compiled by Sylvia Blair

Carroll County offers a diverse range of choices for private schools. Families are often drawn to private school because a particular school may align with a family’s values, class sizes are often smaller, and a school may have a curriculum tailored to a student’s likes and learning style. 

Carroll Christian Schools

550 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster • 410-876-3838 •


Ages Served: 2 years-12th grade

Tuition Cost: Varies, see website

Academic Focus: Prepares students for college and life success; different diploma tracks and academic levels include advanced and honors diplomas

Carroll Lutheran School

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


Ages Served: K-8th grade 

Tuition Cost: About $7,000

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

Tuition Cost: $11,100-$24,413

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

Tuition Cost: Ranges from $4,525-$12,450, depending on age and program selection

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

Tuition Cost: Grades K-5 $8,995; Grades 6-8 $9,995

Academic Focus: Curriculum for various levels and abilities of students; STEM; literature, history and other general subjects; School encourages community support from the students

St. John Catholic School

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


Ages Served: Pre-K (age 3)-8th grades

Tuition Cost: $6,737

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

Tuition Cost: $5,950; does not include registration, curriculum, and other fees

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

Tuition Cost: Carroll County day student rate (non-boarding school) $11,500; non-Carroll County resident, day student rate $21,500; five-day boarding school rate $47,500; seven-day boarding school rate $52,500. Financial aid and academic scholarships are available. Applications are on a rolling admissions basis, throughout the year.

Academic Focus: International baccalaureate curriculum, a globally recognized curriculum that prepares students well for collegiate success

The Legacy School

115 Terrapin Rd., Sykesville • 410-549-1717•


Ages Served: Ages 6-14

Tuition Cost: $26,800

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.