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If The School Fits

Finding the perfect match for your child’s independent education begins with the open house.
Alice Shapin - October 2019
Special Section

If The School Fits

Finding the perfect match for your child’s independent education begins with the open house.
Alice Shapin - October 2019

Caroline Kucskar was nearly 5 years old—that meant it was almost time to start kindergarten, and for her parents Emily Levenson and Jon Kucskar to start the search for the school that would be the best fit for their family.

But the Bolton Hill residents began by looking inward. “Going through the school search process was really insightful,” says Levenson. “It forced us to think about our core values and priorities as parents and balance lots of competing interests—our beliefs in public education, but also age-appropriate learning, as well as financial and logistical concerns.”

They decided a progressive curriculum was important, one that incorporated the arts and lots of time spent outside. They also put an emphasis on a sense of community among parents and school administrators, and a convenient location to their home and the Bolton Hill daycare attended by their younger daughter, Ellie.

They knew what they wanted: Now it was time to get into the schools and learn more.

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Getting Started

Prioritize values and visit schools

There are more than 120 independent schools in the Baltimore-Washington area and more than 30 in the greater Baltimore area. With so many options, finding the right fit is no simple task.

By visiting schools in person, asking questions, and talking with current students and parents, it’s easier to get a sense of which schools align best with your family’s needs. The best place to start? The open house.

Held each year in the fall, open houses make a great entry point to learn more about independent schools that sound like potential matches for your child. You should visit open houses the fall before you plan to enroll your child in a new school.

Some schools open for a few hours for families to come and go, tour facilities, and meet the admissions team, while others organize full-day programs that include talks by the head of school or admissions counselors and require advanced registration. Still others offer a suite of admissions experiences covering topics such as affording a private-school education and hearing from a panel of young alumni about how the school contributed to their success.

Before open house season, it’s important to prioritize your desires for an independent school into must-haves and nice-to-haves, along with anything you don’t care about or want to avoid in a school.

Armed with this information, the next step is finding schools that sound like potential fits based on the information you can easily glean from websites, admissions brochures, and word of mouth. These are likely the handful of schools you’ll want to learn more about by visiting in person.

Levenson and Kucskar explored at least 10 different options for their daughter before choosing The GreenMount School, a coed K-8 school with about 100 students tucked away in Remington. “The process was long and draining,” Levenson says. “But ultimately, we felt confident that GreenMount was the right fit for our family because of the progressive curriculum, small size, supportive community, and proximity to downtown.”

The GreenMount School got its start in 1993, thanks to six adventurous parents devoted to a model focused on child-centered education. The school offers several opportunities each year for prospective families to get to know the school better, including group and private tours, open houses, play dates, and shadow days.

“Parents should take time to look for several things during their visit to the school,” says admissions director Laura Marsico. “While touring, observe the way students and adults interact with each other—respectful, kind, and encouraging interactions are key,” she says. “If the timing seems right, engage a student or faculty member in a conversation: What do they love about The GreenMount School? As you tour, think, ‘Does the school’s mission and philosophy come shining through?’”

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The school’s mission is to provide creative, experience-based education in a community of families invested in their children’s education, and that fit Levenson and Kucskar’s wish list.

“Figure out what is important to your family before you begin your search, and then use that information as your guidepost,” says Levenson. “When we began this process, we knew very little about GreenMount, but we knew how important a developmentally appropriate education and supportive community were to us. We were tempted by other schools that offered extras that seemed appealing, like foreign language instruction, but ultimately chose the school that best aligned with our core values.”

Most importantly, have faith in each step of the process. “It takes time to figure this out—you may not know what the right choice is in November when you’re applying, but the process will help you,” Levenson says.


Make Cuts

Narrow down your choices and plan visit days

The open house should give you a sense of the mission and environment of each school. With this in mind, you should be able to narrow your prospective list down to the handful that make the most sense for your family.

Feel free to reach out to an admissions counselor for a meeting or phone call, and set up a shadow day for your child or observation day for your family, depending on your child’s age.

Make sure you take note of all application deadlines and schedule any necessary standardized tests and interviews required by schools where you may be applying.

