The Sycamore School

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The Sycamore School 5

The Sycamore School is an experiential, lower-stress 5th-12th grade school in Arlington, VA serving students through personalized and self-paced instruction. No homework for 5-8th grades; field trips weekly; interdisciplinary learning. We place equal emphasis on social-emotional development, academic development and civic engagement.

Basic facts

  • Available Spots:  We have (3) or more spots in grades 5-10.
  • Age Range:  Grades 5-12
  • Years Established:   2017
  • Enrollment:  35
  • Average Class Size:  10
  • Tuition:  24,000
  • Who you serve:  Co-ed, Elementary, High School, Middle School
  • Mission/Philosophy:  

    Our Mission
    To provide a dynamic, nurturing and personalized education that inspires a passion for learning, self-discovery and connection to the community.

    Our Vision
    To cultivate engaged, independent lifelong learners who can think critically and apply their knowledge to real-world experiences in order to achieve personal success and contribute positively to their community.

    Our Core Values:
    1. Respect - The Sycamore School is committed to promoting tolerance, kindness and acceptance of diverse beliefs, backgrounds and lifestyles; we emphasize empathy in our community to cultivate kindness, generosity and a forgiving spirit.

    2. Diversity - Having a diverse educational community enriches experiences for all our learners. We embrace a variety of learners with varied strengths and struggles; we support ethnic, religious, cultural, political, economic and sexual diversity and we are a community that celebrates our differences.

    3. Flexibility – We encourage our staff and students to engage in creative problem solving and to keep an open mind, welcoming new opportunities and ways of learn

    4. Creativity – We emphasize using your imagination to generate original ideas and think outside the box.

    5. Resiliency – We encourage our students to take risks, push through obstacles and not be afraid to make mistakes.

    6. Intellectual curiosity- We want our students engaged in the learning process, so we encourage asking questions, having a voice and active investigation in learning.

    7. Personal Responsibility – Students need to be invested in their learning, initiate engagement in the learning process and own their behavior, decisions and actions.

    8. Mindfulness – We cultivate self-awareness so that students can be more present in their learning.

    9. Connection with the community - We think it’s important that students learn how to positively interact with others and develop an increased awareness and involvement in their local, state, national and global community; by helping others, we learn more about ourselves. Giving students opportunities to help others empowers them to be of service.

    10. Safe and Nurturing Environment - Students need to feel safe in order to take academic and social risks; they need to be supported in recognizing their strengths in order to achieve their potential.

  • Capacity:   60

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