Barron Trump’s Presence at Private School in Potomac Will ‘Change Tenor,’ Parent Says
Parent Says School community learned this week that president’s son will attend in the fall
Barron Trump (left) stands with his parents in April at the kickoff of the Easter Egg Roll at the White House.
Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian
Montgomery County residents and officials are taking a measured approach to the news that President Donald Trump’s son will attend private school in Potomac.
News broke earlier this week that 11-year-old Barron Trump would be enrolling at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School this fall, and parents on Monday received a letter from the head of school informing them that the press accounts were true.
“It’s going to change things. It remains to be seen if the net of those changes are going to be mostly positive or if there’s some potential negatives,” said Allan Freedman, whose daughter is a student at St. Andrew’s. “An empty van across the street right now is an empty van across the street. But if the president’s son is in the building, it changes the tenor.”
Officials with Montgomery County Public Schools and the Montgomery County Police Department had little to say about any potential effects on them.
The private school, which is roughly 20 miles from the White House, sits next door to Herbert Hoover Middle School and a couple blocks away from Winston Churchill High School. No one has contacted MCPS to discuss motorcade traffic or other possible impacts, a school system spokesman said. A Montgomery County Police Department spokesman said his agency isn’t expecting to commit resources to dealing with transportation or security issues.
“There’s been dignitaries in the past that have lived in or around Montgomery County and have elected to school their children in Montgomery County, and there hasn’t been an impact in the past either on the department or on traffic,” Capt. Paul Starks said.
First Lady Melania Trump released a statement praising St. Andrew’s for its academic excellence and diverse community. The preparatory day school founded in 1978 has about 580 students in preschool through 12th grade, and its website boasts that 100 percent of its graduates go on to attend college. One of the St. Andrew’s alumni is eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, who has become a strong financial supporter of the school.
Lesson plans at St. Andrew’s draw on the latest research on the brain and education science, and teachers receive ongoing training at the innovative Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, which was launched in 2011.
“I don’t think there’s a finer school in the D.C. area,” said Freedman of Bethesda, whose daughter is in the 10th grade.
Freedman said he's glad Barron will get to enjoy the excellent education the school provides.
He added that spirituality is woven into the school’s fabric, but many religions are represented in the community; the St. Andrew’s website reports that 16 percent of students are Episcopal and 23 percent belong to other Christian denominations. President Trump has a Presbyterian family background.