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“We made the calls, asked the questions, and scheduled appointments with the appropriate people so that we could really digest what was at the core of each school,” says Catherine Chasen, who went through the school search process last fall with her husband, Brandon, for their son, Brandon Jr. “We visited each prospective school three separate times, and while it was exhausting, I’m so grateful we did, because we felt very confident in our final choice.”

It was the family’s first time going through the private-school selection process, and Chasen says there were some surprises along the way. “In the beginning, we were leaning toward a single-sex education environment,” she explains.

But after reflecting on their educational priorities and visiting several schools, the Phoenix-based family decided the coeducational environment at the Calvert School in North Baltimore was the best fit for Brandon, the oldest of three sons.

Located near The Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus in Tuscany-Canterbury, Calvert School is a nondenominational coed school focusing on creative thinking and character building for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

It also provides an innovative solution for families interested in same-sex education. “Calvert School blends the best practices of single-sex and coeducation in our unique approach to teaching and learning,” says Calvert School admissions director Nicole Webster. “We are a coeducational environment, but single-sex homerooms, classes, and advisories allow us to capture many of the benefits of single-sex education as well.”

It took three visits to each school for the Chasens to feel like they had a firm grasp on the environment. “On our first visit to each school, we met with the admissions head, then did a general tour with other parents at the schools’ designated open house days, and then went back for Brandon’s testing day,” Chasen recalls. “People usually just do the open house and then a testing day, but we had an extra meeting so we could get some more personal questions answered.”

Multiple trips give you the chance to see the school and its students, teachers, and administrators in many scenarios. Once you’re on campus, Webster at Calvert School suggests families observe with an open mind. “Enjoy your time there. Speak with the current students, as they are the truest reflection of a school and its learning environment. Are these students excited to talk about their school? Are they comfortable speaking with prospective parents? Ask them what they love most about being there. Their enthusiasm and personal stories speak volumes.”


The Final Decision

Go with your gut

At this point, you’ve gone to the open house, had a tour, and asked questions of admissions. What’s left? It’s a good idea to go beyond the typical admissions events to get a deeper sense of the schools to which your child will be applying. Attending events open to the public, such as a football game or theater production, can offer a unique glimpse into school spirit and culture without the hard sell of admissions.

“Following a school’s social media, like Instagram or Facebook, is a great way to view photos and video clips from events and activities around campus,” Webster says. “They can help provide you with real insight into the day-to-day happenings and personality of a school.”

Another good resource? Other parents. “They are an excellent resource and, like the students, are able to share personal experiences,” Webster adds. “If you don’t know parents at a particular school, the admission office can help connect you with current parents who might live in your neighborhood, have similar interests, or have children of a similar age.”

No matter how much you prepare, the independent-school selection process can be overwhelming.

“Trust the admission process,” Webster says. “At the end of the day, as parents, we want our child to be in an environment where he or she will thrive academically and emotionally and grow to be the best version of themselves that they can be. As admission professionals, we want the same.”

The Chasens took solace in knowing that there was more than one place where their son would thrive. “While it can be very overwhelming, especially if you’re looking at multiple schools, it’s important to see the big picture,” Chasen says. “It’s so easy to get caught up in the politics of what’s popular among other families, so stay focused on trying to find the right fit for your child. Baltimore is a unique place in that it is so saturated with high-quality schools, so narrow the search down to a few and go after it knowing you are in good hands in so many places.”



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SAVE THE DATE

Below is a list of open houses at schools in the Greater Baltimore region. The time of the open houses, when available, is printed directly after the name of each school.


