by Sylvia Blair

private schools

Carroll County offers a diverse range of choices for private schools.

Carroll Christian Schools

550 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster
410-876-3838 •
Ages Served: 2 years-12th grade
Academic Focus: Prepares students for college and life success

Carroll Lutheran School

1738 Old Taneytown Rd., Westminster
410-848-1050 •
Ages Served: K-8th grade
Academic Focus: Exceptional education formed in faith

Gerstell Academy

2500 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
410-861-4400 •
Ages Served: Pre-K (age 4) and kindergarten-12th grades
Academic Focus: College preparatory, leadership, non-sectarian, values-based education

Montessori School of Westminster

1055 Montessori Dr., Westminster
410-848-6283 •
Ages Served: 2 years-9th grade
Academic Focus: Environmental education, with a focus on the outdoors, which complements a standard curriculum

North Carroll Community School

401 Stone Rd., Westminster
410-386-0655 •
Ages Served: K-8th grades
Academic Focus: Curriculum for various levels and abilities of students; STEM; literature, history and other general subjects.

St. John Catholic School

45 Monroe St., Westminster
410-848-7455 •
Ages Served: Pre-K (age 3)-8th grades
Academic Focus: Faith-based STEM and technology-enriched programs

St. Stephen’s Classical Christian Academy

2275 Liberty Rd., Eldersburg
410-795-1249 •
Ages Served: 4 years old (junior kindergarten)-8th grades
Academic Focus: Classical style: grammar and logic stages

Springdale Preparatory School

1000 Green Valley Rd., New Windsor
443-671-2531 •
Ages Served: 6-12th grades
Academic Focus: International baccalaureate curriculum

The Legacy School

115 Terrapin Rd., Sykesville
Ages Served: Ages 6-14
Academic Focus: Students with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences

Note: This list of area private schools is for informational purposes and is not considered a referral or recommendation. Every effort was made to include a complete listing of the private schools in Carroll County. Schools that responded by the publication deadline were included. For more information about enrollment or openings, contact the school directly.


Child care centers, early learning centers or preschool-based care offer a variety of programs in Carroll County.

ABC Care, Inc.

Locations throughout Carroll County
410-751-3700 •

All About Kids Learning Center

601 Old Liberty Rd., Sykesville • 410-795-7802

Almost Family Child Care Center

1705 North Main St., Hampstead
410-374-5359 •

Berry Patch Early Learning Center

4510 Lower Beckleysville Rd., Hampstead
410-374-3501 •

Building Blocks

2967 Manchester Rd., Manchester
410-374-1114 •

Carroll Child Care and Learning Center

224 North Center St., Westminster
410-848-0644 •

Carroll Lutheran School

1738 Old Taneytown Rd., Westminster
410-848-1050 •

Catholic Charities Head Start

255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster • 667-600-2571

Celebree School

Locations throughout Carroll County
410-515-8750 •

Child’s Nurturing Center

2320 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
410-833-7730 •

Coppermine 4 Seasons

2710 Hampstead-Mexico Rd., Hampstead
410-239-3366 •

Fresh Start Early Learning Center

111 East Main St., Westminster
443-465-6882 •

Gerstell Academy

2500 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
410-861-3000 •

Grace Bible Christian Preschool and Kindergarten

3250 Charmil Drive, Manchester
410-374-9286 •

Grace United Learning Center

49 W. Baltimore Street, Taneytown
410-756-2696 •

Holy Spirit Early Childhood Learning Center

2205 Old Liberty Rd., Eldersburg
410-795-2287 •

Hot Spots

Locations throughout Carroll County • 443-591-5420


1641 Liberty Rd., Eldersburg
410-781-4709 •

Little Feet

Two locations: 18132 Falls Rd. and
3459 Shiloh Rd., Hampstead
410-239-9349 •

Little Friends of Grace

21 Carroll Street, Westminster
410 -848-7020 •

Little People’s Place

604 Johahn Drive, Westminster
410-848-0834 •

Little Sheep Christian Preschool

1402 N. Main Street, Mt. Airy
301-829-2185 •

Littlest Learners Child Development Center

Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Rd., Westminster
410-386-8470 •

Mt. Airy Day Care and Learning Center, Inc.

605 Ridge Ave., Mt. Airy
301-829-6364 •

New Beginnings Christian Learning Center

501 East Baltimore St., Taneytown
410-751-0090 •

Our Children’s Place

37 South Cranberry Rd., Westminster
410-848-3694 •


1550 Old Westminster Pike, Westminster

Rhymes and Reasons

730 Old Liberty Rd., Eldersburg
410-549-0502 •

St. John School

45 Monroe St., Westminster
410-848-7455 •

Stepping Stones

7300 Spout Hill Road, Sykesville
410-549-6585 •

Sunshine Child Development Center

4033 Lineboro Road, Lineboro
443-375-1114 •

The Goddard School

2002 Back Acre Circle, Mt. Airy,
6300 Goddard Park Dr., Sykesville,

The Montessori School

1055 Montessori Dr., Westminster
410-848-6283 •

The Young School

400 Meadow Creek Dr., Westminster
410-848-5248 •

Union Bridge Early Learning Center

124 S. Main St., Union Bridge
410-775-2717 •

Wee Care Best

2893 Baltimore Blvd., Finksburg • 410-833-1155
1430 N. Main St., Hampstead • 410-239-3711

Wesley Freedom UMC

Early Years Learning Center
961 Johnsville Road, Sykesville
410-549-2257 •

The Y in Central Maryland Academic Center (before and after care at the Hill Y)

The Hill Y, 1719 Sykesville Rd., Westminster
410-848-3660 •

The Y in Central Maryland Chipmunks Learning Enrichment Program

2101 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
410-848-2772 •

Note: This list is not considered a referral or recommendation. This list does not include home-based care. For more information about enrollment, openings, or costs of care, contact the centers directly.