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Barron Trump to attend Maryland school after White House move

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Image caption Barron Trump has been living in New York since his father's election victory

Barron Trump, US President Donald Trump's 11-year-old son, will attend a school outside Washington when he moves into the White House this summer.

Barron and his mother Melania, Mr Trump's third wife, are expected to leave Trump Tower in New York after the end of the current school year.

He will go to St Andrew's Episcopal School in Maryland, where tuition costs almost $40,000 (£31,000) per year.

There had been questions about when the First Family would move to Washington.

Mrs Trump said in a statement that St Andrew's was "known for its diverse community and commitment to academic excellence", adding: "We look forward to the coming school years."

Barron will be the first child of a president to attend the school, which is a 30-minute drive from the White House.

St Andrew's has refused to comment on their newest student, citing reasons of privacy.

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Image caption Barron has attended some events at the White House
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Image caption Melania posted this snap on Sunday

Recent First Daughters such as Sasha and Malia Obama have attended Sidwell Friends, a Quaker school with campuses in Washington and Maryland.

The White House announcement comes after St Andrew's sent a letter to parents on Friday, informing them of the First Family's decision.

St Andrew's had intended to wait until the summer to make the announcement in order to stave off possible protests while school was in session, the Washington Post reports.

But after parents began to hear rumours, the school sent out a letter, prompting Monday's statement from the White House.

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Image caption Seven-year-old Sasha Obama heads to school

Presidential schooling

  • Gerald Ford's daughter attended an all-girls prep school in Maryland, and held her senior prom at the White House
  • Jimmy Carter's daughter attended majority-African American public schools [known as state schools in the UK]
  • George W Bush's twin daughters graduated from a public high school in Texas before he entered the White House
  • Chelsea Clinton attended private school Sidwell Friends, and President Clinton spoke at her graduation
  • Both Obama girls attended Sidwell Friends, after Hillary Clinton persuaded the Obamas to send them there

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