Amazing Life Games Preschool, 4300 16th St., NW; 202-265-0114; ages 2½–5; tuition depends on whether the child attends full-time or part-time and whether the parent participates in the co-op, but the average monthly tuition from 9 AM to 3 PM five days a week is $1188; 30 students.
Recent accomplishment: Children at Amazing Life Games use play as the primary way to inspire learning. They go on many field trips, explore nature, and have a lot of special teachers come in to facilitate holistic development.
British School of Washington, 2001 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-829-3700; ages 3–18; $11,100 (nursery part-time) $20,300 (nursery full-time through year 6), $22,150 (years 7–11), $24,250 (years 12–13); 400 students.
Capitol Hill Day School, 210 South Carolina Ave., SE; 202-547-2244; pre-K through 8th grades; $20,450 (pre-K and K part-time), $23,110 (pre-K and K full-time), $23,110 (grades 1–5), $24,290 (grades 6–8); 215 students; chds.org.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Dickinson College, Guilford College, and Kenyon College. Georgetown Day Schoollower/middle-school campus, 4530 MacArthur Blvd., NW; 202-295-6200; pre-K-8th grade; $26,713–$29,692; 570 students.
What’s new: It acquired the property next to the school, razed the house that was on the land, and has begun landscaping the property to make a playing field.
Recent accomplishment: In the last six years, JPDS has gone from 156 to 262 students; put in new playground equipment; expanded the math enrichment program; gone from deficit spending to a balanced budget; and had Yuvall Rabin, Elie Wiesel, and Condoleezza Rice speak at its annual lecture series.
KinderHaus of Chevy Chase, 5307 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-244-0719; infants through pre-K; $1,090–$1,630; 25 students.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Washington University, University of Pennsylvania, and Tufts University.
Montessori School of Chevy Chase, 5312 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-362-6212; ages 2–6; tuition approximately $15,000 per school year depending on choice of programs (full day/half day, before care/after care, 9 month/12 month program); 57 students.
What’s new: Offers competitive reading and math programs as well as French, art, music, yoga, and guitar lessons.
Recent accomplishment: School runs an all-day Montessori program from 8 to 6, eliminating the daycare philosophy.
What’s new: Gymnastics twice a week, music once a week, and creative-movement class once a month.
Nannie Helen Burroughs School, 601 50th St., NE; 202-398-5266; nursery (age 2½)–6th grade; preschool ($5,225, include before and after care), grades 1–6 ($4,940, additional $200 per month for before and after care); 135 students.
Recent accomplishment: The school celebrated its 100th anniversary.
National Child Research Center, 3209 Highland Pl., NW; 202-363-8777; ages 2½-5; $5,385 (half day two days per week,) $7,185 (half day three days per week), $11,595 (half day five days per week), $22,695 (full day 5 days per week); 171 students.
What’s new: The center’s newly renovated building has bigger classrooms and a multipurpose gym room.
St. John’s Episcopal Preschool, 3240 O St., NW; 202-338-2574; ages 2½–5; morning program $7,609-$10,995 depending on number of days and age of child; early-morning and afternoon programs also available; 45 students; .
Recent accomplishment: Voted “best for families” (preschool) in July 2009 Washington Family magazine.
Washington International School. Primary school: 1690 36th St., NW; 202-243-1815; pre-K through 5th grade; $20,685-$25,525; 451 students. Middle and upper school: 3100 Macomb St., NW; 202-243-1815; 6th–12th grade; $28,465; 450 students.
What’s new: The Student News Action Network (www.studentnewsaction.net), launched by WIS, is promoting online discussion about global issues, with student journalists participating from schools as far away as Thailand, Qatar, and South Africa.
Recent accomplishment: Facilities upgrades on the middle/upper school campus were completed during the 2008–09 school year; the final project was an outdoor basketball court and regulation-size soccer field. Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, and Duke University.
What’s new: A science and environmental-education program, composed of administrators, faculty, and parents, will examine how to fully utilize the school’s 50 acres for educational purposes. It will also support school initiatives to be more environmentally friendly.
Recent accomplishment: School won middle-school championships in boys’ basketball and soccer. Placed fourth in Potomac chapter’s Mathcounts competition.
