Serving God... by Serving Others Submitted by St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic School St. Jane de Chantal Parochial School welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. The common thread weaving academic curriculum into our traditional Catholic faith is "students serving God by serving others." In helping teachers, fellow students, outside organizations and community, children develop into confident individuals accepting personal responsibility and excelling as Christians in today's society. Since 1953, the school has provided a secure and nurturing environment where positive reinforcement and the Gospel message are spread through participation in various activities and social justice projects. A special ceremony where all students renew their commitment to social justice through their many school-wide giving projects is a tradition that marks the beginning of each school year. With all grades in attendance in church at the Commissioning Service, Principal Elizabeth Hamilton reminds students of their call to reach out and help others. “Each of us is called to be an advocate for social justice because this is when we truly become Christ’s disciples in service.” Representatives from some of the school’s giving projects come forward to talk about them. Some of the projects discussed this year were “Pennies from Heaven,” which collects pennies and loose change for surgery for needy children with facial deformities through "Operation Smile;" the Fall and Spring Walkathons benefiting the homeless and diabetes research; the Thanksgiving Day Food Drive for the Assumption Parish Outreach program; "Project Shoebox," where students pack and decorate shoeboxes filled with personal items for the homeless; "Adopt a Family" gifts, which are wrapped and presented to selected families at Christmas time; “Hoops for Heart,” which raises money around Valentine’s Day for the American Heart Association; Easter Baskets, which are given to the elderly and handicapped shut-ins at the Missionaries of Charity; and “Locks for Love,” in which students grew out their hair during the summer and donated up to 10 inches to an organization that makes wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy. During the ceremony, representatives from each grade place an electric candle in a box at the foot of Mary’s statue to represent themselves as being the “Light of Christ to others.” Mrs. Hamilton and Msgr. Donald Essex also place candles in the box. Each student and all the teachers and staff also sign and date their program to signify being commissioned as “a Disciple in Service and a Channel of Peace” at de Chantal School. The simple tradition serves as a reminder of the many things the students do to help others and the responsibility they carry for making a difference in God’s world. Students at St. Jane de Chantal took on special Lenten projects during the holy season to Page 2
reach out to others in need. On the suggestion of one of the parishioners, Mrs. Rita Burke’s firstgrade class made Lenten sacrifices to raise money for the children of the poverty-stricken Chulucanas Archdiocese in northern Peru. The first-graders cut out and decorated paper hearts and performed jobs at home to raise money to buy school supplies for the children. The class raised $70 and sent their hearts and money to the Augustinian Mission’s “Heart to Heart” program for the Chulucanas. Through the program, the Chulucanas children trade the paper hearts in for new school supplies. The de Chantal firstgraders’ $70 gave 35 children new supplies, and in return the students received a very satisfying lesson on the power of small acts of kindness. Ms. Cathy Ervin’s sixth-grade class also created a Lenten giving project called “Operation Pottery Bowl,” modeled after the Catholic Relief Services’ “Operation Rice Bowl.” In this case, money and supplies were collected to donate to a Navajo Indian Reservation in Thoreau, New Mexico and the St. Bonaventure Indian and Mission School. Students collected money as well as used clothing, toys, blankets and personal supplies. The supplies were shipped directly to the school and Ms. Ervin hand-delivered the money, which went toward buying food and water. Ms. Ervin taught math and science at this mission and has kept a close connection with its residents, returning to visit every year. In addition to service work, students and teachers enjoy class activities. The Kindergarten kicked off Spring by performing "The Tale of Peter Rabbit: An Operetta." The sixth-graders, along with lower school "munchkins," produced "The Wizard of Oz" to standing ovations. The fourth-graders dressed the part and sang "Songs Across America." Each grade and class studied a foreign country, while learning about its history and culture. Students displayed their talents at the annual Art and Science Fairs. The school band performed in competitions and the choir went to Italy last summer and sang at the Vatican for the Pope. Fun activities like Field Day, Secret Santa, Field Trips, Spring Fling and Spirit Week offer students unique chances to express themselves. And language, computers, library, PE, resource/enrichment programs, SMART technology learning boards, hot lunches, and the extended day program all combine to round out a complete day at St. Jane de Chantal. Our school is an extension of our parish and is a true community. Religion is the centerpiece of the school. Each day starts and ends with prayers, recited together as a school. Classes join the parish in celebrating Mass each day, while the entire school attends special Masses in "family" groups where older students are paired with younger students. Uniforms, respect, academic achievement, responsibility, leadership, service and faith are virtues lived by the de Chantal community. St. Jane de Chantal becomes a part of who you are for the rest of your life.
