Springdale welcomes international students who are interested in sharing their cultural backgrounds and learning about and with other young people from around the world and the United States.

Our diversified student body includes children from a wide range of countries, including China, Japan, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Thailand and more. These eager-to-learn young people are eager to expand their horizons, exchange perspectives on social, community and political matters and maximize the experiential experience unique to Springdale.  Each one chooses the path that’s right for them and staff and faculty enjoy watching them develop as both students and individuals.

A True Community

We provide an unparalleled level of support for all boarding students, especially those whose homes are on different continents. Both residential staff and faculty—along with the students themselves—coordinate activities in the dorm and around campus and organize/supervise regular trips to a mix of local attractions, landmarks, entertainment/sporting events, and more.

The group enjoys meals at local restaurants, shopping excursions, and extended day trips around the Baltimore-Washington D.C. corridor—and into Pennsylvania and Virginia—while also making visits to historic sites, monuments, museums, zoos, concerts, festivals, and more.

Getting Here

We enjoy unique access to three international airports and coordinate all arrangements for a student’s arrival from any of them. Any student choosing to fly into another airport must make his or her own arrangements for transportation to campus.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is the closest (55- minute drive) to Springdale, thus we recommend students fly into BWI.

Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Northern Virginia is approximately one hour and 20 minutes from campus.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), located just outside of Washington, DC, is also about 1 hour and 20 minutes from campus.

 NOTE: Students are asked to share their travel itinerary and related details with Daniele Tellish so that she can make all of the necessary arrangements.

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Maryland has four distinct seasons (fall, winter, spring, and summer), so it is important for students to have appropriate clothing to accommodate the varying temperatures/conditions.

The summers are warm and humid; the winters are cold and windy and sometimes snowy, and it is partly cloudy year-round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 3.9°C to 30.5°C and rarely falls below -11°C or above 35°C.

The cold season runs from early December to early March with an average daily high temperature below 10.6°C. The coldest month of the year is January, with an average low of -3.4°C and a high of 5.6°C.

During the winter months, Maryland experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly snowfall. The snowiest period of the year lasts about 4.5 months, from mid-November to late-March, with a sliding 31-day snowfall of at least 2.5 cm. The month with the most snow is February, with an average snowfall of 18.5 cm.

Suggested Clothing:

  • Fall (September-November): Light jackets, long-sleeve shirts, short-sleeve shirts, jeans/pants, zip-up sweatshirt, light sweaters, boots and ankle boots, sneakers, outerwear – denim jacket, flannel or leather jacket, cotton clothing
  • Winter (December-March): Boots, coat, hat, scarves, gloves, sweaters, sweatshirt, warm pants, socks, fleece jackets, flannel
  • Spring (April-June): Light jackets, light sweater, short-sleeved shirts, skirts/shorts, jean or khaki pants, sandals, sneakers

Residential students live in two dormitories on our upper campus. The Ziglar building houses the female students and the Old Main building is where the male residential students live. Each building has overnight monitoring and dorm parents living on-site, key card access, and alarms to ensure the safety of the students. We also have 24-7 camera surveillance on both campuses.

Students have designated study times each evening, as well as planned social activities. On the weekends, residential staff plan activities, trips, and events that will allow students to explore and experience much of what the region has to offer.

All dorm rooms include a bed, dresser, desk, and chair per student. Accommodations range from two to four students per room, depending on room sizes. Each room includes a private bathroom.

BOOKEEPING NOTE: To ensure your child’s transition to Springdale is as smooth as possible, we request a mandatory fee of $600 so that we may purchase the bedding and other supplies that each student will need upon arrival. You will receive an email from QuickBooks with an invoice for your child’s residential fees.

Prescription medications must be in original containers marked specifically with the student’s name, labeled by the pharmacist or prescriber. Over the counter medications must be in the original container with the manufacturer’s label intact.

All homeopathic/herbal prescriptions and non-prescription medicines require a parent AND authorized prescriber signature. In Maryland, an authorized prescriber is a physician, nurse practitioner, certified midwife, podiatrist, physician’s assistant, or dentist.

Students bringing medications to campus must have a completed medication authorization form for each prescription and non-prescription medication. Upon arrival, students will be required to provide the health office nurse and/or residential life staff with those forms.

There are several pharmacies located near campus. If your child needs to have prescriptions filled during their stay, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you with coordinating refills.

Food is permitted in the student rooms, but no cooking is allowed. Rooms must be kept clean and food must be properly stored. If that becomes an issue, we reserve the right to prohibit those students from having food in their rooms.

Students may purchase a mini refrigerator for their assigned room.

Dining Services/Meals

We provide three full meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). If your child has any food allergies or sensitivities or has dietary restrictions, please let us know prior to their arrival on campus.

Students will have the opportunity to purchase additional snacks and food from local restaurants at their own expense.

Students will have an opportunity to enroll in classes upon their arrival.

You may view the course catalog here.

The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:40 p.m. and consists of eight 50-minute instructional periods including lunch.

If you wish to have uniforms or other items shipped directly to the school prior to your child’s arrival, please address packages as follows:

 Student’s Name

c/o Daniele Tellish


1000 Green Valley Road

New Windsor, MD 21776


Please contact Daniele Tellish at [email protected]

with any questions or concerns.

I want to become a Global Citizen at Springdale Prep.

Springdale Preparatory School is a Maryland State Department of Education approved boarding and day academic community.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Springdale Preparatory School will not discriminate against students or employees on the basis of race; national or ethnic origin; religion; gender; sexual orientation; age; or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions decisions, employment practices, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs and activities.