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Upper School

Grades Nine - Twelve

Fostering Independence

The Gilman Upper School prepares young men to build the world of tomorrow. Students engage in a timeless and challenging college-preparatory program that emphasizes strong work ethic, critical thinking skills, effective oral and written communication, and lifelong enjoyment of intellectual pursuits.

Students must take five major courses each semester (English, mathematics, foreign language, lab science, history). They must also complete courses in art, music, and religion, participate in either interscholastic or intramural athletics, and complete 50 hours of community service during their Upper School careers. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in numerous disciplines, and a coordinate program allows students to take courses at Bryn Mawr School (BMS) and Roland Park Country School (RPCS).

Educating the whole boy reaches beyond classroom learning. A robust leadership development program and special lectures, along with daily assemblies, bring real-world situations and applications to life. Our Device of Choice (D.O.C.) program enables boys to best utilize the skills necessary to learn in the 21st century. Various extra curricular activities give boys the chance to try almost anything in a comfortable and collegial environment.

Upper School Stories

Boys Honor Women

How does a school for boys honor women? At Gilman we take this as an imperative and look for opportunities to do so throughout the year. Here are a few of our March activities, including a terrific assembly to kick off Women's History Month.

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Group of Bible Study Retreat participants

In keeping with Gilman’s commitment to developing the mind, body, and spirit of students, Gilman has a vibrant weekly bible study group, which has grown to more than 60 boys. This voluntary, non-denominational fellowship holds a weekly lunch session and recently extended their study to a weekend retreat on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Gilman Classics Club

The Gilman Classics Club recently hosted its Second Annual Certamen. Sixty students from public and independent schools around the state of Maryland came to campus to participate in trivia competitions. As the hosts, our boys did not participate, instead helping set up and keeping score during the rounds. 

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