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What is it you most appreciate about teaching in a private school setting and, in particular, at your school?

‘the most hospitable environment for learning and growth’

Eduardo Polón, Upper School Global Languages Department Head and Spanish Teacher Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring There’s an intangible quality to SSFS. It’s as much a supportive community as it is an intimate academic setting on a vibrant campus. This environment provides opportunities to engage students in a collaborative framework that promotes a holistic approach to learning. There’s space to be creative, expressive, exploratory and inquisitive. It’s a teacher’s dream. It’s also the reason we enrolled our daughter. SSFS recognizes the interrelatedness that exists in developing an awareness and appreciation of product, practices and perspectives in today’s global society. I value SSFS’ commitment to cultural plurality, evidenced in our diversity, made possible through initiatives like our boarding and international student programs, affinity groups, financial aid, and differentiated instruction. Rooted in the Quaker testimonies (simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship) and manifested in our community farm, service and composting programs, and pioneering solar field array, SSFS is a model for character development, sustainability and academic innovation.

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Stacy Kincaid, Director of Diversity and Spanish Teacher St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Potomac

Andrew Seidman Humanities Department Chair The Siena School, Silver Spring I appreciate our school for its ability to attract both teachers and students who thrive on unique ways of thinking and on a spirit of collaborative multisensory discovery. Our faculty and administration recognize that students don’t only learn one way and so, as a result, we don’t teach material in only one way. Rather, we incorporate many different methods and strategies to

present information in order to make it memorable, exciting and individualized. We stress cross-curricular cooperation in order to encourage deep insight and connections; math classes compose poetry about graphs, students create propaganda art in history, science classes use strategies taught in reading class to retain information. Due to our small size, students can work closely with their teachers and with one another in order to discover their voice, work at personal challenges, share hidden talents, and achieve strategies for self-advocacy and independence.

As a teacher in an independent school, I feel highly validated as a professional. My school in particular actively cultivates my development as an educator and values my input in institutional decision-making. Because of that support, I feel motivated to create the most hospitable environment for student learning and growth. I have the ability to collaborate with my wonderful fellow language teachers to design innovative lessons, yet develop my own signature style in the classroom. Because I have fewer than 18 students in a class, I can hold a press conference in Spanish on Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts in Mexico, and everyone gets a chance to speak multiple times. A professional teacher is one who feels invited and allowed to pursue excellence. A school that treats its teachers as collaborative professionals is rewarded with students who are known and inspired.

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Private schools are rarely short on resources. Teachers have everything—textbooks and related materials—they need. And, the schools are keen on staff development. We have access to academic and athletic workshops that enhance our coaching and teaching styles. At Landon, I have the flexibility to focus as much or more on character development as on academics. Education without goodness is not education at all. I enjoy the challenge inherent in shaping and

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developing the character of these young men. Unfortunately, society often sends mixed messages and, as a result, students may make poor decisions or act on impulse or emotion. While my fourth-graders are still in the age of innocence, my high school boys don’t simply accept things. They need to believe in what I’m selling. My challenge is to convince them that just because the right way is sometimes the harder way, they shouldn’t abandon what’s right.

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• Our mission is to educate students who will think biblically and live passionately for Christ.

I so appreciate that our Waldorf School is an independent school that has always allowed me the freedom to design my lessons creatively—to teach science through drawing, math through writing, geography through music, and to incorporate storytelling in all my teaching. I value that our school is concerned not only with the academic well-being of our students, but also with their physical, emotional and spiritual health, concerned

that our students be lively, responsible, interested, caring young people. I value that I work in a school that is not just concerned with educating children for the tests they will take at their desks, but for the tests that they will face in their lives, and that we prepare our students for these unexpected challenges by educating them in a multidimensional way to become resilient and imaginative problem solvers. August 2012


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What made you consider a private school education in general and enrollment at this school in particular?

‘What a perfect fit. There was no transition period’

Madison Ashe-Donnem Barrie School, Silver Spring I decided to send my two children to Barrie because I know firsthand the values of a private school education. My sister and I went to independent schools and we both recognize the importance of an education that emphasizes individuality at a young age. Barrie realizes that kids learn differently and that they are unique. The teachers build on children’s strengths to make them feel successful. The focus on the single child is central to the Montessori curriculum. I’ve had great experiences with the teachers because they are quick to provide feedback and communicate regularly.

Kim Lourenco Echelon Academy, Sandy Spring My son’s inability to learn and progress in public school sent me looking for alternatives. Although on the autism spectrum and struggling with anxiety issues, James made great strides with the help of private tutors and therapists. Unfortunately, they didn’t translate into the classroom.

I'm also excited to see what lies ahead for my son and daughter. With the new Middle and Upper School classrooms under construction, I'm looking forward to the state-of-the-art 21st-century design. I know my kids are looking forward to it too.

‘I’m looking forward to the state-of-the-art 21st-century design’

Maria Carmona Grace Episcopal Day School, Kensington I was initially hesitant about going the independent school route when my eldest child started school. I imagined the academic, art and music programs would be very good, but was concerned that the social environment would be different from “the real world.” We finally took the plunge because we found the right place at Grace Episcopal Day School. We were very impressed with the academics, student-

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teacher ratio and the school’s vibe. Grace is a very “down-to-earth” community where friendships among students and parents last long after graduation. Paying tuition for school is a sacrifice, but also a worthy investment. I really believe my kids have never complained about going to school because their teachers have the flexibility to make learning meaningful and fun while also challenging. As a result, I know my children have received an excellent education and developed critical-thinking skills and a love of learning.

When someone mentioned Echelon Academy and its arts-oriented, hands-on learning environment, I was fascinated. A visit convinced me that this was a place where James could thrive. As I described my son’s complex issues, the director instantly related. Her own son has similar issues. What a perfect fit. There was no transition period. He felt instantly safe and thrived in the nurturing environment. At Echelon, when one approach doesn’t work, the staff tries another. As a result, my son’s academic skills and comprehension have improved. He loves going to school, is motivated to work hard, and benefits from a partnership that includes parents, therapists and educators. August 2012

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Benita Best-Wong Holton-Arms School, Bethesda My husband and I are products of a private school education, so we feel it’s important to give our children the same opportunities we had and make the same sacrifices that our parents made. It was the curriculum—its integration of academics, athletics and the arts—that attracted us to Holton. But it was the welcoming atmosphere that convinced us that our girls would be at home here. That’s important, as my two younger girls, twins, are shy. The

safe, comfortable, all-girls environment at Holton will encourage them to come out of their shell. While we recognize that the commute from Prince George’s County and the financial commitment will be challenging, my husband and I view this as an investment in our daughters’ futures. We know that Holton will instill an appreciation of learning while challenging and motivating our girls. We’re thrilled to be joining the Holton community.

‘We watched our daughter blossom in the smaller classrooms’ Mitch and Irene Joy Seneca Academy, Darnestown

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Seneca Academy provided all of these essential elements, as well as adding the International Baccalaureate program. We watched our daughter blossom in the smaller classrooms where she received the individualized attention that she needed to grow. Seneca Academy provided us as parents with a welcoming community of caring parents.

HOLY CROSS SCHOOL Faith • Scholarship • Service

• Student-teacher ratio of 12:1 • Half-day or full-day options for Pre-K • Resource & Learning Skills programs • Advanced Placement programs • Innovative classroom technology & state of the art computer lab

• High School preparation focus • Enriched curriculum of Spanish, Music, Art & Physical Education • New multi-purpose gym, cafeteria & auditorium • Onsite before & aftercare

Holy Cross School has a diverse student body in Pre-K through 8th grade and is fully accredited by AdvancED. Holy Cross is convenient to 495 and is minutes from the Grosvenor Metro Station. 1848257

We choose to send our daughter to private school for several reasons. The most important reason is because we feel the elementary schools in the area are overcrowded. The classroom sizes are too large and we did not want our daughter to get lost in the shuffle. We wanted a challenging academic program that would grow with her as well as a nurturing and loving environment.


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How is your school preparing you—academically, socially and/or spiritually—for the future?

‘It’s easy to make friends. No one ever puts you down’

Paul Mavrikes, 11th Grade Bullis School, Potomac Bullis prides itself on creating well-rounded students. Academics, athletics and the arts all have place here. The emphasis on creativity, communication and collaboration is what allows students to succeed in the real world. Rather than killing us with homework, our teachers help us learn to work together, make quick and informed decisions, and act responsibly, with integrity and respect. We are encouraged to try new things. Since starting middle school, I’ve played eight different sports and gotten involved in the arts. Without Bullis, I would never have known I had a gift for music, art and golf. I’ve learned that once we find our passion, we can only grow from there.

Analiese Pappas, 8th Grade The Barnesville School, Barnesville Our teachers are wonderful and make learning fun. We do lots of hands-on activities. In language arts we might draw instead of just writing. In science, we go off on tangents, but the discussions are interesting and help us learn. Events, like pi day, are fun too. We have academics every day, but there are different specials so things aren’t always the same. There’s art, ethics, Spanish and music. We go outside every day for recess and snack. We’re in a rural area, so it’s pretty wide open. The environment is really friendly. It’s easy to make friends. No one ever puts you down. There’s a buddy system, where the youngest students are paired with eighth-graders and the other grades are paired up so they can get to know each other. We have lots of clubs—guitar, library, games. There are sports and other activities, like musicals, after school.

The Bullis community is extremely accepting. No one is ever made fun of for trying something new. It’s a place where people are embraced for being themselves. That’s what’s made Bullis so great for me for so many years.

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something to challenge me.

