Amazing Life Games Preschool, 4300 16th St., NW 20011; 202-265-0114; ages 2½–5; $329-$1,481 a month; 40 students (only 30 in the school at any given time; different children come on different days); www.amazinglifegames.org.
What’s new: A gardening class.
Recent accomplishment: A fence has been placed around the outdoor area so that children can learn about planting and raising a garden while also using the woods for creative play.
Archbishop Carroll High School, 4300 Harewood Rd., NE 20017; 202-529-0900; 9th–12th grades; $9260; 670 students; www.archbishopcarroll.org.
What’s new: Digital design classes now use laptops and the school introduced a robotics class.
Recent accomplishment: The school is in the preliminary phase for an IB program.
Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, 3500 Woodley Rd., NW 20016; 202-537-6493; pre-K–3rd grade; $25,970; 386 students; www.beauvoirschool.org.
What’s new: An after-school program, Tiny Chefs, that teaches children to cook.
British School of Washington, 2001 Wisconsin Ave., NW 20007; 202-829-3700; ages 3–18; $10,440 (morning nursery school), $18,975–$22,475; 370 students; www.britishschool.org.
What’s new: Drama classes at the IGCSE level (International General Certificate of Secondary Education).
Recent accomplishment: Last year a student became the first-ever four-time state representative for the National Geographic Geography Bee. Also, the school moved into a new building.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Nottingham Trent University and the University of Maryland.
Capitol Hill Day School, 210 South Carolina Ave., SE 20003; 202-547-2244; pre-K–8th grades; $19,660 (partial-day pre-K, K), $22,220 (full-day pre-K–5th grade), $23,350 (6th–8th grades); 225 students; www.chds.org.
What’s new: A jazz ensemble and an after-school program in which kids do various activities including tae kwon do, art, Chinese for pre-K, yoga for children, instrument lessons, and chess club. The program is open to students as well as the public. The school also added a program that provides children with an average of one field trip per week tied to what they’re studying.
Children’s House of Washington (a Montessori School), 3133 Dumbarton St., NW 20007; 202-342-2551; ages 2 3/4 to 6; $7,500-$8,500; 27 students; www.thechildrenshouseofwashington.com.
Dupont Park Adventist School, 3942 Alabama Ave., SE 20020; 202-583-8500; pre-K–10th grade; $5,100-$5,700; 300 students; www.dupontparkschool.org.
What’s new: Spanish classes.
Edmund Burke School, 4101 Connecticut Ave., NW 20008; 202-362-8882; 6th–12th grades; $28,110 including books; 315 students; www.eburke.org.
Recent accomplishments: Last spring, the school held its first high school film festival, which was open to the public. Also, three Burke students were accepted into the 2008 Folger Shakespeare Program.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: New York University, George Washington University, Wesleyan University, and Hampshire College.
Aleph Bet Jewish Day School, 1125 Spa Rd., Annapolis 21403; 410-263-9044; K–5th grade; $9,640; 47 students; www.alephbet.org.
What’s new: Construction is set to begin next year on a new facility.
Annapolis Area Christian School (lower school), 710 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis 21401; 410-266-8251; pre-K–5th grade; $3,311-$8,679; 255 students; www.aacsonline.org.
Annapolis Area Christian School (middle school), 716 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis 21401; 410-266-8251; 6th–8th grades; $9,867; 234 students; www.aacsonline.org.
Annapolis Area Christian School (upper school), 109 Burns Crossing Rd., Severn 21144; 410-266-8251; 9th–12th grades; $11,913; 500 students; www.aacsonline.org.
Recent accomplishment: The school now has a football team and has expanded its drama department and student council.
College where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Maryland
Apple Montessori School, 7210 Hidden Creek Rd., Bethesda 20817; 301-320-8832; ages 2–6; $5,974-$11,768; 60 students; www.applems.com.
What’s new: The Apple Seed Option program, which offers special classes for children with educational or developmental delays. Archbishop Spalding High School, 8080 New Cut Rd., Severn 21144; 410-969-9105; 9th–12th grades; $10,655; 1,180 students; www.archbishopspalding.org.
What’s new: The school is preparing for construction to begin on a new stadium with an artificial-turf field.
What’s new: A special seven-week course, “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent,” to help parents improve their basic parenting skills. Also, the an arts professional-development series allows 5th graders to meet opera singers and learn about the career.
