
Teachers, Coaches & Mentors
Of Faculty Hold Advanced Degrees
On Average for Faculty
You are known.
Relationships are foundational at Landon, which is why a Landon boy’s art teacher, tennis coach, and advisor may very well be the same person.
In fact, Landon teachers, like Dori Boyce, 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.
Boys enjoy breaks between classes, plus afternoon athletics to stay focused.
Boys have rotating schedules that maximize students' peak learning times.
Boys experience hands-on learning in each subject to stay engaged.
Our ambition is that Landon graduates might be described individually and collectively – and throughout their lives – as persons who:
Relationships are at the very core of our community at Landon. As teacher-coach-mentors, we learn what makes our students tick and where they need support. This approach allows us to challenge the boys to reach their potential in the classroom, on the stage, and on the fields. - will mcgettigan, Upper School History teacher and head varsity lacrosse coach
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.
Character development is central to all we do. Our ability to advance this goal is dependent on the willingness of individual community members to agree to and embrace the principles of good character outlined in our Character Pledge. This Pledge serves as an overarching standard for daily ethical conduct and includes three parts: an Honor Code, a Civility Code, and our Core Values. Each year all Landon students, teachers, and staff are asked to read and sign a document pledging themselves to these principles.
I will not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate others doing so.
I will regard and treat all people – whether in word or deed – with respect and dignity. I agree to treat my relationships, school, surroundings, and myself similarly. I will not tolerate behaviors by others that run counter to the principles of respectful behavior and decency.
Respect – Honesty – Teamwork – Responsibility – Perseverance – Kindness – Inclusivity – Courage – Gratitude – Humility – Service
While service is not a requirement at Landon, our boys still go to great lengths to spend their time helping others.
One student, TJ Kim '22, 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.
Code of Character Signatures
Meals Packed for Rise Against Hunger
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
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.
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.
Students of Color
Annual co-ed events including leadership seminars
Zip codes represented in the student body
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
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.
Movement Minutes in Lower School Daily
Movement Minutes in Middle School Daily
Athletics Options in Upper School
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.
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.