Olney Adventist Preparatory School, Olney

Our school doesn’t feel like school; it’s like a family. We have a lot of cultures at school and we learn to respect each other.

The school goes above and beyond by developing each student. Since it’s a small school, the teachers and staff take time to help each of us succeed. Also, we help each other succeed.

Our teachers worship with us every morning before we go to class. This has helped increase my faith and make me a better person.

The teachers make learning fun. In science, instead of just reading and taking notes, we do experiments. In English, we might roleplay a scene from a story. There’s always

If you like doing fun things, there’s a lot to do. I am on the basketball and soccer teams, in drama club and a referee for peewee soccer. I’m ready for the future.

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STUDENTS,con’t. How is your school preparing you—academically, socially and/or spiritually—for the future?

‘It helps you develop study skills...and really think about what you’re learning’ Shana Paster, 2012 Graduate The Nora School, Silver Spring

I feel the material we learned at Nora will be useful later in life. The work I completed at Nora makes me feel confident I can

handle whatever college throws at me.


The Nora School is truly a unique school that I’m proud to say I have graduated from. The workload doesn’t necessarily correspond to the amount of material learned, but I can say that it helps you develop study skills, learn not to procrastinate and really think about what you’re learning.

When I began at Nora my sophomore year, I was hesitant about what to expect. I realized on that first day that there were other students in the same position as me. I felt like I could make friends easily as well as fit in. Nora’s small-knit community has left me with lifelong friendships and I couldn’t be happier about the people I’ve met and bonded with.

‘What I learned is that I am intelligent and have the ability to learn just like anyone else’ Kiara Hughes, 2012 Graduate Katherine Thomas School, Rockville

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never knew that I would be able to graduate high school until I came to KTHS. I thought I would never be able to get a diploma. What I learned most about myself is that I am intelligent and have the ability to learn just like anyone else. It may take a little time, but it’s possible.


KTHS prepared me for the future by giving me additional time and instructions on my class work, homework, quizzes and tests. The teachers were very pleasant and helpful. They made my learning experience great.

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HEADS OF SCHOOL What trend is shaping or most influencing education at your school and how does it manifest itself?

‘God is the most significant truth that exists in any subject’ Catherine Ronan Karrels, Head of School Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Bethesda It’s exciting to work with our faculty to continually shape and evolve our program to meet the needs of 21st-century learners. Stone Ridge has long excelled at teaching the skills of critical thinking, collaboration and communication, which are so critical in this marketplace. In recent years, the trend that has transformed teaching and learning most is our integration of technology into every student’s daily experience. The use of laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards is transforming how information is introduced in the classroom and how students are assessed. The most rewarding aspect of this growth is how it empowers our students to become more resourceful and how it allows our faculty to better meet the individual needs of Stone Ridge’s learners.

Dave Hawes, Associate Head of School Washington Christian Academy, Olney Technology creates both opportunities and challenges. While students receive individualized instruction in a mode that they are familiar and comfortable with, there’s a potential for distraction. While the Internet provides immediate access to source materials, it presents the challenge of determining accuracy. Instantaneous access to answers also tends to create a false sense of knowledge. Education is about more than finding and learning facts; it’s about learning how to think. Our teaching reflects that. Our teaching reflects another trend—the expression of our faith and values in everything we do. God is the most significant truth that exists in any subject area. He permeates our curriculum and inspires our teaching. Our teaching also reflects a desire to positively affect students’ lives—their future calling and pursuits. God has created each student with a particular purpose that’s bigger than any one individual. We help students recognize and fulfill that.

Andrew Kutt, Head of School


Oneness-Family School, Chevy Chase

At Oneness-Family School we have been teaching some form of mindfulness for 24 years. Each day begins with a period of silence in all classrooms from age 2 all the way through eighth grade.

An emerging trend in education is the inclusion of mindfulness lessons in the curriculum. Mindfulness teaches students how to calm and focus their minds, as well as how their own brains work. An increasing number of studies show that practicing mindfulness can build resilience, emotional balance and concentration skills. There are a number of programs that are gaining popularity including the Mindful Schools ( and MindUp

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Younger students can lead the mindful moment by ringing a chime and older ones can read an inspiring poem to the class following the silence. We have found that this practice sets a very peaceful tone for the day and is an integral part of building a peaceful community.

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HEADS OF SCHOOL,con’t. What trend is shaping or most influencing education at your school and how does it manifest itself?

‘many of our students thrive in advanced technology classes’ Kate Fedalen, Head of School Chelsea School, Silver Spring

To ensure that our students have access to our technology, we’ve created a “TechMobile” that visits homes to provide our families any support needed to set up

Internet and software applications. Beyond using technology as a teaching medium, many of our students thrive in advanced technology classes. For example, a “headshot” was needed for this article. I didn’t think a current one existed but there I was in the yearbook. The graphics class “created” that reality with Photoshop. We see the trend in technology as an incredible opportunity for developing our students into the independent lifelong learners we want them to be.


Almost-daily advances in technology influence our students’ education and daily life. For years, Chelsea School has utilized technology to allow our bright students access to challenging reading material that may be beyond their current levels. Now that same technology is portable and can be accessed beyond the school walls.

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‘giving each student a level of personal attention that is not possible in a large school’

Visit for more information • Grades: Pre-Kindergarten-8 • Faith-based education and outreach core • Strong curriculum and standards emphasizing core Academic content and 21st Century learning skills • Technology-integrated curriculum • Pre-Algebra and Algebra (Middle School) • Dedicated faculty and committed parents • Full-day Pre-K and Kindergarten • Before and after-school care • Enrichment courses • Extracurricular activities

Kevin Davern, Headmaster The Avalon School, Gaithersburg

Mothers and fathers like to know that their sons are in a small school where the teachers know and work with them as individual young men, giving each student a level of personal attention that is not possible in a large school. August 2012

Families instinctively seek an education that is rooted in an understanding that the human person possesses an intrinsic dignity and a desire for meaningful and transcendent things: goodness, truth, beauty, together with the need for practical training in good work habits. A small school, rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition can do this.


St. Martin of Tours School


The trend that is operative at Avalon is a desire for the authentically personal element in education.

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P RIVATE S CHOOLS D IRECTORY ABOUT THIS LIST Tuition is for the 2012-2013 school year

unless noted. Photos courtesy of school listed. Information is deemed current at the time of publication but may be subject to change throughout the year. Pre-K schools services not listed. A number of the schools do offer pre-K; see websites. To report errors or omissions, e-mail Any updates will be made exclusively online at Gazette.Net.

ON THE COVER Rising third-graders Joy and Kyra at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda. Photo by Ali Bratun, Washington Episcopal School

Q&As Produced by Karen Finucan Clarkson Opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of The Gazette. Private Schools is published by The Gazette, a division of Post-Newsweek Media, Inc., 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 | 301-948-3120. It is produced by its Special Sections, Advertising and Creative Services departments. Send comments to

Grades K-12 The Avalon School Boys 200 W. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg 20877 301-963-8022; -$14,000, upper school; $13,450, middle school; $11,950, lower school; $5,975 kindergarten (half day); $1,000 discount for second student; $250 activities/materials fee; $200 graduation fee; cost of books included

The Barrie School Co-ed 13500 Layhill Road, Silver Spring 20906 301-576-2800; -$14,000-$26,100 -Need-based financial aid; financial aid awarded to 15 percent of students each year. -Accredited by Montessori Society; Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges

-Need-based financial aid

-Open house: Fri., Oct. 19 and Dec. 14; Mon., Nov. 12, 9 a.m.noon each day

-Open house: Sat., Nov. 3, 1-3 p.m.

-Known for:

-Dress code -Known for (according to website): Bringing a spirit of adventure and friendship to boys in an independent day school with a challenging liberal arts curriculum Cultivating intellectual freedom, personal responsibility; fostering the gifts of faith and culture

Founded in 1932 Montessori Lower School Hands-on academic curriculum for Middle and Upper School students

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Educating Students with LD for 36 years • LD accredited college prep curriculum in MD and DC • Co-ed classes grades 5th-12th • Multi-sensory systematic literacy programming • Technology completer pathway for MD diploma • Cross-curricular multisensory approach • 8-1 Student/Teacher Ratio

Tours available on request 301-585-1430 x 303


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Brookewood School

Creative extracurricular opportunities Partnering with the student and family in creating an educational and spiritual journey

Grades 1-12 Girls 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington 20895 301-949-7997; -Catholic -$10,500, grades 1-5; $11,750, grades 6-12

Community School of Maryland, Brookeville Campus Non-graded, ages 7-21 Co-ed 21515 Zion Road, Brookeville 20833

-Need-based financial aid


-Uniforms required -Special learning needs school

-Open house: Sun., Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m. -Known for (according to website): Offering students a well-rounded grounding in the liberal arts Teaching specifically to the learning styles of girls

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Grades K-6 Co-ed 1901 E. Jefferson St., Rockville 20852 Grades 7-12 11710 Hunters Lane, Rockville 20852 301-881-1400; -$13,970, grade 12, first semester; $27,340, grades 7-11; $21,310, grades K-6

-Uniforms required -Known for: (according to their website) Low student to teacher ratio at 5:1

Frost School Grades 1-12 Co-ed

Covenant Life School

4915 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville 20853



301-869-4500; -Christian school

-Need-based financial aid

-Known for (according to website):

-Known for:


-$22,200, grades 9-12; $20,700, grades 1-8; $17,500, kindergarten

Safe learning environment

Training in compliance with Individualized Education Programs, preparing students for inclusion in their communities Rural atmosphere, surrounded by farms where students may engage in therapeutic horseback riding

-Accredited by Middle States Association; Association of Christian Schools International



-Known for (according to website):

-Need-based financial aid Commitment to educational excellence, a values-based environment Jewish learning, and pluralism and mutual respect

900 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring 20860

-Tuition: Call for details

-$8,810, grades 9-12; $7,990, grades 6-8; $7,020, grades 3-5; $6,690, grades 1-2; $3,730, kindergarten; sibling discount



Multisensory approach to learning; diverse learning and instruction; instructional levels adjusted to the student’s needs

7503 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg 20877


Echelon Academy

Educating students who will think biblically and live passionately for Christ

-Special learning needs school -Tuition: Call for details -Known for: Four distinct programs (Therapeutic Community, Lodge, Oakmont Primary, Oakmont Secondary) that provide academic instruction and vocational training to students with emotional and behavioral disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger's syndrome A supportive and structured environment that integrates specialized academic instruction, counseling, transition services, and behavioral modification specific to each student population


Traditional Liberal Arts Program • Advanced Placement (AP) & Honor Courses Boys, Grades K through 12 • Small Classes • Advanced Math/Latin Core Curriculum • Interscholastic Sports • Dress Code • Transportation

Small School

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301-963-8022 200 W. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877 The Avalon School admits students of any race, color and national or ethic origin.

