The Cathay School, formally Washington Cathay Future Center (WCFC) is an internationally recognized educational center with year round programs, early childhood, afterschool, seasonal camps, and more for children and families. Our aim is to cultivate students’ artistic expression, intellectual development, cultural identity and leadership potential.
The Cathay School
St. John’s Parish Day School
St. John’s Parish Day School is an Episcopal Day School serving children 3 years old through 5th grade. Programs include Daily Chapel, Science, Technology, Art, Spanish, Music, and PE. We set out every day to educate the whole person to excellence, nurturing each child’s full potential. Visit to experience why St. John’s has been a crown jewel of Howard County for more than 50 years. Schedule a private tour or attend an Open House. Please visit our website for more information.
For nearly half a century, St. John’s Parish Day School in Ellicott City, Md., has been providing the highest quality Episcopal education for children. We educate children with a stimulating and challenging academic curriculum in a culturally and economically diverse community. By creating a safe and nurturing environment for students to grow and to learn, we help them use their full potential and individual gifts.
At St. John’s, we provide an atmosphere that fosters spiritual grounding in the Christian tradition with respect for the dignity and beliefs of every human being. We promote an open, affirming, and inclusive community.
We promote the concepts of responsible global citizenship and active stewardship for the natural world, and we celebrate our status as a Maryland Green School. Our innovative curriculum and methodology, as well as our exceptional care and nurturing of every student, ensures that our graduates will go on to attend the best independent and public schools in the region.
The Sycamore School
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.
Capitol Learning Academy
Elementary-aged students from varied backgrounds within Washington, DC need access to learning which values and highlights diversity, utilizes group and independent work skills, and incorporates relevant technology in order to be better prepared for the unknown, ever-changing future that awaits them. Capitol Learning Academy will fill this need by providing innovative learning experiences, based in problem-solving, to bolster curiosity and push students to think, explore, question and learn from themselves, technology resources, and their community.
Capitol Learning Academy will cater to families from all socioeconomic backgrounds of Washington, DC, through an indexed tuition model and forward thinking curriculum. The education model will put students at the center of their own learning, allowing them to spend the majority of their school day working in multi-age small groups to solve real-world problems, while developing skills and knowledge that apply to their group projects. Teachers will work with students in small groups throughout the day, to address foundational skills in math and literacy, and will facilitate students as they design their own learning path through experiences, technological exploration and community interactions.
New Adventures Learning Community
New Adventures Learning Community
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.
Ambleside is a Christ-centered K-8 school located in McLean, Virginia, that applies the philosophy of British educator Charlotte Mason.
In partnership with the family, we encourage children to discover and embrace God’s truth, to link knowing with doing and to love learning.
Waterfront Academy is a dual immersion (Spanish and English) faith-based Montessori school with emphasis on charity and stewardship in the Catholic tradition. We serve children between 18 months to 8th grade through several of our programs: Pre-Primary, Primary, Elementary, and Middle School.
Acton Academy of Washington, DC
Acton Academy of Washington, DC, is a Montessori preschool and learner-driven elementary school in Foggy Bottom that guides each child on a journey to discover a calling and change the world.
For ages 3-6, Acton Montessori offers an authentic Montessori curriculum in a nurturing home-away-from-home environment. For grades 1-6, Acton elementary combines Montessori principles with Socratic discussions and real-world entrepreneurial projects, such as the Acton Children’s Business Fair.
Westminster’s overall program is based on the belief that children between the ages of three and fourteen are naturally dominated by curiosity and enthusiasm. To satisfy and stimulate this appetite for learning and accomplishment, Westminster presents a well-rounded, challenging curriculum steeped in the classics and enhanced by the arts. The purposeful classroom environment emphasizes thorough mastery of subject, high standards of achievement, good study habits, and personal responsibility.
Art and music classes are part of the weekly schedule for all grades and dance is included as a regular part of the PE program. A unique aspect to Westminster School is its drama program. All students participate in theater, performing in a class play every year, culminating with a Shakespeare play in the 7th grade and a Broadway musical in the 8th grade.
This rich and varied program is supported by extensive optional extracurricular clubs and activities, including Builders Club (community service), Chess, Chorus, Orchestra, French Club, Math Counts, Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, as well as team sports in basketball, soccer, softball, and track and field. Athletic competitions, art exhibitions, math contests, science fairs, and talent shows provide many opportunities for students to explore and share their talents.
Westminster parents appreciate that the daily school life is supported by an array of programs, including small-group teacher-provided academic support which is built into the school day, extended care, summer and intersession camps, frequent field trips, after-school enrichment classes, door-to-door bus service, and an optional lunch program.
The Washington New Church School
The Washington New Church School is a small but highly academic elementary-high school serving students from junior kindergarten through grade 10. Our teachers serve an average of 7 – 10 students in a classroom, so all get personal attention and encouragement to do their best. Our small classes also provide for a great family atmosphere in which young and old mix together at play times and older kids typically support the younger ones.
We are a distinctly Christian school. Each day begins with a chapel service or home room worship, and all the classes are infused with spiritual concepts and applications. You can learn more about this in the religious orientation page and in the interview that all new applicants have with the church pastor.