What is the enrollment size?
Full enrollment from grades K-8 is between 110 and 120 for the 2020-2021 school year. We strive to maintain a teacher-student ratio of 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, tuition and fees at The GreenMount School are $13,425 per year.
Other than the standard subjects, what other programs are offered?
Cultural Studies, Explorations, Art, Music, Physical Education, Life Skills, Apprenticeship Program, 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 grouped in buddy teams 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.
What exactly is theme based learning?
The Theme Studies program enables students to make connections across disciplines in a real-world setting. Students apply and integrate both skills and content in reading, writing, mathematics, science, art, and drama. Theme-based studies provide meaning, engagement, and relevancy to subjects that otherwise can be abstract. Field trips, guest artists, and speakers provide many opportunities for curricular integration and contextual understanding. The whole school works with synergy as the students and teachers together move through learning and projects related to the theme.
Themes are studied for an average of ten weeks at a time. The U.S history themes are taught in a nine-year cycle and students make references and connections to previous themes to help guide future learning. The cultural theme and multiple intelligences theme are chosen to highlight global understanding within the history theme.
Examples of past themes include: West Africa, Australia, We All Come From Somewhere, The Birth of a Nation, A Nation Tor Apart, From Printing Press to Paperless, All the World’s a Stage, and The History of Rock and Roll.
How does the Family Cooperative work?
All GreenMount School parents are automatically members of the CO-OP (Community Objective – Operation Participation). 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 is the Immersion Trip?
Each year our eighth grade students travel to a different state 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. Recently, students traveled to Iceland, to experience the raw beauty in nature and learn about Icelandic culture. In other years, our students have traveled to Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Scotland, 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 8th grade students at a local business or non-profit in order 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 and Remington, for community advocacy organizations, animal rescue shelters, childcare centers, and more.
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 5:30 p.m.
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, students may have lunch delivered one day a week Graul’s, and one day a week 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.
Where do your alumni go after GreenMount?
One hundred percent of GreenMount students attend their first-choice public or independent high school. GreenMount alumni have graduated from: Baltimore School for the Arts, Western High School, Baltimore City College, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore Design School, Bard High School Early College Baltimore, Towson High School (Law and Public Policy Program), Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Loyola Blakefield, The Park School of Baltimore, Mercy High School, Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore Lab School, Friends School of Baltimore, Notre Dame Preparatory School, Jemicy School, and Garrison Forest School.
GreenMount alumni go on to attend diverse colleges and universities. Examples of these include: Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland College Park, Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson University, Oberlin College, Parsons: The New School for Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Washington College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Northwestern University, Northeastern University, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, University of Delaware, Temple University, Elon University, Morgan State University, Brandeis University, Columbia University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, University of Rochester, Portland State University, Goucher College, St. John’s College, Purdue University, Pennsylvania State University, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Hampshire College, Bard College, College of Wooster.