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German School Washington D.C.

The Ivymount School


Ages 4-21

8617 Chateau Drive, Potomac 20854



11614 Seven Locks Road, Rockville 20854

(website in German or English)

-Tuition: Call for details -Financial aid available -Accredited by the German government -Known for: German curricula that offers German degree after 10th grade (Realschulabschluss) and German University Entrance Examination (Abitur) and U.S. high school diploma after 12th grade Receipt of the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011 from the Ministry of Education of the Federal Republic of Germany Encouraging multilingualism, tolerance and open-mindedness

Hampshire View Christian School Co-ed 360 Ednor Road, Silver Spring 20905 301-570-8458, ext. 203 -Christian school -Tuition: $4,700, plus fees -Uniforms required -Known for: Low student/teacher ratio in all classrooms Distinctively Christian education Continuous enrollment, grades K-7

LycĂŠe Rochambeau (French International School) Grade K Co-ed


7108 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda 20817

-School for students with special needs


-Tuition: Call for details

(Click flag icon on left of website for English)

-Known for:

Grades 1-4

Creative, innovative and intensive learning environment where all students can achieve their highest level of development Nationally recognized programs for students with autism and other special needs Being a leader in the field of special education for over 50 years

Co-ed 3200 Woodbine St., Chevy Chase 20815 301-907-3265; (Click flag icon on left of website for English)

Grades 5-12

Katherine Thomas School



9600 Forest Road, Bethesda 20814

9975 Medical Center Drive, Rockville 20850


301-738-9691; -Special learning differences school

(Click flag icon on left of website for English)

-$29,568, high school; $24,951, lower/middle school

-$14,600, elementary; $16,550, middle school; $19,480, high school

-Need-based financial aid; private pay ratio: 48 percent private pay, 52 percent funded

-Open house: First Tuesday of every month starting in October -Accredited by the French National Ministry of Education

-Known for: Fully integrated, multidisciplinary team approach to teaching and curriculum Team includes a special educator, speech-language pathologist, occupational and physical therapist, social worker, teacher assistant, and transition support services teacher in high school Diploma-based high school program, which not only offers an academic path to earning a diploma, but also a career/technology path and transition support services with job internship opportunities that provide students real world work experience and development of independent living skills

-Known for: Educating young minds with rigorous academic and cultural experiences in a truly international environment All classes taught in French; good level of French required from 1st-12th grades U.S. high school diploma and French Baccalaureate Degree with international certificate

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McLean School of Maryland Co-ed 8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac 20854 301-299-8277; -$28,095-$33,950 -Need-based financial aid -Open house: Wed., Oct. 24, Dec. 5, April 10 and May 8; Sat., Nov. 10 and Jan. 12; 9-11 a.m. all days -Dress code -Accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools -Known for (according to website): Flexible programs within small classes that allow teachers to give each student individual attention Curriculum that develops self-confidence and learning through the arts, physical education and computer technology, as well as essential academics Nurturing community of students and faculty that cultivates different learning styles and types of intelligence

Modern Orthodox Jewish Day School 60-plus years of coeducational excellence through grade 12, with an integrated Judaic and general studies curriculum Strong Israel studies and Zionist philosophy; more than 75 percent of graduating seniors study for a year in Israel before college Strong arts integration program in all grades

Montrose Christian School Co-ed 5100 Randolph Road, Rockville 20852 301-770-5335; -Christian -$11,500, grades 9-12; $9,950, grades 6-8; $9,600, grades K-5; $200-$475 book fee; $250 application fee; sibling discount

-Muslim -$5,600, grades K-5; $5,700, grades 6-8; $5,900, grades 9-12 -Need-based financial aid; scholarships available -Open house: Fri., March 15 (tentative) -Uniforms required -Known for (according to website): Maintaining the highest possible educational standards Providing a well-rounded education that nurtures students’ intellectual, physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions An educational philosophy that is deeply rooted in the Quran and is shaped around the following verse: My Lord! Grant me knowledge that is useful (beneficial to mankind). Holy Quran 20:114

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

-Need-based financial aid

Grades K-3

-Uniforms required


-Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools; Association of Christian Schools International

10033 River Road, Potomac 20854

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy

-Rolling (year-round) admissions


-Known for:


13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville 20853 301-962-9400; -Jewish -$20,200, grades 9-12; $17,000, grades 6-8; $13,750, grades K-5; $1,000 congregation membership; $150-$300, registration fee

Diverse student body The centrality of Christ in the curriculum Strong emphasis on parent/teacher partnership for the academic and spiritual development of students SEVP, Certified International Program

Muslim Community School (Alim Academy) Co-ed

-Need-based financial aid

7917 Montrose Road, Potomac 20854

-Known for:


8804 Postoak Road, Potomac 20854 301-983-5200; -Episcopal -$34,835, grades 9-12; $32,990, grades 7-8; $30,990, grade 6; $27,990, grades 4-5; $22,990, grades K-3 -Need-based financial aid -Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; Association of Independent Maryland Schools -Open house: Thurs., Nov. 15 and Sat., Dec. 8 (grades K-3); Mon., Nov. 12 and Sat., Dec. 1 (grades 4-12)


-Dress code

Grades 4-12

Your child deserves the best! Pre-school and Day Care Now enrolling! Accepting ages 18 months to 6 years old Open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm


Top Hat Montessori is conveniently located at the intersection of Muncaster Mill Road, Woodfield Road, and Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg’s Flower Hill neighborhood at 18203D Flower Hill Way, Gaithersburg, MD.

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August 2012


-Known for (according to website): Comprehensive coeducational college preparatory program offered in an inclusive environment that embodies the faith of the Episcopal Church Programs that serve students of varied interests and abilities who are capable of achievement in a challenging academic environment

Sandy Spring Friends School Co-ed 16923 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring 20860 301-774-7455; -Quaker -$52,200, grades 9-12 boarding 7 days; $41,700, grades 9-12, boarding 5 days; $28,300 grades 9-12, day only; $25,520, grades 6-8; $23,050, grades 1-5; $20,475, kindergarten; $450$625 books/fees; $100-$2,800, upper school Intersession program fee -Need-based financial aid -Open house: Sat., Oct. 20 and Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-noon both days -Known for: Coeducational pre-K through grade 12 college preparatory curriculum, based on Quaker values and taught by a dynamic faculty that fosters a stimulating and diverse environment to promote leadership, social awareness, and intellectual and spiritual growth

Spencerville Adventist Academy Co-ed 2502 Spencerville Road, Spencerville 20868 301-421-9101; -Seventh-Day Adventist

-Uniforms required

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

-$14,550, grades 9-12; $11,490, grades K-8; sibling discount


-Known for (according to website):

9101 Rockville Pike, Bethesda 20814

Challenging students, staff and community to achieve excellence


Curricula that motivates students to reach their full potential in the pursuit of excellence and to think for themselves rather than to reflect othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; thoughts

-Catholic -$26,500, grades 9-12; $23,750, grades 7-8; $22,600, grades 5-6; $21,300, grades K-4 < see next page >


Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th Noon - 4:00 p.m. Performances at 2 and 3 p.m. Demonstrations throughout the day.

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical For Ages 2 - Adult

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-Uniforms required -Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; Sacred Heart Network -Open house: Sun., Oct. 14, 12-3 p.m. (upper school); Mon., Nov. 12, 9 a.m. (all school); Wed., Dec. 5, 9 a.m. (all school); Thurs., Jan. 10, 9 a.m. (all school) -Known for: Faculty that provides a holistic learning environment that challenges girls at each grade and developmental level Fostering a community environment where all students are encouraged to become leaders and where they feel a strong sense of family Emphasizing an active faith life and commitment to social justice

Washington Christian Academy Co-ed 16227 Batchellors Forest Road, Olney 20832 240-390-0429; -Christian -$17,598, grades 9-12; $16,098, grades 6-8; $14,598, grades K-5; $7,299, half-day K -Need-based financial aid -Uniforms required -Open house: Mon., Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Feb. 11, May 6; Tues., Dec. 4, March 12; Thurs., Jan. 17, April 11. All open houses begin at 9:30 a.m. -Known for: Academically serious schooling in the historic Reformed tradition Encouraging faith and critical thinking County-designated rural location that provides unique learning opportunities



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Washington Waldorf School Co-ed 4800 Sangamore Road, Bethesda 20816 301-229-6107; -Waldorf school (Waldorf education is a global and growing nonsectarian, independent school movement)

Grades 3-12

Heights School Boys

The Bullis School

10400 Seven Locks Road, Potomac 20854



10601 Falls Road, Potomac 20854



-$21,950, upper school; $19,950, middle school; $16,400, lower school (tuition and fees)

-Need-based financial aid

-$33,510, grades 11-12 (includes additional activity fee); $32,190, grades 9-10; $30,675, grades 6-8; $30,190 (includes text books), grades 3-5; all fees include lunch

-Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

-Need-based financial aid -Dress code

-Open house: Sun., Oct. 28, 2-5:30 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 4, 8:30 a.m.3 p.m.

