Lowell School honors the individuality of each child. We give children time and space to grow and nurture the strengths of each individual. A fundamental understanding of the developmental stages of cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth informs all that we do with children. We foster intellectual and emotional self-reliance, with a guiding value of respect for each other. This approach provides the foundation for children to be highly motivated learners with a strong sense of self-worth and efficacy.
The Langley School
Founded upon a deep appreciation for childhood, and an abiding belief in the necessity and power of parent/teacher partnership, The Langley School offers an exceptional community and an individually attuned academic curriculum – proving both to be mutually reinforcing and equally essential. Since 1942, our thoughtfully designed preschool through grade 8 program has shaped uncommonly optimistic, grounded, poised, and kind learners and thinkers – citizens of the world, wholly prepared to thrive in the nation’s top high schools, and to lead lives of integrity and self-defined purpose.
-Rigorous, engaging academic programs including Spanish starting in preschool, Chinese starting in grade 6, and hands-on science labs starting in grade 1
-Leadership experiences at every grade level, with eighth-graders (not high schoolers) serving as top role models
-Strong visual arts, music, and drama programs for all grades, with band, strings, and formal drama instruction beginning in grade 4
-Public speaking lessons starting in preschool
-Meaningful service learning and field trips, with overnight trips for grades 5-8
-Wide variety of team sports for grades 5-8, plus fun and challenging P.E. programs for all students
-State-of-the-art facilities, including brand-new Middle School, turf field, and green-screen media studio
-1:1 iPad program for grades 6-8, classroom iPads for grades K-3, innovation lab with 3-D printer, and digital citizenship instruction for all students
-Outdoor gardens that also serve as classrooms and a Classroom in the Sky with a “green” roof
-7:1 student/teacher ratio
-Bus service offering round-trip, one-way and half day transportation for all ages.
Flint Hill School
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.
Commonwealth Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for average to gifted students who benefit from small classes and instruction designed to address various learning styles, including those students who have organizational, attention, or learning differences.
We empower students in Grades 3–12 to reach their highest achievement levels, reflective of their true potential, by teaching personal responsibility for learning and behavior in a comfortable community, conducive to academic risk-taking and social success. We offer a broad-based curriculum, compensatory strategies, and a focus on technology to prepare our students for the challenges of college, career, and life pursuits.
Washington Episcopal School
Kind. Confident. Prepared.
Washington Episcopal School challenges Early Childhood, Primary, Elementary, and Middle School students to embrace academic rigor in an appropriately balanced and supportive environment. We are a diverse, inclusive community that respects individual differences, develops every child’s unique talents, and fosters learning inside and outside the classroom. Here, children stand out without burning out.
What Makes Our School Unique
spirit of achievement
Academic rigor is balanced with child-centered focus and support. Students are well prepared for success in high school and beyond.
spirit of community
All are welcome in our diverse, inclusive, and supportive community with small class sizes taught by talented and dedicated faculty.
spirit of adventure
Field and study trips broaden world views, foster personal growth, and create thoughtful world citizens.
spirit of creativity
Visual and performance arts are abundantly integrated into the program.
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for girls, Grades 1-12, with a coeducational Early Childhood Program serving infants through Kindergarten located in Bethesda, MD. Bus transportation is available for DC, MD, and VA.
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.
Green Acres School
Green Acres School
Green Acres School is an Age 3 to Grade 8 progressive school located in North Bethesda, MD. Since 1934, Green Acres School has challenged and inspired students to live and learn with intellect, curiosity, determination, joy, and compassion. The school is considered the leading progressive school in the nation.
Green Acres School ignites a love of learning in every child, providing students with meaningful, rigorous challenges that empower them to tap into their intellect, curiosity, compassion, determination, and innate joy for learning.
Teachers at Green Acres are experts in education and child development. They skillfully blend innovation, brain research, and tradition to help students develop into determined makers and risk takers, and driven learners. Green Acres graduates find success in high school, college, and beyond, using their solid intellectual foundation, creativity, and strong ethical framework to emerge as leaders in a wide variety of disciplines.
Located on 15 wooded acres in North Bethesda, learning at Green Acres extends into the forest and streams—particularly advantageous for STEAM learning across all divisions—playgrounds, and athletic fields. The school was named a Maryland Green School in 2015.
Georgetown Day School – Lower and Middle School
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.