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2012 Private & Charter School Directory Washington, D.C. César Chávez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
709 12th Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 202-547-3424; www.chavezschools.org; Grades 6-12 The César Chávez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy provide a high quality public school option for young people residing in the District of Columbia. The Chávez schools prepare D.C. students to succeed in competitive colleges so that they can use their lives to make a positive difference in the world. Regardless of our student’s economic, social and prior academic background, we expect all of our scholars to achieve at high levels. Students are provided a well-structured, demanding and orderly learning environment.
Eagle Academy Public Charter School
770 M Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 202-544-2646; Fax: 202-544-0817; Grades Pre-K(3)-3 ; www.eagleacademypcs.org Accredited by the Middle States Association for the Accreditation of Schools, and founded in 2003, the Eagle Academy Public Charter School (PCS) is Washington, D.C.’s first exclusively early childhood public charter school. Our program began with ages 3-5 and has expanded to include grades one, two and three. The program focuses on readiness skills using developmentally-appropriate activities. Our educational programs are offered at no charge for students who reside in the District of Columbia, and provide children with the building blocks for a bright future.
Integrated Design & Electronics Academy (IDEA) Public Charter School
1027 45th Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20019 202-399-4750; Fax: 202-399-4387 www.ideapcs.org; Grades 7-12 DC Public Charter School The mission of IDEA Public Charter school is to develop young people with the academic, social, leadership and occupational skills to compete successfully in post-secondary educa-
tion/training and enter challenging careers in technical fields of work. IDEA offers a specialized academy program focusing on science and technology, including architectural design, autoCAD and computer repair. Other special courses provide job-like experiences during internships and school training. IDEA is a NAF Academy, S.T.E.M. School and has a mandatory JROTC program. These programs employ the project-based learning methodology, and students use skills they develop in school in actual projects.
Maryland Archbishop Neale School
104 Port Tobacco Road, LaPlata 20646 301-934-9595; Fax: 301-934-8610; Grades PreK-8; www.archbishopnealeschool.org Catholic-Archdiocese of Washington Founded in 1927, ANS is a private Catholic school serving families from nearby military bases and surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia. We offer Spanish, Latin, math, science, social studies, spelling, computer education, art, physical education, music and band. Grouping gives seventh- and eighth-grade math students the opportunity to complete Algebra 1 & 2. We have daycare for AM pre-k students and an aftercare program that operates until 6 p.m. We also offer a three-week summer camp. In addition to our strong curriculum, phonics-based reading program, wonderful extra-curricular opportunities and individualized learning opportunities, ANS instills sound core values that last a lifetime!
Arundel Bay Christian Academy
968C Lower Pindell Road, Lothian 20711 301-952-0123; Grades K3-8 www.arundelbay.org; Christian Choosing a school for your child is a very important decision that requires much thought and research. For 20 years, ABCA has been serving families desiring a quality Christian education. We offer a unique closeness and family atmosphere that promotes learning. ABCA offers a solid academic program, which is recognized by the Middle States Association of
Colleges and Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive board that allows the classroom to come to life! Our curriculum is integrated with a strong emphasis on the teaching of our Christian faith. Our goal is to pursue excellence in every area of our school as we seek to prepare students to understand and live lives according to biblical principles.
13500 Layhill Road, Silver Spring 20906 301-576-2800; Fax: 301-576-2803 www.barrie.org; Grades Pre-K-12 Barrie School's student-centered, teacherguided interdisciplinary education promotes the academic, athletic, artistic and social growth of the individual. Our Montessori lower, dynamic middle, and college-focused upper schools form a welcoming community that emphasizes hands-on learning experiences and respect for self, others and the environment. Barrie empowers students to develop confidence, independent thinking and teamwork essential for world citizenship. Barrie is committed to its low studentto-faculty ratio. Learning is a hands-on experience for all our students: they are fully engaged in their own education. We use our wooded campus, the region and the world as our classroom. Our Montessori lower school program is nationally recognized. Best practices in progressive education drive our middle and upper school programs. Since our founding in 1932, Barrie has maintained a commitment to multiculturalism and diversity. Barrie offers a full range of sports, an award-winning equestrian program and strong visual and performing arts.
