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Mysa School is a modern day version of a one room schoolhouse for students in grades K-5 at our Georgetown Campus and in grades 6-12 at our Bethesda Campus. At Mysa School each student has an individualized learning plan and uniquely tailored program of study. We emphasize learning outside of the classroom and take advantage of the resources in the greater DC area to discover, participate in, and learn about our world. To find out more or attend an Open House, please visit our website at www.mysaschool.org or give us a call at (301)-915-0955 to schedule a private visit.

Our Head and Founder, Siri Fiske’s article titled, “A Better Way to Teach the Gifted–And Everyone Else”, was recently published in The Wall Street Journal for her innovative ideas on K-12 education, many of which are embodied in our school.

Basic Facts

    Age Range:
    K - grade 12

    Years Established: 2015

    Enrollment: 40

    Tuition: $20,000

    Mission/Philosophy
    MYSA School is dedicated to creating a new model of schooling that is characterized by customization, collaboration, and curiosity. At MYSA School, caring adults work closely with students to build a tight-knit community in which students explore and understand the world. The school seeks to build a loving community of students and faculty who think critically and creatively and who value learning along with generosity of spirit.

    Available Hours:
    9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Contact Details

  • Address: 8011 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA
  • Zip Code: 20814
  • Phone: 410-991-6155
  • Website: http://mysaschool.org/

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  1. Our son is in his second year at Mysa’s upper school, and we couldn’t be more pleased. After several years in a large local public school system in Northern VA and a year of homeschooling, we can attest that Mysa offers the best of both worlds. Because of its small size, the teachers have the time to get to know each student well, both as a learner and as a person. Any time we have a parent-teacher conference or read a written report from his teachers, we’re amazed at how thoroughly they understand our son’s strengths, areas of need, and overall growth.

    As parents, we value that Mysa’s curriculum focuses on educating the whole student, fostering thoughtful and respectful conversations about real-world, relevant topics, as well as guiding students through the complexities of growing up and having friends in a diverse community. The opportunity to interact with a variety of peers from 6th to 12th grade throughout the day also means that students have a more natural community experience, rather than one in which a child spends 7 hours a day interacting only with people born within 9 months of him or herself. As a result, our son has made important strides in his personal and academic development.

    As educators ourselves, we appreciate that Mysa also offers a rigorous, mastery-based education that is both relevant and student driven. The cross-curricular Connect units challenge students to think about a topic through the lens of many school subjects, and also provide opportunities for real world, hands-on experiences through weekly field trips. In following MD state standards for learning, we also appreciate that we’ve never gotten a sense that the calendar dictates the curriculum — rather, our son can move as fast or as slow as he needs to in order to truly understand the material and to feel challenged.

    One of the aspects of Mysa’s one room schoolhouse style learning that our son most appreciates is that he can choose how and where to work. From a cozy corner with bean bag chairs to a living room setting to a more formal set up with tables and chairs, each student is allowed to find the learning environment that works best for him or her during individual work time. Since he gets a menu of work at the beginning of each week, he can choose which subjects to work on depending on his level of focus and energy. And, like in the real world, if he needs to take a short break, he can do that. Of course, when he over-indulges in break time, the natural consequence of school work rolling over into the weekend has been an important lesson in itself. The kind of self-reflection on his own work habits and needs is just not possible in most highly-structured, teacher-driven classrooms, and it’s a skill that will serve him well throughout his life.

    Mysa has been a wonderful place for our bright, unique child. We have seen him grown in curiosity and confidence since joining the community, and we look forward to seeing his continued growth.

  2. My daughter is in her third year at Mysa and we are very happy with the environment there. The staff are very approachable and keep us regularly informed about what is going on in the school.
    The programming has pushed my daughter to develop excellent thinking, writing and communication skills. My daughter has always been above level with math, because I have worked outside of school and wanted to instill my love of problem solving. Aleks is no longer being used, but I had no issues with using it as an educational and tracking tool.
    One thing my wife and I really appreciate about Mysa is the one-room school philosophy. This allows students of different grades to interact and builds better interpersonal skills. After a dharma talk that we attended, my daughter started a conversation with an adult acquaintance of ours, which is unusual for a teenager. I attribute that openness to Mysa philosophy. There is a big focus on developing the person as well as the academics, something that is really missing in a lot of private schools in the DC area. While this is really the parents’ responsibility, the support we have gotten and the feedback they have given us has been invaluable.
    The smaller school size means also that the staff can build relationships with the students and the parents. There is a real sense of community, something I have not seen in other schools in the area. Additionally the staff has done a good job of picking kids that get along, we have not had to deal with any serious behavioral issues. Another benefit with the size of the student body is that issues are discovered more quickly and can therefore be dealt with quickly.
    One of the reasons we wanted to get our daughter in a smaller school like Mysa was out of security concerns. We have seen Mysa staff act decisively to eliminate any issues that we perceived and we are confident that they will continue to keep our interests in mind. If we were just not shopping for a school, we would definitely pick Mysa again. Our daughter really enjoys going to school every day. How many kids can say that? Ours can.

  3. Whatever you do, do not enroll your child in this school.

    I went to this school for a full year, and though there were areas in which they were helpful, I have some grievances and suggestions to make.

    Earlier in the year, due to unfortunate health circumstances, I had to be admitted into a therapy center for anxiety/depression. During my time there, my mental health circumstances improved, and when they were deemed stable enough, I was discharged.

    This school, believing the opinions of medical professionals not to be accurate enough, then refused to let me return for another week, which was, as you can imagine, fairly detrimental to my mental health and healing process.

    While this would have been problematic enough on its own, they proceeded to also threaten to expel me, though I had not done anything at all to harm other students or staff.

    In addition, I struggled to learn much at all in this environment.

    Although the school was focused on minimising stress, which was useful, they seemed to forget to maximise education, as schools are generally expected to do.

    In previous years in a public school, I was a straight As and Bs student, whereas when I enrolled into MYSA school (whose math program is 90% online, on a math application called ALEKS), I noticed I was retaining far less information, and performed significantly worse in county-wide tests.

    Also, my math teacher wasn’t able to finish giving us a full year’s education of algebra because of our “busy schedules”, and had a plan to resume algebra for a few months in the beginning of the next school year. This just starts a cycle of students being behind in their math education.

    Furthermore, my family had to pay an additional hundreds of dollars in tutoring fees over this summer to get me back to grade school standards for the following year.

    Along with this, a certain teacher of mine, who was otherwise perfectly acceptable, voiced the opinion to me that she does not support LGBT+ people.

    This is an incredibly inappropriate statement to make to a student, especially with openly LGBT+ pupils in the room. I would hope teachers would be trained more effectively in future, as a statement like this which she could well make to other students more sensitive about this topic, could severely damage their mental wellbeing.

    I was scared into not speaking to them about these issues due to past events such as them threatening to expel me over hearing that I might write a mediocre review for them, which is a violation of my first amendment rights.

    I know there are many positive reviews on this school, but unfortunately, many of those who have had negative experiences have been too intimidated by the school system and staff to speak up.

    All in all, although I sought MYSA school for refuge over sexist harassment, I now feel I would’ve been better off staying in the public school system, as I learned much less in this school – and had to endure so much more from the teachers – than I would have in a public school setting.

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