Barnesville School, 21830 Peach Tree Rd., Barnesville 20838; 301-972-0341; age 3–8th grade; $8,165-$15,135; 216 students; www.barnesvilleschool.org.
What’s new: A program for three-year-olds.
Barrie School, 13500 Layhill Rd., Silver Spring 20906; 301-576-2800; age 2–12th grade; $11,300-$23,150; 375 students; www.barrie.org.
What’s new: The school now offers two 2-year-old classes instead of one.
Beddow Jr./Sr. High School, 501 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek 20607; 301-292-1968; 7th–12th grades; $11,000; 40 students; www.thebeddowschool.org.
Recent accomplishment: The school is preparing to build a new gym with extra classrooms and a basketball court.
Recent accomplishment: The school celebrated its 25th year in 2007.
Bishop McNamara High School, 6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville 20747; 301-735-8401; 9th–12th grades; $9,700; 850 students; www.bmhs.org.
What’s new: A fine arts diploma program.
Recent accomplishment: The school just completed an $8 million renovation of its facility.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Maryland, St. John’s University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Recent accomplishments: The school just added sixth grade this fall and will expand to include seventh grade next year and eighth grade in 2010. It is also building a 67,000-square-foot eco-friendly building with a gymnasium, media center, and 18 new classrooms.
French International School (Lycée Rochambeau), 9600 Forest Rd., Bethesda 20814; 301-530-8260; nursery–12th grade (French baccalaureate and American high-school diploma); $10,233-$13,266; 1,085 students; www.rochambeau.org.
Friends Community School, 5901 Westchester Park Dr., College Park 20740; 301-441-2100; K–8th grade; $13,910-$15,970; 183 students; www.friendscommunityschool.org.
What’s new: A new headmaster, Larry Clements.
Geneva Day School, 11931 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac 20854; 301-340-7704; age 2–K; $2,070-$10,500; 250 students; www.genevadayschool.org.
German School (Deutsche Schule), Washington, DC, 8617 Chateau Dr., Potomac 20854; 301-365-4400; pre-K–12th grade (German Abitur and American high-school diploma); $6,540 -$11,670; most classes taught in German; 640 students; www.dswashington.org.
Recent accomplishment: A 2008 graduating senior received the National Achievement Scholarship, a $100,000+ scholarship, in addition to scholarships to nine different universities.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Georgetown University, University of Virginia, and Princeton University.
Gibson Island Country School, 5191 Mountain Rd., Pasadena 21122; 410-255-5370; pre-K–5th grade; $7,900-$11,900; 69 students; www.gics.org.
Glenelg Country School, 12793 Folly Quarter Rd., Ellicott City 21042; 410-531-8600; pre-K–12th grade; $10,420-$20,850; 825 students; www.glenelg.org.
What’s new: A Writing Across the Curriculum program.
Grace Brethren Christian School, 6501 Surratts Rd., Clinton 20735; 301-868-1600; age 4–12th grade; $6,795-$7,295; 675 students; www.gbcseagles.org.
What’s new: The school now offers clubs during school.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Maryland, Towson University, and Liberty University.
Grace Episcopal Day School, 9115 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring 20910; 301-585-3513; age 3–K; $6,366-$17,693; 74 students; www.geds.org.
Recent accomplishment: The school just renewed its National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation.
Montessori International Children’s House, 1641 Winchester Rd., Annapolis 21409; 410-757-7789; age 1½–6th grade; $7,000-$9,000; 158 students; www.montessoriinternational.org. What’s new: School programs in kung fu and violin.
What’s new: Students have clubs (photography, art, prayer groups, sports) for the first 30 to 40 minutes before classes.
Recent accomplishment: The school completed its 30th year of Christian education.
Mother of God School, 20501 Goshen Rd., Gaithersburg 20879; 301-990-2088; pre-K–8th grade; $6,200; 189 students; www.mogschool.com.
What’s new: The school expanded to include a pre-school for four-year-olds.
New Hope Academy and Preschool, 7009 Varnum St., Landover Hills 20784; 301-459-7311; age 3-12th grade; $7,950-$8,750; 225 students; www.newhopeacademy.org.
What’s new: An after-school Lego robotics team, which is part of the First Lego League, a global robotics program.
Recent accomplishment: An expanded after-school program that encompasses art, sciences, robotics, physical education, and music.
