Boarding Program - Student Life - McDonogh School

Boarding Program

A mcdonogh tradition

Since 1873, boarding has been part of the McDonogh tradition. Today, Upper School students are given the opportunity to participate in a five-day boarding program that offers countless benefits beyond a traditional high school experience. As boarders, students enjoy all that the McDonogh campus has to offer while developing the independence, self-discipline, and responsibility that will be needed in college and beyond. 

Students may board for the entire year or one term at a time. Download the application.

Please note: Our Five-Day Boarding program is designed for students that reside within a 90-mile radius of our campus in Owings Mills, Maryland. Due to the nature of our five-day boarding program, students must return home on weekends, and sometimes more frequently due to holidays or weather events.

A student’s primary residence must be within 90 miles of the McDonogh School campus in Owings Mills, Maryland to qualify for boarding. The School is not able to accept any applications for admission or boarding from students who reside outside that distance.


Boarders truly live where the McDonogh action is. Living on campus makes participating in activities and events easy and convenient. From athletics to the arts to student leadership, students can experience the best of McDonogh right outside their dorm door. 

The Five-Day Advantage

Students experience the best of both worlds—spending five days engaging in all that the McDonogh campus has to offer and two days focusing on family life at home. This dynamic prepares students for college life as they learn to manage their time and freedom as individuals before returning to the comforts of home. 

It makes a really special community that already exists at McDonogh even smaller and more connected. 

Ethan Cherry '19

Academic Support

Students who live on campus benefit tremendously from the many opportunities to study and collaborate with their peers. Daily study hall provides structure in completing their assignments, and face-to-face interaction with residential facuilty members enhances their academic experience. 

Special Events

Building Community

Residential students thrive in the special community that living on campus provides. The experience of living, eating, studying, and celebrating with fellow students helps foster lifelong friendships. Boarders also develop personal connections with Campus Parents who provide constant support and make the residential community truly a second home. 

Learn more about our House and Campus Faculty.

Rollins-Luetkemeyer Leaders