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The Gunston School

The Gunston School is a coeducational private school for students in grades 9 through 12.

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Overview

Overview

The Gunston School says

The Gunston School offers an intellectually rigorous, highly personalized, and nurturing college preparatory educational experience. Valuing a healthy balance between mind and body, a strong sense of community, the creative process, and our connection to the Chesapeake Bay, Gunston strives to educate ethically and environmentally minded scholars, citizens, and leaders for our globalized society. School Type: Independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory high school. Address: 911 Gunston Road, P.O. Box 200, Centreville, MD 21617; Telephone: (410) 758-0620; School founded: 1911 by Samuel and Mary Middleton; Headmaster: Mr. John A. Lewis, IV, appointed July 2010; Assistant Headmaster: Mrs. Christie B. Grabis, appointed 1984; 2014-2015 total enrollment: 164 students; Student Profile: Gunston draws students from six Maryland counties (Queen Anne's, Kent, Talbot, Dorchester, Anne Arundel, and Caroline), Delaware, and from overseas. International students reside with host families. Campus: 32-acre waterfront campus on the Corsica River. Total faculty: 29 (full and part-time); Average student to teacher ratio: 6:1; Average instructional class size in Upper School: 10-12; Average size of graduating class: 40-45 students; Financial aid: Approximately $1,400,000 per year; approximately 75% of students receive need and/or merit-based aid. Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools. Memberships and Recognition: National Association of Independent Schools, Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools, Maryland Green Schools, Educational Records Bureau, Secondary School Admission Test Board. Special events: Embarkation and Disembarkation, Green and White Days, In Celebration of Books, Global Awareness Day, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Headmaster's Holiday, Earth Day, Senior Internships, and Chesapeake Bay Studies Week. School colors: Green and WhiteSchool; mascot: Heron

Curriculum

A Gunston education is a challenging and highly personal experience. Small class sizes averaging between 10 and 12 students, provide students with ample individual attention from inspired teachers in an academic program that includes broad instruction in the humanities, science, math, the arts, and athletics. Gunston’s 32-acre waterfront campus plays an integral role in the school’s curriculum and specialized educational offerings.

Gunston admits students who have demonstrated academic capability, motivation, and good character through prior school performance and testing. Always with an eye toward individual growth and college preparation, the students, faculty, and administration enjoy a rich academic culture. Rooted in the boarding school tradition of strong student-to-teacher relationships and small classes, Gunston sets high standards for academic achievement because all students receive the personal mentoring necessary to attain the skills and to develop the habits required for success in college and beyond. Carefully developed honors-level curricula offer students the opportunity to qualify for Advanced Placement in all disciplines.

Most importantly, Gunston students are secure in an environment where they know that the high expectations for success are matched by their ability to achieve them.

Gunston’s curriculum builds a firm foundation for academic growth and achievement. All students carry a comprehensive core curriculum each year that includes courses in English, foreign language, history, math, and science, art, music, and athletics. As students advance through school, opportunities for specialization and work at the honors and Advanced Placement level increase.

Gunston requires all students to complete 24 credits for graduation following the distribution outlined below:

English 4 credits Foreign Language 3 credits in one language or 2 credits in each of two languages History 3 credits including courses in United States History and American Government Math 3 credits including courses in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II Science 3 credits in laboratory science including courses in biology and chemistry Art and Music 2 credits - .5 credits required each year Athletics 2 credits - Students must participate in two seasons of athletics each year

The school year is divided into two semesters, each being subdivided into two quarters. Semester exams are held in December and June. Comprehensive grade reports that include a letter grade, effort grade, and teacher narrative comments are prepared at the close of each of the four quarters.

Individualized attention, a mainstay of Gunston, is supported by the 9:1 student teacher ratio. In addition to high levels of student-teacher interchange, academic scheduling is highly personalized allowing each student to pursue his or her personal interests in rigourous classes while meeting the school’s graduation requirements.

Mission Statement

The Gunston School offers an intellectually rigorous, highly personalized, and nurturing college preparatory educational experience. Valuing a healthy balance between mind and body, a strong sense of community, the creative process, and our connection to the Chesapeake Bay, Gunston strives to educate ethically and environmentally minded scholars, citizens, and leaders for our globalized society.

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Finance

Finance

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.

Admissions

Admissions
Phone
  (410) 758-0620
Email
  [email protected]

Academics

Academics

Academic Calendar: Semester

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 148
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 36
10 43
11 38
12 31

The Gunston School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Gunston School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 6 : 1
Dress Code Formal

Extracurriculars

Gunston Teams Field Hockey Women's Soccer Men's Soccer Fall Crew Fall Sailing Women's Basketball Men's Basketball Women's Lacrosse Men's Lacrosse Tennis Spring Crew Spring Sailing The Ancient Greeks believed that a healthy mind and a healthy body are co-equal, and Gunston subscribes to this classical view of athletics. In a world where childhood obesity is an epidemic and physical activity in all forms are being curtailed in schools, Gunston requires that every student participate in at least two seasons of athletics. Indeed, one of most wonderful features of Gunston life is to see a majority of our students during the Fall and Spring Sports season outdoors on the athletic fields or on the Corsica River. In addition, Gunston believes strongly that the athletic field is the place where important life lessons and leadership skills are developed, and where the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and healthy competitiveness are nurtured. We value fair play as well as positive support for players, coaches, and teams. Knowing that coaches have as much impact on the lives of young people as teachers, we employ experienced coaches who provide student-athletes with opportunities to improve skills and experience the rewards of being part of a competitive team. Student-athletes are enthusiastic and proud members of teams. Of course, Gunston athletes seek victory on the field, and over the years, the school has won numerous individual and team championships. Beyond the pursuit of victory, Gunston seeks to challenge and nurture each individual student-athlete to perform to their highest capacities. Again, all students are required to participate in two seasons of athletics, and Varsity and JV teams are available when the number of participants allow for additional teams. Most teams have a no cut policy. While most students participate in team sports, some students pursue individual athletic interests in equestrian, martial arts, dance, etc.
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • Student Government
  • Yearbook
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Weight Lifting
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Weight Lifting

Associations & Memberships

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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