School Details

Landon School

6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 320-3200

(out of 10)

Private Grades 3-12 675 students 9 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

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About this school

Landon School is a private high school in Bethesda. The principal of Landon School is David M. Armstrong. 675 students go to Landon School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at Landon School is 9:1. Walt Whitman High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 79% %
Hispanic 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% %
Asian 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 12% %
Multiracial 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Amazing school! All components of the curriculum are outstanding. Academics sports the arts and music programs are all top notch. The boys are challenged in an extremely nurturing environment and the faculty is outstanding and caring. The strong community bond and brotherhood amongst the boys is exceptional. Having such a beautiful campus is a plus!

  • (11 months ago)

    Landon school is terrible all they are about is safety if you want your child to hate life send him to landon. They are terrible about school closing sand delays their gradually gliding downhill from the powerhouse at everything it used to be. The teachers don't care about helping your kids all they care about is not helping your kids. They are pompous freaks over their. I would rather send my child to public school. Hope this helps and believe me I've had 3 kids go through this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    A school that advertises high standards should think twice when it comes to their faculty. They should have a better selection method to avoid getting people on board who have real life issues. Bad influence for middle school age kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    this is the worst school ever terrible people academics and just plain down old terrible i hate landon

  • (3 years ago)

    As a parent I have direct knowledge. This is school for one type of boy one of very average intellect that follows direction with no question and limited creativity. There is THE Landon way for your boy else your boy will require "improvement". The teaching staff is very inconsistent. A few teachers are outstanding most are not do not work very hard and have been there way too long. You will spend way too much time doing Landon's job. Count how many teachers are in the classroom (not the weight room) after 2 PM. If your son is an athlete or the family contributes there is special treatment. There are dramatic changes still required even after recent wholesale changes in leadership at all of the schools. I moved my son out and would absolutely not recommend the school. Many parents there are not in touch with reality. Landon does not know most boys and has shown to be locked in the 1950s. Arts and sciences are pathetic. Ask to see the sad science labs and old outdated programs. Landon has no vision and is lost. Most placements show the limited success. Too many good school choices do not be fooled into supporting the few "stars" with your son. Tradition is no excuse.

  • (3 years ago)

    If your son is motivated by challenge this is an absolutely top notch school. I have 2 sons here one who is wonderfully compassionate bright and a natural leader and the other is a highly gifted learner and incredibly athletic yet reserved and quiet. Both boys are thriving in their academics. One has become an amazing artist and the other a wonderful musician. Both made seamless transitions due to a very committed and caring faculty. The teachers are very committed and involved in the lives of the students and reach out to parents with thoughts and suggestions for success! There is something very unique and special about this place and you can feel it when you are part of the community!

  • (3 years ago)

    Undoubtedly a top tier school school. Landon is not for everyone. It is academically rigorous and a competitive environment. But its also very supportive and inclusive especially if your child is motivated. It creates strong bonds and loyalties among students and faculty. For those who can cope with the high expectations of the program it will bring out a better academic and artistic performance and what is more it will help your boy develop into a well rounded gentleman.

  • (4 years ago)

    Landon is a very special place that combines phenomenal athletics with rigorous academics. We have a very quiet mild-mannered humble son who is an amazing artist and a gifted learner. He was new to the high school and had a seamless transition. The school is very proactive and responsive to any problems. It is an amazing place! Despite the publicity last year the received 120 applicants and only had 18 spots!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have had 15 yrs of involvement with Landon having two sons attend there. I am a tough critic and can say without reservation that this is an excellent school inside and outside of the classroom. My sons have made friendships that will last a lifetime both with their peers and their teachers. Landon has been a partner in my parenting efforts to teach my sons right from wrong to be respectful of others and to always give their best effort in any endeavor. It is disturbing to hear the media and other individuals try to undermine an 80-yr old institution where so many students have thrived and so many adults have given their life's work to effectively teach and mentor. Stereotyping the Landon commununity as spoiled wealthy and morally lax is also incorrect and myopic.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have seen Landon kids and graduates in recent years. I have also seen the school's tradition and culture and I can tell you that it is something special. The media and publicity which Landon is receiving recently has been out of control. Do you actually believe that all the boys at Landon are actually that careless? At every school you will find a batch of boys/girls who choose to conduct in a immature or unacceptable manner thus we come to certain boys who came up in the news recently. Therefore these little news columns are blowing up these stories to damage a school's high reputation. Think for a second. It's the families' responsibilities sometimes to nurture their children not always the school. These recent stories do not reflect on Landon's quality of students. Opinion wise Landon still ranks near the best with Georgetown Prep and Sidwell Friends.

