Landon’s college counseling program helps students select, apply to, and gain entrance to appropriate post-secondary institutions. We use a team approach to this process, utilizing the skills of several members of the Landon administration and faculty including the Headmaster, the Senior Master of the Upper School, the Director of College Counseling, the Associate Directors of College Counseling, the Registrar, and various teachers, deans, and coaches. The Director of College Counseling will have the following specific responsibilities:
Oversee Landon’s college admissions process which includes advising students and families about applying to college, obtaining teacher recommendations, writing college essays, and applying for financial aid.
Counsel and advise a discreet list of approximately 25-30 students, including preparing a Counselor Recommendation for each.
Plan and conduct college counseling related workshops for students and families.
Meet with visiting college admissions representatives.
Represent Landon at appropriate professional development meetings.
Serve on and advise the Department Heads Group on matters relating to the college admissions process.
Visit college campuses to brief Admissions’ Officers about Landon
Oversee the preparation and submission of NMSQT materials for Landon semifinalists.
Oversee the production of the annual School Profile.
Update and produce the annual College Admissions Guide.
Inform and assist faculty members in the preparation of submission of Teacher Recommendation Forms.
Prepare appropriate materials about college counseling at Landon for review by the Board of Trustees and its subcommittees.
Generally assist the Headmaster with matters appropriate to the college admissions process.
Oversee the budget of the College Counseling Office.
Report directly to the Headmaster.
Landon School is an independent, non-sectarian day school for boys in Grades 3-12 that “prepares talented boys for productive lives as accomplished, responsible and caring men whose actions are guided by the principles of perseverance, teamwork, honor, and fair play.”
Landon is located on a beautiful 75-acre campus in the Washington, DC suburban community of Bethesda, MD, the school’s total enrollment is 685 students. The Upper School, grades 9 through 12, numbers 337 students and has a faculty of approximately 40 full and part-time teachers.
A Landon education provides grounding in academics, the arts, athletics, and service, with emphasis on character education, excellence, and brotherhood. Each Landon boy is encouraged to develop his talent and skills in every area of school life, to pursue his personal best and become a well-rounded student, rather than a specialist. Landon prides itself on the quality and breadth of its educational experience and the commitment of its remarkable mix of fine teachers, young and old. Another proud distinction is that Landon teachers also coach. The school relies on the teacher-coach-mentors in partnership with parents to provide the individual attention that boys often need to excel.
A member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Landon is accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Its accreditation is recognized by the Maryland Department of Education.
The Upper School
The Landon Upper School, Forms III through VI (Grades 9-12), is the proving ground for transition to college and life beyond Landon. As boys mature in the Upper School, Landon encourages them to develop their many talents — academic, artistic, athletic — and to pursue excellence in all. Landon's Code of Character — embracing the Honor Code and Civility Code — speaks to the school’s most important goal, to develop young men who are known for their strong principles and their good word.
Landon's Upper School offers opportunities for growth as leaders, through clubs and organizations, student government, the prefect system and teams. Those same experiences — with fellow students and with faculty — develop friendships that can last a lifetime. The academic backbone of the Upper School is a strong college preparatory curriculum that integrates increasingly challenging concepts in English, world languages and literature, the arts, history and social studies, mathematics, and science and technology. Concentrations are offered in the Arts, World Languages, and Math and Science. Students have a two-year arts requirement that may be fulfilled through music, drama, or studio art. One hallmark of the Upper School experience is the Form V Humanities class in which boys study the history of Western Culture in a class that weaves together literature, history, music, and art. Advanced Placement courses are available in most departments. Some boys also take advantage of the opportunity to take a semester in rural Vermont or Colorado or to earn credit through Landon’s summer language programs in China, France, Italy, or Spain.
Advanced Placement courses are offered in Biology, Calculus (AB and BC), Chemistry, Statistics, Physics (C and 1), Music Theory, U.S. History, Micro and Macro Economics, Environmental Science, Computer Science, and Psychology.
The Upper School operates on an 8-day schedule with no more than two classes without a break. The multi-day schedule ensures that boys take each subject at different times of the day and that time is available to meet with teachers for extra help, grab a snack, or just hang out with friends.
• Mission: Landon prepares talented boys for productive lives as accomplished, responsible and caring men whose actions are guided by the principles of perseverance, teamwork, honor and fair play.
• Location: 75 acres in Bethesda, Maryland
o Separate buildings for Lower, Middle and Upper School, each with its own library and media center
o Newly renovated Performing Arts Center ...with a 700-seat auditorium, individual and group practice rooms and a dining hall
o Newly renovated Sports complex includes a stadium with turf field, six additional fields, three indoor basketball courts, strength training center, outdoor swimming pool, outdoor tennis courts, wrestling room, and an off-site ice hockey rink
• Average class size: 15
• Faculty: More than 125 full- and part-time
• Enrollment: 681
• Students of Color: 35 percent
• Financial Aid: One in four boys receives tuition assistance
o Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
o Association of Independent Maryland Schools
o Independent Education (formerly AISGW)
o International Boys School Coalition, founding member
o National Association of Independent Schools
• Athletic Conference: Interstate Athletic Conference (I.A.C.)