Grades 9-12

Students and teacher work on poetry outside

Grades 9-12

Holistic challenge in the Upper School yields the resilience, independence, and character that help boys become good men.

At Landon, we believe in the capabilities of every young man in our charge—his thoughtful work in engineering, his skilled artistry in ceramics, his extra reps after practice, and his kind words at Special Olympics.

And we believe that welcoming challenge as an opportunity to grow is the first step to him achieving his vast potential.

Kali

Upper School Science Teacher

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Will '23

Student

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Dimmy

Upper School History Teacher

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Upper School Head talks to student

The Upper School experience is intentionally designed to help boys develop into self-sufficient, confident, and responsible young men. What is fundamental to this work is a caring and inclusive environment where every boy feels a sense of belonging and a wealth of support to thrive.   - ehren Federowicz, head of upper school

Students work on paintings

 

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Average Class Size

84%

of Class of 2022 Attend College where Applied Early

41%

Students of Color

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Academics

Our curriculum in Forms III–VI (Grades 9–12) prepares boys for success in college and in their lives after college graduation. As always, our teacher-coach-mentors guide boys in their endeavors. In fact, every boy has a faculty advisor to listen and offer advice throughout the duration of his Upper School career. Boys learn to think, solve, and innovate so they gain confidence in their strengths and clarity in the paths their future could hold. 

Students conduct chemistry experiment

 

Honors Classes

Landon offers 32 accelerated and honors classes in the Upper School that include multivariable calculus, environmental science, economics, and psychology. You can also take accelerated language, math, and history courses.

Students work on circuit board

 

STEM

STEM is featured throughout Landon's curriculum. We also have classes in computer science, robotics, and engineering, which focus on hands-on learning to explain fundamental principles through collaborative projects. 

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Humanities

This interdisciplinary course is designed to promote inquiry into the foundations of Western intellectual and artistic culture. Students study major ideas that shaped human conversation through history, literature, art, and music.

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Clubs

60

Electives

6

Science Labs

Teacher explains chemistry concept

Teacher-Coach-Mentor

Boys work harder and achieve more when they respect and connect with their teachers.

Landon faculty members are experts in boys’ education and know that boys will only fully open themselves to intellectual challenges and inspirational ideas when they trust that their teachers genuinely care about their well-being and success.

Chris Ros, for example, is the head of our science department and our head varsity swim and dive coach. He also works as an environmental science and chemistry teacher as well as an advisor.

This is the basis of our entire educational approach—what we call teacher-coach-mentor. Our teachers will get to know your son not only in the classroom, but also in the chorus room, on the playing field, and in ethics discussions. See how below!

Students participate in escape room test in science class

Grade 10 students have been learning about physical and chemical properties and the changes they undergo. 

Daily Schedule

Grounded in our holistic approach, the Upper School schedule offers breaks for boys to meet teachers for extra help, collaborate with peers on a project, meet with one of our clubs, or attend singing rehearsals for an upcoming performance.

Perhaps more importantly, it instills time management skills boys will need in the freedom of college environments. The daily schedule below is one example, and other days could include:

  • ethics, service, and leadership
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • health and wellness
  • mentor time with academic advisor
  • office hours with teachers
  • study halls

Top Row

Students meet with their advisor

8:30-8:50 a.m.

Advisory

Students work on poems in the garden

9:00-9:45 a.m.

English

Students and teacher work on Chinese letter at board

9:50-10:25 a.m.

Chinese

Students play football at recess

10:25-10:45 a.m.

Movement Break

Middle Row

Students race homemade cars in physics class

10:40-11:25 a.m.

Physics

Students ring handbells at a concert

11:35-12:20 p.m.

Music

Student meets with teacher in library

12:25-1:30 p.m.

Lunch/Clubs/Meetings

Bottom Row

Teacher helps student with painting technique

1:30-2:15 p.m.

Art

Students discuss history concept

2:25-3:10 p.m.

History

Students hurdle at track meet

3:30-5:15 p.m.

Athletics

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Arts

Student paints portrait of woman

In the Upper School, boys pursue excellence in the arts disciplines of their choice.

Boys are required to complete two years of arts classes before graduation, but many choose to take more. With 22 courses available in music, theater, and studio art, boys find plenty of opportunity to push their talents to the next level.

