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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the enrollment size?

Full enrollment from grades K-8 is 116. For the 2016-2017 school year the teacher-student ratio is 1:12.

Where do GMS families live?

Currently GMS 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 (2016-2017), tuition at The GreenMount School is $10,050 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. Our kindergarteners and 8th graders are a buddy team and students in grades 1-3 are buddied with students in grades 4-7. For example, on "Read Across America Day", students select their favorite Dr. Seuss book and read it aloud with their buddy. At other times, special guest speakers may visit the school to speak about their work. One 3rd grader described Community Day as "…a chance for the older kids to interact with the younger kids and be their role models. Since kids usually play with other kids their age, Community Day is a time we can all get together to know each other."

How does the Family Cooperative work?

The GMS CO-OP (Community Objective - Operation Participation) requires all custodial parents and guardians to take on a CO-OP assignment or pay additional fees to support the operation of the school. CO-OP participation sends a message to our children that families and parents care deeply about their education—enough to commit time and energy to the school. The CO-OP additionally benefits the school by lowering our operating costs and keeping our tuition at affordable levels. 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 GMS 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 helps 7th and 8th grade students gain confidence and master interactive personal skills through real-life work experience. Students spend one afternoon per week serving as apprentices in local businesses and organizations. From completing an employment application, to making a good impression at an interview, to assuming responsibility for their actions within the workplace, every step of the apprenticeship process is a learning experience and gives the students a glimpse into their potential beyond home and school settings. Our students have baked confections at the Ace of Cakes, stocked shelves at Eddies grocery, cashiered at skate shops, assisted in batting cages, blown glass for glassmakers, and conducted research projects for the Audubon Society.

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 GMS accept students with learning differences?

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

Is there a dress code at GMS?

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

Does the school provide food for the students?

GMS 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.