Annual Private School Guide

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Parents in the D.C. area consistently rank education as one of their top family priorities. Fortunately, there are many quality programs to choose from in this region. Washington FAMILY Magazine’s Private School Directory offers information about average class size, tuition range, foreign language options, transportation, and much more.


Accelerator School
Ricky Duggal
18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20841​
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The ACCELERATOR School (sixth through 12th grade) is proud to provide an exciting learning platform where student-athletes can be successful. As a family of educators, the school aims to provide individual development platforms for students to become the best version of themselves.

2700 27th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Nicole Goodman | [email protected]
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After School & Enrichment Activities
Open House Dates: Jan. 8, from 9:15 to 11 a.m.
Aidan Montessori School is a co-ed, independent private school for children ages 18 months through grade 6 located in Woodley Park, Washington, D.C. Founded in 1961, Aidan prepares children to learn confidently, think independently and succeed wherever they go.

BASIS Independent McLean
8000 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102
[email protected]
Ages 2-3
Students at BASIS Independent McLean get the best possible start to their education. The toddler and early learning programs, led by nurturing experts, are designed to empower curiosity, independence and social-emotional development from day one.

1830 Kirby Road, McLean, VA 22101
[email protected]
Ages Served: 3-10
Open House: Call to schedule a tour.
Mindfulness, nutrition, Spanish, dance, music, art, outdoor adventure program, extracurricular activities and summer camp

7611 Clarendon Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Ages: 3-6
Established in 1983, and located in the heart of Bethesda, BMS offers two years of preschool and an accredited kindergarten year with small class sizes and a student/teacher ratio of 5/1. Open 8am – 6pm.

Experienced AMI/AMS teachers, an average staff retention rate of 15 years, Art, French and professional Music classes included, plus after-school activities.​ Personal Tours available by appointment.

3955 Pender Drive, Suite 103
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Ages: 3-adults
The Center for Ballet Arts provides a well-rounded curriculum and pleasant encouraging environment for dance training in many different disciplines. Classes are designed to promote flexibility, strength, artistry, coordination and technique.

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5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, MD 20852
Dedicated to developing the next generation of dance artists and innovators, CityDance School & Conservatory offers training for introductory to pre-professional students of all ages. The School offers a well-rounded curriculum of Vaganova-based ballet training and contemporary dance techniques, as well as jazz, hip-hop, Sri Lankan and Afro-Fusion. The Conservatory is a pre-professional training program that prepares young dancers for professional careers.
CityDance also has additional locations:
5200 Randolph Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Friendship Heights, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015

3229 Sleepy Hollow Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
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Discover this co-ed independent day school for infants to eighth graders in Falls Church, Virginia. Congressional School prepares young learners for future success, inspiring them to question, collaborate, create and lead.

4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA 22207
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Encore offers a variety of virtual theater arts programs. Students will build their skills in acting, storytelling and creative thinking through this unique theatrical experience.

11810 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854
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Grades: Preschool-Grade 8
Open House: Call to schedule a tour.
As the area’s leader in educating academically gifted children, Feynman School features extraordinary programs in science, math and language arts.

Harmonia School of Music & Art
204 F Mill St., NE, Vienna, VA 22180
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Harmonia School offers outstanding performing arts programs. It includes instrumental and voice lessons and early childhood classes. Harmonia’s theater department offers one of the finest musical theater and acting programs that culminate in productions. The classes are offered to all ages and all levels. Highly educated and experienced teachers provide the instruction.

Holly Brook Montessori School
2455 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA 22027
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Tours are available by appointment
Children learn in an intimate and unpretentious atmosphere, where they respect themselves and others and care for the environment around them. Holly Brook offers a complete educational and social environment and uses the discoveries and methods of Dr. Montessori to help children develop more fully the potential within them. The school provides a program specially suited to the needs of a child and offers individual attention to his or her whole development.

Hunter Mill Montessori School
2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA 22124
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Tours are available by appointment.
Hunter Mill Montessori School provides an intimate and nurturing environment for children ages 2 years 9 months to 6-year-old children to develop their independence through the Montessori experience. Hunter Mill offers a complete educational and social environment and uses the discoveries and methods of Dr. Montessori to help children develop more fully the potential within them. The school provides a program specially suited to the needs of a child and offers individual attention to his or her whole development.