Archbishop Curley High School

Open house: 10/26 and 10/27, 10 a.m.-noon. 3701 Sinclair Ln. 410-485-5000. archbishopcurley.org. Grades: 9-12, all male. Enrollment: 560. Affiliation: Roman Catholic/Franciscan

Archbishop Spalding High School

Open house: 10/27, 12 p.m. 8080 New Cut Rd., Severn. 410-969-9105. archbishpspaulding.org. Grades: 9-12, coed. Enrollment: 1,253. Affiliation: Roman Catholic

The Auburn School, Baltimore Campus

Open house: Call for times. 7401 Park Heights Ave., Pikesville. 410-617-0418. theauburnschool.org. Grades: K-8, coed. Enrollment: 65. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Baltimore Lab School

Open house: Third Thursday breakfast tour each month, 9-10:15 a.m. 2220 St. Paul St. 410-261-5500. baltimorelabschool.org. Grades: 1-12, coed. Enrollment: 137. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Beth El @ Federal Hill

Open house: Call for tour information. 1530 Battery Ave. 410-528-6001. bethelbalto.com. Grades: 2-5 years of age, coed. Enrollment: 40. Affiliation: Jewish

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

High school open house: 11/14, 7 p.m. Middle school open house: 11/19, 7 p.m. Lower school open house: 11/7, 8:45 a.m. 3300 Old Court Rd., Pikesville. 410-486-1905. bethtfiloh.com. Grades: 15 months-grade 12, coed. Enrollment: 775. Affiliation: Jewish

The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

Open house: 12/5, 8:30-10 a.m. 822 W. Lake Ave. 410-377-5192. boyslatinmd.com. Grades: K-12, all-male. Enrollment: 630. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

The Bryn Mawr School

Open house: 11/2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 109 W. Melrose Ave. 410-323-8800. brynmawrschool.org. Grades: K-12, all-female except coed The Little School. Enrollment: 678. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Calvert Hall College High School

Open house: 11/13, noon-3 p.m. 8102 La Salle Rd. 410-825-4266. calverthall.com. Grades: 9-12, all-male. Enrollment: 1,175. Affiliation: Roman Catholic and Lasallian

Calvert School

Open house: 9/25, 10/3, 10/16, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. 105 Tuscany Rd. 410-243-6054. calvertschoolmd.org. Grades: K-8, coed. Enrollment: 598. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Cambridge School

Open house: Call for times. 6200 N. Charles St. 410-486-3686. cambridgeschool.org. Grades: k-8, coed. Enrollment: 121. Affiliation: Christian

The Catholic High School of Baltimore

Open house: 10/19, 9 a.m.-noon. 2800 Edison Hwy. 410-732-6200. thecatholichighschool.org. Grades: 9-12, all-female. Enrollment: 320. Affiliation: Roman Catholic

Columbia Academy Elementary and Middle School

Open house: 10/26, call for times. 10350 Old Columbia Rd., Columbia. 410-312-7413. columbiaacademy.com. Grades: Junior K-8, coed. Enrollment: 138. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Concordia Preparatory School

Open house: 10/12, 10 a.m.-noon. 1145 Concordia Dr., Towson. 410-825-2323. concordiaprepschool.org. Grades: 6-12, coed. Enrollment: 310. Affiliation: Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Eastern Technical High School

Open house: 10/17, 6-8 p.m. 1100 Mace Ave., Essex. 410-809-0190. easterntechhs.bcps.org. Grades: 9-12, coed. Enrollment: Approx. 1,174. Affiliation: Non-sectarian, public

Fork Union Military Academy

Open house: Call for appointment. 4744 James Madison Hwy., Fork Union, VA. 1-800-GO-2-FUMA (1-800-462-3862). forkunion.com. Grades: 7-12, and post-grad program, boarding, all-male. Enrollment: Approx. 367. Affiliation: Christian

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Notre Dame Preparatory School

Open house: 10/12, 8:30 a.m.-noon. 815 Hampton Ln., Towson. 410-825-6202. Notredameprep.com. Grades: 6-12, all-female. Enrollment: 800. Affiliation: Catholic

The Odyssey School

Open house: Call for times. 3257 Bridle Ridge Ln., Stevenson. 410-580-5551. theodysseyschool.org. Grades: K-8, coed. Enrollment: 162. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Oldfields School

Open house: 9/28, 11/11, call for times. 1500 Glencoe Rd., Sparks Glencoe. 410-472-4800. oldfieldsschool.org. Grades: 8-12, all-female. Enrollment: 120. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Our Lady of Grace Pre-school

Open house: Call for times. 18310 Middletown Rd., Parkton. 410-329-6956. olgs.org. Grades: Preschool, coed. Enrollment: 35. Affiliation: Catholic

