Capitol Learning Academy

Capitol Learning Academy

Elementary-aged students from varied backgrounds within Washington, DC need access to learning which values and highlights diversity, utilizes group and independent work skills, and incorporates relevant technology in order to be better prepared for the unknown, ever-changing future that awaits them. Capitol Learning Academy will fill this need by providing innovative learning experiences, based in problem-solving, to bolster curiosity and push students to think, explore, question and learn from themselves, technology resources, and their community.

Capitol Learning Academy will cater to families from all socioeconomic backgrounds of Washington, DC, through an indexed tuition model and forward thinking curriculum. The education model will put students at the center of their own learning, allowing them to spend the majority of their school day working in multi-age small groups to solve real-world problems, while developing skills and knowledge that apply to their group projects. Teachers will work with students in small groups throughout the day, to address foundational skills in math and literacy, and will facilitate students as they design their own learning path through experiences, technological exploration and community interactions.

New Adventures Learning Community

New Adventures Learning Community

New Adventures Learning Community

People learn best when it is something that interests them. Whether it be cooking, superheroes, history, science, whatever… we build that into our curriculum. While all students are learning the same skills, the way they are learning them is unique to each student.

The New Adventures Learning Community thoughtfully blends the best features of multiple educational traditions to create a student-centered academic approach providing both flexibility and accountability.

▪ Each student creates a personalized curriculum with family input and professional guidance. The student’s curriculum draws from his or her unique interests, passions and goals, and is implemented with the type of one-on-one educational coaching Homeschoolers enjoy.
▪ Students help plan their own daily and weekly schedules, taking charge of their education with professional on-site assistance. Like Montessori students, they learn at their own pace, progressing farther and faster in areas of strength, and taking more time to work through more challenging subject matter.
▪ Children are free to move, eat, and drink when they need to.
▪ There is no unnecessary stress, standardized testing, or required homework, though students may work on projects at home if they choose to.
▪ Students have daily opportunities to collaborate, teach, and learn from each other, and to socialize with peers and develop long-term friendships.

We have created a schedule that enables the students to choose their topics – for short term or long term projects. With a varied range of modalities, they learn the skills necessary for high school completion.

Ambleside School

Ambleside School

Ambleside School is a Christ-centered school committed to providing a Charlotte Mason “living education.” In partnership with the family, we guide and empower each student to think with the mind of Christ and to author a life rich in relationship to God, self, others, ideas, and all of creation.

Lowell School

Lowell School

Lowell School honors the individuality of each child. We give children time and space to grow and nurture the strengths of each individual. A fundamental understanding of the developmental stages of cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth informs all that we do with children. We foster intellectual and emotional self-reliance, with a guiding value of respect for each other. This approach provides the foundation for children to be highly motivated learners with a strong sense of self-worth and efficacy.

River Farm Cooperative School

River Farm Cooperative School

River Farm Cooperative School is accepting students (K – 8) for next year. Located on S. King’s Highway in Alexandria, our school features small class sizes, lots of outdoor time, and mixed-age classes. Academics are rigorous and individualized for each student.

· Small classes (maximum of 13 students) taught by passionate professional teachers

· Dynamic learning with a focus on creative play, movement, nature, and being outdoors

· Field trips to the many museums, parks, and cultural centers of the DC area.

· Field studies and advocacy work for middle schoolers

· Multiple outdoor and movement periods built into the school day

· Spanish classes

· School meets Monday through Friday, 8:45AM – 3:00PM

Sandy Spring Friends School

Sandy Spring Friends School

Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students from preschool age 3 through 12th Grade, with an optional boarding program in the Upper School. Founded in 1961, SSFS offers a deep and rigorous academic curriculum, character education rooted in universal Quaker principles, and a diverse and international student body that reflects today’s global community. SSFS sits on a pastoral 140-acre campus in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland, midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore – an ideal setting for intellectual contemplation, athletic training, diverse extracurricular pursuits, outdoor exploration, urban excursion, and personal growth.

Our School is located in Sandy Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County, about 17 miles from the White House and 20 miles west of Baltimore. Sandy Spring Friends School is on an amazing 140-acre park-like property that includes a swimming pond, an old-growth forest, streams, two solar arrays, and even an aerial park. We have approximately 600 students in preschool (age 3) through 12th grade, and 160 faculty and staff. While most students live in the neighborhood or have a short commute, our Upper School (9th-12th grades) also includes a boarding option (both five-day and seven-day) for about 80 students, including a robust international community.

Sandy Spring Friends School recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. It has always been and remains a close-knit community: innovative, diverse, proud of its Quaker heritage, and welcoming to all.

River School

River School

The River School is dedicated to children 18 months through third grade. The school’s innovative educational model pairs a master’s level educator and a speech language pathologist in each classroom, and focuses on language, literacy and social development. Classroom practice emphasizes experiential and collaborative learning, using thematic curriculum to seamlessly integrate literacy, math, science, drama, music, art, physical education and yoga.

The River School’s unique inclusion program is internationally acclaimed. Most students (85% or more) are children with normal hearing; each classroom includes a few children with hearing loss who use cochlear implants or hearing aids. The teaching team supports all of the children in the classroom, with every student greatly benefiting from the rich educational experience.

The River School is located in northwest Washington DC, west of Georgetown and convenient to the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. It offers the advantages of a neighborhood setting with a public library, shopping and parks nearby.

Katherine Thomas School

Katherine Thomas School

Katherine Thomas School (KTS) is an independent day school located in Rockville, Maryland. We have been empowering students with learning differences in Preschool – 12th grade since 1995. KTS provides an exceptional educational experience to children with language and learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, and/or other health impairments.

We serve over 130 students, both publicly funded and private pay, from Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia. The Katherine Thomas School holds certificates of approval from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) for Washington, DC. Our language-intensive curriculum includes the full range of courses mandated by the State of Maryland or other funding jurisdictions. We make extensive use of assistive technology, and our 50,000 square foot school is home to a Black Box Theatre, two music rooms, three fully equipped OT gyms, a teaching kitchen, and two art classrooms with a kiln.

Friends Community School

Friends Community School

Located in College Park, MD, Friends Community School is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school, founded on the belief that every child is a valued member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage.

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (Formerly JPDS-NC)

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (Formerly JPDS-NC)

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School (formerly JPDS-NC) is the only Jewish Day School in Washington, D.C. and provides collaborative and experiential learning with an engaging and flexible dual curriculum of general and Jewish studies to children in grades PK-7. Grade 8 will open in fall 2019. Milton delivers a top-notch education in every subject area, equipping graduates to succeed wherever their next steps lead them, as well as a deep grounding in Jewish values. The environment of the school is vibrantly pluralistic — students from across the spectrum of Jewish observance (and non-observance) are welcomed enthusiastically, as are interfaith families.