2010 Washingtonian Guide to Private Schools: Coed Schools

Academy for Ideal Education
(Elementary/middle school campus) 1501 Gallatin St., NW 202-269-3186; age 3-7th grade$8,500; 40 students. (High-school campus) 2600 12th St., NE 202-269-0429; 9th-12th grade, $11,400; 60 students.

Aidan Montessori School
2700 27th St., NW; 202-387-2700; ages 1½-12; $18,264-$25,273; students 200.

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Mission
To create and sustain an optimum Montessori educational environment to enable each child to realize his or her richest potential for learning and to become an independent, self-motivated and contributing member of the world community.

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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 $1m264; 35 students.

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Mission
ALG believes that children learn best through play. ALG believes that the natural world is a great teacher. We promote a progressive education for every child to enrich the child's development and create good habits of mind.

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Archbishop Carroll High School
4300 Harewood Rd., NE; 202-529-0900 xt. 134; 9th-12th grades; $10,035; 470 students.

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Mission
Archbishop Carroll High School is a Catholic, college preparatory, co-educational school that welcomes young people and empowers them in an academically rigorous, diverse, and supportive learning environment. Our community works daily to think critically, creatively, and morally so that we can serve God with purpose.

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Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School
3500 Woodley Rd., NW; 202-537-6493; pre-K through 3rd grade; $33,315, 393 students.

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Mission
Believing that the years between ages three and ten are the most intensely productive of a child's life, Beauvoir children have the opportunity to be challenged, to pace themselves, and to excel in ways that fit their own unique development.

Recent Developments
Recently completed a new, state-of-the-art playground that has been integrated into the curriculum, for when the students are doing a tree study.

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Blessed Sacrament School
5841 Chevy Chase Pkwy., NW; 202-966-6682; K-8th grade; $9,400 (parishioners), $11,400 (non-parishioners); 525 students.

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Mission
Blessed Sacrament is dedicated to providing a quality Catholic education, based on the message of Christ, within a caring community that promotes academic excellence and life of service.

Recent Developments
They were named a blue ribbon school in 2012.

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British School of Washington
2001 Wisconsin Ave., NW 202-829-3700; ages 3-18; $12,040 (nursery half-day), $22,025 (nursery full-day), $22,200 (years 1 to 6), $26,425 (years 7-10), $27,925 (year 11), $27,000 (year 12), $28,500 (year 13); 440 students.

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Mission
The British School of Washington offers a high-quality British-style education that prepares students to meet the growing challenges of a rapidly changing world. BSW encourages independence and self-discipline in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation of diverse opinions and cultures.

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Capitol Hill Day School
210 South Carolina Ave., SE; 202-547-2244; pre-K through 8th grades; $26,640 (pre-K and K full-time), $27,360 (grades 1-5), $28,860 (grades 6-8); 225 students.

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Mission
The mission of Capitol Hill Day School is to deeply engage a diverse community of students in connecting the classroom to the larger world, supporting each child in developing the confidence, compassion, and intellectual capacity to live a life of purpose and value.

Recent Developments
Newly renovated in 2012, the school features an updated early childhood area.

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Children's House of Washington
3133 Dumbarton St., NW; 202-342-2551; ages 2½ to kindergarten; $1,140 a month (toddler), $1,651-$1,890 a month (preschool-K); 85 preschool students, 12 toddlers

Dupont Park Adventist School
3942 Alabama Ave., SE; 202-583-8500; pre-K through 8th grade; $4,670-$6,640; 240 students.

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General
A STEM school, it also offers full-day pre-K with Bible instruction.

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Edmund Burke School
4101 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-362-8882; 6th-12th grade; $33,575 (grades 6-8), $35,465 (grades 9-11), $35,765 (grade 12); 300 students.

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Mission
Edmund Burke School consciously brings together students who are different from one another in many ways, actively engages them in their own education, has high expectations for them, gives them power and responsibility, and supports and advances their growth as skilled and independent thinkers who step forward to make positive contributions to the world in which they live.

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Emerson Preparatory School
1324 18th St., NW; 202-785-2877; 9th-12th grade; $31,070; 50 students.

The Field School
2301 Foxhall Rd., NW; 202-295-5800; 6th-12th grade; $39,900; 369 students.

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Mission
Self discovery. Skills of mind. Generosity of heart.

Recent developments
Just completed two new buildings, one of which including a new music room, new fitness, and a new art room.

Colleges where the most 2013 graduates enrolled
Skidmore College, Michigan, Elon

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Georgetown Day School
(Lower/middle-school campus) 4530 MacArthur Blvd., NW; 202-295-6200; pre-K-8th grade; $31,600-$35,125; 570 students.
High-school campus, 4200 Davenport St., NW; 202-274-3200; $36,165; (9th-11th grade), $36,390 (12th grade); 480 students.

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Mission
Georgetown Day School honors the integrity and worth of each individual within a diverse school community. GDS is dedicated to providing a supportive educational atmosphere in which teachers challenge the intellectual, creative, and physical abilities of our students and foster strength of character and concern for others. From the earliest grades, we encourage our students to wonder, to inquire, and to be self-reliant, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

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Georgetown Montessori School
1041 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-8058; ages 2-6; $11,000-$17,500; 50 students.

