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US: Youngest Trump to head to private school in Maryland this fall

Melania said the school is known for its "academic excellence". Pic: Reuters/Joshua Roberts.

The suspense over where another Trump offspring will be going to school is now finally over, with the White House announcing this week Barron will be heading to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School this fall.

Barron, son of United States President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, will attend the private co-ed, college-preparatory school, located just 15 miles (24.14km) northwest of the White House.

“We are very excited for our son to attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal School,” the First Lady said in a statement, as reported by NPR.

“It is known for its diverse community and commitment to academic excellence. The mission of St. Andrew’s is ‘to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service,’ all of which appealed to our family. We look forward to the coming school years at St. Andrew’s.”

Last week, Barron’s stepsister Tiffany announced she had chosen Georgetown University to pursue her studies, ending months of speculation.

The decision to send Barron to St Andrew’s wraps up similar speculation, first over where the youngest Trump would go to school and secondly, on whether Melania and Barron would move from their current quarters at Trump Tower in New York.

Barron will start at the sixth grade at St Andrew’s, where middle-school tuition for the coming year will cost US$38,590, the Washington Post reports. He is currently studying at the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The first family is set to reunite this fall. Source: Reuters/Jim Bourg/File Photo.

Founded in 1978, St Andrew’s enrolls 580 students from preschool through the 12th grade.

The Post also published the letter sent to the school’s families, which said, among assurances security and logistics will continue smoothly and discreetly:

“As we came to know Barron through the admission process, it became clear he, like all of our newly enrolled students, will be a great addition to St. Andrew’s.”

The former first family had sent their daughters to Sidwell Friends. Source: Reuters/Kamil Krzaczynski.

Barron follows in the footsteps of nearly all other former presidential offsprings in going to a private school instead of a public one.

However, the Trumps will break the trend of recent ex-presidents who sent their children to Sidwell Friends, a highly selective Quaker school located in Maryland and Washington, DC. Malia and Sasha Obama attended Sidwell, as did Chelsea Clinton.

St Andrew’s is known as a pioneer in using brain-based research to help students from all academic abilities to do well. The school says in addition to its “integral” focus on sports, all its graduates go on to prestigious colleges, including Ivy League schools, small liberal arts colleges, state schools, and schools of art, engineering and design.

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