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville 20747 301-735-8401; Fax: 301-735-0934 Grades 9-12; Brothers of Holy Cross Bishop McNamara seeks the development of the whole person through a college-preparatory curriculum and wide ranging activities and athletics. An academically rigorous program offers students a well-rounded pathway to success. With 98-100 percent of recent graduates attending college, the class of 2011 was awarded over $18.2 million in scholarships/grants. The 14-acre campus includes newly built Moreau Chapel, renovated Holy Cross Hall, Fine Arts and Athletic Center,
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and new sport turf athletic field. AP and Honors classes are available in all academic departments. Average class size is 22; the student: faculty ratio is 10 to 1.The Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement Program recognizes students’ devotion to the award winning band, choir, dance, theater and visual arts programs. More than 50 clubs, 19 varsity sports teams, and foreign exchange programs enrich student life. Bishop McNamara offers a web-based program through PCR Educator which permits parents to check academic progress online. Near Andrews AFB.
The Calverton School
300 Calverton School Road, Huntingtown 20639 410-535-0216; Fax: 410-630-5561 Preschool through Grade 12 www.CalvertonSchool.org National Association of Independent Schools, Association of Independent Maryland Schools and Maryland State Department of Education Calverton is an independent college preparatory school providing students in Preschool— Grade 12 with small classes, dedicated teachers and unique learning opportunities. Located in central Calvert County, Calverton’s 150+ acre campus includes state-of-the-art classrooms, science labs, black box theater, gymnasium, athletic fields, and outdoor classroom spaces on woodland, farmland, wetlands and marsh. Calverton is home to championship varsity athletic teams and exciting visual and performing arts programs. Calverton is a place where values and respect are reinforced, and honest, tolerance, and responsibility are part of daily life. Calverton has a 100 percent college acceptance rate for graduates. Calverton offers rolling admissions.
Clinton Christian School
6707 Woodyard Road, Upper Marlboro 20772 301-599-9600; Fax: 301-599-9603 Grades K4-12; www.clintonchristianpg.org ACSI and MSA For over four decades, CCS has been established as a premier School in Christian education. CCS is founded on the biblical principle that the chief end of humanity is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. In order to do this, we must come to know who God is and view life from His perspective. It is our mission to partner with parents to educate their children with a commitment to excellence.
• Small class sizes (Kindergarten through 8th Grade) • Resource Program • Science and Technology Program • Updated Computer Lab, Student Laptops & SMART BOARDS • Talented and Gifted Program • Foreign Language Program using Rosetta Stone • Renaissance Learning Programs - Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Math Facts in a Flash • Accreditation through AdvancED • Graduates consistently awarded scholarships to top area high schools
• Strong Christ-centered environment culminating with an annual Faith Fair • Dedicated and experienced faculty St. Mary’s School of Piscataway • After school extra-curricular activities (art, chess, dance, 13407 Piscataway Rd., Clinton, MD 20735 www.stmaryspiscataway.org 301-292-2522 geography, yearbook) • Optional Hot Lunch Program
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Eagle Academy Public Charter School
3400 Wheeler Road, SE (Ward 8) • 1017 New Jersey Avenue, SE (Ward 6) Washington DC Main Phone: (202) 544-2646 • Fax: (202) 544-0187 GRADES: PreK-3 through Grade 3 AFFILIATION: Public Charter School Board Founded in 2003, Eagle Academy Public Charter School is Washington, DC’s first early childhood public charter school. Eagle Academy is a high-performing community school and is the first exclusively early childhood charter school to receive accreditation from the Middle States Association for the Accreditation of Schools, Colleges, and Universities. Eagle Academy offers high-quality educational programs for PreK-3 through Grade 3. The school educates each child through a holistic approach that includes the provision of health and social services. Eagle Academy’s goal is to educate every child to the highest level possible. Eagle Academy is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school. Eagle Academy’s curriculum and instructional program prepare all its students to achieve at high levels in a global world meeting the needs for the 21st century. We have aligned our curriculum with the Common Core National Standards, providing high quality learning at all levels of development. The curriculum and instructional program also draws from the “best practices” of research-based, empirically proven early childhood education programs. Eagle Academy places a strong emphasis on hands-on, experiential, inquiry-based and learner-centered student experiences and activities.