Recent accomplishment: Twenty-seven years in business, in the same location, with the same director and owner. The school strictly follows the Montessori philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori and has three multi-age classrooms.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, and University of Virginia. Butler School, 15951 Germantown Rd., Darnestown; 301-977-6600; pre-K through 8th grade; $12,250; 165 students.
Casa de Montessori, 14015 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring; 301-384-8404; ages 3–6; $5,500 (preschool), $8,100 (kindergarten); 50 students.
What’s new: The school is launching a new Web site.
Recent accomplishment: Celebrating its 40th year.
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Lower school: 1901 E. Jefferson St., Rockville; 301-881-1400; kindergarten–6th grade; $18,450; 645 students. Upper school: 11710 Hunters La., Rockville; 301-881-1400; 7th–12th grade; $23,680; 635 students.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Maryland, Cornell University, and Tufts University. Chesapeake Academy, 1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Arnold; 410-647-9612; preschool–5th grade; $4,000–$13,750; 280 students.
What’s new: Community-built playground was completed thanks to parents and friends who gave more than 3,000 volunteer hours to build a custom structure that enhances the physical education experience and imaginative play of students.
Recent accomplishment: The school held its most successful fundraising auction event in its history, and the annual fund reached new giving records.
What’s new: Middle-school students participate in community service by mentoring kids at James Duckworth Elementary School Challenge Day, visiting Independence Court Assisted Living Center, and serving the local community in other ways.
Recent accomplishment: The school recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.
French International School (Lycée Rochambeau), 9600 Forest Rd., Bethesda; 301-530-8260; nursery–12th grade (French baccalaureate and American high-school diploma); $12,537–$16,253; 1,050 students.
Recent accomplishments: Students had a 99-percent success rate on their final Baccalauréat exams in 2009.
Friends Community School, 5901 Westchester Park Dr., College Park; 301-441-2100; K–8th grade; $14,330–$16,450; 197 students.
What’s new: The school is in its third year in its new “green” building.
Geneva Day School, 11931 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac; 301-340-7704; age 2–kindergarten; $2,153–$10,900; 250 students.
German School (Deutsche Schule) Washington, DC, 8617 Chateau Dr., Potomac; 301-365-4400; pre-K through 12th grade (German Abitur and American high-school diploma); $6,740–$12,020; most classes taught in German; 620 students.
What’s new: This year the school has a new principal, Dave Lombardi.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School, pre-K through K and 5th–8th grades at 11902 Daisy La., Glenn Dale; 301-464-3215; 1st–4th grades at 13106 Annapolis Rd., Bowie; 301-262-5355; $8,150–$10,350; 601 students.
Indian Creek School, pre-K through 8th grade at 680 Evergreen Rd., Crownsville; 410-923-3660; 456 students; 9th–12th grades at 1130 Anne Chambers Way, Crownsville; 410-849-5151; $14,760–$20,995; 179 students.
Potomac Glen Day School, 9908 S. Glen Rd., Potomac; 301-299-9193; age 2–K; $4,090–$7,600 (half-day), $5,095–$10,300 (full day); 127 students.
Primary Day School, 7300 River Rd., Bethesda; 301-365-4355; pre-K through 2nd grade; $15,500–$17,300; 150 students. Queen Anne School, 14111 Oak Grove Rd., Upper Marlboro; 301-249-5000; 6th–12th grades; $17,500–$18,500; 125 students.
Recent accomplishments: Chemathon teams placed in the top three at the state competition.
What’s new: The Annapolis Twos, a twice-weekly program for two-year-olds.
Recent accomplishment: St. Anne’s graduates have been accepted to Cornell, Georgetown University, US Naval Academy, Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon, Rice University, Northwestern University, and the College of William & Mary.
What’s new: An updated computer lab opened in 2008.
Recent accomplishments: The 7th-grade class recently participated in a video conferencing class with NASA in the new computer lab. St. Elizabeth School, 917 Montrose Rd., Rockville; 301-881-1824; pre-K through 8th grade; $6,365 (parishioners), $7,865 (non-parishioners); 515 students.