-Open house: Sat., Oct. 20 (high school); Fri., Nov. 2 and Sat., Jan. 19 (through kindergarten); 10 a.m.-noon each day

-Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

-Dress code

-$23,200, high school; $22,000, grades 6-8; $20,750, grades 1-5; $18,900, children’s garden; sibling discount

-Known for: Rigorous developmentally-based curriculum with strong commitment to the arts, including visual arts, music, movement and handcraft from early childhood through grade 12 Early childhood program that is play-based using simple, natural materials and toys that encourage development of the imagination In grades 1-8, the class stays with the same main lesson teacher who uses the advantage of time to gain a deep understanding of each student

-Open house: Sun., Nov. 11, 1-3 p.m.

-Need-based financial aid. About 30 percent of families receive financial assistance

-Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools -Known for:

-Known for:

Student:faculty ratio of 7:1 13 varsity sports Top 50 National Honor Roll of Catholic Schools

Balance among academics, arts, athletics and community service Global Studies and Service signature program Embracing diversity

Holton-Arms School

220 Girard St., Suite 300, Gaithersburg 20877

Girls 7303 River Road, Bethesda 20817 301-365-5300; -$33,441, grades 7-12; $31,886, grades 3-6


-Need-based financial aid

111 Central Ave., Gaithersburg 20877

-Special education school for students with educational, clinical and behavior needs

-Uniforms required


-Students are typically referred by their local school system

-Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; Association of Independent Maryland Schools

-$25,000, grades 9-12; $20,000, grades 5-8; $15,000, grades K-4; sibling discount

-Known for:

-Open house: Sun., Oct. 28, 2:30-5 p.m.

Yang Academy Co-ed

-Known for (according to website): Strong focus on mathematics and science, foreign languages

The Foundation School of Montgomery County Co-ed

Program is based on the belief that every child can achieve school success given the right learning conditions designed to meet his/her individual needs

-Known for (according to website): Tradition of inspiring young women to lead lives of positive influence < see next page >



Diverse Learning & Instruction • • • •

Grades 1-12



Rolling Admissions “Every student is granted the same chance to excel” 301-570-0999


Dyslexia • Language Disabilities • ADHD • Anxiety • Academic Skills Disorders

900 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860



Age appropriate curriculum in all developmental areas: emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, and physical.

Covenant United Methodist Church 20301 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Montgomery Village, Maryland 20886




(Corner of Montgomery Village Avenue and Wightman Road) August 2012

Innovative and challenging academics, dynamic fine and performing arts, and vigorous athletics within an engaging all-girl environment Welcoming young women of diverse backgrounds in a setting where they can take risks, learn from mistakes, pursue opportunities for leadership and build lifelong friendships

Landon School Boys 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda 20817 301-320-1067; -$32,000, grades 6-12; $31,000, grades 3-5 -Need-based financial aid -Dress code -Open house: Sun., Oct. 28, 1-2:30 p.m. -Known for (according to website): Committed faculty with an average experience level of 18 years Challenging academics, daily arts and athletics, and promotion of strong values refined to adapt to the 21st century

The Siena School Grades 4-12 Co-ed

Program for bright, college-bound students who are challenged by language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia Focus on student’s individual learning strengths Highly individualized instructional attention and use of researchbased and multisensory instructional techniques

Developmentally appropriate curriculum that helps educate children through fun and play

Concord Hill School Through grade 3 Co-ed

Elementary Schools Academy of the Child Montessori School Grades K-6

6050 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase 20815 301-654-2626; -$15,000-$22,000

Co-ed 19711 Waters Road, Germantown 20874 301-601-0991; -Montessori school -$9,860; 5 percent discount for second student -Dress code -Known for (according to website): Guiding children individually, according to their own developmental abilities and needs Encouraging cooperative work with other students of various ages, and enabling each child to learn at the child’s own pace, free from competition, under-stimulation and anxiety

-Accredited by Association of Independent Maryland Schools -Known for: Focusing on the early childhood years Small classes with two teachers Knowledge, character, respect, play and community are the essence of a Concord Hill education

The Diener School Grades K-6 Co-ed 11510 Falls Road, Potomac 20854 301-299-4602;

The Children’s Learning Center

-Special needs school

9727 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring 20910

Through grade K

-Teacher:student ratio of 3:1


Co-ed 4511 Bestor Drive, Rockville 20853

-Tuition: Call for details

-$31,148, grades 9-12; $29,806, grades 4-8 -Need-based financial aid; distributes about 15 percent of its tuition income each year in grants covering up to 75 percent of tuition/fees


-Tours available every Wednesday at 9 a.m. -Known for:

-$1,590 per month (kindergarten) -Known for (according to website): Flexibility, size and resources, and dedication to individualized education


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-Open house: Weekly tours held Wed. at 9 a.m.; RSVP required -Known for (according to website): Providing a multisensory teaching approach for children who have learning disabilities, language delays, attentional challenges, social pragmatic issues


August 2012

Evergreen School


The Franklin Schools

Through grade 3

Through grade K


10500 Darnestown Road, Rockville 20850

10700 Georgia Ave., Wheaton 20902


301-942-5979; -$15,850, full-day kindergarten; $16,450, grades 1-3 -Need-based financial aid -Open house: Fri., Nov. 16, 9-11 a.m. -Accredited by Association of Independent Maryland Schools -Known for: Outstanding Montessori program with small classes Experienced, master teachers Celebration of diversity and environmental education

Feynman School Grades K-1 (K-2, 2013-14; with future expansions through grade 8) Co-ed 7730 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda 20817 301-365-1212; -$21,050 -Need-based financial aid -Open house: Tues., Oct. 23 and Thurs., Dec. 6 -Known for: Educating young gifted and talented students World-class early science education Extraordinary programs in Spanish, music and drama

-Tuition: See website or call for details -Open house: Wed., Oct. 10, 9-10 a.m.; tours daily by appointment -Accredited by the American Montessori Society, approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and licensed by MSDE's Office of Child Care -Known for: A Rockville landmark since 1977 Credentialed Montessori education specialists inspiring generations for generations Focusing on the developmental needs of the child within a context of freedom and structure so each child may learn at his own pace, maintain a joy for learning and reach his maximum potential

Grace Episcopal Day School Through grade 5 Co-ed 9411 Connecticut Ave., Kensington 20895 301-949-5860; -Episcopal -From $17,525, kindergarten to $19,535, grade 5 -Need-based financial aid -Uniforms required K-5 -Accredited by Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools; National Association for the Education of Young Children -Known for:

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Academic excellence and the development of the potential in each child Small class size and diverse student body Inclusive atmosphere and strong parental involvement Challenging curriculum for students

The Harbor School Through grade 2 Co-ed 7701 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda 20817 301-365-1100; -$19,080; $390 building fee; $225 activity fee; $225 technology fee -Need-based awards to up to 50 percent of annual tuition -Admissions tours every Tues. at 9:30 a.m. -Before school, aftercare and enrichment programs available -Known for (according to website): Outstanding arts program built into a stimulating curriculum that encourages students to express themselves creatively High expectations, not competition

Hebrew Day Institute (The New Jewish School) Grades K-6 2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville 20851 240-399-6100;

Jamon Montessori Day School Grades K-1 Co-ed 52 Randolph Road, Silver Spring 20904 301-384-3131; -Montessori -$8,300


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-Known for (according to website): An international flavor that celebrates the cultural differences and similarities of the world



10201 Democracy Blvd., Potomac 20854

-Montessori school


-Tuition: Call for details

The Julia Brown Montessori School

-Montessori school

-Known for (according to website):

Grades K-3

-$10,850, elementary program; $10,672, full-day kindergarten

3400 Queen Mary Drive, Olney 20832

-Open house: First Tues. of the month, RSVP required


-Known for (according to website): 1300 Milestone Drive, Silver Spring 20904 301-622-7808 -Montessori

The Lourie Center School

-Uniforms required

Age 4-grade 5

-Known for: Traditional Montessori setting with mixed age groups Directresses/directors hold college degree and Montessori certificate Being one of first schools to begin a before- and after-care program for students

Kemp Mill Montessori School/â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kehillat Montessoriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Silver Spring 20902 301-593-4343

Lone Oak Montessori School Inc. Grade K Co-ed

Mater Amoris Montessori School

32 years of developing and educating well-rounded children Strong academic program that recognizes and addresses the social and emotional developmental needs of each child Impressive instrumental, theatrical, foreign language and outdoor educational programs that complement the individualized learning environment

-Tuition: Call for details

Specially constructed facility designed for children working in a Montessori environment

Grades K-6 Co-ed 18501 Mink Hollow Road, Ashton 20861 301-774-7468; -Montessori -$11,850, upper; $11,550, lower -Known for (according to website):

