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The Primary Day School

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The Primary Day School in Bethesda, Maryland, is a school for boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2. We are the only school in the area that focuses exclusively on children in this unique age group, and we do so for a very important reason. These are the most crucial learning years in children’s lives, a time when they are bursting with potential, ready for quantum leaps of development. At Primary Day, everything we do focuses on helping young children flourish—as learners and as people—during this vitally important time of life.

Basic Facts

    Age Range:
    PK - Grade 2

    Years Established: 1944

    Enrollment: 125

    Tuition: $21,500 - $27,500

    Who you serve:
    Co-ed, Elementary, Preschool

    Mission/Philosophy
    MISSION STATEMENT
    The Primary Day School, a demonstration school for the Phonovisual Method, is a nondenominational, diverse, coeducational, independent school for children in Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade. The school’s warm and supportive atmosphere encourages the development of students intellectually, morally, physically and emotionally, according to each child’s gifts and talents.

    PHILOSOPHY
    The faculty and staff of The Primary Day School are dedicated to the principle that success in mastering skills in the primary grades fosters confidence, builds security, encourages independence and creates a positive pattern for the child’s future. The school’s task is to nurture a love of learning in our students. As the children become proficient with the core subjects, they experience pride in their daily accomplishments. Efficient and organized work habits are cultivated for productive, enthusiastic learning. When the educational journey begins with a solid foundation, we believe a good end is assured.

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  1. The new leadership at PDS is fantastic. Mr. Lawrence has done an admirable job and the families appreciate all the hard work the community puts in to make it a great school. My son has thrived and grown into a well-balanced (very) young man. Thank you, PDS!!

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