Upper School Science Teacher
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.
Upper School History Teacher
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
Average Class Size
of Class of 2022 Attend College where Applied Early
Students of Color
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
- American Heroes
- Animanga Club
- Architecture Club
- Asian Student Society
- Automotive Culture Club
- Basketball Club
- Bear Broadcasting
- Bear Club
- Black Student Union
- Chess Club
- Chinese Club
- Christian Student Association
- Clef Dwellers (A Capella)
- Conflict and Resolution Club
- Current Events Club
- Debate Club
- Ethics Club
- EV Grand Prix Team
- It's Academic
- Japanese Film Club
- Jewish Student Alliance
- Latino-Hispanic Student Syndicate
- Martial Arts Club
- Math Club
- Meaningful Conversations Club
- Mindfulness Club
- Model UN
- Multicultural Understanding Club
- Pride at Landon
- Probability-based Games Club
- The Real Word Club
- Scholarly Bears Club
- Scuba/Marine Science Club
- STEM Club
- STEP (Students to End Poverty) Club
- Soccer Club
- Sports Analytics Club
- Tennis Club
- Young Democrats
- Young Republicans
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.
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.
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.
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 Puffs, Chicago, 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.
Of Students Participate in Arts for 2 years+
Musicians on Faculty
Courses in Music, Studio, and Theater Arts
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
Indoor Track and Field
Swimming and Diving
Outdoor Track and Field
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.
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.
Health, Wellness & Fitness
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.
Ethics, Service & Leadership
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 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.
Respect – Honesty – Teamwork – Responsibility – Perseverance – Kindness – Inclusivity – Courage – Gratitude – Humility – Service
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They include Lunar 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.
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.
Our ambition is that Landon graduates might be described individually and collectively – and throughout their lives – as persons who:
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.
Brown University (2)
Bucknell University (2)
Claremont McKenna College
College of Charleston (3)
College of the Holy Cross
Dartmouth College (2)
Denison University (3)
Fashion Institute of Technology
Franklin & Marshall College
Georgetown University (2)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2)
Indiana University (7)
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michigan State 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
Villanova University (2)
Wake Forest University (4)
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News & Calendar
Andreas ’23 took his passion for representative government and turned it into action within his community. His push to get 16 and 17-year-olds to vote proved successful when he persuaded his town to amend its charter.
A new senior elective in the Upper School explores the concept of taking ownership of who you are through the arts. Watch how students are learning about the Harlem Renaissance and the relevance it carries today.
Form V and VI Forensic Science students had ten minutes to observe a mock crime scene, deliberate as a group, and attempt to solve the case. Where do their investigative skills stand?
Upper School English Teacher Emily Matthews delivered an Upper School ethics speech on Landon’s core value of Honesty. Matthews says you need honesty to have love, and you need love to have a stable foundation for communication and growth.