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Open house: Call for times. 1704 Old Eastern Ave., Essex. 410-686-4972. olmcmd.org. Grades: Pre-K-12, coed. Enrollment: 532. Affiliation: Catholic

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

Open house: Call for times. 4801 Ilchester Rd., Ellicott City. 410-744-4251. olphschool.org. Grades: Pre-K-grade 8, coed. Enrollment: 240. Affiliation: Roman Catholic

Our Lady of Victory Catholic School

Open house: 11/8, 9:30-11 a.m. 4416 Wilkens Ave. 410-242-3688. olvmd.org. Grades: Pre-K-8, coed. Enrollment: 194. Affiliation: Catholic

The Park School of Baltimore

Open house: Call for times. 2425 Old Court Rd. 410-339-7070. parkschool.net. Grades: Pre-K-12, coed. Enrollment: 811. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Pauline Mash School for Early Childhood Educationoth

Open house: Call for tour information. 8101 Park Heights Ave. 410-484-0411. bethelbalto.com. Grades: 8 weeks-5 years of age, coed. Enrollment: 120. Affiliation: Jewish


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Friends School of Baltimore

Open house: 9/25, 9-11 a.m., 10/22, 11/14, 9-11 a.m. 5114 N. Charles St. 410-649-3200. friendsbalt.org. Grades: Pre-K-12, coed. Enrollment: 830. Affiliation: Quaker

Garrison Forest School

Lower school open house: 10/11, 8 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Middle school open house: 10/16, 7:45-9:30 a.m. Upper school open house: 10/17, 8-10 a.m. 300 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills. 410-363-1500. gfs.org. Grades: Pre-K-12, all-female except coed Pre-K. Enrollment: 550. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Gerstell Academy

Open house: 10/12, 11/24, 1 p.m., 12/13, 11 a.m. 2500 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg. 410-861-3000. gerstell.org. Grades: Pre-K-12, coed. Enrollment: 400. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Gilman School

Middle and upper school open house: 10/26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 5407 Roland Ave. 410-323-3800. gilman.edu. Grades: K-12, all-male. Enrollment: 1,020. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Glenelg Country School

Open house: 10/18, 11/5, 12/4, 9 a.m. 12793 Folly Quarter Rd., Ellicott City. 410-531-8600. glenelg.org. Grades: Age 2-grade 12, coed. Enrollment: 750. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Greenspring Montessori School

Open house: Call for times. 10807 Tony Dr., Lutherville-Timonium. 410-321-8555. greenspringmontessori.org. Grades: 18 months-grade 9, coed. Enrollment: 260. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Harford Day School

Open house: 10/18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Middle school preview: 11/4, call for times. 715 Moores Mill Rd., Bel Air. 410-838-4848. Harfordday.org. Grades: Pre-k (age 3)-grade 8, coed. Enrollment: 295. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Hargrave Military Academy

Open house: Call for times. 200 Military Dr., Chatham, VA.1-800-432-2480. Hargrave.edu Grades: 7-12 plus post-graduate for boys. Enrollment: 140. Affiliation: Baptist

The Highlands School

Open house: Call to schedule tour. 2409 Creswell Rd., Bel Air. 410-836-1415. highlandsschool.net. Grades: K-12, coed. Enrollment: 92/rolling admissions. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Hunt Valley Country Day School

Open house: Call for times. 200 A Lakefront Dr., Hunt Valley. 410-329-9867. Hvcountryday.com. Grades: Ages 2-5 years, coed. Enrollment: N/A. Affiliation: Non-sectarian, nature-based early childhood program

Immaculate Conception School

Middle school open house: 10/17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Annual open house: 11/7, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 112 Ware Ave., Towson. 410-427-4801. theimmaculate.org. Grades: Pre-K (age 3) through grade 8, coed. Enrollment: 535. Affiliation: Catholic

Institute of Notre Dame

Open house: Call for times. 901 Aisquith St. 410-522-7800. indofmd.org. Grades: 9-12, all-female. Enrollment: 354. Affiliation: Roman Catholic