11325 Seven Locks Road, Suite 255
Potomac, MD 20854
4701 Sangamore Road, Suite LL-03
Bethesda, MD 20816
301-365-5888; [email protected]
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Voted best in music instruction, the International School of Music offers music lessons in all instruments and voices to students of all levels and ages. Preschool music classes and adult music instruction are also available in addition to the optional performances and certificate programs. Book your trial lessons today.

10500 Oaklyn Drive, Potomac, MD 20854
5450 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, MD 20816
11200 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Ages: 2-9
Discover Maryland’s first Montessori School, teaching generations of children since 1962. Offering school day, extended day and summer day camp.

Marva Collins Cottage School
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Private/Independent School
Grades accepted: PreK-2nd
Ages accepted: 4-7 years
Offering half- and full-day programs and culturally responsive education while prioritizing the joy of learning. Please visit the school’s website for information session and open house details.

(The) Montessori School at
Goose Creek Preserve
42470 Rosalind St., Ashburn, VA 20148
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Tours available by appointment.
Discover this brand-new Montessori school in the Broadlands area of Ashburn. All of the classrooms are spacious with an abundance of natural lighting. The classrooms open to the playground with patios allowing children to freely work inside and outside. Goose Creek offers a complete educational and social environment and uses the discoveries and methods of Dr. Montessori to help a child develop more fully the potential within him or her.

3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax, VA 22031
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Open House: Call to schedule a tour.
Montessori School of Cedar Lane has been providing over 40 years of Montessori tradition to Northern Virginia. The school offers a complete educational and social environment and uses the discoveries and methods of Dr. Montessori to help a child develop more fully the potential within him or her.

1711 Kirby Road, McLean, VA 22101
Ages: 2 -12
Open House: Call to schedule a tour.
Offering preschool and elementary classes, Spanish, French, science, drama, music, physical education, computer, art and summer school. Transportation available.

13625 EDS Drive
Herndon, VA 20171
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Ages Served: 3 years old to eighth grade
Hours: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Open House: Call to schedule a tour.
The award-winning Nysmith School for the Gifted is committed to making school fun. Staff nurture your student’s love of learning and help your children learn to their potential. A 1-to-9 ratio allows Nysmith to differentiate the academic program up to four levels above a student’s current grade.

Montessori School
Ages 2 through Grade 12
6701 Wisconsin Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
High School: 9411 Connecticut Ave.
Kensington, MD 20895
For 33 years, Oneness-Family School’s award-winning Montessori program has served families of students 2 years through grade 12. OFS features highly trained, supportive teachers and a diverse, engaged school community. The school creates a collaborative learning environment where all children have the chance to explore their own talents and interests. OFS fosters students who are prepared to lead and succeed in a changing, challenging world by balancing college prep academics with a focus on well-being and shared values such as empathy, inclusion and equity. High school program offerings include a leadership program, outdoor education, community internships and field studies in the D.C. area.

7209 Quiet Cove
Alexandria, VA 22003
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Ages: 3-12
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Please email for more information.
Pinecrest School is a fully accredited progressive school offering small class sizes, hands-on curriculum, an individualized approach and a focus on a balance of academics and social and emotional well-being. Offers preschool through sixth grades, summer camp and before- and after-care services.

1928 Isaac Newton Square West
Reston, VA 20190
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Hours: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Open House: Call to schedule a tour.
Established in 1986, Reston Montessori School is a private, coeducational school for children from 3 months through sixth grade. RMS provides academic school day, enrichment programs and before- after-school activities.

The Siena School
1300 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901
2705 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA 22124
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The Siena School provides highly individualized, research-based, multisensory instruction and curriculum-related field trips. Students develop critical thinking skills and acquire the tools and strategies needed to become successful and independent learners who are prepared for college.

3514 Plyers Mill Road
Kensington, MD 20895
Ages: 2-6; Hours: 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
This Montessori preschool offers foreign language programs.

Springwell school
9525 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
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Grades: K-4
This progressive school offers a unique blend of Waldorf, Montessori and Reggio Emilia philosophies.

3819 Gallows Road
Annandale, VA 22003
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Preschool (3- and 4-year-olds) to Grade 8
Westminster School provides a unique preschool to middle school education based on a classical curriculum, accelerated academics enhanced by the arts and an emphasis on personal responsibility and good character. Students enjoy small classes taught by teachers who specialize in their field.

The Yellow House School
7012 Braeburn Place
Bethesda, MD 20817
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This bilingual, inclusive preschool is led by highly qualified early childhood educators. The school is enrolling children ages 2-5 and offers full-day and half-day enrollment. ■