GMS Parents
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the enrollment size?

Full enrollment from grades K-8 is 116. For the 2017-2018 school year the teacher-student ratio is 1:10.

Where do GreenMount families live?

Currently GreenMount families live in neighborhoods all over Baltimore City and the surrounding counties including: Charles Village, Hampden, Remington, Bolton Hill, Mt. Vernon, Butcher's Hill, Lauraville, Original Northwood, Pikesville, Ellicott City, Dundalk, Belvedere, and Lakeside.

What is the tuition for the school?

Currently (2017-2018), tuition at The GreenMount School is $10,400 per year.

What enrichment programs are offered?

Cultural Studies, Explorations, Art, Music, Physical Education, Habits, the Apprenticeship Program, the Immersion Trip, and Community Day.

What is Community Day?

Each Friday, the weekly Community Day Program brings the entire school together in a shared activity with their "buddy" in another grade. Kindergarteners and 8th grade students are a buddy team and students in grades 1-3 are placed in buddy pairs or groups with students in grades 4-7. The Buddy program creates community throughout the school, and most students know every other student in the school in just a short time. Community Day activities are generally centered around the current theme or current events.

How does the Family Cooperative work?

All GreenMount School parents are automatically members of the CO-OP (Community Objective - Operation Participation). Upon signing the enrollment contract each parent has agreed to provide 40 hours of service to the school or pay additional fees to support the operation of GreenMount. Participation in the CO-OP is one of the primary community-building aspects of the school and creates partnership in the educational journey. Additionally, the CO-OP defrays operating costs. See CO-OP for more information.

What are theme events?

Each of the three thematic units per year ends with a culminating event that allows students to experience the process of production and presentation and to teach and demonstrate their learning to the GreenMount community of students, teachers and families. See Theme Studies for more information.

What is the immersion trip?

Each year our eighth-grade students travel to a remote part of the United States or to another country as part of our Immersion Program. Students are immersed in the destination, learning about the geography, history, and the culture of the people who call that area home. Students generally travel in the spring for 6-9 days depending on the destination and goals of the trip. Most recently, students traveled to the Canyonlands of Utah, to experience the raw beauty in nature and learn about Native American culture. In other years, our students have traveled to Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Scotland, Iceland and Spain. Academic preparation includes an independent study project on the country to inform travel and communication.

What is the Apprenticeship Program?

The Apprenticeship Program places 7th and 8th grade students at a local business or non-profit for them to gain skills through real-life work experience. Students spend one afternoon per week serving as an Apprentice. Students are guided each step of the way to ensure a positive experience for both the Apprentice and the employer. Our students have worked in retail stores and restaurants in Hampden, for community advocacy organizations, animal rescue shelters, childcare centers, and in social media marketing.

What are the school hours?

School begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday. On Friday, school begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 12:00 noon so teachers can meet for professional development. Starting in January, the seventh and eighth graders go to their apprenticeships on Friday afternoons.

Is before or after-school care available?

After-school care is provided by ECHOES. It is available from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and on Friday from 12:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. ECHOES is run by GreenMount program director Laura Marsico.

At this time, there is no before-school care offered, however, students can be dropped off at school as early as 8 a.m.

Does GreenMount accept students with learning differences?

While some minor learning differences can be addressed at GreenMount, the school does not offer a special education program or employ specially-trained teachers or support staff.

Is there a dress code at GreenMount?

Students are expected to dress appropriately for school. Students do not wear uniforms.

Does the school provide food for the students?

GreenMount students (and teachers) bring their lunches to school. For a separate fee, student may have lunch delivered by Graul's on Mondays. On Wednesdays, students can buy slices of hot pizza with either a fruit or vegetable and juice.

Do you have a Modern or Romance Language program?

No, and here's why: After many years of research we have found that the most successful Modern or Romance language programs are the ones that are immersive. The language program must be a priority. GreenMount has chosen theme-based learning as our priority. To do this well it takes time to expose each child to multiples cultures, concepts, and historical events. The extra time is vital to guiding students as they integrate the contextual learning into their development.