Head of School John lewis

Welcome to Gunston! One hundred and thirteen years ago, Samuel and Mary Middleton had a vision: to develop a school on the Corsica River that would provide students with a personalized and rigorous academic experience, a strong sense of community, and a focus on the balanced development of mind, body, and spirit. A century later, and now with a unique and innovative curricular emphasis on global and environmental leadership, these values still endure in our school.

Gunston draws our student population from six Maryland counties and Delaware, and with a generous financial aid budget, we attract a remarkably strong student population. As a school, our emphasis on community is perhaps our greatest strength, and we are deeply proud of the way that we value each child for their diverse skills, talents, and background. Students learn quickly that, with small classes and a relentlessly personalized experience, the opportunities for intellectual inquiry, leadership, service, artistic expression and athletic accomplishment are inexhaustible.  

Each day, our goal is to inspire a lifelong love of learning, and our classroom culture reflects an inquiry-based approach that incorporates best practices in mind-brain pedagogy. Guided by a committed, caring, knowledgeable, and talented faculty, each student is challenged to develop their unique intellectual “voice,” and we seek to bring out the best in every student. Students also develop significant technological fluency at Gunston, and they graduate well-prepared to use technology as a tool for learning, research, and expression.

Each day, the Gunston environment is also characterized by a culture of high expectations, and we believe that learning to be a good person is as important as learning to be a good student. Our school’s values are embedded within the timeless values of family, courtesy, respect, and a reverence for the natural world. Thus, when we talk with our students about moral and ethical development, we don’t focus on rule-based language, but instead the language of values.

Every year, our students recommit themselves to our Responsibilities of the Community and our Commitment to Diversity. In turn, they respond by treating one another with a high degree of respect, tolerance, and kindness. When our graduates enter the world beyond Gunston Road they are ready to succeed and thrive!

We look forward to welcoming you to our special 75-acre waterfront campus.


John A. Lewis, IV
Head of School