Co-ed 12301 Academy Way, Rockville 20852 301-984-4444; -Special learning needs school -$60,507.20, annually; $290.90, per diem -Approved by the Maryland State Department of Education

Montessori philosophy emphasizing the importance of spiritual and moral strength 13-acre rural campus that fosters the development of thinking, self-sufficient and flexible young people and that brings pupils into close contact with nature Assisting students in attainment of self-discipline

The Primary Day School

-Known for: Therapeutic milieu with relationship based programming Small class size; no more than 10 children in a classroom and a staff:student ratio of 1:3 Full-time multidisciplinary team of educational and clinical staff, including an occupational therapist and speech therapists

Grades K-2 Co-ed 7300 River Road, Bethesda 20817 301-365-4355; -Tuition: Call or visit website for details

10100 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda 20814

Through grade 3

-Need-based financial aid

Grades K-6

10500 Oaklyn Drive, Potomac 20854


The Manor Montessori School

August 2012

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-Open house: Call or visit website for details and dates -Known for (according to website): Development of students intellectually, morally, physically and emotionally, according to each child’s gifts and talents Fostering independent thinking, intellectual curiosity and creative self-expression

Quality Time Learning Center Grades K-1 Co-ed 8101 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring 20910 301-588-3350; -Tuition: Call for details -Known for (according to website): Commitment to development of the whole child; environment in which all students will succeed

Redwood Montessori Academy Grades K-5 Co-ed 1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville 20851 301-762-2524 -Montessori school -Tuition: Call for details -Call for tour -Known for: A safe, supportive and stimulating environment where young minds grow Treating each child as an individual and allowing the child to reach his/her full potential Endowing each child with personal, social and academic skills that will support a lifetime of joyful learning

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Monday, January 7, 2013 10 am – 2 pm

600 Veirs Mill Road Rockville, Maryland


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Seneca Academy

Torah School of Greater Washington

Grades K-6

Grades K-6

Through grade 2


Co-ed with classes separated by gender


15601 Germantown Road, Darnestown 20874

2010 Linden Lane, Silver Spring 20910

3223 Bel Pre Road, Silver Spring 20906



301-869-3728; -$10,980; $275 materials fee -Uniforms required -International Baccalaureate Candidate School; Accredited by AIMS and MSDE -Known for: Mission: To provide a nurturing environment that meets the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of our students through engaging, challenging, inquiry-based education. Vision: To develop globally aware, life-long learners and leaders.

Sidwell Friends School Grades K-4 Co-ed 5100 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda 20814 202-537-6900; -Quaker

-Jewish -$12,000, kindergarten; $12,790, grades 1-6 -Tuition assistance is available -Known for (according to website): Strong Judaic and secular studies A strong emphasis on the basics (e.g. English and Hebrew literacy, writing skills, mathematics, geography) and on higher thinking

-Need-based financial aid -Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; Association of Independent Maryland Schools -Known for (according to website): Challenging curriculum with flexibility to meet the needs of individual students Faculty that instills self-worth and self-confidence in students while also requiring they recognize others’ needs Balancing freedom and discipline

-$1,075, academic teaching day including before and after care (7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.); $950, academic teaching day (8:45 a.m.-3 p.m.) -Known for (according to website): Balance of strong academics in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art and music classes, and daily Spanish for all students Giving children time to play with one another, both outside and inside the school Variety of numerous field trips

Village Montessori School

Grades K-8

Through grade K

The Auburn School Silver Spring Campus



20301 Fulks Farm Road, Montgomery Village 20886

9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring 20910





The Winchester School

-Special learning needs school

-See website for updated tuition; 10 percent sibling discount; 5 percent full-pay discount

-$36,475 (tax-deductible medical expense)

-Known for (according to website):

-Open house: Fri., Nov. 2 and Jan. 11, 8:30 a.m.

Montessori philosophy, based on love for the child and respect for his/her dignity and worth as a person, with the objective of helping each child develop to his/her fullest potential Fostering self-confidence, initiative, independence, persistence, curiosity, the ability to concentrate and a sense of order

-Need-based financial aid -Known for: Integrated social and academic curriculum for children with Asperger's syndrome/ASD, PDD-NOS, NVLD or ADHD Small class sizes Integrated related services < see next page >

Alim Academy aka Muslim Community School • Pre K-12th • Educating Tommorow’s Leaders • Muliticultural Student Body

Providing a well-rounded education that nurtures students’ intellectual, physical, emotional, social and spirtual dimensions. An educational philosophy that is deeply rooted in the Quran and is shaped around the following verse: My Lord! Grant me knowledge that is useful (beneficial to mankind). Holy Quran 20:114 7917 Montrose Road, Potomac, MD 20854 Tel: 301-340-6713 • Fax: 301-340-7339 •




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The Barnesville School




Non-graded; ages 12-21

21830 Peach Tree Road, Barnesville 20838




-Need-based financial aid

-$18,870, grades 5-8; $17,600, grades 1-4; $13,820, kindergarten

610 E. Diamond Ave., Suite E, Gaithersburg 20877 301-330-4359

-Uniforms required -Open house: Private tours offered daily by appointment

-Need-based financial aid

-Known for:

-Dress code

LIFT (Learning Integration for Tomorrow™), offered in association with Johns Hopkins University's Center for Education in Technology, is a project-based program where students work in high-performance teams to solve real-world problems. Highly effective master teachers; daily physical education and chapel; small class size Welcoming students and families of all faiths

-Accredited by Association of Independent Maryland Schools -Open house: Tues., Nov. 6; Sat., Nov. 10; Wed., Jan. 9; Fri., Feb. 1 (age 3-K)

Butler School Up to age 12 Co-ed 15951 Germantown Road, Darnestown 20874

Church of the Redeemer Christian School




The Forbush School at Oakmont Upper School

19425 Woodfield Road, Gaithersburg 20879 mont_oak.aspx -Special learning needs school -Tuition: Call for details. -Known for (according to website): Small class sizes to best serve children with autism, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), developmental delays in one or more areas, severe behavioral problems, multiple learning problems, and other related disorders Highly structured settings 1:1 instructional aides

Forcey Christian School Through grade 8 Co-ed

-$14,390, intermediate (12-14 yrs. old); $2,000, intermediate activity fee; $13,900, elementary (6-12 yrs. old); primary (up to 6 yrs. old) $13,100

240-238-1500; -Christian

-Known for (according to website):


-$6,255, grades 6-8; $5,790, grades K-5


A 22-acre campus adjoining Seneca Creek State Park Curriculum strong in humanities, language arts, math, science, Spanish, art and music Occupational projects under the supervision of an expert in the field

Christ Episcopal School

-Uniforms required

-$7,200, middle school; $6,250 elementary; sibling discount

-Known for:

-Need-based financial aid

Training young people in the highest principles of Christian leadership, self-discipline, individual responsibility, personal growth and citizenship

-Dress code

A strong curriculum that builds enthusiasm for learning and emphasizes a solid basis in the Bible, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, art, music and physical education

Co-ed 109 S. Washington St., Rockville 20850

2130 E. Randolph Road, Silver Spring 20904

-Known for: Rigorous academics Strong spiritual development and Christian values

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Established in 1976 Oldest Chinese Language School in the DC area

We offer: q Chinese Bilingual Classes – Specially designed for nonspeakingChinese families q Chinese Culture Classes – A variety of activities including Chinese Martial Art, Chinese Water Color Painting, Chinese Dancing, Badminton, Chinese Instruments… q Tutoring Program – One-on-one or small group tutoring


First Chinese School approved by MCPS for foreign language credits toward students high school diploma.

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Fourth Presbyterian School Through grade 8 Co-ed 10701 South Glen Road, Potomac 20854 301-765-8133; -Presbyterian -$16,900 -Need-based financial aid -Open house: Thurs., Oct. 4, Jan. 24 and Feb. 21; Tues., Nov. 13; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. all days -Uniforms required -Known for (according to website): Being a Christ-centered and academically challenging school committed to preparing young men and women for college and life by providing opportunities to excel in the vital areas of faith, virtue and knowledge

Green Acres School Through grade 8 Co-ed 11701 Danville Drive, North Bethesda 20852 301-881-4100; -$30,215 -Need-based financial aid -Accredited by Association of Independent Maryland Schools -Open House: Sun., Oct. 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Family Campus visit, no RSVP required); Mon., Nov. 12, 9-11:30 a.m.; Tues., Nov. 27, 9:30-11 a.m.; Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m.; Tues., Jan. 8, 9:30-11 a.m. -Known for:




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ST. ELIZABETH CATHOLIC SCHOOL Preschool-3 through Grade 8

Rich in Faith, Scholarship, Service and Tradition Forty-eight years of providing a quality Catholic education to students in Rockville and the surrounding communities.


Open Houses: Oct. 10, 2012 – 9:00a.m. – 11:30a.m. Nov. 14, 2012 – 9:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. Jan. 30, 2013 – 9:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.

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August 2012

Small classes taught by caring, experienced faculty Challenging academics and creative hands-on projects that matter to children A safe, inclusive community where all families are valued A structure that recognizes the whole child Successful students who excel in high school and college

Holy Redeemer School Co-ed 9715 Summit Ave., Kensington 20895 301-942-3701; -Catholic -$6,620


-After care

4900 Strathmore Ave., Garrett Park 20896

-Open House: Wed., Nov. 7, 10-11:30 a.m.