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Clinton Christian School was founded in 1966 by the Bible Baptist Church (now Life Church) located in Upper Marlboro, MD. The school started with nine kindergarten students in a 20 x 49, white shingled building located on Dangerfield Road. The Lord, in His grace, immensely blessed the Ministry of Life Church and Clinton Christian School from its early humble beginning. By 1972, the vacated Prince Georges Democratic Club building and the surrounding property was purchased by the ministry. A new facility was constructed and a sanctuary seating 630 was added. Today, the Lord continues to bless this ministry. The group of 9 kindergarten students has grown into a K4-12th grade distinctively Christian school.
Geneva Day School
11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac 20854 301-340-7704; Fax: 301-340-0265 Age 2-Kindergarten; Non-denominational www.genevadayschool.org Geneva Day School is an independent, developmentally-appropriate pre-school and kindergarten program offering various full- and part-time classes, plus before and after care. Dedicated and nurturing professional staff support each area of a child’s development, including individual strengths and interests, and promote a lifelong love of learning. Music and art are provided by specialists. Two playgrounds and a garden provide outdoor education opportunities. Geneva has received the Maryland Green School Award.
Georgetown Preparatory School
10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda 20852 301-214-1215; Fax: 301-493-6128 www.gprep.org; Grades 9-12 Roman Catholic (Jesuit) Georgetown Preparatory School enjoys the unique distinction of being the oldest Catholic preparatory school for boys in the United States. The first Archbishop of Baltimore, John Carroll, established the "Academy of Patowmack" in 1789, continuing a tradition of Jesuit education in Maryland that dates back to the founding of the colony more than 350 years ago. Prep is a day and boarding school of 480 young men. Our liberal arts curriculum is enlivened by St. Ignatius' spirituality with the purpose of forming men of competence, conscience, courage and compassion. Men of faith, men for others.
Glenelg Country School
12793 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City 21042 410-531-8600; glenelg.org; Pre-K-12 Beginning last fall, Glenelg Country School introduced a Pre-K3 program in our Primary School. Following the model of our Pre-K4 program, three-year olds now have the opportunity to begin their journey of academic enrichment and character development at Glenelg Country School. We begin with a “whole child” approach; we recognize that each child’s development is unique and complex, and we seek to meet each child where they are developmentally to help them learn, grow and meet new challenges along the way. We focus on all areas of a child’s development– including their language, logical reasoning, fine and gross motor skills, emotional June 2012
A Westminster Education — It’s worth it! Submitted by Westminster School
You’re a hardworking, caring parent who lives in one of the country’s most respected school districts … Why should you pay for your child’s elementary education when you can get it for free? • The years from 5 to 14 are the most formative. Integrity, attitude, work ethic, confidence and a sense of life’s possibilities are all shaped during this crucial span from infancy to young adulthood. So too are keenness of intellect, range and depth of knowledge, academic and life skills, and interest in continued self-development. The right school can make a profound difference in a child’s development and future. Since 1962, Westminster School has helped hundreds of parents raise confident, well-educated, high-achieving, kind young adults on their way toward fully realized lives. • A good education is not guaranteed by the latest educational trend, the flashiest textbooks or the most computers in each classroom. The best education is one which teaches the child to respect himself and others, to direct his own energies to good purpose, to think clearly, to make good choices, to be poised and articulate, and to act in ways that benefit himself and others. This can only be achieved with a well-honed philosophy and a
carefully designed program, consistently and effectively implemented. Westminster School’s well-defined philosophy and consistent approach to child rearing and the acquisition of a superior education have produced graduates who stand out from their peers. • A school that vacillates in its goals and methods or tries to please everyone has a difficult time upholding high standards of academic rigor, integrity, comportment, courtesy and presentation. Westminster School is known for its high standards and the consistency and fairness with which they are upheld. • A school that must accommodate everyone cannot best serve anyone. Large populations with vastly differing needs, shifting educational theories, the pressure for political correctness, and the one-size-fits-all approach of government regulations hinder the development of a strong and effective educational program. Westminster is an independent school which has developed an outstanding educational program and a commitment to high ideals, within a warm and uplifting environment. At Westminster, excellence is not a bumper sticker; it is a way of life. • At most elementary schools, 20 to 25 students share the attention of one teacher whose energies are spread across several subjects. Scarce resources may limit access to PE, art,
music, and other important and enriching experiences. In Westminster’s small classes, students are taught each subject by a specialist. They are steeped in classic literature; study in depth the great civilizations of the Western world; learn French and Latin; relish science labs, advanced math classes and applying what they learn in technology class; and enjoy daily PE and the opportunity for athletic competition. They go on an average of eight field trips each year, take art and music classes, and thrill to outdoor challenges. Every student is in a play every year, gaining poise, confidence and the courage to share his talents. • In many schools, well-intended teachers struggle to help their students progress, but they do not always have administrative backing or parental support. At Westminster School, parents, teachers and administrators work together to lovingly and firmly guide children toward good character, kindness and courtesy, a strong work ethic, a superior education, and optimism about their own potential. Westminster School offers a truly exceptional learning experience to a diverse community for one of the lowest independent school tuitions in the greater Washington area. Visit www.westminsterschool.com or call our Admissions Office at 703-256-3620 to learn more.