Severn School, 201 Water St., Severna Park 21146; 410-647-7700; 6th–12th grades; $20,475; 600 students; www.severnschool.com.
What’s new: A new athletic center opened in April. It features basketball courts, a fitness and conditioning center, locker areas, teaching and reception spaces, a training center, and a concession stand.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.
The Siena School, 9727 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring 20910; 301-592-0567; 4th–11th grades; serves students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences; $26,500-$27,750; 61 students; www.thesienaschool.org.
What’s new: Next year the school will add 12th grade.
Silver Spring Learning Center, 1401 Arcola Ave., Silver Spring 20902; 301-649-1373; 18 months–preschool; $960-$11,880; 150 students.
What’s new: A play gym and a toddler class.
Sligo Adventist School, 8300 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park 20912; 301-434-1417; pre-K–8th grade; $405-$760 a month; 150 students; www.sligoadventistschool.org.
Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy, 3514 Plyers Mill Rd., Kensington 20895; 301-962-7262; ages 2 1/2–6; Italian, French, and Spanish programs; $7,700 to $10,060; 60 students; www.spring-bilingual.org.
Saint Ambrose Catholic School, 6310 Jason St., Cheverly 20785; 301-773-0223; pre-K–8th grade; $4,900 (parishioners), $6,100 (nonparishioners); 278 students.
What’s new: The International Studies Center, a laptop-computer facility that focuses on international studies.
St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic School, 7501 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville 20783; 301-422-7440; pre-school: $5,300 (parishioners), $6,400 (nonparishioners); K–8th grade: $4,690 (parishioners), $6,100 (nonparishioners); 290 students; www.stmarkhyattsville.org.
What’s new: Latin classes for 7th and 8th graders, a language lab in connection with the technology program, and choir and choral groups in music program.
Recent accomplishment: A new pastor and a new principal this year and a new alumni association.
St. Mary’s Elementary School, 111 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis 21401; 410-263-2869; K–8th grade; $6,910 (parishioners) and $7,990 (nonparishioners) for kindergarten; $6,240 (parishioners) and $7,340 (nonparishioners) for 1st to 8th grade; 880 students; www.stmaryschurch.org.
St. Mary’s High School, 113 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis 21401; 410-990-4100; 9th–12th grades; $10,340 (parishioners), $11,690 (nonparishioners); 520 students; www.stmaryschurch.org.
Recent accomplishment: A new turf field and a larger performance stage for drama.
Saint Peter’s School, 2900 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney 20832; 301-774-9112; K–8th grade; $5,870 (parishioners), $7,550 (nonparishioners); 447 students; stpetersolney.org/day_school.jsp.
What’s new: After-school activities in languages, drama, and choir. The school has also expanded its athletic programs.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Maryland and Calvin College.
Recent accomplishment: It moved into a new building in Olney with all of the schools together. It also opened a new gym, baseball field, and soccer field.
Washington Episcopal School, 5600 Little Falls Pkwy., Bethesda 20816; 301-652-7878; age 3–8th grade; $12,350 -$24,635; 313 students; www.w-e-s.org.
Washington Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center and Primary School, 11810 Falls Rd., Potomac 20854; 301-279-7505; age 2–kindergarten; $2,031-$12,132 (temple members), $2,364-$13,786 (nonmembers); 307 students; www.whctemple.org/education.htm.
Recent accomplishment: An additional toddler program for the winter and an after-school program, After School Childrens Enrichment, which features tae kwon do, lacrosse, tennis, yoga, cooking, cheerleading, and ballet.
VIRGINIA Academy of Christian Education, 1808-A Michael Faraday Ct., Reston 20190; 703-471-2132; preschool–6th grade; $13,500; 200 students; www.ace-academy.com.
What’s new: Expanded after-school programs, including chess, choir, piano keyboarding, and soccer.
Recent accomplishment: The school partnered with Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, so that students who need to move at a more accelerated pace can do so. A new computer lab was launched recently and every classroom now has an interactive whiteboard.
Accotink Academy Preschool, 6215 Rolling Rd., Springfield 22152; 703-451-5797; age 3–K; $1,780-$3,650 (preschool), $3,920 (half-day K); 210 students; www.accotinkacademy.com.
What’s new: The school is offering enrichment classes over the lunch hour.