-Known for (according to website):


-$7,502 Catholic; $8,679 Non-Catholic; $375 registration fee

Commitment to a strong academic education to produce welleducated, problem-solving students who become responsible, accountable citizens

-Need-based financial aid

Focus on an appreciation of the arts and on all of God’s beauty


-Open House: Nov. 12; Jan. 27

John Nevins Andrews School

-Uniforms required


-Accredited by Commission on Elementary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools -Known for:

Kennedy Krieger School, Montgomery County Campus Grades 2-8 or ages 7-21

Holy Cross School

Leading students to Jesus Christ … while generating a zeal for excellence in academics and citizenship for this earth and eternity Teachers who provide an excellent instructional program in a caring environment

117 Elm Ave., Takoma Park 20912 301-270-1400;

Small, nurturing multicultural environment with a 1:13 teacher to student ratio

-$425 per month for constituent church members; $655 per month for non-constituent Adventists; $790 per month for other faiths; sibling discount

Student-centered learning community with a strong Catholic identity and strong moral-spiritual development

-Seventh-day Adventist

Differentiated and inclusive instruction that meets individual needs of all students, from special needs to gifted and talented

-Open House: Tues., March 12, 7 p.m.

-Need-based financial aid, scholarships

12301 Academy Way, Rockville 20852 443-923-4170 -Special learning needs school -Tuition: Funded by the local school system -Known for: High quality education for students with autism and other developmental disabilities Low student to teacher ratio in a collaborative approach with parents and private specialist to address sensory and communication challenges using visual supports and technology designed to engage the learner Integrated support of services, state-of-the-art multisensory room, community-based instruction and work-based learning activities

Little Flower School Through grade 8 Co-ed

Extracurricular activities including band, scouting, CYO sports and youth group, altar servers, student council, choir, musical theater and safety patrols

-Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Commission on Accreditation


Before- and after-care programs

-Known for (according to website):


5601 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda 20816

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4942 St. Elmo Ave.

10130 River Rd.

718 Center Point Way

1776 E. Jefferson St.

550 N. Frederick Ave.






Bethesda, MD

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1079 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD (next to Walgreens) 301.838.9696 1844035

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-$6,000, in-diocese; $7,000, out-of-diocese; $300 book fee


-Uniforms required


-Known for:

-$7,250; sibling discount can be applied for based on financial need; $425 book fee; $600 fundraising obligation

U.S. Department of Education's 2011 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence 2012 Golden Apple Teacher Award Winner Mission: Mary of Nazareth School prepares children for service to God and neighbor, through a rigorous academic program rooted in the faith and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as professed in the Creed, celebrated in the sacraments, lived in Christian virtue and affirmed in prayer.

-$7,600, Archdiocesan registered parishioner -Uniforms required -Accredited by Southern States Association of Colleges and Schools -Open House: Wed., Nov. 14, Jan. 30, any time by appointment -Known for:

Preparing students who, grounded in sound academics and strong faith, go forth bearing Christ to the world in their personal and professional lives Academic excellence in the humanities, arts and sciences

Norwood School

Grades 1-8



8821 River Road, Bethesda 20817

9600 Seven Locks Road, Bethesda 20817


301-365-2700; -Catholic -Tuition: Visit website for details -Uniforms required -Known for (according to website):

-$25,820, grade K; $26,170, grades 1-2; $27,000, grades 3-4; $28,850, grades 5-8

… A reasonably fast-tracked curriculum in which consistent effort and reading are emphasized; however character development is the school’s top priority Grades 1-4 have 40 minutes of physical education daily. Grades 5-8 participate in competitive sports with other independent schools.

Mary of Nazareth Catholic School

Mother of God School


-Known for (according to website):

Mater Dei School

Excellent National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in a Catholic environment and partnership with parents in teaching strong Catholic values

Through grade 8

-Uniforms required K-8

14131 Seneca Road, Darnestown 20874

Through grade 8




20501 Goshen Road, Gaithersburg 20879

-Need-based financial aid -Dress code -Accredited by Association of Independent Maryland Schools -Open House: Thurs., Nov. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 12, 1-3 p.m. -Known for: Academic excellence in a joyful learning community with an emphasis on creativity, collaboration and developing criticalthinking skills Unique strength in the arts and educational technology School motto, How You Lead Your Life Matters, reflects commitment to character and spiritual development Beautiful 38-acre campus with exceptional athletic fields



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Olney Adventist Preparatory School Co-ed 4100 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney 20832 301-570-2500; -Seventh-day Adventist -$8,900, non-Adventists; $7,400, Adventists; 10 percent sibling discount; $375-$475 books/fees -Uniforms required -Known for: Small class sizes Individualized education Educating the whole child: academically, spiritually, socially and physically Warm and family-friendly environment

Oneness-Family School Through grade 8 Co-ed 6701 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase 20815 301-652-7751; -$20,750, grades 7-8; $19,750, grades 4-6; $18,500, grades 1-3; $18,500, full-day kindergarten -Need-based financial aid -Non-violent/non-commercial dress guidelines -Known for: Focus on personal growth emphasis on learning in the natural world International student body Instilling/fostering global citizenship Education in peace and mindfulness

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The CMMS academic program has produced consistently high student achievement for over 18 years. Results of testing show our students to be one to three years ahead in reading and mathematics as compared to their public school counterparts. Our core curriculum consists of five learning areas: • Practical Life • Sensorial • Language Arts • Mathematics • Cultural Studies (Including Geography, History, Science)

Specialty Programs include:

• Chinese/Spanish Language • Art • Yoga • Music • Computer

13100 Diamond Hill Dr., Germantown • 301-528-6110 • 14426 Traville Garden Circle, Rockville 240-328-1012 •


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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

Sligo Adventist School



7500 Pearl St., Bethesda 20814

8300 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park 20912




-Seventh-day Adventist

-$7,165, Catholic; $7,980, non-Catholic

-$8,050 tuition rate; $1,400 discount for non-constituent Seventh-day Adventist members and $3,700 discount for constituent Seventh-day Adventist member; sibling discount; $300$750 books/fees

-Need-based financial aid -Uniforms required -Accredited by Assembly of Elementary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools -Known for (according to website): Developing the moral, intellectual and physical potential of each student Nurturing each child’s unique abilities and talents, which are fostered in small classes

Our Lady of Mercy School Co-ed 9222 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac 20854 301-365-4477; -Catholic -$8,600 -Open House: Wed., Jan. 30, 8:30-10:30 a.m. -Uniforms required -Accredited by the Commission on Elementary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools -Known for (according to website):


Inspiring students to live with faith and integrity, and to share their unique gifts and talents in service to others

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-Uniforms required

Well-rounded education of students in partnership with parents and the parish Teaching appreciation of human diversity and dignity as modeled by Jesus Christ Use of common core curriculum. Provides foreign language, art, physical education, computer technology, music, and service learning as well as after-school enrichment

St. Bartholomew Catholic School Co-ed 6900 River Road, Bethesda 20817 301-229-5586

-Known for: Strong academic foundation in cross-curriculum subjects areas. Music, handbells and band are part of the curriculum. Member of the National Elementary Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society. Middle school students have a chance to be a part of journalism/newspaper class, science club and audio visual team. Student body is divided into ‘families’ that include K-8 students. This allows students to mentor and be mentored by their peers.

St. Andrew Apostle School -Catholic -$7,490 -Before/after care available; sports and extracurricular activities available after school -Accredited by Advanced Accreditation Commission by the Southern Association of Accreditation -Open House: Fri., Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. -Known for (according to website):

Through grade 8 Co-ed 11602 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring 20902 301-649-3555;

Warm environment where teachers personally get to know the students and their families Partnering with parents to inspire each child to reach his/her fullest potential

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St. Bernadette School



-Tuition: Call for details.

80 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring 20901

-Need-based financial aid


-Known for (according to website):



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-$8,625, non-Catholic; $7,340, Catholic; either $500 payment or four tiers of service credit required -Need-based financial aid -Uniforms required -Known for (according to website): Emphasis on the formation of a Catholic identity and values Rigorous academic program that includes, Spanish, music, art, technology and health/physical education Encouraging students to develop an understanding of their learning styles and to take ownership of their education Creating a Christ-centered environment

St. Catherine LabourĂŠ School Co-ed 11811 Claridge Road, Wheaton 20902 301-946-1717; -Catholic -Tuition: Call for details. -Uniforms required -Known for (according to website): Student body of approximately 325 that includes students from more than 50 nations Fostering strong religious values, a challenging education, a sense of personal and community responsibility, appreciation of cultural diversity

St. Elizabeth Catholic School Through grade 8 Co-ed 917 Montrose Road, Rockville 20852 301-881-1824;

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St. Jane de Chantal School

St. John the Evangelist School

-$6,880, Catholic; $8,380, non-Catholic



-Need-based financial aid

9525 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda 20814

10201 Woodland Drive, Silver Spring 20902

-Uniforms required



-Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools



-$6,385, non-Catholic families; $5,385, Catholic families; $490 books/fees

-$9,700, non-Catholic; $6,900, Catholic; $8,000, full-day junior kindergarten; $4,850, half-day junior kindergarten

-Known for (according to website): Challenging academic curriculum built on the basics of religion, reading, writing and mathematics Maximum 30 students per homeroom

St. Francis International School St. Camillus Campus Through grade 8 Co-ed 1500 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring 20903 301-434-2344 -Catholic -Extended care hours available 6:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. -$6,983; $1,300 grant for active parishioners; $275 fee for books, technology and supplies; sibling discount -Need-based and sibling family financial aid -Uniforms required -Known for (according to website): Encouraging each child to grow academically, socially and spiritually in a multicultural, faith-based environment, and in a spirit of service