What’s new: A new Web site was launched in October, and a new HEROES character-education program highlights community-building topics for monthly discussions.
St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic School, 7501 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville; 301-422-7440; $5,500 (preschool for parishioners), $6,600 (preschool for non-parishioners); (K–8th grade for parishioners), $6,250 (K–8th grade for non-parishioners); 260 students.
What’s new: The SMART (St. Mark’s Academic Resource and Teaching) Center provides additional assistance with school work and challenges gifted students.
Recent accomplishment: A revitalized athletics program with soccer, track, basketball, and softball is offered through the Catholic Youth Organization.
St. Mary’s Elementary School, 111 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis; 410-263-2869; K–8th grade; $7,190 (kindergarten for parishioners), $8,310 (kindergarten for non-parishioners); $6,490 (1st–8th grade for parishioners), $7,630 (1st–8th grade for non-parishioners); 849 students.
St. Mary’s High School, 113 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis; 410-263-3294; 9th–12th grades; $10,810 (parishioners), $12,220 (non-parishioners); 485 students.
Recent accomplishment: The class of 2009 received $9.1 million in scholarships and grants, and the school has a full-time college advisor on staff.
Saint Peter’s School, 2900 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney; 301-774-9112; K–8th grade; $5,960 (parishioners), $7,665 (non-parishioners); 413 students.
What’s new: Differentiated instruction, a fully equipped science lab, and enrichment programs in art and music.
Recent accomplishment: Reaccredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools.
What’s new: The school is making plans for the additional four acres it has acquired.
Recent accomplishment: The school has been named Physical Fitness Champions by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness for the last three years. The school has also seen 100-percent parent participation in annual giving for the last two years.
What’s new: An outdoor program for the middle school that includes camping, rafting, and ropes courses.
Recent accomplishment: The school is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Haverford College, Smith College, Ursinus College, New York University, College of William & Mary, and University of Maryland (Honors Program).
+ West Nottingham Academy, 1079 Firetower Rd., Colora; 410-658-5556; 9th–12th grade and postgraduate; $19,350 (day), $37,400 (boarding); Chesapeake Learning Center for learning differences (an additional $8,100); 116 students.
What’s new: A new choral-music teacher has joined the faculty.
Recent accomplishment: The school’s mock-trial team won the Virginia State High School Mock Trial Championship in March, defeating last year’s winner, First Colonial High School Legal Studies Academy of Virginia Beach.
Alexandria Country Day School, 2400 Russell Rd., Alexandria; 703-548-4804; K–8th grade; $19,830 (K–3rd grade) $21,430 (4th–8th grades); 235 students.
Bishop O’Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Rd., Arlington; 703-237-1433; 9th–12th grades; $9,475 (Arlington diocesan Catholics), $11,160 (non-diocesan Catholics), $13,900 (non-Catholics); Muller Center for children with learning disabilities; 1,277 students.
What’s new: A scholarship program for freshmen including awards for leadership, service, and spirit.
Recent accomplishment: Students in the performing arts staged three major productions during 2008–09 school year.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Virginia Tech, James Madison University, George Mason University, and Old Dominion University.
What’s new: The school has started a community garden to teach students about plants, responsibility, and the importance of a healthy diet. Students and parents harvested the garden over the summer.
Calvary Road Christian School, 6811 Beulah St., Alexandria; 703-971-8004; age 3–8th grade; $8,930 (all-day preschool), $5,460 (K–8th grade); 10-percent tuition discount for members of Calvary Road Baptist Church; 288 students.
Chesterbrook Academy in Vienna, 9525 Leesburg Pike, Vienna; 703-759-3000; age 2–2nd grade; $8,800 (half-day preschool and pre-K), $11,400–$12,100 (full-day preschool through 2nd grade); 115 students.
What’s new: Opened a second location with 34 students on Arlington Blvd.
Children’s House Montessori School, 2425-A N. Glebe Rd., Arlington; 703-276-1360; ages 2–kindergarten; $10,500 (11:45 AM dismissal), $12,500 (2:45 PM dismissal), $14,800 (5:45 dismissal); 85 preschool students, 12 toddlers.
