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.
Fusion Academy is a revolutionary private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. We are a non-traditional community of learning with the smallest class size possible: one student and one teacher per classroom. This allows us to personalize curriculum for each student’s unique strengths, interests, and learning style. We are also able to customize scheduling; students may enroll at any time (even during the summer) and take classes at a time of day that works best for them.
Our supportive staff and campus environment provide a safe space for students to flourish emotionally, socially, and academically. It includes a state-of-the-art recording studio and a mixed-media art studio for students to express their creativity. Our Homework Café® is where students complete all their homework before they leave for the day with help and supervision from a teacher.
Classes are offered at three levels: essential, college prep, and honors. From algebra to yoga and everything in between, we have a wide variety of classes to choose from. Students can enroll full-time, take classes for credit, or utilize our tutoring services. In addition to academics, we partner with outside therapeutic professionals to support students’ emotional health and help foster a balanced life.
While it’s impossible to put our students into categories, we generally serve students with the following backgrounds: ADHD, accelerated/gifted learners, dyslexia, mild learning differences, social challenges, school anxiety, or students with challenging schedules. Students who attend Fusion have one thing in common: traditional school isn’t working.
Each student at Echelon Academy has a student Blueprint that specifies key learning goals and levels of achievement. Plans are designed by our director, teachers, and parents. Learning plans are reviewed and modified as necessary. Regularly, the school faculty meets to discuss and actively manage individual student progress.
Echelon Academy employs the very best research-based curriculum and instructional methodologies. Our curriculum content is carefully aligned to the learning standards outlined in the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum. Where necessary, appropriate modifications and adaptations are made to ensure all students can access academic material at personally challenging levels.
Echelon Academy offers a journey of engaged learning through the teaching of arts. A positive and encouraging learning community where achievement happens more efficiently and with ease as teachers and students work cooperatively, heading the same direction, traveling on the thrust of one another, standing by one another, and honking in encouragement.
Esh’e lan – a squadron V formation which allows geese to conserve energy by using the uplift of air from the goose in front of it. By flying in a V formation the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. This formation allows each bird to have an unobstructed field of vision, allowing flock members to see each other and communicate while in flight. The geese take turns leading; there isn’t one designated leader. As one bird tires, it drops to the back of the formation and another takes its place.
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.
PreK–grade 12 students at BASIS Independent McLean are active participants in a globally benchmarked curriculum brought to life by Subject Expert Teachers across disciplines. An array of electives and extracurriculars help students develop the knowledge, grit, and confidence to excel.
The German International School Washington D.C. is a private, co-educational institution with more than 500 students in preschool through 12th grade, set on a quiet campus in Potomac, Md. Representing more than 20 different nationalities, our student body is truly international, united by a shared interest in German language and culture. The only full-time German day school in Washington, we offer rigorous academics in a warm, multicultural setting.
The school has a challenging German curriculum mixed with some American elements. Graduates receive the globally recognized German International Abitur (DIA) as well as a high-school diploma from the state of Maryland. We have two academic focus areas: foreign languages and science. Students gain fluency in at least two languages and achieve mastery of biology, chemistry, and physics. Our teachers prize critical inquiry, teaching students how—not what—to think. On graduation, they are prepared to enter any prestigious university worldwide.
The German International School is accredited by the German Ministry of Education and Maryland Department of Education. Our German curriculum is based on that used in the state of Thuringia, known for its high academic standards.
Founded upon a deep appreciation for childhood, and an abiding belief in the necessity and power of parent/teacher partnership, The Langley School offers an exceptional community and an individually attuned academic curriculum – proving both to be mutually reinforcing and equally essential. Since 1942, our thoughtfully designed preschool through grade 8 program has shaped uncommonly optimistic, grounded, poised, and kind learners and thinkers – citizens of the world, wholly prepared to thrive in the nation’s top high schools, and to lead lives of integrity and self-defined purpose.
-Rigorous, engaging academic programs including Spanish starting in preschool, Chinese starting in grade 6, and hands-on science labs starting in grade 1
-Leadership experiences at every grade level, with eighth-graders (not high schoolers) serving as top role models
-Strong visual arts, music, and drama programs for all grades, with band, strings, and formal drama instruction beginning in grade 4
-Public speaking lessons starting in preschool
-Meaningful service learning and field trips, with overnight trips for grades 5-8
-Wide variety of team sports for grades 5-8, plus fun and challenging P.E. programs for all students
-State-of-the-art facilities, including brand-new Middle School, turf field, and green-screen media studio
-1:1 iPad program for grades 6-8, classroom iPads for grades K-3, innovation lab with 3-D printer, and digital citizenship instruction for all students
-Outdoor gardens that also serve as classrooms and a Classroom in the Sky with a “green” roof
-7:1 student/teacher ratio
-Bus service offering round-trip, one-way and half day transportation for all ages.
Thank you for your interest in Grace Episcopal School! We are still accepting applications for our preschool class, as well as our 2nd and 3rd grade for the 2018-2019 school year. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 703-549-5067. www.graceschoolalex.org
Acton Academy of Washington, DC, is a school that guides each child on a journey to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and discover a calling. Acton Academy challenges students to become the agents and primary drivers of their learning, the entrepreneurs of their own education and life calling.
For ages 3-6, Acton Montessori offers an authentic Montessori curriculum in a nurturing home-away-from-home environment. For ages 6-9, Acton Elementary combines Montessori principles with Socratic discussions and entrepreneurial projects, such as the Acton Children’s Business Fair of Washington, DC.
Trinity Christian School is a K-12, independent Christian school centrally located in Fairfax County, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Since its founding in 1987, Trinity has sought to educate the whole student by pursuing excellence for mind and heart. This necessarily involves the transmission of truth that engages the mind, grips the heart, and evokes a resonant response of service. Such knowledge encourages cohesive thinking and shapes godly character by establishing a consistent Christian worldview that is anchored in the creative, sustaining, and redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Our goal is that our students will be salt and light in their various vocations by living lives that challenge the prevailing culture and bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ by serving Him well in all places and at all times, whatever the cost.
In the forefront of this endeavor is a capable, committed, and Christian faculty, who encourage our students to think critically across the breadth of a rigorous curriculum. Our teachers strive to help each student be a good and faithful servant of God by thinking God’s thoughts after Him and by rightly interpreting and developing God’s creation for His glory according to His Word. The support of parents who consistently teach biblical knowledge in the home is an indispensable part of Trinity’s educational effort.