Student Life
Average Class Size An optimal class size fosters strong student/teacher relationships and allows teachers to appropriately individualize instruction. Class size at McDonogh is determined by subject matter and grade level, averaging between 15 and 20 students per class. The Upper School's wide curriculum can mean even smaller classes -- as few as five students in some advanced electives.
College Preparatory Program McDonogh students are appropriately challenged at all grade levels. By the time they enter the Upper School, they are well-equipped to push for the highest level of achievement. Each year, McDonogh offers more than a dozen Advanced Placement courses. Students may also select honors courses in most levels of English, foreign language, history, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Teachers Dedicated, creative, talented teachers have always been a hallmark of the McDonogh experience. More than 70 percent of the faculty hold advanced degrees in their fields, and the average number of years of teaching experience is 15. A quarter of the faculty and staff live on campus and are involved in campus life.
Technology Technology plays an essential role in education at McDonogh, and each year significant funds are allocated to update our technology across campus. The technology program in the Lower School weaves the use of iPads, Chromebooks, and other devices into the entire curriculum. In Middle School, students bring a laptop of their choice to school each day. For those without a device already, we strongly suggest the purchase of a Google Chromebook. Middle school students use technology to collaborate with other students and their teachers on a wide range of projects and assignments. The Upper School is laptop friendly; students are encouraged to bring their favorite device to school to support their learning during class and during free time.
College Counseling McDonogh students are recruited by the most prestigious colleges and universities in the US, and each year we have students accepted by Ivy League and other top institutions. However, the goal of McDonogh college counselors is not simply to encourage students to attend the "best colleges," but to help students determine which colleges are right for individual interests, personalities, and goals. View the list of 2015 College Matriculations.
Coeducation McDonogh has always sought to prepare students for lives of achievement in the world. McDonogh admitted its first female students in 1975 because we recognized that our students must succeed in a diverse world where men and women work side by side in every field of endeavor. A supportive, egalitarian, coeducational environment teaches young people to be active, productive members of such a society.
Diversity Because of our size and McDonogh's long commitment to diversity, our student body represents a wide range of racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds. Over twenty-eight percent of our student population is made up of students of color, and students hail from Baltimore City and five surrounding counties. Five-day boarding allows students to come from out of state.
School Day We offer instruction for all grades from 8:20 a.m. to 4:00 p.m Monday-Thursday and 8:20 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. on Friday. The length of the school day allows us to offer a full schedule that will keep students interested and excited -- a full menu of "the basics" as well as plenty of free play and social time, and instruction in art, music, drama, physical education, and foreign language.
AfterCare For some Lower School students, the McDonogh campus is home until late afternoon each day. These children are enrolled in the AfterCare Program, which operates Monday through Thursday when school is in session from 3:45 to 6 p.m. and Friday from 2:55 to 5 p.m.

The AfterCare experience is a special one. Well-supervised in this nurturing environment, the children are encouraged to practice kindness, sharing, and consideration for others while they have fun.

Parents must register their children for AfterCare at least 48 hours before joining the program. Here is the fee schedule:

Full-time (Monday-Friday): $70/week
Part-time (four or fewer days each week): $20/day
Drop-in (occasional): $20/day
Late pick-up fee: $20 for each quarter hour or any part thereof after 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 5 p.m. on Friday
Dress Code McDonogh's dress code reflects our belief that children should dress appropriately for the task of learning and in a way that eliminates competitiveness. Lower and middle school students wear polo shirts and khaki pants and skirts. Upper school students wear oxford shirts and khaki pants and skorts.
Lunch Lunch is included in tuition, so families never have to pack a lunch, purchase a meal card, or send lunch money for McDonogh students. Most children find plenty of appealing, nutritious choices among the dining hall's selection of hot entrees, salad bar, and sandwich stations. Children with special dietary requirements or food allergies may bring their lunches. The dining hall offers breakfast and dinner for boarding students only. View Sage Dining Menus.
Boarding Program We offer five-day Upper School boarding Monday through Friday. Most of our boarders live within commuting distance of our campus and use boarding as an opportunity to prepare for college life.
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Non-discriminatory Admission and Employment Policy McDonogh School admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, and the appointment of faculty and staff.
Accreditation and Membership Accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools

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