Ad Fontes Academy, 15450 Lee Hwy., Centreville 20120; 703-815-6022; classical Christian; K–12th grade; $6,500 (half-day kindergarten), $7,100 (full day kindergarten and 1st–6th grades), $7,750 (7th–8th grades); $8,650 (9th–12th grades); 140 students; www.adfontes.com.
Alexandria Country Day School, 2400 Russell Rd., Alexandria 22301; 703-548-4804; K–8th grade; $20,860 (K–3rd grade) $19,300 (4th–8th grades); 235 students; www.acdsnet.org.
The Aquinas Montessori School, 8334 Mount Vernon Hwy., Alexandria 22309; 703-780-8484; ages 3–12; $8,820-$10,287; 150 students; www.aquinasmontessorischool.com.
Arlington Montessori House, 3809 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington 22201; 703-524-2511; ages 3–5; about $7,000; 56 students; www.arlingtonmontessori.com.
Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Rd., Arlington 22213; 703-237-1400; 9th–12th grades; $9,000 (Arlington diocesan Catholics), $10,600 (nondiocesan Catholics), $13,200 (non-Catholics); Muller Center for children with learning disabilities; 1,367 students; www.bishopoconnell.org.
What’s new: A Christian Service program, and a new study skills program.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Virginia Tech, James Madison University, and George Mason University.
Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria 22314; 703-751-7606; 9th–12th grades; $10,400 (Arlington diocesan Catholics), $11,800 (nondiocesan Catholics), $14,950 (non-Catholics); 800 students; www.bishopireton.org. Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Early Childhood Center, 1417 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria 22302; 703-998-4170; age 3–8th grade; $3,774-$6,281; 329 students; www.blessedsacramentcc.org/school.
Recent accomplishment: The school was recently elected for the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.
Boyd School (Reston campus), 11579 Cedar Chase Rd., Herndon 20170; 703-404-9733; ages 18 months-3rd grade; $9,133-$12,918; 160 students; www.theboydschool.com.
Boyd School (Herndon campus), 13251 Woodland Park Rd., Herndon 20171; 571-203-8686; ages 18 months-6 years; $9,133-$12,045; 140 students; www.theboydschool.com.
Commonwealth Academy, 1321 Leslie Ave., Alexandria 22301; 703-548-6912; 109 students; www.commonwealthacademy.org; $28,336. Grades 6-12 for students who benefit from class sizes of ten or fewer and instruction geared to different learning styles.
What’s new: Courses in digital graphics, music, and advanced computer concepts.
Congressional Schools of Virginia, 3229 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church 22042; 703-533-9711; preschool–8th grade; $16,500-$19,800; 375 students; www.congressionalschools.org.
Recent accomplishment: Students were nationally recognized in the 2008 Wordmasters Competition.
Corpus Christi Early Childhood Center, 7506 St. Philip’s Ct., Falls Church 22042; 703-573-4570; age 3-K; $327 a month (preschool); $4,829-$7,359 (kindergarten); 160 students; www.corpuschristischool.org.
What’s new: A Handwriting without Tears curriculum, designed by an occupational therapist to teach proper letter formation.
Corpus Christi Elementary School, 3301 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church 22041; 703-820-7450; K-8th grades; $4,829 (parishioners), $5,148 (nonparishioners), $7,359 (non-Catholics); 375 students; www.corpuschristischool.org.
Country Woodland School, 7152 Woodland Dr., Springfield 22151; 703-256-9400; ages 8 weeks–5 years; $205-258 a week (full time); 80 students; www.countrywoodland.com.
Recent accomplishment: The baseball team won the state competition in May 2008.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Cedarville University, Liberty University, and James Madison University.
Linton Hall School, 9535 Linton Hall Rd., Bristow 20136-1200; 703-368-3157; preschool–8th grade; $4,000-$8,260; 198 students; www.lintonhall.edu.
Loudoun Country Day School, 237 Fairview St., NW, Leesburg 20176; 703-777-3841; preschool–8th grade; $9,500-$14,500; 280 students; www.lcds.org.
What’s new: In 2009 the school will move to a new 69-acre campus on Evergreen Road in Leesburg. New Spanish classes are also being offered in the lower school.
Lowes Island Village Green Day School, 47722 Saulty Dr., Potomac Falls 20165; 703-404-4200; ages 2½-K; $520-$12,800; 260 students; www.villagegreendayschool.com.