and social awareness, and creativity. Our integrated and theme-based curriculum engages children to learn through exploring and using all of their senses. Education is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child, and a Glenelg Country School education will help you discover your child’s greatest gifts. Founded in 1954, Glenelg Country School is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian, college preparatory day school for students in Pre-K3 through Grade 12. With an enrollment of approximately 800, the student to faculty ratio is 7:1 and the average class size is 16. The school occupies 87 acres of rolling fields and woodlands in Howard County, with four academic buildings, a performing arts center, and two gymnasiums. The school offers a rigorous academic curriculum, interscholastic athletics in Middle and Upper School, outstanding visual and performing arts programs, and summer programs.
Grace Brethren Christian School
6501 Surratts Road, Clinton 20735 301-868-1600; Fax: 301-868-9475 www.gbcseagles.org; Grades K3-12 GBCS is a K3-12th grade college preparatory school which has served the Washington, D.C. area since 1965. Its mission is to provide an environment of academic excellence conducive to developing educated citizens with a biblical worldview who are prepared to represent the Lord Jesus Christ in all walks of life. In addition to its academic program, GBCS offers an array of student activities, including elementary sports camps and Private & Charter Schools - Advertising Supplement
clubs, clubs for grades seven-12, sports for grades six-12, band, orchestra, choral groups for grades seven-12, local and foreign mission trips, and emphasizes building relationships and life skills through staff-student mentoring groups.
Green Acres School
11701 Danville Drive, Rockville 20852 301-881-4100; Fax: 301-881-3319; Independent www.greenacres.org; Grades PreK-8 Green Acres School celebrates more than 17 years as a coeducational, progressive school. Set on a beautiful 15-acre wooded campus, our work with children is purposeful. We carefully consider research to create an engaging, challenging, age-appropriate program. In small groups and through hands-on experiences, students master academic concepts and skills, develop creativity through the arts and technology, challenge themselves athletically and learn leadership, responsibility and compassion for others. We value a broad view of diversity within an environment of trust, cooperation and mutual respect. Happy, well-educated students and accomplished graduates are the successful results of our program. Bus transportation, child care, and after school athletics are available.
Jericho Christian Academy & Early Childhood Center
8500 Jericho City Drive, Landover 20785 301-333-9400; Fax: 301-333-052 www.jerichocop.org; Grades K2-8 Jericho City of Praise Ministries Jericho Christian Academy services students K2 thru middle school. We are preparing our
students for a Christian-driven life through spiritual, academic and social development to become leaders in the community. Jericho Christian Academy offers: academic excellence, a safe and caring Christian environment, athletic programs and clubs, monthly field experiences, exciting music and arts program, integrated science and technology and highly trained faculty and staff.
8th-graders attend Catholic high schools. Curriculum focuses on STEM-science, technology, engineering and math in grades one through eight. Extracurricular activities include the Engineering club; CYO sports, Step Team; Liturgical Dance; Archdiocesan Band Program and Drama. Conveniently located next to Bishop McNamara High School.
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Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy
41740 Baldridge St., Leonardtown 20650 301-475-8029; Fax: 301-475-8518 www.lhjna.com; Grades 6-12 Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy is a private secondary school with a military and Christian format. The military program is modeled after NJROTC and the Christian program is non-denominational. Some of the co-curricular programs offered are: National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Student Council, Key Club, Soccer, Community Service and STEM.
