Glenelg Country School
A Top-Rated Private College Preparatory School in Howard County.
Rigorous Academics, Caring Faculty, Stunning Campus
Our beautiful, 90-acre campus in Ellicott City, just 30 minutes from Fort Meade and Anne Arundel County, plays an important role in a Glenelg education. Encompassing woods, open-meadow wetland, and both historic and state-of-the-art facilities, students at Glenelg experience an education like no other.
Supporting classroom instruction, our natural resources are used to inspire and enrich learning opportunities for every student. Children as young as age two explore our campus, taking “field trips” regularly to walk through the woods, explore the ecosystem of our open-meadow wetland habitat, and star-gaze using our state-of-the-art observatory. Wherever you look, you’ll see beauty, from the landscape of our grounds to the architecture of our facilities.
As a college preparatory school, our mission is to engage our students in learning opportunities that shape their minds for higher education.
A rigorous, stimulating curriculum built around a variety of courses in the humanities and STEAM keeps students motivated as they work toward their collegiate goals, while athletics, theatre, community service, and other extracurricular activities foster personal growth and development.
Acceptance to Over 150 Colleges Across the Country
The Class of 2022, made up of 77 students, achieved a 3.89 GPA average and was accepted to over 150 schools across the country. Congratulations to this outstanding class of Dragons.
Experiential learning, from Pre-K through Grade 12.
At Glenelg Country School, we are proud to instill a lifelong love of learning in all of our students, from the very earliest stages of development, through the adolescent, pre-teen, and young adult years.
Learn more about the different academic programs available to your child at GCS.
Nursery and Preschool
Called “Little Dragons,” our nursery and preschool program follows the philosophy of Reggio Emilia, where children aged 2 to 3 are encouraged to express their ideas and emotions and embrace their inherent curiosity about the world around them. Teachers work closely with students in a small classroom setting, enabling students to explore everything from art and technology to physical education, music, and the natural world.
Lower School at GCS encompasses Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. Our project-based curriculum and one-on-one instruction is designed to teach children important study skills so that they understand how to learn. Group learning and project-solving activities encourage respect for others while also acting to instill the self-confidence so critical to long-term academic success.
Middle School can be a time of difficult and awkward position for many students. That is why our middle school program is specifically designed to meet the mental, social, and physical needs unique to adolescent and pre-teen children. Close student-faculty relationships and a strong sense of belonging to help your child excel in these formative years.
While college and a satisfying career remain the top goals for high school students across the country, less than half feel they’re ready for life after graduation. As a leading college preparatory school, we have a proven track record of helping our students get into their top choices of colleges and universities; while instilling the values of honesty, integrity and civility that will inform all their life decisions.
We guide students to find the colleges that are the best match for their individual talents, interest, and goals.
The College Counseling Office’s primary aim is to assist each student in conducting a thorough and successful college search. We believe in making the process a “team effort”—involving parents, teachers, advisors, coaches, and administrators—but encouraging each student to “own” the experience.
Discovery Days are an opportunity to show you around our beautiful campus, give you tours of the schools, and introduce you to the learning environment that will shape your child’s future. They are held on regular school days, providing our guests with a genuine look at the student experience.
Personalized Tours may be scheduled if you are unable to attend a Discovery Day.
If interested in visiting our campus, be sure to let us know when inquiring and we will reach out with more details.
Humanities and the faculty here challenged me to think deeper about issues affecting our world. —Anna Gifty Opku-Agyeman '14
GCS prepared me for a rigorous curriculum in college and medical school as well as a demanding yet fulfilling career as a physician. —Matthew Woodford '00
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