Massanutten Military Academy, 614 S. Main St., Woodstock 22664; 540-459-2167; 7th–12th grade, postgraduate; $24,664 (boarding); 166 students; www.militaryschool.com.
What’s new: The Rosetta Stone program has been added in several languages, including Russian.
Recent accomplishment: The school has 28 competitive sports including scuba and Olympic air rifle.
Merritt Academy, 9211 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax 22031; 703-273-8000; age 6 weeks–8th grade; $12,108-$18,754 a year; 370 students; www.merrittacademy.org.
What’s new: An infant room and extended hours (now from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
Miller School of Albemarle, 1000 Samuel Miller Loop, Charlottesville 22903; 434-823-4805; 8th–12th grade, postgraduate; $29,7500 (5-day boarding), $33,000 (7-day boarding) $14,350 (day); 150 students; www.millerschool.org.
What’s new: An equestrian program and a Model UN club.
Recent accomplishments: The school has a newly renovated studio art space and has received statewide recognition for its community service.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Tech.
Montessori School of Alexandria, 6300 Florence La., Alexandria 22310; 703-960-3498; ages 3–14; $7,400-$9,500; 99 students; www.montschoolalex.com.
Montessori School of Cedar Lane, 3035 Cedar La., Fairfax 22031; 703-560-4379; ages 3–6; $6,480 (half day), $10,580 (full day); 100 students; www.preschoolmontessori.com.
What’s new: A creative movement class.
Montessori School of Holmes Run, 3527 Gallows Rd., Falls Church 22042; 703-573-4652; age 3–8th grade; $6,000-$11,000; 52 students; www.vamontessori.com.
Montessori School of Holmes Run and Children’s House, 3335 Annandale Rd., Falls Church 22042; 703-573-7599; ages 3–6; $690 a month (half day), $1,000 a month (full day); 60 students. www.vamontessori.com.
Montessori School of Northern Virginia, 6820 Pacific La., Annandale 22003; 703-256-9577; ages 2–9; $7,335-$9,986; 135 students; www.msnv.org.
Recent accomplishment: The school purchased a new campus in Falls Church and is expanding in January 2010.
Montessori School of Oakton, 12113 Vale Rd., Oakton 22124; 703-715-0611; age 3–6th grade; $6,825-$9,300; 94 students.
New School of Northern Virginia, 9431 Silver King Ct., Fairfax 22031; 703-691-3040; 4th–12th grades; $16,600-$21,600; 140 students; www.nsnva.pvt.k12.va.us.
Northern Virginia Academy of Early Learning Burke Campus, 6215 Roberts Pkwy., Burke 22015; 703-239-0875; ages 3 weeks–12 years; $164-$284 a week; 168 students; www.novaearlylearning.com.
Recent accomplishment: One of the seniors was named a 2008 Presidential scholar, one of the debaters won the 2008 Virginia debate championships, and the robotics team placed 2nd in an international competition.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia and University of Pennsylvania.
Randolph-Macon Academy, 200 Academy Dr., Front Royal 22630; 540-636-5200; 6th–12th grade, postgraduate; $11,959-$13,653 (day), $26,282–$27,900 (boarding), $33,000 (international); 10 percent discount for Methodists; 365 students; www.rma.edu.
What’s new: New courses include AP Art History, Rule Brittania, Honors World History II, and Conceptual Physics. The school is also looking forward to a new state-of-the-art academic building that will open in 2009.
Recent accomplishments: In the last year, students dedicated 8,802 hours to community service, two seniors earned their private pilot certification, the school’s capital campaign reached over $10 million in gifts and pledges, and the R-MA Jets (physics) team claimed 2nd in JV and varsity competition.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Old Dominion University, West Virginia University, and Lynchburg College.
Reston Montessori School, 1928 Isaac Newton Sq. W., Reston 20190; 703-481-2922; age 3 months–3th grade; $895-$1,520 a month; 210 students; www.restonmontessori.com.
St. Ann Elementary School, 980 N. Frederick St., Arlington 22205; 703-525-7599; pre-K–8th grade; $4,300-$9,400 (Catholics), $7,500-$18,000 (non-Catholics); 200 students; www.stann.org.
