McDonogh School Fact Sheet 2017-2018

McDonogh Mission Statement

McDonogh School is a community that finds joy in work, in play, in discovery, and in the realization of personal potential. Strong, mutually respectful relationships inspire a passion for teaching and learning, a dedication to personal integrity, and a commitment to excellence. Embracing diversity of background, culture, and thought, the school builds upon its founder's original mission to provide life-altering opportunities and to develop in students the will "to do the greatest possible amount of good."

--McDonogh Mission and Philosophy Statement, revised June 2011


A coeducational day and boarding college preparatory school, McDonogh currently enrolls 1,384 students from prekindergarten through twelfth grade. Approximately 115 upper school students live on campus during the week as part of the school's five-day boarding program.

Faculty and Administration

  • The Headmaster since 2007 is Charles W. Britton.
  • McDonogh employs the equivalent of 177 full-time faculty members, 20% of whom live on campus.
  • More than 62% of faculty hold advanced degrees, and the average teaching tenure is 13.2 years.
  • The student-teacher ratio is 9:1.


  • Founded in 1873 as a farm school for poor boys, McDonogh School is situated on 800 pastoral acres in suburban Owings Mills.
  • The campus is located 20 minutes from downtown Baltimore and 50 minutes from Washington, D.C.

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Tuition (includes bus transportation and hot lunch) for 2017-2018: Prekindergarten $16,220; Kindergarten and Prefirst $25,780; Lower School (grades 1-4) $26,810 plus $270 books/supplies; Middle School (grades 5-8) $28,460 plus $380 books/supplies; Upper School (grades 9-12) $29,830; Upper School Five-day Boarding, $39,890.
  • Need-based financial aid: $5.4 million for the 2017-2018 academic year; average award was $18,800.

Academic Facilities

Each division (Lower, Middle, Upper) is housed in its own building with a library, technology centers, science laboratories, and art facilities.

Arts Facilities

  • The Clarence A. Burck Center for the Performing Arts includes a 580-seat theatre, a black box theatre, a scene shop, a band room, and classroom space for drama and music.
  • The Edward St. John Student Center houses the Klein Lyceum which seats 170 people.
  • The Tuttle Art Gallery
  • Music, art, and dance studios

Athletic Facilities

  • The Rollins-Luetkemeyer Athletic Center includes a multipurpose area for indoor athletics, a wrestling room, a classroom, and the Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. Aquatic Center with a 50-meter, indoor pool.
  • Riding facilities include a 70-stall barn, four outdoor riding rings, and the Eagle's Nest indoor riding arena.
  • Outdoor facilities also include a newly-renovated baseball field, an artificial turf field, a 5,000-seat stadium, 20 tennis courts, 18 fields, and a 400-meter track.


McDonogh operates a fleet of 27 buses daily with community stops in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, and Carroll counties as well as Baltimore City.

For more information, contact Nina Sinnott, Director of Communications, at 443-544-7035 or

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