Recent accomplishment: Won a Best of Arlington award in 2009.
+ Christchurch School, 49 Seahorse La., Christchurch; 804-758-2306; 9th–12th grades and postgraduate; boys boarding school, coed day school; $16,850 (day), $39,850 (boarding); 195 students.
What’s new: “Great journeys begin at the river” initiative, a new curriculum for teaching 21st century skills, focusing on the Chesapeake Bay watershed area.
Recent accomplishment: The sailing team is ranked in the nation’s top ten.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: College of William & Mary, University of Mary Washington, Syracuse University, Virginia Tech, and Hampden Sydney. Commonwealth Academy, 1321 Leslie Ave., Alexandria; 703-548-6912; 100 students; $28,336. Grades 4–12 for students who benefit from class sizes of ten or fewer and instruction geared to different learning styles.
What’s new: Fourth and fifth grade have been added for the 2010 school year.
What’s new: Enrollment increased almost 20 percent for 2009–10 school year.
Recent accomplishment: Received the 2009 State of Virginia 2nd Place Math Counts Student award.
Emmanuel Christian School, 8302 Spruce St., Manassas; 703-369-3950; age 3–12th grade; $6,307 (lower school), $7,150 (upper school); 200 students.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Cedarville University and Liberty University. + Episcopal High School, 1200 N. Quaker La., Alexandria; 703-933-3000; 9th–12th grades boarding; $42,000; 435 students.
What’s new: In spring 2009, the school started construction on a new athletics facility, set to be completed in 2010.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Washington and Lee University, and Davidson College.
Fairfax Academy, 820 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington; 703-671-5555; 9481 Manassas Dr., Manassas; 703-396-7100; age 6 weeks to 12 years; $195–$220 a week; about 200 students per campus.
What’s new: The school adopted a six-day schedule for the 2009–10 school year and installed Promethean interactive whiteboards throughout the school.
Recent accomplishments: The literary magazine, The Rough Draft, won a gold medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association; three students won Cappie awards for their drama-department work; three varsity athletic teams made it to the state championship game, and two were crowned state champions.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Virginia Tech, James Madison University, College of William & Mary, University of Virginia, University of Richmond, and Villanova University.
What’s new: Gesher Green, an environmental-education program for all grades.
Recent accomplishments: The 6th grade placed 15th in the Virginia Mathematics League Contest; the 5th grade was invited to perform its production of Twelfth Night at the Folger Shakespeare Theater.
Grace Episcopal School, 3601 Russell Rd., Alexandria; 703-549-5067; preschool–5th grade; $7,670–$15,43740 (10-percent tuition discount for members of Grace Episcopal Church, 5-percent sibling discount); 120 students.
Recent accomplishment: The school is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Grasshopper Green/Kenwood Schools, 4955 Sunset La., Annandale; 703-256-4711; age 2–6th grade; $208 a week (preschool), $775 a month (elementary); 125 students.
Green Hedges School, 415 Windover Ave., NW, Vienna; 703-938-8323; age 3–8th grade; $11,754–$20,924; 190 students.
What’s new: The school added a third preschool class this year.
GW Community School, 9001 Braddock Rd., Suite 111, Springfield; 703-978-7208; 9th–12th grades; $21,600; 50 students.
What’s new: Spanish is available for four- and five-year-olds but is not included in the tuition.
Immanuel Lutheran School, 109 Belleaire Rd., Alexandria; 703-549-7323; pre-K through 8th grade; $5,290 (congregants), $7,578 (non-congregants); 60 students.
What’s new: Pre-K classes will begin in the fall of 2010. An accelerated classical curriculum includes Latin beginning in the third grade.
Recent accomplishments: All poetry submitted by 5th through 8th-grade students was selected for the 2009 Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans, which includes 200 poems from across the country. Kiddie Country I Developmental Learning Center, 6000 Schoolhouse Woods Rd., Burke; 703-250-6550; ages 2–12; $103–$339 a week; 80 students.
What’s new: Three new instructional programs for preschool and kindergarten: Building Language for Literacy, Book Time, and Handwriting Without Tears. New computers and children’s books.