Students play violin

 

Music

Boys learning from Landon’s 30 full-time and adjunct music faculty gain from the expertise of some of the best musicians in the Washington, D.C. area.  Academic credit is available for students who participate in the Chamber Singers, the Bearitones (a capella group), handbells, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, and strings ensemble.

Student works on sculpture

 

Studio Art

The studio art track at Landon begins with a course in drawing before opening to electives in painting, architecture, ceramics, digital art, advanced drawing, sculpture, and photojournalism. Our studio teachers are celebrated artists who have a passion for helping young artists refine their skills. Landon boys often earn awards for work submitted to regional and national competitions. 

Students perform in musical Puffs

 

Theater

Landon and Holton-Arms School have three co-ed productions each year under the direction of trained theater professionals who also serve as faculty at the schools. Past productions include PuffsChicago,  and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Boys can take acting classes, join the Improv Club, or write and direct an original play in our annual Director’s Workshop.  

100%

Of Students Participate in Arts for 2 years+

30

Musicians on Faculty

22

Courses in Music, Studio, and Theater Arts

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    Athletics

    Lacrosse players leap in air after goal scored

    Every boy participates in athletics during every season.

    We know boys benefit greatly from the guidance of our teacher-coach-mentors and from the experience of working with their peers toward a shared goal. Our program is designed to help boys appreciate the value of a healthy, active lifestyle: whether it's scoring a goal for our lacrosse team, participating in strength and conditioning workouts, or playing for fun in one of our club sports.

    We offer 20 athletic options, and some with varsity, junior varsity, and freshman teams.  Strength and conditioning is also offered all three seasons.

    Upper School Sports

    Season Interscholastic Sports
    Fall Cross Country
    Football
    Soccer
    Volleyball
    Water Polo
    Winter Basketball
    Ice Hockey
    Indoor Track and Field
    Riflery
    Squash
    Swimming and Diving
    Wrestling
    Spring Baseball
    Fencing
    Golf
    Lacrosse
    Outdoor Track and Field
    Rugby
    Tennis
    Ultimate Frisbee

    Athletic Facilities

    Landon's 75-acre campus offers state-of-the-art facilities such as our Barton Alumni Athletic Center, which includes two gymnasiums, a wrestling room, and a 5,500-square-foot strength and conditioning area that features almost 9,000 pounds of weights.

    Outside, we have a turf field with a track, four grass fields, 10 outdoor tennis courts, two baseball fields, an outdoor swimming pool, two miles of cross country trails, and a riflery range. Our ice hockey team skates at the Bears’ Den at Rockville Ice Arena. 

    Bordley Stadium

    Turf field, track, and stadium

    Armstrong Field

    Armstrong Field 

    Jacoby Tennis Courts

    Jacoby Tennis Courts

    Barton Alumni Athletic Center

    Barton Alumni Athletic Center

    Riddleberger Gym

    Riddleberger Gym

    Perkins Gym

    Perkins Gym

    Landon School's state of the art gymnasium facilities and strength and conditioning room

    Weight Room

    Goddard Field

    Goddard Field

    Landon students wrestle

    Boehly Wrestling Room

    Student playing water polo

    Dixon Pool

    Landon students playing street hockey

    Sport Court

    Prindle Field

    Prindle Field

    student playing ice hockey

    Bears' Den, Rockville Ice Arena

    Landon Bear

    Go Bears!

    Students who will paly college athletics pose together

    Championships and College-Bound 

    Varsity teams at Landon have won more than 200 Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) championships. Since claiming our first IAC title in 1939, Landon has won at least one in every year since except for three.

    Many of our student-athletes compete at the collegiate level across all divisions; since 2010, more than 175 Landon graduates have played NCAA athletics. Seventeen from the Class of 2022 join them.

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      Health, Wellness & Fitness

      Upper School boys playing spikeball

      Our work with boys around their well-being is found in every facet of the Upper School experience.

      Using the teacher-coach-mentor model, our teachers develop deep and meaningful relationships with the boys and address larger issues like empathy, self-esteem, sportsmanship, and humility in a one-on-one capacity and in small groups.  We also instill in students that being active isn't only about athletics. It can be simply fun, and still good for you, such as this game of spikeball!

      Our wellness classes provide boys with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions and healthy choices for themselves and to help others. In our life skills class, boys learn about stress, mindfulness, illegal substances, internet safety, as well as relationships, communication, and consent.

