McDonogh operates its own fleet of buses with community stops in four counties (Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, and Howard) and Baltimore City. Morning bus routes generally begin at distant locations and make a number of stops on the way to school. In outlying areas, group stops may be organized to save time. McDonogh cannot guarantee door-to-door or around-the-block service. The main factors considered in determining pick-up and drop-off points are travel time, road conditions, and safety. Bus service is included in tuition, and every day student is assigned a bus stop and pick-up time. Families are not required to use this service but may do so at their discretion.
Our bus program is designed to accommodate students from their home addresses. Children can be assigned, by pre-arrangement, to ride a different bus to visit another student or go to another family member's home. Bus routes cannot be changed to accommodate additional stops. Upper School students that participate in athletics or other after school activities can use our late bus service, which takes students to central drop-off points like the Towson Town Center and Columbia Mall.
Often, parents have more trouble than their children adjusting to the idea of a bus ride to school. Many students value it as a time to socialize and relax. For kindergartners, we provide a Bus Buddies program, which pairs each young child with an older student who helps with the adjustment process.
Safety is also a common concern for some parents. Our buses are McDonogh owned and maintained by our skilled mechanics on a preventive maintenance program. Each bus receives three state-required inspections a year. Our drivers are licensed, trained, and experienced. Some have driven the same route for a dozen years or more, and all get to know the children in their care. All of our drivers are McDonogh School employees held to the same standards as our faculty.
For more information please contact the Transportation Office at 410-581-4701.