Recent accomplishments: Last year’s class of 17 kindergartners independently read more than 2,100 books; more than 80 percent read on a first-grade level and nearly 50 percent on 2nd–6th grade levels.
Recent accomplishments: The baseball team won the state competition in May 2009. The 2009 class went to China for their senior trip, and a Leesburg junior recently advanced to the national ODACS math competition, where he took second place.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Northern Virginia Community College, Liberty University, and George Mason University. Linton Hall School, 9535 Linton Hall Rd., Bristow; 703-368-3157; preschool–8th grade; $4,140–$8,550; 200 students.
Lola’s Place, 20685 Fernbank Ct., Sterling; 571-434-7555; ages 8 weeks–5 years; $705 a month–$1,450 a month; 50 students.
What’s new: Co-curricular programs in the fine arts have been added, including choral music, theater, and string instruments. Private lessons are also available. AP classes have been added.
Recent accomplishment: A battalion commander was appointed to the Naval Academy, and the school has a 100-percent college-acceptance rate.
Merritt Academy, 9211 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax; 703-273-8000; age 6 weeks–8th grade; $1,310–$1,563 a month; 364 students.
What’s new: A preschool computer lab and an honors program for K–8th grade.
Recent accomplishment: The academy received the National School of Character designation.
+ Miller School of Albemarle, 1000 Samuel Miller Loop, Charlottesville; 434-823-4805; 8th–12th grade, postgraduate; $31,200 (five-day boarding), $34,200 (seven-day boarding), $39,950 (international), $14,950 (day); 140 students.
What’s new: New science and photography departments.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, University of Mary Washington, James Madison University, George Mason University, and Rhode Island School of Art and Design. Montessori Country School, 621 Alabama Dr., Herndon; 703-437-8285; ages 2½–6; $7110–$8350; 114 students; montessoricountry.com.
What’s new: Income-based scholarship spaces are now available.
Recent accomplishments: The school won two Cappies awards for theater.
Northern Virginia Academy of Early Learning. Burke Campus: 6215 Roberts Pkwy., Burke; 703-239-0875; ages 3 weeks–12 years; call for rates; 130 students; novaearlylearning.com. Landsdowne Campus: 6414 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria; 703-541-4175; age 3 weeks–kindergarten; call for rates and number of students; novaearlylearning.com. Lincolnia Campus: 6396 Lincolnia Rd., Alexandria; 703-256-8272; ages 2–4; call for rates and number of students; novaearlylearning.com. Lorton Campus: 8931 Ox Rd., Lorton; 703-690-1939; ages 3 weeks–4 years; call for rates and number of students; novaearlylearning.com.
What’s new: The school is no longer affiliated with the Catholic Church. The new head of school is Elizabeth Manley Murray, and the school now has a Merit Scholarship Program for applicants to its first class.
Recent accomplishment: The class of 2009 earned more than $1 million in scholarships.
Recent accomplishments: Middle-school students won the 2009 Virginia State Odyssey of the Mind. In 2009, students scored in the top one percent on the Iowa National Achievement Exam. Old Town Montessori School, 115 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-684-7323; ages 3–6; $9,099–$10,899; 50 students; aquinasmontessorischool.com.
What’s new: A new building for the lower school opened in September 2009.
Recent accomplishment: The boys’ squash team won the Mid-Atlantic championships in January, advancing to the nationals; the debate team won the Virginia State Championship the second year running; and the robotics team qualified for the World Championship.
+ Randolph-Macon Academy, 200 Academy Dr., Front Royal; 540-636-5200; 6th–12th grade and postgraduate; $12,500–$14,300 (day), $27,000–$28,650 (boarding), $34,100 (international); 10-percent discount for Methodists; 370 students; rma.edu.
What’s new: The school has a new studio-art course, and a new state-of-the-art academic building opened in spring 2009.
Recent accomplishments: The Air Force Junior ROTC program was recently awarded a Distinguished Unit with Merit award.
College where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: The Citadel.Reston Montessori School, 1928 Isaac Newton Sq. W., Reston; 703-481-2922; age 3 months–3rd grade; $940–$1,580 a month; 210 students; restonmontessori.com.