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      Ethics, Service & Leadership

      John Bellaschi speaks about character pledge signing during assembly

      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.

      Honor Code

      I will not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate others doing so.

      Civility Code

      I will regard and treat all people – whether in word or deed – with respect and dignity. I will 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.

      Core Values 

      Respect – Honesty – Teamwork – Responsibility – Perseverance – Kindness – Inclusivity – Courage – Gratitude – Humility – Service

      Students make meals for families in need

       

      Ethics

      At least twice a month, Upper School students attend ethics assemblies led by their peers in which a member of the community, either students, faculty or staff, delivers an impactful speech about one of Landon's core values. 

      Advisory

      Boys express their thoughts, views, and emotions with peers and a trusted faculty advisor in small-group advisory sessions, where boys  discuss ethical dilemmas, evaluate lessons learned, and bond with classmates.

      Leadership

      On the Student Council, as a Prefect (Senior ethics leaders), and in our Admissions Student Ambassador program, boys are chosen by their peers and faculty members to lead the Upper School and represent Landon. 

      Service

      Students feel empowered to address community needs through hands-on experience helping others by participating in service activities with organizations like Special Olympics, Rise Against Hunger, and A Wider Circle.

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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.

      Performers, students, and faculty pose after AAPI Assembly

      This work is supported by round table discussions, school assemblies, and events based on cultural celebrations.

      They include Chinese New Year, Black History Month, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage 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. 

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      College Counseling

      Landon College Counselor, sitting at a table with an Upper $school student talking and smiling

      Landon wants every boy to attend the college that will fulfill his academic potential and match his personal aspirations.

      Because our college counselors work closely with each student, they can guide him through the college admissions process and ensure he chooses the college that will serve him best. Our team of three college counselors possesses more than 60 years of college admissions experience among them, while our 30:1 student–counselor ratio is far below that of most private and public schools. Landon boys gain the expertise and the personal attention needed to confidently make the right choice.

      Portrait of a Graduate

      Our ambition is that Landon graduates might be described individually and collectively – and throughout their lives – as persons who:

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      Class of 2022 Profile

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      89

      Students 

      55

      Different Colleges

      84%

      of Class of 2022 Attend College where Applied Early

      53% of Class of 2022 attend colleges on U.S. News and World Report Top 50 National Universities or Liberal Arts Colleges lists.

      College Matriculation List 2022

      Brown University (2) 
      Bucknell University (2) 
      Claremont McKenna College 
      Colby College 
      College of Charleston (3) 
      College of the Holy Cross 
      Connecticut College
      Dartmouth College (2) 
      Denison University (3) 
      Dickinson College 
      Emerson College 
      Fashion Institute of Technology 
      Franklin & Marshall College 
      Furman University 
      Georgetown University (2) 
      Harvard University 
      Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2)
      Indiana University (7) 
      Johns Hopkins University 
      Lehigh University Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
      Michigan State University 
      Morehouse College 
      Oberlin College 
      Pepperdine University 
      Purdue University 
      Rice University 
      Syracuse University (2)

      Texas Christian University 
      Texas Tech University 
      The College of William and Mary 
      The Ohio State University (2) 
      The University of Alabama 
      The University of Texas at Austin 
      Tulane University United States Naval Academy (3) 
      University of California, Los Angeles 
      University of California, Santa Barbara 
      University of Central Florida 
      University of Georgia 
      University of Hawaii
      University of Maryland (4) 
      University of Miami (2) 
      University of Michigan (3) 
      University of Mississippi 
      University of North Carolina  
      University of Notre Dame (3) 
      University of Pennsylvania 
      University of Pittsburgh 
      University of Southern California 
      University of Toronto 
      University of Virginia 
      Vanderbilt University 
      Villanova University (2) 
      Wake Forest University (4) 

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      News & Calendar

      2022 college sweatshirt picture in amphitheater

      Congratulations to Landon’s Class of 2022! We have 89 seniors who will attend 55 different schools. Three members of the class will enter a post-graduate program or take a gap year. 

      cover photo for Prometheus Unbound 2022

      Landon’s Upper School 2022 edition of our literary magazine, Prometheus Unbound, is dedicated to retiring English Teacher and Prometheus faculty advisor Matt Dougherty. 

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