Mount Calvary Catholic School
6704 Marlboro Pike, Forestville 20747 301-735-5262; Fax: 301-736-5044 www.MountCalvaryCatholicSchool.org Grades Pre-K-8; Archdiocese of WashingtonRoman Catholic Church; Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; Member NCEA Mount Calvary Catholic School proudly celebrates providing a tradition of excellence for more than 60 years. 93 percent of graduating
1133 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro 20774 301-249-7000; www.rbschool.org Grades Pre-K-12; Christian Riverdale Baptist School (RBS) is a ministry of Riverdale Baptist Church. As a Christian educational institution, it will, therefore, reflect the philosophy, values and believers' lifestyle of Riverdale Baptist Church. The administration, faculty and staff are born-again, Bible-believing Christians and active church members. The purpose of our education is threefold: to teach students how they can know God; once they know God, to teach them to follow God's principles as found in His Word; and finally, to train them to serve and glorify God through their lives. The above purposes can be fulfilled only after a person becomes born again. Students who profess to be believers in Christ will gain most from our Christian philosophy and environment. The primary purpose of RBS, however, is to assist parents in guiding their children into the knowledge and achievement of God's will for their lives.
St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic School
9525 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda 20814
301-530-1221; www.dechantal.org Grades K-8, Extended Day Program; National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Founded in 1953 by Msgr. James Caulfield and three sisters from Mother Elizabeth Seton's Sisters of Charity, St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic School is a Christ–centered educational community committed to meeting the individual needs of students through a flexible and innovative curriculum. Our administration and faculty recognize that we have the opportunity and obligation to provide a school that is unique, contemporary and oriented to Christian service. We seek to provide an environment founded on tradition that is academically challenging, emotionally nurturing and spiritually grounded in the Gospel message. We inspire each child to embrace opportunities to develop a positive self–image, leadership skills, and a sense of responsibility toward school, parish and community. In 2011, St. Jane Frances de Chantal was presented with the highest honor that an American school can achieve—the National Blue Ribbon Award. De Chantal was one of only 315 schools nationwide to receive this distinguished award. Remarkably, it is the school's second time to be recognized for this prestigious national award.
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School
8912 Old Branch Ave., Clinton 20735 301-868-2010; Fax: 301-856-8941 www.saintjohnsschool.org; Grades Pre-K-8 Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools St. John the Evangelist School celebrated its 50th year of Catholic education. Opening in
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St. Mary of the Assumption School
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Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade Christian education in nurturing environment Small, diverse classes Close to Pentagon, National Guard Training Center, Ft. Myer Bus service to and from Bolling Air Force Base Affordable tuition / extended daycare available 20% of students from military families Beginning each day with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by “ My Country ‘Tis of Thee” makes this an unbelievable option for anyone in search of a quality Christian education in the DC Metro Area
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1961, it is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. The Christian atmosphere of the school lends itself to the total development of the child. Grades are from Pre-K through eighth with 99 percent of the graduating students being accepted to the Catholic high schools. The school population is 225 students with attractive class sizes, with the Pre-K Program accommodating 15 children. St. John’s is a diverse community following the Archdiocese of Washington curriculum with a very advanced Technology program.
St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School
4610 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro 20772 301-627-4170; Fax: 301-627-6383 www.stmaryum.org If you are seeking a Catholic school with high academic standards, strong religious and moral instruction, and a warm, caring environment, consider St. Mary of the Assumption School. We are located in Upper Marlboro and serve families from Prince George’s County, Calvert County, Charles County and Anne Arundel County.
St. Mary's School of Piscataway
13407 Piscataway Road, Clinton 20735 301-292-2522; Fax: 301-292-2534 www.stmaryspiscataway.org St. Mary’s School of Piscataway, located on the banks of the historic Piscataway Creek in Clinton, Md., has been serving students and families of the Piscataway Valley and surrounding area since 1962. These areas include Fort Washington, Accokeek and Waldorf. The school is an integral part of the parish community and operates under the direction of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. We feel strongly that here at St. Mary’s it is important to instill in our students a Christ-centered education. It is through Him that all things great and small are possible. St. Mary's School, rooted in Christ, supports the development of students, their families and the community. Building on our tradition of excellence, we continue to grow in faith, knowledge, and love by recognizing the worth and dignity of each individual as a child of God. Catholic education is an explicit expression of the evangelizing mission entrusted by Jesus to His church.
