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2008 Washingtonian Guide to Private Schools: Boarding Schools
Comments () | Published November 1, 2008

Work & Education > Schools & Kids > Guide to Private Schools 

DISTRICT
St. Albans School,  Mount St. Alban, Massachusetts and Wisconsin aves., NW 20016; 202-537-6435; boys 4th–12th grades; $31,428 (day), $44,457 (boarding, 9th–12th grades); 570 students; www.stalbansschool.org.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Columbia University, Harvard University, University of Virginia, and Yale University.

MARYLAND
Garrison Forest School, 300 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills 21117; 410-363-1500; coed preschool and K, girls pre-1st–12th grades; $10,200-$21,900 (day), $20,900 (regional boarding), $38,500 (boarding); 701 students; www.gfs.org.

What’s new: A Chinese culture course in the upper school; a Center for Public Purpose Partnerships affiliated with the Bloomberg School of Public Health; a program called Women in Science and Engineering, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University.

Recent accomplishments: The school received Silver Certification from LEED for its new middle school building. It also has two new turf fields. Last fall, the school’s field hockey team won the IAAM A-Conference championship and last spring, the school’s lacrosse team won the IAAM B-Conference championship. The school was the 2008 International Equitation Association (IEA) National Champion in riding.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled:  University of Virginia, Franklin and Marshall College, and Vanderbilt University.

Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda 20852; 301-493-5000; boys 9th–12th grades; $24,200 (day), $42,150 (boarding); 450 students; www.gprep.org.

What’s new: This year the school started a poetry class for seniors, and last year they added classes in stained-glass class and digital photography.

Recent accomplishments: A $31 million student learning center is currently under construction and will feature a new-media center, classrooms, offices, a recording studio, and student lounge space when it opens in January 2010. The school also opened a $24 million 150,000-square-foot athletic center in 2007.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Georgetown University, Boston College, and the University of Virginia.

McDonogh School, 8600 McDonogh Rd., Owings Mills 21117; 410-581-4719; K–12th grade; $19,480–$21,680 (day), $29,160 (optional five-day boarding, 9th–12th grades); 1,293 students; www.mcdonogh.com.

What’s new: The school welcomed a new Head of Upper School, Kirsten Prettyman Adams, who was the former upper school head at the Hockaday School in Dallas, TX.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Bucknell University, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Pennsylvania, and Virginia Tech.

Oldfields School, 1500 Glencoe Rd., Glencoe 21152; 410-472-4800; girls 8th grade–postgraduate; $25,075 (day), $35,800 (5-day boarding), $40,475 (7-day boarding); 110 students; www.oldfieldsschool.org.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Lynchburg College and Stevenson University.

Sandy Spring Friends School, 16923 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring 20860; 301-774-7455; pre-K–12th grade; $18,600–$24,400 (day), $34,900 (five-day boarding), $42,900 (seven-day boarding); 561 students; www.ssfs.org.

Saint James School, 17641 College Rd., St. James 21781; 301-733-9330; 8th–12th grades; $21,800 (day), $33,200 (boarding); 225 students; www.stjames.edu.

What’s new: A year-round dance program.

Recent accomplishments: The school has completed the new Fulton Academic Building, and also has a new driving range, putting green, baseball field, and three additional athletic fields.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Emory University, James Madison University, and University of Maryland.

St. Timothy’s School, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson 21153; 410-486-7400; girls 9th–12th grade; $24,200 (day), $41,000 (boarding); 155 students; www.sttims-school.org.

Recent accomplishment: The class of 2008 was the first class to earn International Baccalaureate Diplomas; 88 percent of them did.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, and Duke University.

West Nottingham Academy, 1079 Firetower Rd., Colora 21917; 410-658-5556; 9th–12th grade, postgraduate; $18,800 (day), $36,300 (boarding); Chesapeake Learning Center for learning differences (an additional $7,900); 122 students; www.wna.org.

What’s new: A school-wide service-learning program and daily transportation for day students.

Recent accomplishments: The school finished renovation on two residence halls on campus.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled:  Ithaca College and James Madison University.

Yeshiva of Greater Washington, 2010 Linden La., Silver Spring 20910; 301-962-5111; Orthodox; 7th–12th grade; $14,500 (7th and 8th grades), $16,670 (9th–12th), boarding is optional and costs an additional $4,250 for boarding girls and an additional $5,000 for boarding boys; www.yeshiva.edu.

VIRGINIA
Blue Ridge School, 273 Mayo Dr., St. George 22935; 434-985-2811; boarding only; boys 9th–12th grades; $32,000; 195 students; www.blueridgeschool.com.

Chatham Hall, 800 Chatham Hall Cir., Chatham 24531; 434-432-2941; girls 9th–12th grades; $14,500 (day), $37,000 (boarding); 133 students; www.chathamhall.com.

Christchurch School, 49 Seahorse La., Christchurch 23031; 804-758-2306; 8th–12th grade, postgraduate; coed day school, boys boarding school; $15,750 (day), $37,250 (boarding); 212 students; www.christchurchschool.org.

What’s new: A new class schedule allows time for students to meet with their advisors every day.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, Hampden-Sydney College, James Madison University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Episcopal High School, 1200 N. Quaker La., Alexandria 22302; 703-933-3000; 9th–12th grade boarding; $40,875; 430 students; www.episcopalhighschool.org.

Fishburne Military School, 225 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro 22980; 800-946-7773; boys 8th–12th grades; $9,500 (day), $25,000 (boarding); 132 students; www.fishburne.org.

Recent accomplishments: The school has had 100% college acceptance for the past five years. Last year, the school had an undefeated swimming season and a state-champion rifle team.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Virginia Military Academy, Radford University, and the Citadel.

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