Ways to Visit - Admissions - McDonogh School

Experience McDonogh

The best way to understand the McDonogh community is by visiting our campus. Our academic, art, and athletic facilities are impressive, but the excitement and joy that emanates across our campus are what makes our school so special and can only be experienced in person. From open houses to campus tours and shadow day visits, we provide multiple opportunities to see everything we have to offer.

We welcome the opportunity to meet you and help you learn more about our school.

Lower School Open Houses

Lower School Open Houses

Parents of prospective lower schoolers are invited to attend one of our three open houses beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Elderkin Hall. 

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Highlights include:

  • Words of wisdom from Head of School Dave Farace and Head of Lower School Barbara Robins
  • "Life in the Lower School" presentation
  • Faculty-led tours of campus (please wear comfortable shoes)
  • A reception and opportunity to ask questions of the staff

Sign up online or call 443-544-7020 today to reserve your place. Lower School open houses fill up quickly.

PK, K, PF, and First Grade Visiting Day

Parents and prospective prekindergarten, kindergarten, prefirst, and first grade students are invited to meet the people and see the places that make learning so exciting for our young students.

  • Saturday, November 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Brief presentations will be given at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Kelly Center to familiarize our guests with the Lower School's program. Teachers will be available for conversation and for questions. And, of course, the playground will be open for business! 

No preregistration is required for this event.

Lower School Campus Tours

For those who cannot attend an open house, hour-long tours are available on the following dates:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 
Thursday, October 18, 2018 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 
Friday, November 9, 2018 
Monday, November 12, 2018 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 
Friday, November 30, 2018 

All tours leave at 9:15 a.m. from the Admissions Office, located in Lyle Building.

You may sign up online or call 443-544-7020 to reserve your place.

Middle School Open House

Families of prospective Middle School students are invited to our Fall Open House on Sunday, October 28, 2018. The program will begin in the Horn Theatre at 12:30 p.m.

This is your chance to:

  • Speak with students, teachers, and administrators.
  • Learn about the Middle School's academic, art, and athletic offerings.
  • Take a student-led tour of classrooms, studios, and athletic facilities
  • Discover why our students, faculty, and parents say, "There's No Place Like McDonogh."

No preregistration is required for this event. From the Lamborn Road entrance to campus, parking is available in the Woods Lot adjacent to the Naylor Building.

 

Middle School Campus Tours

For those who cannot attend an open house, hour-long tours are available on the following dates:

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018
Monday, October 8, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

All tours leave at 9:00 a.m. from the Admissions Office, located in Lyle Building

You may sign up online or call 443-544-7020 to reserve your place.

Middle School Shadow Day Visits

To experience McDonogh first-hand, prospective students can spend the day visiting academic classes and eating lunch with a Middle School guide. Prospective students are hosted in their current grade, with the exception of rising fifth graders who shadow with the fifth grade so that they, too, can experience a Middle School day.

Shadow Day visits begin in the Admissions Office at 8:20 a.m. and typically end by 2:30 p.m. These visits are non-evaluative and are an optional piece of the application process. Shadow days are offered from early-October until mid-January.

If your child is spending the day with us, we will set up his or her admissions interview during the visit day. It is important that we get to know your child and give him or her the opportunity to ask questions regarding McDonogh School.

After completing the application form, you may sign up online or call 443-544-7025 to reserve a place for a Shadow Day visit. Please know that dates fill up quickly, so signing up early is recommended. We will do our best to accommodate your request for a date.

Upper School Open House

Families of prospective Upper School students are invited to our Fall Open House on Sunday, October 28, 2018. The program will begin in the Horn Theatre at 3:00 p.m.

This is your chance to:

  • Speak with students, teachers, and administrators.
  • Learn about the Upper School's academic, art, and athletic offerings.
  • Take a student-led tour of classrooms, studios, and athletic facilities.
  • Discover why our students, faculty, and parents say, "There's No Place Like McDonogh."

No preregistration is required for this event. From the Lamborn Road entrance to campus, parking is available in the Woods Lot adjacent to the Naylor Building.

Upper School Campus Tours

For those who cannot attend an open house, hour-long tours are available on the following dates:

Thursday, September 13, 2018 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 
Friday, September 21, 2018 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Monday, October 1, 2018 
Friday, October 19, 2018 
Friday, October 26, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018

All tours leave at 9:00 a.m. from the Admissions Office, located in Lyle Building

You may sign up online or call 443-544-7020 to reserve your place.

Upper School Shadow Day Visits

To experience McDonogh first-hand, prospective students can spend the day visiting academic and arts classes with an Upper School guide. All visitors are hosted in their current grade except ninth grade applicants who will visit with the ninth grade. Shadow Day visits are an optional piece of the application process.

Shadow Day visits run from 7:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. If your child is spending the day with us, we will set up his or her admissions interview during the visit day. It is important that we get to know your child and give him or her the opportunity to ask questions regarding McDonogh.

Shadow Day visits are offered on the following dates: 
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Monday, November 5, 2018
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Friday, December 7, 2018
Monday, December 10, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Monday, December 17, 2018
Friday, January 4, 2019
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Friday, January 11, 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Friday, January 18, 2019

Parent interviews are not required but are welcome and offered at 8:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 2:45 p.m. on the above dates.

In order to ensure that we best meet the needs of prospective students, we require each applicant to complete the online application prior to scheduling a shadow day visit.

After completing the application form, you may sign up online or call 
443-544-7020 to reserve a place for a Shadow Day visit. We will do our best to accommodate your request for a date.

I always knew the school was special, but when I watched my daughter’s graduation and saw all of the people from McDonogh who helped her grow on this campus, I couldn’t have been more proud of this school.

Pete Welch, parent, Chief Operating Officer