Virginia Alexandria Country Day School
2400 Russell Road, Alexandria 22301 703-548-4804; Fax: 703-549-9022 www.acdsnet.org; Grades K-8 Alexandria Country Day School is a coeducational, nonsectarian, independent school founded in 1983 by a group of parents and educators dedicated to quality education and interested in providing an environment where children can develop their full potential. The program serves families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and is designed to June 2012
educate curious, enthusiastic and motivated learners. Our small classes allow close attention to the academic, social, and emotional growth and development of every student. Our program is known especially for its ability to challenge students academically and provides a safe community where each child is nurtured and encouraged each step of the way. As educators, it is our responsibility to engender and nurture enthusiasm, compassion, and self-confidence in each of our students. Students succeed at ACDS because of their ability to thrive in a challenging environment and their willingness to meet high standards of personal conduct and to wholeheartedly contribute their unique talents and gifts to the life of the school.
Our eleven-acre campus features resources for all students, including a new athletics and art center, two libraries and music classrooms, multiple playgrounds, a playing field, swimming pool, and a state-of-the art technology classroom. In addition, all Browne Academy students can participate in a wide array of extracurricular activities offered both during the school day (8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.) and as part of our extended day program before (7 a.m.-8:15 p.m.) and after school (3:15 p.m.-6 p.m.). Examples of such offerings include academic tutoring, competitive athletics, private music lessons, handbells, tae kwon do, and much, much more!
Bishop Ireton High School
9400 Thornton Rolling Road, Fredericksburg, 22408; 540-373-5355; Fax: 540-371-4121 www.fredericksburgchristian.com Grades Pre-K-12; Accredited by ACSI Fredericksburg Christian School has operated in the Fredericksburg area for more than 32 years. FCS provides a college preparatory program and offers a full athletic program. A unique aspect of FCS is The Leadership Institute which opens this year. The mission of the school is to provide a strong academic program, with Christian character and Biblical truths integrated in every area, in order that students develop a lifelong, Christian worldview. Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International, FCS serves more than 900 students through three campuses in Fredericksburg and Stafford.
201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria 22314 703-212-5190; Fax: 703-212-8173 Grades 9-12 www.bishopireton.org Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Arlington Bishop Ireton is a Catholic, coed, entirely college preparatory high school in Alexandria serving grades 9-12. Bishop Ireton was founded in 1964 by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, an international order of priests and brothers. The school is still affiliated with the Oblates. With an enrollment of 800 students, Bishop Ireton features a warm, caring community with small class sizes, 99 percent college placement, and opportunities for involvement in numerous co-curricular activities. 75 percent of our students participate on at least one of more than 40 athletic teams. Our music program, featuring our Symphonic Wind Ensemble, is internationally known. Our award-winning drama program and Model U.N. club are two of the nearly 40 clubs that students can join to enrich their experience.
Bishop O’Connell High School
6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington 22213 703-237-1400; Fax: 703-960-7325 www.bishopoconnell.org; Grades 9-12 Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School is a faith-filled community of learning, rooted in a 50-year tradition of service and excellence. Founded by six local parishes in 1957, our school was built to serve the rapidly-growing suburban Catholic population in the Washington, D.C. area. Today, our student body of over 1,200 reflects the diversity of this community. The spiritual atmosphere at O'Connell is enriched by the presence of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who have served the school population since its doors opened in 1957. Bishop O'Connell is accredited by the Virginia Catholic Education Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. In 1992-1993, Bishop O'Connell High School was named a Blue Ribbon school by the Department of Education.
5917 Telegraph Road, Alexandria 22310 703-960-3000; Fax: 703-960-7325 www.browneacademy.org; Grades K-8
Fredericksburg Christian Schools
2300 Corporate Park Drive, Herndon 20171 866-667-1262; www.K12.com/military; K-12 K12 is the country’s leading provider of online education for grades K-12. We offer children a high-quality education wherever they are. The K12 curriculum is available anywhere there’s an Internet connection, so as the family picks up and moves, school can too. And the hands-on materials and books that complement the online lessons can be delivered anywhere in the world. Tuition-free, full-time public schooling is available in more than half the states and D.C. and accredited, full-time, online private schools and more than 200 courses available by direct purchase. Military families receive a 15 percent discount on our single courses or private school enrollment.
