An elite private school that costs $60,000 a year is at the center of the political world right now thanks to alums Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch - take a look inside

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  • Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, is the alma mater of both Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
  • The private school costs between $37,000 and $60,000 a year and features a recording studio, a swimming pool and a nine-hole golf course.
  • Georgetown Prep is one of the most elite boarding schools in the country, with an acceptance rate of just 23%.


Georgetown Preparatory School isn't your average high school.

Located in suburban Bethesda, Maryland, Georgetown Prep's 93-acre campus features perks like a recording studio, a swimming pool and a nine-hole golf course. A year's tuition at the all-boys Catholic school costs as much as $60,000.

In less than a month, the Supreme Court could feature two Georgetown Prep alumni - Neil Gorsuch graduated in 1985, while nominee Brett Kavanaugh graduated in 1983.

Here's a look inside one of America's most elite high schools that's at the center of the political world right now:

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Georgetown Preparatory School is an all-boys private high school in suburban Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.

Georgetown Preparatory School is an all-boys private high school in suburban Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.

Source: Georgetown Prep

The sprawling 93-acre campus features a recording studio, student lounges, a swimming pool, an indoor track, and a nine-hole golf course.

The sprawling 93-acre campus features a recording studio, student lounges, a swimming pool, an indoor track, and a nine-hole golf course.

Source: Georgetown Prep

Tuition for Georgetown Prep costs $37,215 a year …

Tuition for Georgetown Prep costs $37,215 a year …

Source: Georgetown Prep

… or $60,280 a year for the students who live on campus. About 26% of applicants receive some form of financial aid, the school said.

… or $60,280 a year for the students who live on campus. About 26% of applicants receive some form of financial aid, the school said.

Source: Georgetown Prep

Georgetown Prep is considered one of the top Catholic private schools in the country, according to rankings from Niche. It's also one of the most elite, with an acceptance rate of just 23%.

Georgetown Prep is considered one of the top Catholic private schools in the country, according to rankings from Niche. It's also one of the most elite, with an acceptance rate of just 23%.

Source: Niche and Business Insider

The school dates back to 1789, when it shared a campus with Georgetown University. The Jesuit-affiliated schools were the brainchild of John Carroll, the first bishop and archbishop in the US.

The school dates back to 1789, when it shared a campus with Georgetown University. The Jesuit-affiliated schools were the brainchild of John Carroll, the first bishop and archbishop in the US.

Source: Georgetown Prep

The campus is filled with religious symbols, like this statue of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

The campus is filled with religious symbols, like this statue of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Source: Georgetown Prep

About 500 students attend Georgetown Prep, and the average class size is 16 students, according to the school's site.

About 500 students attend Georgetown Prep, and the average class size is 16 students, according to the school's site.

Source: Georgetown Prep

Students must follow a strict dress code: a navy blazer, khaki pants, brown or black dress shoes, and a "tasteful necktie." Students also must be clean-shaven and maintain a neat, short haircut.

Students must follow a strict dress code: a navy blazer, khaki pants, brown or black dress shoes, and a "tasteful necktie." Students also must be clean-shaven and maintain  a neat, short haircut.

Source: Georgetown Prep

When the weather heats up in April, students are allowed to leave the blazers at home.

When the weather heats up in April, students are allowed to leave the blazers at home.

Source: Georgetown Prep

The campus looks more like a college than a high school.

The campus looks more like a college than a high school.

Apart from secular courses, students also take four years of religious studies to graduate.

Apart from secular courses, students also take four years of religious studies to graduate.

Source: Georgetown Prep

The school boasts that 100% of its students go on to attend a four-year university.

The school boasts that 100% of its students go on to attend a four-year university.

Source: Georgetown Prep

Service is a required component of the Georgetown Prep curriculum. Rising seniors take summer service trips to places like Nicaragua and Senegal, as well as underserved communities closer to home like Baltimore and New Orleans.

Service is a required component of the Georgetown Prep curriculum. Rising seniors  take summer service trips to places like Nicaragua and Senegal, as well as underserved communities closer to home like Baltimore and New Orleans.

Source: Georgetown Prep

Georgetown Prep has seen renewed attention for being the alma mater of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Georgetown Prep has seen renewed attention for being the alma mater of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Source: Washington Post

In his remarks at the White House last month, Kavanaugh gave a nod to the school: "The motto of my Jesuit high school was 'Men for others.' I’ve tried to live that creed," he said.

In his remarks at the White House last month, Kavanaugh gave a nod to the school: "The motto of my Jesuit high school was 'Men for others.' I’ve tried to live that creed," he said.

Source: White House

Georgetown Prep also happens to be the alma mater of Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 2017. Gorsuch graduated in 1985, two years after Kavanaugh.

Georgetown Prep also happens to be the alma mater of Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 2017. Gorsuch graduated in 1985, two years after Kavanaugh.

Source: New York Times

Kavanaugh's nomination was well-received on campus. "Certainly it’s a feather in their cap," Kevin Dowd, Kavanaugh's high school basketball coach, told The New York Times. "I just hope they don’t get carried away and raise tuition."

Kavanaugh's nomination was well-received on campus. "Certainly it’s a feather in their cap," Kevin Dowd, Kavanaugh's high school basketball coach, told The New York Times. "I just hope they don’t get carried away and raise tuition."

Source: The New York Times

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