At A Glance

  • Year Established: 1954
  • Location: Ellicott City, MD
  • Type of School: Day School, CO-ED
  • Campus Size: 90 Acres
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  • Grades: Pre K-12
  • Total Enrollment: 756
  • Upper School Enrollment: 324
  • Average Class Size: 15
  • Teacher to Student Ratio: 1:7
  • Faculty Members: 91
  • Teachers who hold advanced degree: 66%
  • Average SAT Score: 1210
  • Admission Requirments: ISEE+Skype

About the School

Founded in 1954 by local families in the holistic country day school model as a nonsectarian, college preparatory alternative

For over 60 years, Glenelg Country School has been an educational community offering exceptional academics in a caring, family oriented environment. We strive to value each individual in a supportive community, seeking challenge, opportunity and balance for all our children. Integrity, mutual respect, responsibility and service underscore our community held values, and critical inquiry, creative exploration and independent thinking define our educational focus. We set our standards high, our expectations strong, and we provide personal support along the way. GCS is about options and opportunities. The arts are alive at our school, and physical activity and athletics are valued and encouraged. Ours is a dynamic community where 2 year olds and 18 year olds share the same campus and values—where the quest for balance is woven into the intrinsic fabric of our mission. An outstanding faculty and beautiful campus with excellent facilities add to the overall quality of the Glenelg experience.


Graduation Requirements

Humanities(8 credits), World or Classical Language, to third level(2-3), Mathematics(4), Laboratory Science(3), Civic Leadership Program(2), Fine Arts(1), Physical Education(1)

AP Courses

Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Art History, English Literature, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics: Mechanics, Studio Art, Computer Science, Macro Economics

Mission Statement

Glenelg Country School cultivates a community that stimulates our students to realize their highest potential. Outstanding academic and enrichment opportunities nurture a passion for lifelong learning, personal integrity, and respect for others.

By embracing diversity of background, culture and thought, our students are prepared to become responsible and contributing members of our global society. 

Sports and Athletics

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling, Field Hockey, Volleyball

Clubs & Activities

Robotics, Mock Trial, Community Service, Science Olympiad, CAPPIES, School Musical, "Dragon TV" News, International Culture, Black Awareness, Yearbook, Model Congress, Gay-Straight Alliance, Food Culture, CyberTech, Anime and Manga, Club MacGyver, Farm and Garden (Clubs may be subject to change based on annual participation)

Leadership Opportunities

School Council(President, Vice President, Class Representatives), Club Presidents, Team Captains, Team Managers, Honor Council, Admission Ambassadors

Community Leadership Opportunities

Independent School Youth Summit, Howard Country Leadership U., Voices for Change, Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference, NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference

Where Our Graduates Go

Harvard University, Cornell University, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, Northwestern University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, Boston College, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Yale University, Temple University, University of California, Los Angeles, Boston University, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Syracuse University, University of Michigan, American University, Arizona State University, Drexel University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, Northeastern University, and more.