St. Anne’s–Belfield School, 2132 Ivy Rd., Charlottesville 22903; 434-296-5106; preschool–12th grade; $8,900 (preschool and half-day K), $13,100 (full-day K), $15,400–$18,950 (grades 1–12); $12,700 additional for five-day boarding, $21,750 additional for seven-day; 841 students; www.stab.org.
What’s new: The school offers Mandarin Chinese courses to satisfy a full college requirement for language (also offering in Kindergarten). The upper school is using a trimester schedule which allows for greater flexibility to include several new courses and electives. The school is currently designing a lower school learning village, with construction to begin as early as this year.
St. Clement Episcopal School, 1701 N. Quaker La., Alexandria 22302; 703-998-8795; ages 2½-5; $525 a month (half day), $890 (to 3 PM), $1,100 (to 6 PM); 20 percent discount for St. Clement Episcopal Church parishioners, 10 percent discount for siblings; 65 students; www.saintclement.org.
What’s new: An outdoor classroom for nature classes and a new library opened in September.
St. Leo the Great Catholic School, 3704 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax 22030; 703-273-1211; preschool–8th grade; $186-$374 a month (preschool), $350 a month (kindergarten), $4,775 (parishioners), $6,320 (nonparishioners), $7,185 (non-Catholics); St. John Vianney Center for children with special needs; 440 students; www.saintleothegreatschool.org.
St. Luke School, 7005 Georgetown Pike, McLean 22101; 703-356-1508; K–8th grade; $5,791 (parishioners), $7,328 (nonparishioners), $9,060 (non-Catholics); 230 students; www.stlukeschool.com.
What’s new: Spanish classes.
St. Mark’s Montessori School, 5800 Backlick Rd., Springfield 22150; 703-451-4470; age 3–K; $440–$585 a month; 75 students. www.stmarks-ecla.org/montessori.asp.
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School (lower school), 400 Fontaine St., Alexandria 22302; 703-751-2700; JK–5th grade; $20,400–$22,840; 402 students; www.sssas.org.
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School (middle school), 4401 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria 22304; 703-751-2700; 6th–8th grades; $24,710; 273 students; www.sssas.org.
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School (upper school), 1000 St. Stephen’s Rd., Alexandria 22304; 703-751-2700; 9th–12th grades; $26,425; 449 students; www.sssas.org.
Recent accomplishment: The school hosted the first student-led regional sustainability conference for high schoolers for 27 schools in the area.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, College of William & Mary, and Stanford University.
St. Thomas More Cathedral School, 105 N. Thomas St., Arlington 22203; 703-528-6781; pre-K–8th grade; $4,389 (pre-K), $4,686 (Catholic), $6,006 (all others); 325 students; www.stmschool.org.
Sydenstricker School, 7001 Sydenstricker Rd., Springfield 22152; 703-451-4141; age 3-1st grade; $307-$895 a month; 100 students; www.sydenstrickerschool.com.
Town & Country School of Vienna, 9525 Leesburg Pike, Vienna 22182; 703-759-3000; preschool–2nd grade; $8,800 (half-day preschool and pre-K), $11,400-$12,100 (full-day preschool through 2nd grade); 114 students; www.viennatownandcountryschool.com.
Trinity School at Meadow View, 2849 Meadow View Rd., Falls Church 22042; 703-876-1920; grades 7–12; 135 students; $14,000; www.trinityschools.org.
Recent accomplishment: The school celebrated its tenth anniversary this year.
Village Green Day School at Lowes Island, 47722 Saulty Dr., Potomac Falls 20165; 703-404-4200; age 20 months-K; $520-$1,400 a month; 250 students; www.villagegreendayschool.com. Wakefield Country Day School at Huntly, 1059 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Huntly 22627; 540-635-8555; preschool–12th grade; $5,830-$11,260; 256 students; www.wakefieldcds.org.
What’s new: Etiquette and AP Economics classes. The sports program expanded to include cross-country, tennis for girls, and swimming. Also, the school started a chess club.
Recent accomplishment: The Latin students won more awards per capita at the National Certamen Competition than any of the more than 100 other schools participating.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, College of William & Mary, and Virginia Tech.
Wakefield School, 4439 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains 20198; 540-253-7500; pre-K–12th grade; $2,900-$18,080; 460 students; www.wakefieldschool.org.
What’s new: A two-, three-, or five-day preschool program.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, University of Mary Washington, and James Madison University.