Jemicy School

Open house: Call to schedule tour. 11202 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills (upper school). 11 Celadon Rd., Owings Mills (lower and middle schools). 410-653-2700. jemicyschool.org. Grades: 1-12, coed. Enrollment: 405. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

John Carroll School

Open house: 11/2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 703 E. Churchville Rd., Bel Air. 410-879-2480. johncarroll.org. Grades: 9-12, coed. Enrollment: 659. Affiliation: Catholic

Krieger Schechter Day School

Open house: Info session and tours 10/17, 12/4, 1/9, 9 a.m. 8100 Stevenson Rd. 410-486-8640. ksds.edu. Grades: K-8, coed. Enrollment: 295. Affiliation: Jewish

Loyola Blakefield

Open house: 10/20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 500 Chestnut Ave., Towson. 410-823-0601. loyolablakefield.org. Grades: 6-12, all-male. Enrollment: 1,000. Affiliation: Jesuit Catholic

Maryvale Preparatory School

Upper school open house: 10/4 and 11/5, 8:30 a.m. Middle School open house: 10/17 and 12/5, 8:30 a.m. 11300 Falls Rd., Lutherville. 410-252-3366. maryvale.com. Grades: 6-12, all-female. Enrollment: 380. Affiliation: Catholic

McDonogh School

Lower school open house: 10/10, 10/23, 11/5, 9 a.m. Middle school open house: 10/27, 12:30 p.m. Upper school open house: 10/27, 3 p.m. 8600 McDonogh Rd., Owings Mills. 410-363-0600. Mcdonogh.org. Grades: Pre-K-12, coed. Enrollment: 1,398. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Mercersburg Academy

Open house: 10/19, 12/16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 100 Academy Dr., Mercersburg, PA. 717-328-6173. mercersburg.edu/openhouse. Grades: 9-12, plus post-grad year, boarding and day, coed. Enrollment: 442. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Mercy High School

Open house: 10/19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 1300 E. Northern Pkwy. 410-433-8880. mercyhighschool.com. Grades: 9-12, all-female. Enrollment: 328. Affiliation: Catholic

Mother Seton Academy

Open house: 11/3, 12-3 p.m. 2215 Greenmount Ave. 410-563-2833. mothersetonacademy.org. Grades: 6-8, coed. Enrollment: 75. Affiliation: Catholic

Mount de Sales Academy

Open house: 11/3, 12-3 p.m. 700 Academy Rd., Catonsville. 410-744-8498. mountdesalesacademy.org. Grades: 9-12, all-female. Enrollment: 510. Affiliation: Roman Catholic

Mount Saint Joseph High School

Open house: Call for times. 4403 Frederick Ave. 410-644-3300. msjnet.edu. Grades: 9-12, all-male. Enrollment: 924. Affiliation: Roman Catholic

Peabody Preparatory

Preparatory Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Open house: Call for times. 21 E. Mount Vernon Pl. 667-208-6640. peabody.jhu.edu. Grades: Music and dance instruction for all ages and abilities, coed. Enrollment: Approx. 2,000 per week at four locations. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Redeemer Classical Christian School

Open house: 11/7, 6:30 p.m. 6415 Mount Vista Rd., Kingsville. 410-592-9625. rccs.org. Grades: Pre-K-12, coed. Enrollment: 234. Affiliation: Christian

Roland Park Country School

Middle/upper school open house: 9/25, 4-5 p.m. Lower school open house: 10/4, 10/30, 8:30-10 a.m. 5204 Roland Ave. 410-323-5500. rpcs.org. Grades: Pre-K-12, all-female except coed preschool. Enrollment: 579. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

St. Francis of Assisi School

Open house: Call for times. 3617 Harford Rd. 410-467-1683. sfa-school.org. Grades: Pre-K-8. Enrollment: 260, coed. Affiliation: Roman Catholic

St. James Academy

Open house: 11/20, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 3100 Monkton Rd., Monkton. 410-568-7573. saintjamesacademy.org. Grades: Pre-K-8, coed. Enrollment: 300. Affiliation: Episcopalian

