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2009 Washingtonian Guide to Private Schools: Boarding Schools
Comments () | Published October 22, 2009

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St. Albans School,  Mount St. Alban, Massachusetts and Wisconsin aves., NW; 202-537-6435; boys 4th–12th grades; $32,990 (day), $46,667 (boarding, 9th–12th grades); 570 students.

What’s new: The school recently completed construction of additional upper-school classroom space.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Yale University, University of Virginia, Princeton University, and Georgetown University.

MARYLAND

Garrison Forest School, 300 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills; 410-363-1500; coed preschool and K, girls pre-1st–12th grades; $20,495–$22,560 (day), $31,830 (regional boarding), $39,660 (boarding); 683 students.

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

Recent accomplishments: Garrison Forrest won the 2009 National Interscholastic Polo Tournament championship. The school is celebrating its centennial.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia and University of Maryland.

Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; 301-493-5000; boys 9th–12th grades; $25,650 (day), $44,000 (boarding); 475 students.

What’s new: Last year the school started a poetry class for seniors, and in January 2010 the school is opening a new $31-million academic center, complete with a new library, recreation spaces, and classrooms.

Recent accomplishments: Georgetown Prep’s AP calculus scores are the highest in the country for private high schools with 300 to 800 students.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Georgetown University, Boston College, and University of Virginia.

McDonogh School, 8600 McDonogh Rd., Owings Mills; 410-581-4719; $20,230–$22,520; 1,314 students.

Recent accomplishment: McDonogh School exceeded its 2008–09 giving goal of $1.6 million.

Oldfields School, 1500 Glencoe Rd., Glencoe; 410-472-4800; girls 6th grade to postgraduate; $28,800 (day), $40,100 (five-day boarding), $42,100 (seven-day boarding); 150 students.

What’s new: Oldfields is opening a middle school for 2010–11.

Recent accomplishments: Increased enrollment and new student Eco-Teams to help recycling and composting at school.

Sandy Spring Friends School, 16923 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring; 301-774-7455; pre-K through 12th grade; $19,500–$25,600 (day), $36,600 (five-day boarding), $44,900 (seven-day boarding); 558 students.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Maryland, Guilford College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and University of Vermont.

Saint James School, 17641 College Rd., St. James; 301-733-9330; 8th–12th grades; $22,900 (day), $34,600 (boarding); 233 students.

What’s new: A renovated student center, new baseball and lacrosse fields, and a new driving range.

Recent accomplishments: Students are performing with the Maryland and West Virginia symphonies; the school choir performed at the Kennedy Center this spring.

College where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Davidson College.
St. Timothy’s School, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson; 410-486-7400; girls 9th–12th grade; $25,000 (day), $43,000 (boarding); 157 students.

West Nottingham Academy, 1079 Firetower Rd., Colora; 410-658-5556; 9th–12th grade and postgraduate; $19,350 (day), $37,400 (boarding); Chesapeake Learning Center for learning differences (an additional $8,100); 116 students.

Yeshiva of Greater Washington, 2010 Linden La., Silver Spring; 301-962-5111; Orthodox; 7th–12th grades; $15,225 (7th and 8th grades), $17,500 (9th–12th); $21,750 (9th–12th with boarding); 185 students.

VIRGINIA

Blue Ridge School, 273 Mayo Dr., St. George; 434-985-2811; boarding only; boys 9th–12th grades; $36,000; 195 students.

What’s new: The school appointed a new headmaster in 2009, John O’Reilly.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, Hampden-Sydney College, and College of William & Mary.

Chatham Hall, 800 Chatham Hall Cir., Chatham; 434-432-2941; girls 9th–12th grades; $16,500 (day), $38,000 (boarding); 130 students.

What’s new: Chatham Hall has completed construction of a state-of-the-art lecture hall, which houses the school’s Leaders-in-Residence program. The program brings influential women of international stature to campus to interact with students in class, in small-group discussions, over meals, and in the lecture hall. Participants have included former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto and Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. In spring 2009, Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the first woman president of Sri Lanka, visited Chatham Hall.

Recent accomplishments: This past spring, students journeyed to South Africa for the third consecutive year to continue the school’s annual service project working with children in the Lawrencia Primary School and developing land in townships in partnership with Soil for Life. A fourth trip is planned in 2010.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled
: Georgetown University, Duke University, College of William & Mary, Boston College, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, Savannah College of Art & Design, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Virginia Tech.

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