The Banner School

1730 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 695-9320

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 145 students 8 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

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About this school

The Banner School is a private middle school in Frederick. The principal of The Banner School is Stephen Parnes, Head of School. 145 students attend The Banner School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. The student to teacher ratio at The Banner School is 8:1. Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 90% %
Black, non-Hispanic 6% %
Asian 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% %
Hispanic 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    The Banner School is a co-educational independent school composed of a preschool (3- and 4-year-olds) primary school (K-4th) and a middle school for grades 5-8. Its mission is to provide an academically challenging curriculum in a secure environment to motivate students to achieve to the best of their abilities and in so doing to stimulate a lifelong love of learning. The Banner School promotes a strong school-family partnership individual self-worth and respect for others and strives to graduate responsible individuals who will contribute to society. Reflecting the diversity in today s society and our student body Banner provides an education with a global perspective through the study of various cultures societies and peoples of the world.

  • (6 years ago)

    The Banner School is a diverse community of learners and provides a nurturing environment that challenges and motivates students to become responsible citizens and leaders in the 21st century.

  • (6 years ago)

    Exceptional school with a very close-knit community environment for students parents and teachers. It feels like everyone is family. The kids are encouraged to excel and they truly look forward to going to school! It is a shame they don't have a high school. They are by far the best school in Frederick County.

  • (6 years ago)

    Banner has a good atmosphere. Parents were involved. Music program and the plays were terrific. Alas my academically capable child was not challenged. We left for the Frederick Magnet program. Art Music and Language weren't great but the academics were much better. It is too bad that Banner small though it was didn't teach to the child's abilities...This was several years back. They may have changed. I know they have a new principal.

  • (7 years ago)

    this is probably the best school private or public in frederick. the academics are rigorous and the school offers alot of great extracuriculars considering it is a small school. everyone is very nice here- the teachers students parents...i know my child will be well prepared when she leaves here.

  • (9 years ago)

    Banner School is a top notch school and I would highly recommend it to any family. The excellent communication between teachers parents and students is at the heart of this school's success. The students are very respectful of one another and truly enjoy learning everyday. We are moving out of town and will be switching to a public school in an adjacent county and will regretfully have to leave this school. However if we ever returned to the area Banner is the only school I would want our child to attend in the Frederick area!

  • (10 years ago)

    Banner has provided our children with a strong foundation that will carry them throughout high school and college. The teachers are dynamic and engaging and all of the students appear enthusiastic about learning. The school though small in size is very diverse and does not have an elitist atmosphere. The students are motivated and respectful of each other. Lots of communication between home and school.

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