Saint James School

Open house: 10/19, call for times. 17641 College Rd., Hagerstown. 301-733-9330. stjames.edu. Grades: 8-12, coed. Enrollment: 230. Affiliation: Episcopalian

St. John’s Parish Day School

Open house: Call for times. 9130 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. 410-465-7644. Stjohnspds.org. Grades: Age 3-grade 5, coed. Enrollment: 350. Affiliation: Episcopalian

St. Mark School

Open house: Call for times. 26 Melvin Ave., Catonsville. 410-744-6560. stmark-school.org. Grades: Pre-K-8, coed. Enrollment: 340. Affiliation: Catholic

St. Paul’s School

Upper school open house: 10/10, 11/12, call for times. Middle school open house: 10/23, 11/20, call for times 11152 Falls Rd., Brooklandville. 410-825-4400. stpaulsschool.org. Grades: Pre-K-4, lower school is coed. Grades: 5-12, middle/upper school is all-male. Enrollment: 575. Affiliation: Episcopalian

St. Paul’s School for Girls

Upper school open house: 10/18, 11/3, 11/19. Middle school open house: 10/22, 11/13. 11232 Falls Rd., Brooklandville. 410-823-6323. spsfg.org. Grades: Infants-grade 4, coed; 5-12, all-female. Enrollment: 475. Affiliation: Episcopalian

St. Pius X School

Open house: Call for times. 6432 York Rd. 410-427-7400. stpius10school.org. Grades: Pre-K-8, coed. Enrollment: 145. Affiliation: Catholic

St. Timothy's School

Open house: 10/14, 11/11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., or 2-4 p.m. 11/2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. 410-486-7401. stt.org. Grades: 9-12, boarding and day, all-female. Enrollment: 200. Affiliation: Episcopalian

St. Ursula School

Open house: Call for times. 8900 Harford Rd., Parkville. 410-665-3533. stursula.org. Grades: Pre-K-8, coed. Enrollment: 626. Affiliation: Catholic

Sandy Spring Friends School

Open house: 10/20, 1-3:30 p.m. 16923 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-7455. ssfs.org. Grades: Pre-K-12, coed. Enrollment: 622. Affiliation: Quaker

The School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen

Open house: 10/15, 11/12, 8:30-11:30 a.m. 111 Amberly Way. 410-464-4100. schoolofthecathedral.org. Grades: K-8, coed. Enrollment: 340. Affiliation: Catholic

Severn School

Now merged with Chesapeake Academy

Lower school open house: 10/17, call for times. 1185 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold. Middle and upper school open house: 11/6, call for times. 201 Water St., Severna Park. 410-647-7700 (Chesapeake campus). Grades: Pre-K-12, coed. Enrollment: 850. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Shady Side Academy Senior School

Open house: 10/19, 11 a.m., 12/5, 6 p.m. 423 Fox Chapel Rd., Pittsburgh, PA. 412-968-3000. shadysideacademy.org. Grades: 9-12, coed, day and boarding. Enrollment: 442. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Springdale Preparatory School

Open house: Call for times. 1000 Green Valley Rd., New Windsor. 855-405-8600. springdaleps.org. Grades: 5-12, day and boarding, coed. Enrollment: n/a. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

Tong Le Montessori School

Open house: Call for times, 805 E Fayette St., Ste. 100. 410-929-1628. tonglemontessori.com. Grades: Ages 6 weeks through 6 years. Enrollment: 35. Affiliation: Non-sectarian Mandarin Chinese immersion program

Trinity School

Open house: 11/14, 12/5, 9:30 a.m. 1/26, 11:30 a.m. 4985 Ilchester Rd., Ellicott City. 443-498-5040 trinityschoolmd.org. Grades: Pre-K-8, coed. Enrollment: 320. Affiliation: Catholic

Waldorf School of Baltimore

Open house: Call for times. 4801 Tamarind Rd. 410-367-6808. waldorfschoolofbaltimore.org. Grades: Pre-K-8, coed. Enrollment: 153. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

West Nottingham Academy

Open house: Call for times. 1079 Firetower Rd., Colora. 410-658-5556. wna.org. Grades: 9-12, day and boarding, coed. Enrollment: 130. Affiliation: Non-sectarian

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