  • (4 years ago)

    I agree with the review posted May 3 2010. I am a parent of a former Landon School boy who attended the school for 4 years. Although my son never complained at the time he also encountered an atmosphere of mean-spirited kids who had very little supervision outside of the immediate classroom. The school had a philosophy of letting boys be boys. On the surface that would seem to be ideal. However the school turns a blind eye towards constant bullying and unacceptable behavior. Many of the kids who attend Landon are the type of kids you might encounter outside the school as being unruly disrespectful and could care less about how their actions affect others. In the Bethesda area the Landon kids have developed a bad reputation as the kids you don't want around. Sorry my boy attended the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Landon is a school that produces boys who learn more about unhealthy competition and unsupervised harshness between its students. Our son attended Landon for 6 years and had I known how unruly and mean spirited the students really are I would have taken my son out long ago. My son is a fairly smart tough kid who played a number of sports yet he found himself involved in or witnessed seemingly endless entanglements and infighting amongst the students. Landon advertises its focus on ethics and honesty and yet there have been stories of Landon graduates finding themselves in serious legal trouble each and every year including the most recent news out of Charlottesville VA. Do your sons a favor and avoid a school like Landon. The school is filled with mean-spirited spoiled kids and a leadership philosophy that caters to the wealthier abrasive parents. So many other better choices.

  • (4 years ago)

    Outstanding School with great leadership form all ends. Academics are amazing along with top notch athletic teams. This is the place to send your child I have been so pleased with Landon and all they have done with my family!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a recent alumni of Landon and I cannot begin to explain how much the school means to me. The camaraderie fostered throughout the schoolday was one of the hallmarks of the experience. I am still very close friends with my buddies from Landon and I considered them much closer friends than any of my friends in college. Academics were superb- I am now at a highly-regarded college where my core classes were quite easy thanks to the preparation I got at Landon. Athletic program was a point of pride. Before sending your son here make sure he will be able to handle it. It is NOT a touchy-feely school and boys who do not live up to expectations will not be coddled by their peers. Ability to succeed either in the classroom on the field or socially- or all 3- is crucial. Confidence sense of humor and assertiveness are important.

  • (5 years ago)

    We are parents of a 4th year student. Landon's all boy programs are some of the best in the U.S. The school's cornerstone built on its civility code and honor code is unique among secondary schools. The foundation the faculty works from has already proved to be highly successful in developing well rounded smart motivated young men. Landon counts 100% of its recent graduates as new college freshman at some of the finest colleges in the country. Early admission to the top schools including the Military Academy at West Point and Ivy League is common.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is top rate. The Arts and music programs at the school are exceptional. The academics are rigorous and the boys enjoy a wide variety of sports opportunities. Above all there is a wonderful cameraderie among the boys. And perhaps most importantly I observe that the boys seem very happy and comfortable with themselves. The school aims to produce well rounded gentlemen and it does a good job.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended landon for 10 years (a lifer) and graduated in 2004. I loved every minute of it. I was molded into a great person. I am friends with all my other alumni both in my class as well as many other classes. Alumni play a big role in landon and are always coming back to be a part of what is going on. Landon kids are accomplished and become valuable parts of the society. The learning and teaching is incredible. You go to college very well prepared. I hold their history and writing teaching to be the best. There's a reason why landon consistently ranks among the best in the country. This isn't a place that you send your kid to just go somewhere for 8hours a day. He'll come out with relationships a strong sense of community and many experiences that drive him to return to campus every day.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at Landon and have been attending it for 3 years and my experience there has been extremely unique in my opinion. I have read in some of these reviews that Landon does not allow you to express yourselves yet we have several different art programs in the high school. It is true that athletics take a large part in the student body and yet it is only because of the prinipals that these athletics teach such as teamwork work ethic and brotherhood. after going through a sport at landon it is not possible not to know what it is to work. However the accedemics are also extremely important which shows. Disipline is much more instituted then in my old school. here at landon they will not allow you to slack or you simply will not be able to come back for going to landon is a privlege.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two sons who have attended Landon. One is a graduate and the other is currently enrolled in the Upper School. It is a wonderful school with high academic standards. The boys have to work hard but it teaches them good work ethics. When they go away to college you will not have to worry if they can handle the college schedule and workload they are well prepared. What no one else has mentioned in their comments that I think is wonderful is that Landon boys are friends for life not just during their days of attendance. It is a most amazing bond that I wish I had. I have never seen this or heard of it at any other school. A truly great place!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has been going there since 3rd grade and loves it. He is in 10th grade now and they have really shaped him into a man. The rigorous academics some of the finest in the metro area combined with their athletic program. Every boy must participate in a sport and the lessons he learns on the field will stick with him for the rest of his life.

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