Founded in 1901, Holton-Arms School is a college-preparatory school for girls grades 3-12 dedicated to the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.*”
The School provides rigorous and dynamic programs in the traditional academic areas, the fine and performing arts, and athletics. Here, young women of diverse backgrounds can take risks, learn from mistakes, pursue opportunities for leadership, and build lifelong friendships. Holton-Arms is a vibrant community that values consistency and order as well as creativity and freedom.
We seek to develop personal integrity and the sense of responsibility that help young women to make wise and ethical choices. We work to build the values of respect, compassion, and service to others, within the School and in local, national, and global communities.
We believe that with intellectual curiosity, self-reliance, tenacity of purpose, and commitment to others, Holton women will make a difference in a complex and changing world.
For more than one hundred years, St. Albans School has educated boys well. Here, boys learn to solve differential equations, construct castles and catapults, parse Chinese poetry and Latin history, reenact a scene from Shakespeare, and reargue a historic debate. They race underwater robots in the swimming pool and send lab experiments into outer space. They learn how to think and read critically and to write clearly.
Many boys come to St. Albans School because of the school’s rigorous college-preparatory program. They graduate, I hope, with something more. The long view, for our boys, involves the pursuit of wisdom and of a demanding and satisfying life, preferably dedicated to the service of others.
As an Episcopal school standing beside Washington National Cathedral, St. Albans places great emphasis upon boys’ moral and spiritual education. Our community welcomes faculty and students from all faiths and backgrounds. We encourage boys to find their strengths in many spheres: sports and arts are not extracurricular activities here; they are essential elements of our course of study.
St. Albans students thrive thanks to close relationships with their teachers and fellow students, cultivated in chapel, on the sidelines, in small seminars, and during daily family-style lunches. The school’s welcoming and caring environment helps boys discover the strength they need to achieve their goals, to pursue their talents, and, ultimately, to find wisdom and joy in life.
The Auburn School grows the social and academic potential of bright students with social and communication challenges, simultaneously supporting the development of academic skills, social competency and pragmatic language in an engaging educational environment.
Flint Hill School
Flint Hill School is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent JK-12 day school in metropolitan Washington, DC. Flint Hill was founded in 1956 with a simple idea: to provide students with the opportunities afforded by an exemplary education. Nearly sixty years later, Flint Hill provides an exceptional education that celebrates innovation, a balance between academic and extracurricular pursuits and learning within a community that cares. Families are drawn to Flint Hill by the impressive quality and array of opportunities available to their children – in and outside of the classroom – and the confident, compassionate and fearless graduates they become.
At Bullis School, we believe that the best education is achieved through balance. Here, students learn and grow, discover academic and extra-curricular passions, value community, develop lifelong skills and are happier and more confident because of the balance we provide.
Offering a challenging curriculum that includes signature programs in STEM, Entrepreneurship, Humanities & Global Studies, and Visual & Performing Arts, Bullis provides students unique opportunities to determine their future path within an environment that develops global leaders who enthusiastically embrace challenge, exhibit strong character and cultivate community.
McLean School is transformative. An independent, co-educational, K-12 day school in Potomac, Maryland, McLean has for sixty years been helping bright students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes, differentiated instruction and individualized program enhancement. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning differences—including language-based differences, ADHD, and anxiety. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
McLean distinguishes itself through its readiness to accelerate students in areas of strength while supporting them in others. Our Upper School curriculum offers an extensive selection of AP and honors classes.
McLean graduates have gained acceptances to colleges and universities such as Berklee College of Music, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Vassar. These placements are a tribute to the fine quality of our students, teachers and program. For each student, we seek to find the right college; not just the most selective one.
Always a leader in teaching to individual aptitudes and achievement levels, McLean is now also at the forefront among east coast schools of implementing Mindful practices. A rapidly growing body of scientific research shows that mindful practice reduces stress and aids in focus, performance, and the learning process overall.
To see McLean up close is to see a school that transforms lives.
Georgetown Day School – Lower and Middle School
Georgetown Day School – Lower and Middle School honors the integrity and worth of each individual within a diverse school community. GDS is dedicated to providing a supportive educational atmosphere in which teachers challenge the intellectual, creative, and physical abilities of our students and foster strength of character and concern for others. From the earliest grades, we encourage our students to wonder, to inquire, and to be self-reliant, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
eorgetown Day School opened its doors in 1945 as the first integrated school in a segregated city. We were founded by seven families who sought to create a school committed to academic excellence, educational innovation, and social justice. Our founders intuited what new research now proves—diverse learning environments are academically superior and allow students to enter the world with a rich appreciation of and respect for others.
Today, a GDS education is one that prepares students for an uncertain future because we live our founding mission every day.
While we would be hard-pressed to predict the details of life nearly two decades hence, we can with a fair degree of accuracy anticipate the skills and capacities that our children will need to have a meaningful impact in this changed world. These same skills (at right) lie at the heart of a GDS education. Our curriculum ensures that our students have the opportunity to learn, practice, and ultimately, master these skills during their time at GDS.
We don’t offer courses that focus explicitly on risk-taking or solving complex problems, and yet these and our other “A GDS Student Will …” capacities are taught and reinforced continually. We teach these skills through a challenging physics lab or a hard-fought soccer game, when building a city out of blocks or exploring constitutional issues on Capitol Hill, when sitting in the hallway discussing an assignment or designing a set for our latest theater production.
What is essential is that throughout our program, these skills are identified, nurtured, and assessed with intention. These skills, as we have defined them, will foster in our students both the will and capacity to change the world in ways that each generation is called to do.
Landon School prepares talented boys for productive lives as accomplished, responsible and caring men whose actions are guided by the principles of perseverance, teamwork, honor and fair play.
Landon is a place where we encourage the boys to strive, to reach, to endeavor towards becoming their best selves. It is a place with a highly challenging and dynamic academic program that prepares the boys for the finest colleges and universities in the country. And it is a place with a robust co-curricular program that helps the boys to live fully into their potential and become accomplished in myriad ways, from the arts to athletics to service to leadership. Indeed, it is not uncommon to see a Landon boy running across campus from an English class to a football practice toting a cello on his back. This is how Landon boys live. For here we seek not just excellence, but balanced excellence.
The Potomac School is an Independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, D.C.
Since its founding, The Potomac School has steadfastly believed that developing a student’s character is as important as educating for intellectual growth. Informed by values, students learn to use their intellect and skills productively and in service to others. The school has identified the following five core values as the ethical and moral guideposts that enable all of us in the Potomac community to develop good judgment and live principled lives:
The Potomac School strives to be a great school. Our mission, simply put, is to prepare students to achieve academically and to live healthy, principled, and successful lives. The three dynamic women who founded our school set out with this mission in 1904, and it is still what makes Potomac one of the finest independent K-12 day schools in the nation today.
The Madeira School is an independent, college preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12, located on a scenic 376-acre campus just miles from Washington, DC. Our award-winning Co-Curriculum experiential learning program provides internships similar to those offered by colleges. For five weeks each year, girls learn from experience in settings beyond the classroom. Sophomores engage in service, juniors serve on Capitol Hill, and seniors pursue a career interest or passion. Over their four years, Madeira graduates build confidence, leadership skills, and an impressive resume.