-Uniforms required -Known for: National Blue Ribbon School 2011 High academic standards Loving family atmosphere Close-knit community

St. John the Baptist Catholic School Co-ed 12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring 20904 301-622-3076;

-Open House: Thurs., Nov. 8, 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Jan. 10, 8:3011:30 a.m. -Known for (according to website): Integrating service-learning into all areas of the curriculum; teaching students the importance of imitating Christ by serving others as He did Resource teachers who advise faculty about the individual needs of students with educational challenges

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal School Through grade 8 Co-ed


3427 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney 20832

-$7,950, non-Catholic; $6,850, Catholic


-Morning care and after care


-Accredited by AdvancEd

-$17,585, grades 6-8; $16,985, grades 2-5; $15,910, grades K-1

-Known for: Environment that inspires self-discipline, self-respect and selfconfidence Blue Ribbon School 2010 Celebrating 50th Anniversary on Oct. 5-7, Hallmarks: Faith, Academics, Community and Service

-Need-based financial aid -Uniforms required -Known for (according to website): Challenging academic curriculum, small class size and engaging classroom projects Character education, community service and global perspective


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St. Jude Regional Catholic School

St. Mary’s School

St. Peter’s School


Through grade 8


4820 Walbridge St., Rockville 20853


2900 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney 20832


600 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville 20852




-$6,675, Catholic; $8,100, non-Catholic


-Need-based financial aid


-Uniforms required

-Tuition: Call for details.

-Accredited by AdvancED Accreditation Commission Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement -Known for: 56-year tradition of academic excellence Strong parental and community involvement

St. Martin’s School

-$8,755, non-Catholic families; $7,100, Catholic families -Financial aid available

-Open House: Mon., Jan. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. -Known for: Recognized as a 2011 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Making the spiritual well-being of students the highest priority; believing that students flourish academically, socially and emotionally when this priority is honored Teachers and parents partnering in a student’s education


St. Patrick’s Catholic School

115 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg 20877


Providing students with rigorous, faith-based education for more than 50 years

St. Raphael School Grade K-7 (K-8, 2013-14) Co-ed 301-762-2143;

4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville 20853

-Catholic, $6,200; non-Catholic, $7,650


-Open House: Wed., Nov. 14, 9-11 a.m.; Wed., Jan. 23, 9 a.m.1 p.m.; Tues., Jan. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Thurs., March 7, 9-11 a.m.

Educating children in a Christ-centered environment Encouraging the spiritual, intellectual and social growth of students, as well as their emotional and physical development Challenging students to become lifelong learners by meeting and exceeding expectations

-Known for:

1513 Dunster Road, Rockville 20854


-Known for (according to website):

-Open House: every Tues., Nov. 27-March 26, 9-11 a.m.

-Catholic -$7,650 (includes school supplies and field trips) -Open House: Mon., Oct. 15 and Jan. 14, 9-10 a.m. both days -Uniforms required


-Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI) through a partnership with AdvancED

-Tuition: Call for details -Known for (according to website): Small, faith-based, nurturing environment Standards-based curriculum that teaches responsibility for/pride in accomplishments

-Known for: Customized instruction for every student, in new state-of-the-art building (iPads assigned to all middle-schoolers), with an average student-teacher ratio of 9:1 for math and reading < see next page >

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A warm, welcoming environment with strong Catholic identity Based on research that shows fitter bodies beget fitter minds, grades 3 and up have P.E. four times a week and recess daily; lower grades have P.E. weekly and recess twice a day

Thomas Jefferson Preparatory School Co-ed 12801 Darnestown Road, Darnestown 20878 301-330-7550; -$13,500, grades 5-8; $12,500, grades 3-4; $11,000, grades 1-2; $8,200, grade K; sibling discount -Uniforms required (grades 1-8) -Known for: 21st-century technology, including laptops for all students (above grade 2), desktop computer access for all students and SmartBoard technology in every classroom Teaching to mastery in small classes and with individualized programs that go beyond the MSDE mandated curricula

Washington Episcopal School Co-ed, day 5600 Little Falls Parkway, Bethesda 20816 301-652-7878; -Episcopal -$28,975 -Financial aid available -Uniforms required, Grades 1–8 -Open House: Wed., Oct. 17, 9 a.m.; Mon., Nov. 12, 9 a.m.; Sun., Dec. 9, 1 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 9, 9 a.m.

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A 56 Year Tradition of Academic Excellence Partners in Catholic Education with St. Francis of Assisi (Derwood, MD) and Our Lady Queen of the Americas (Washington, DC)

Open House Nov. 14, 2012 9-11:30 & Jan. 30, 2013 9-11:30am; 6-8pm • Pre K thru 8th Grade • Spanish K thru 8th Grade • High School Preparation Focus • Small Class Size • Challenging Academic Curriculum

• Resource & Learning Skills Program • Extended Day Program • Athletic Association (soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, cheerleading, T-ball)

“Realizing that parents are the primary educators, we encourage an active involvement in their children’s education”


—Glenn Benjamin, Principal

4820 Walbridge Street, Rockville, MD 20853

301-946-7888 •

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51 Years Of Excellence An Independent Catholic School for Girls

Established 2006

Traditional Liberal Arts Program • Advanced Placement (AP) & Honor Courses Girls, Grades 1 through 12 • Small Classes • Experiential Learning Religion • Italian • Interscholastic Sports

We live our Motto. “Be Not Afraid!” Small School

Serving Students in Pre-School through Grade 8 Small Class Size • Accelerated Academics Arts & Athletics

Big Opportunities

301-949-7997 10401 Armory Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895


The Brookewood School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

August 2012 • 301.774.6804 1843379

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-Accredited by Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS); the Middle States Association -Known for: Joyful learning environment featuring strong academics, arts, languages, technology and foreign study trips included in tuition

The Woods Academy Through grade 8 Co-ed 6801 Greentree Road, Bethesda 20817 301-365-3080; -$19,355, grades 5-8; $18,285, grades 1-4 and full-day Montessori; $11,845, half-day Montessori -Need-based financial aid -Known for: An inclusive Catholic community preparing boys and girls to lead lives of significance Program includes daily foreign language, comprehensive arts curriculum, innovative technology use, robotics and competitive athletics

Middle/High Schools

Chelsea School Grades 5-12 Co-ed Day School 711 Pershing Drive, Silver Spring 20910 301-585-1430; -$36,060 -Language-based learning disabilities school


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-Need-based financial aid. Approximately 90 percent of students receive full public funding from their jurisdictions in Maryland and Washington, D.C. -Open House: Tues., Oct. 25, 9-11 a.m.; Mon., Feb. 27, 9-11 a.m.; Thurs., March 29, 6:30-8 p.m. -Known for (according to website): Preparing students with language-based learning differences for higher education by embedding literacy remediation and technology into all aspects of the curriculum Devotion to strengthening the psychosocial and emotional health of every student Low student teacher ratio (overall 4:1)

Connelly School of the Holy Child Grades 6-12 Girls 9029 Bradley Blvd., Potomac 20854 301-365-0955; -Catholic -$25,675, grades 9-12; $275 technology fee; $23,535, grades 6-8, $500 books and activity fee; $275 technology fee -Open House: Sun., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. -Middle School Discovery Days from October through December -Need-based financial aid -Known for (according to website): Providing an intellectually challenging and creative program of study that leads to academic excellence Individualized instruction Educating women of faith and action for compassionate service to humanity < see next page >




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Greentree School Grades 7-12 Boys 6301 Greentree Road, Bethesda 20817 301-365-4480, ext. 147 -Transitional special learning needs school -Tuition: Call for details. -Accredited Type III Education day school -Known for (according to website): Support and guidance from an educational specialist and a professional certified teacher in a small classroom setting Helping students adjust to a mainstream school or preparing them to achieve a general equivalency diploma

National Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center School-Maryland Campus Non-graded, ages 12-21 Co-ed 410 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring 20901

Related services such as counseling, speech/language, occupational therapy, and physical therapy as identified on each student's IEP

The Ridge School of Montgomery County Grades 6-12 Co-ed 14901 Broschart Road, Rockville 20850

301-962-5111; ?id=1138&searchId=6e99ba77-21d0-e111-9474782bcb3b39aa&sort=11&page=1&pageSize=10

-Need-based financial aid

-Tuition: Call for details. -Known for: Provides therapeutic educational services to students with emotional disability, multiple disabilities, and other health impairment, and specific learning disability

Yeshiva of Greater Washington, Boys Division Grades 7-12

-$18,425, grade 9-12; $16,050, grades 7-8 -Known for (according to website): Inspiring students to a lifelong commitment to Torah observance, spiritual growth and the pursuit of advanced knowledge Comprehensive Judaic and general studies programs, Yeshiva Gedola/Yeshiva College Program

High Schools

The Academy of the Holy Cross Grades 9-12

Boys 301-649-7077;

Offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum, with each studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success measured via their individual goals

2010 Linden Lane, Silver Spring 20910 -Jewish

1216 Arcola Ave., Silver Spring 20902

-Known for:

Grades 7-12

301-251-4624; Md. Relay: 7-1-1/1-800-201-7165 (Voice)/ 1-800-735-2258 (TTY/HCO)

-Does not accept private pay students. Students are placed at the school by their school district.