Our Savior Lutheran School
825 South Taylor St., Arlington 22204 703-892-4846; www.osva.org Grades K-8; Christian Conveniently located in the heart of Arlington, a short distance from the Pentagon, the Army National Guard Readiness Center and Ft. Myer, Our Savior offers a Christian education focused on the fundamentals of learning. Additionally, the school buses students from Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. Small, diverse classes and a dedicated staff make this a nurturing environment for all students, about 20% being military families. With a new Pre-Kindergarten program starting in the fall of
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2012, affordable tuition and optional after-care, this school is one of a kind. Beginning each day with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by “My Country, 'Tis of Thee” makes this an unbelievable option for anyone in search of a quality Christian education in the D.C. Metro area.
St. William of York Catholic School
3130 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford 22554 540-659-5207; Fax: 540-659-9863 www.stwillschool.org; Grades K-8; Catholic Saint William of York is a parish-based Catholic school. Our mission is to create a learning environment that will encourage the continuous growth of the child, spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. Enhancing and extending the educational process begun by parents, Saint William of York is committed to the integration of academic skills, with Catholic teachings. We believe that it is through Christ’s grace and guidance that we provide this education that nurtures His way of life, a life of charity and service lived in search of His truth.
3819 Gallows Road, Annandale 22003 703-256-3620; www.westminsterschool.com Grades K-8 Westminster School is dedicated to providing a superior elementary and middle-school education whose fundamental goals for each child are a disciplined and well-informed mind, strength of character, dedication to learning, generosity of spirit and joy in the possibilities of life. The Westminster program is founded on a traditional curriculum, rigorous academic standards, and an atmosphere that promotes respect, kindness, integrity, and a sense of excellence. Westminster’s academic program provides exceptionally thorough training in basic subjects within a broad humanities curriculum. The academic program is designed not only to instill factual knowledge and academic skills, but to develop intelligence and strength of character in each student according to his/her abilities. To accomplish these goals, instruction is presented in a structured classroom environment which stresses good study habits, organizational skills and personal responsibility. The curriculum consistently emphasizes depth of learning, critical thinking skills, development of oral and written expression, and high expectations for student accountability. This rigorous approach is taken in the belief that most children, when imaginatively motivated and well taught, will benefit enormously from the challenge and stimulation of intellectual discipline. Westminster believes in the importance of developing body and spirit, as well as mind, and of striving for balance among these energies. To those ends, students attend daily P.E. classes in all grades and are offered a variety of team sports in grades 4-8. Creativity and the confidence to explore and share talents are nurtured through regular art, music and dance classes, as well as the school’s outstanding drama program. Page 7
The educational experience of a K-8 school has been shown to be one of the healthiest and most productive for all children, and the ACDS community exemplifies all the elements of the best K-8 schools: a well-rounded education, small classes, engaged and experienced teachers, an academically-challenging curriculum, a competitive inclusive athletics program, and a supportive parent community. With the confidence and self-esteem a K-8 school provides, it is no surprise that children who graduate from ACDS are accepted into the high schools of their choice and excel in the most competitive high schools in the area including Gonzaga, T.C Williams, the Potomac School, Madeira, St. Stephens & St. Agnes, the Field School, Episcopal High School, and Sidwell Friends just to name a few. Alexandria Country Day School has grown each year since it was founded in 1983. In September of 2010 we celebrated the addition of 14,000 square feet of space, including a new regulation-sized gymnasium, a dining hall, and a dedicated performing arts center. These facilities complete the campus and enhance the academic and athletic programs.
If you are the parent of a young child searching for a nurturing kindergarten environment or the parent of an older child seeking a rigorous and supportive program during the challenging middle school years, we invite you to explore our website, become acquainted with our programs and teachers, and most importantly, visit the school to see our mission statement come alive in the spirit and the special atmosphere that characterizes ACDS. We look forward to meeting you soon.
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We are a close-knit community that values and nurtures the relationship among teachers, parents, and students. Each year, we review and improve our curriculum and we are accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Our vision for each academic year is clear: we want to bring out the best in each studentâ€”academically and socially, as scholars, athletes, artists, writers, scientists, and honorable citizens.