St. Ann Catholic School, 980 N. Frederick St., Arlington; 703-525-7599; pre-K through 8th grade; $4,500 (Catholics), $7,500 (non-Catholics), $2,610–$6,840 (preschool); 190 students; stann.org.
What’s new: Mary Therrell became the principal. New enrichment programs are being implemented this year, along with schoolwide service projects.
Recent accomplishments: Every student goes on to his or her first-choice high school. Students have won multiple diocesan awards through the Science Fair, Battle of the Books, and Catholic Daughters of America Language Arts competition.
+ St. Anne’s–Belfield School, 2132 Ivy Rd., Charlottesville; 434-296-5106; preschool–12th grade; $9,175 (preschool and half-day kindergarten), $13,625 (full-day kindergarten), $15,975–$19,800 (grades 1–12), $12,750 additional for five-day boarding, $21,750 additional for seven-day boarding; 821 students; stab.org.
What’s new: In the fall of 2010, the school is opening a $26-million academic learning village, which will be the home for the school’s pre-K through 8th grade students.
St. Clement Episcopal School, 1701 N. Quaker La., Alexandria; 703-998-8795; ages 2½–5; $550 a month (half day), $925 (until 3 PM), $1,150 (until 6); 20-percent discount for St. Clement Episcopal Church parishioners, 10-percent discount for siblings; 70 students; saintclement.org.
St. Leo the Great Catholic School, 3704 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax; 703-273-1211; preschool–8th grade; $195–$430 a month (preschool), $4,655 (parishioners), $6,260 (non-parishioners), $7,160 (non-Catholics); St. John Vianney Center for children with special needs; 467 students; saintleothegreatschool.org.
St. Luke School, 7005 Georgetown Pike, McLean; 703-356-1508; K–8th grade; $6,022 (parishioners), $7,621 (non-parishioners), $9,422 (non-Catholics); 220 students; stlukeschool.com.
What’s new: French and Spanish instruction for all students. Activboard technology in all classrooms. Student/teacher ratio of 9 to 1.
St. Mark’s Montessori School, 5800 Backlick Rd., Springfield; 703-451-4470; age 3–K; $483–$588 a month; 55 students; stmarksmontessori.org. St. Rita Catholic School, 3801 Russell Rd., Alexandria; 703-548-1888; K–8th grade; $4,479 (parishioners), $5,500 (non-parishioners), $6,667 (non-Catholics); 176 students; saintrita-school.org.
What’s new: Superkids, a phonics-based reading program, was incorporated into grades K–2 this fall.
Recent accomplishments: John Barger was named outstanding music teacher of the year by the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia. Melissa Manaker was named one of four Arlington Diocese distinguished teachers of the year.
What’s new: The school’s 11th- and 12th-grade students are learning Matlab computer code to model physics.
Recent accomplishment: The US Department of Education awarded the school with a 2009 Blue Ribbon of Excellence—one of two given to private schools in the country. Vienna Adventist Academy, 340 Courthouse Rd., Vienna; 703-938-6200; pre-K through 8th grade; $3,950 (constituent), $4,950 (non-constituent Seventh-day Adventist), $6,450 (non-Seventh-day Adventist); 92 students; viennaadventistacademy.org.
What’s new: The school planted a Three Sisters Garden that yielded flowers and vegetables.
Wakefield Country Day School, 1059 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill; 540-635-8555; preschool–12th grade; $6,120–$11,825; 245 students; wakefieldcds.org.
What’s new: The school instituted a five-pillars program, which helps students set individual goals in five critical areas of development: intellect, culture, fitness, service, and virtue. It also renovated the manor house on campus to provide housing for students who wish to board.
Recent accomplishment: This summer, 25 upper-school students spent two weeks in New Orleans rebuilding homes. This year, the school continued its unbroken tradition of 100-percent four-year-college acceptance, with University of Virginia acceptances for four out of seven students who applied.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, George Mason University, and University of Mary Washington.
Wakefield School, 4439 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains; 540-253-7500; pre-K through 12th grade; $2,500–$19,500; 450 students; wakefieldschool.org.