Yeshiva of Greater Washington Girls Division Girls


-Non-public school for adolescents ages 12-21 who have autism, intellectual disabilities and multiple disabilities

Comprehensive Judaic and general studies programs, Yeshiva Gedola/Yeshiva College Program

Girls 4920 Strathmore Ave., Kensington 20895 301-942-2100;

-Jewish -$18,425, grade 9-12; $16,050, grades 7-8 -Need-based financial aid -Known for (according to website): Inspiring students to a lifelong commitment to Torah observance, spiritual growth and the pursuit of advanced knowledge 100 percent of upper school graduates pursue post-secondary education

-Catholic -$18,500; sibling discount -Need-based financial aid. Scholarships for academic excellence in grades and standardized testing -Uniforms required -Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools



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-Open House: Sun., Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. -Known for (according to website): Dedication to developing young women in a Christ-centered community, which values diversity Senior Project, a career education graduation requirement, in which seniors participate in off-campus career placements for three weeks at the end of the fourth quarter IB/AP/Honors academics program Championship athletics programâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;WCAC division Award-winning performing arts program < see next page >


Mary of Nazareth prepares children for lives of service to God and neighbor, through a rigorous academic program rooted in the faith and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, as professed in the Creed, celebrated in the sacraments, lived in Christian virtue and affirmed in prayer.

A Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

Open House Dates: 1864724

Thursday, Thur sday, October 25 9am - 11am 14131 Seneca Road Darnestown, MD 20874 August 2012

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Community School of Maryland at Northwood High School

Georgetown Preparatory School

Non-graded, ages 14-21



10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda 20852

Grades 9-12

919 University West Blvd., Silver Spring 20901



-Catholic -For students with autism spectrum disorder -Tuition: Call for details. -Known for (according to website): Academic and behavioral programs in compliance with studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Individualized Education Programs Inclusion opportunities for students so they can be with their high-school-age peers

Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School Grades 9-12 Co-ed 1010 Larch Ave., Takoma Park 20912 301-891-4750

-$29,625; $50,465 with board -Need-based financial aid. An average grant of $19,000 is rewarded to 25 percent of students. -Uniforms required -Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools -Open House: Sun., Oct. 21, 1-4 p.m. -Known for: Being the oldest Jesuit high school in the United States, founded in 1789 Nationally ranked lacrosse, swimming Mission: Forming men of competence, conscience, courage, and compassion, Men of Faith, Men for Others.

The Marcia D. Smith School Non-graded, ages 11-21 Co-ed 9075 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg 20877



-Tuition: Call for details. -Special learning needs school

-Known for (according to website): Corporate Work Study Program where students gain professional work experience and earn money to pay for a portion of their education Emphasis on the importance of faith, family, future and fun in education


-Tuition: Call for details.

Vocational program where students can develop skills at local government and nonprofit volunteer work sites

The Nora School Grades 9-12

-Known for (according to website): Instructional program designed to enable the student to realize his/her potential to learn, communicate, develop social competency and transition successfully into adult life

Co-ed 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring 20910 301-495-6672;

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-Open House: Sun., Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. -Known for: A private, Catholic, Xaverian Brothers sponsored college preparatory school established in 1958 State-of-the-art, 52-acre, wireless campus includes more than 50 classrooms, 10 science and technology labs, a well-equipped media center, a 150-seat chapel, two gymnasiums, a turf field and multiple athletic fields Faculty and staff are committed to preparing students with diverse learning abilities for the challenges of life by providing programs and activities that advance academic excellence, service to others, and embody the Xaverian values of humility, trust, zeal, compassion, and simplicity upon which the school is founded First Catholic school in the region to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program Collectively, every four-year graduating class contributes 32,500 hours of community service

Pathways School Edgewood Grades 9-12; Non-graded, ages 15-21 -$24,550

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

-Need-based financial aid. About 90 percent of recent financial aid awards went to families with adjusted incomes below $50,000 per year

Grades 9-12

-Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools -Known for:


Being a small, progressive, independent, college preparatory day school for students who are bright but have found themselves frustrated in larger or more rigid institutions

801 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring 20901 301-681-4112;


-A school for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities

17301 Old Vic Blvd., Olney 20832

-Tuition: Call for details.


-Known for (according to website):

-$17,150 -Need-based financial aid. Academic and fine arts scholarships available -Uniforms required -Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Helping students transition to post-secondary life through classroom instruction, community-based experiential activities and therapeutic support Curriculum that integrates academic, therapeutic and vocational services Enabling students with emotional or behavioral disabilities to become independent, contributing members of society


Offering college preparatory curriculum and small classes in a relaxed, nurturing environment




19735 Germantown Rd. Germantown, MD


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6410 Rockledge Dr. Bethesda, MD


Concerts on the patio May-Sept 6-9 pm

Lakeside Restaurants: Guapoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant Tara Thai Village Green Grill CafĂŠ Deluxe AMC/Loews Theater (18 Screens)

Services RIO Sport & Health Club ZIPS Drycleaning

9811 Washingtonian Blvd Gaithersburg, MD 20878 301-921-4684 August 2012


Pathways School Springville Re-Entry Grades 9-12; Non-graded, ages 13-18 Co-ed 2601 University Blvd. West, 3rd Floor, Wheaton 20902 301-942-1115; -A school for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities -Tuition: Call for details. -Known for (according to website): Academic, therapeutic, and transition services for up to 20 high school students, male or female, with emotional disabilities that facilitate the student’s return to the public school environment Small, self-contained classes Staff that assists students individually, is actively involved with students’ families, and implements a behavioral management system

Takoma Academy Grades 9-12 Co-ed 8120 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park 20912 301-434-4700; -Seventh-day Adventist -Tuition: Call for details. -Need-based financial aid. Scholarships available. -Unified dress code -Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools -Known for: College Preparatory Diploma, Advanced Placement Courses, Dual Credit College Courses, National Achievement finalist since 2005 and National Honor Society

Discover Forcey Christian School

Nurturing mind, body and spirit in a welcoming, diverse community

Open House Dates:

Thursday, December 13, 2012, 7:30 p.m. or Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m. For Families of Prospective new Students Come discover what the Forcey Christian School advantage can mean to your family. Call to schedule a Tuesday morning or Wednesday afternoon tour of Forcey’s preschool to grade 8 program.

Forcey Christian School

2130 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904 Telephone 301-622-2281 Fax 301-622-0204 Email: Website:

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• Average class size of 12 • Preschool through 5th grade • Diverse student body • Experienced teachers • Nuturing environment • Intergrated units of study Tours Available Kensington Campus 9411 Connecticut Ave. Kensington, MD 20895 To learn more about Grace visit us at or call 301-949-5680 Special supplement to The Gazette| Private Schools


How to help a

SHY CHILD By Chelle Cordero



ou know she knows the answer, but when the teacher asks for volunteers, she just won’t raise her hand. There are children in every classroom who allow life’s opportunities to pass them by because they don’t feel comfortable “in the spotlight.” Parents will often react with disbelief when they are told that the child who doesn’t know how to stay quiet at home doesn’t utter a word in class or other social settings. “Shyness involves anxiety and behavioral inhibition in social situations. It

occurs most frequently in situations that are novel or suggest evaluation of the person or situations where the person is conspicuous or others are intrusive. Although all children may experience shyness sometimes, some children experience shyness to a debilitating degree,” said John Malouff, senior lecturer in psychology, author of “Helping Young Children Overcome Shyness” and father to Elizabeth. Malouff, along with his wife Nicola Schutte, helped their then 4-year-old

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So-called shy children may fear ridicule, criticism, failure or even bullying. daughter when her fears about new people and situations became overwhelming when she started school. “When my daughter entered prekindergarten, I expected her to have fun and learn. She talked and talked at home, loved books and said she was eager to start school. I didn’t expect her to refuse to speak to anyone there, but that’s what she did for the entire fall,” he said. Shyness is considered more of a feeling, where the individual feels uncomfortable, than a personality disorder. Some studies have suggested that there might be a “shy gene,” but if the comfort level is raised, the difficulty experienced will not become a permanent and disabling habit.The following are recommended strategies that Malouff and his wife used to help their daughter: • Tell the child about times when you acted bashful. • Explain to the child how she will benefit from acting outgoing. • Show empathy when the child feels afraid to interact. • Prevent labeling of the child as “shy.” • Set goals for more outgoing behavior and measure progress.

• Set a model of outgoing behavior. • Expose the child to unfamiliar settings and people slowly. • Prompt her to interact with others. • Reward her for outgoing behavior. • Praise others’ outgoing behavior in the presence of the child. • Help the child practice interacting with others. • Pair each shy child with another child in each important setting. • Read books with the child about individuals who overcome shyness. • Eliminate teasing of the child. • Teach the child to identify and verbally express their emotions. • Coordinate your efforts with those of other relevant adults. • Read about shyness to learn additional strategies for parents and teachers. • Consult with a school guidance counselor or with a psychologist. Never ridicule or discount the child’s fears of unfamiliar surroundings and people; instead, sharing your

own or others’ experiences and how (your) fears were coped with can certainly help. Gradually introduce the new setting and people, and if possible, be there to lend your support while you encourage the child’s interaction with others. Don’t force them to speak on their own, but include them in your conversations with others so they feel safe. Reward your child for positive improvements. So-called shy children may fear ridicule, criticism, failure or even bullying. If your child is bullied, Malouff said, you will have the “most success with school bullies by being persistently assertive with the teacher and school. It is possible to train children to deal with bullies, but it is usually easier to press the school to end the bullying. I asked a teacher once to end the bullying of my daughter by a physically abusive boy, and the teacher ended the bullying immediately and forever.” Children can learn behaviors to help them feel confident and interact more easily if you provide them with outgoing examples and patience. - CREATORS.COM -

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