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What's New?
Yoga classes for extended day, Italian class once weekly, Music for Little Fingers/weekly

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Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
11902 Daisy Lane, Glenn Dale, MD 20769 and 13106 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD 20720; (301) 464-3215 and (301) 262-5355; age 3-8th grade; preschool: $8,295, K-grade 4: $9,820, Grade 5-8: $11,550; 559 students.

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Mission
Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School educates preschool through eighth grade students by offering a challenging, diverse, supportive, and safe environment where children can excel academically, artistically, athletically, and spiritually. The School encourages students to achieve excellence and embrace responsibility. Holy Trinity is dedicated to educating the whole child in a comprehensive, well-rounded program that lays the foundation for all children to reach their potential as they develop independent habits of mind as well as a lifelong passion for learning.

Recent Accomplishments
The Wind Ensemble received a Superior rating at the Dixie Classic Festival, 2010. In addition, the percussion section was honored with Best Percussion award.

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Holy Trinity School
1325 36th St., NW; 202-337-2339; age 3-8th grade; $14,705-$19,380.

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Mission
Holy Trinity School is a Catholic, co-educational elementary school (PreK-8) that is committed to the Jesuit traditions of educational excellence, the service of faith and the promotion of justice. Our community - school, parish and families - seeks to develop students who will manifest these traditions in an awareness of self, a love of learning and a desire to serve others. We prepare our students to act with initiative and integrity and to engage the world as a place in which God can be found in all things.

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Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital
6045 16th St., NW; 202-291-5737; pre-K thorough 6th grade; $21,950; 261 students.

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Mission
The mission of the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital is to provide a strong foundation in Jewish and secular learning, laying the groundwork for our students to become knowledgeable, responsible Jews and citizens, deeply committed to the community at large, to Jewish living and values, and to the people and state of Israel. Our school strives to create an environment filled with warmth, joy, and intellectual excitement that celebrates the unique qualities of each student, respects varied approaches to Judaism, fosters a strong sense of ethics and of self, embraces diversity, and builds a community of lifelong learners.

The Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital is an independent, pluralistic Jewish day school that offers a dual curriculum of General and Judaic studies for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 6. The school is coeducational, and welcomes students from the entire spectrum of Jewish observance, both affiliated and non-affiliated. Upon completion of our program, students are well-prepared for further study at area public, private or Jewish day schools.

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KinderHaus of Chevy Chase
5307 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-244-0719; infants through pre-K; $1,715 for infants, $1,495 for two year olds, $1,145 for three to five year olds; 25 students.

KinderHaus of Cleveland Park
3400 Lowell St., NW; 202-686-3570; infants through pre-K; $1,715 for infants, $1,495 for two year olds, $1,145 for three to five year olds; 54 students.

Little Flower Montessori School
3029 16th St., NW; 202-667-6803; ages 2½-6; $1,300 a month (half day), $1,500 a month (school day), $1,700 a month (full day); 19 students.

Lowell School
1640 Kalmia Rd., NW; 202-577-2000; age 3-grade 8; $16,900-$32,650; 280 students.

Maret School
3000 Cathedral Ave., NW; 202-939-8800; Grades K-4: $26,585, Grades 5-8: $28,825, Grades 9-12: $30,600; 635 students.

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Mission
Maret School galvanizes the intellectual, analytical, creative, and physical capabilities of our students and equips them to excel in future academic endeavors. We join with our parents to instill in each student the self-reliance and moral awareness to develop healthy personal relationships, work through challenges, and enjoy life. In a community that embraces different cultures, interests, perspectives, and talents, we prepare our students to become responsible, thoughtful, and well-informed adults who are able to play an active role in improving the world.

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Montessori School of Chevy Chase
5312 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-362-6212; ages 2-6; tuition approximately $1,950 monthly depending on choice of programs (full day/half day, before care/after care, 9 month/12 month program); 60 students.

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Mission
The Montessori School of Chevy Chase is a culturally diverse community of life long learners, offering a strong academic curriculum based on the Montessori Philosophy fostering self-esteem, independence, empathy and social consciousness.

What's New?
We are now offering a French Immersion Montessori Program for children ages 3-6

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Montessori School of Washington
4380 MacArthur Blvd., NW; 202-338-1557; preschool-kindergarten; $9,900-$13,700; 20 students.

National Child Research Center
3209 Highland Pl., NW; 202-363-8777; ages 2½-5; $6,980 (half-day two days per week,) $9,320 (half-day three days per week), $15,045 (half-day five days per week), $27,605 (full-day five days per week); 168 students.

National Presbyterian School
4121 Nebraska Ave., NW; 202-537-7500; nursery-6th grade; $16,650-$27,315; 260 students.

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Mission
For families seeking a traditional elementary school education with a purposeful focus on the childhood years (Nursery through 6th grade), NPS provides an exceptional academic program in a values based, loving environment.

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Our Lady of Victory School
4755 Whitehaven Pkwy., NW; 202-337-1421; age 3-8th grade; $9,833 ($8,558 for parishoners); 217 students.

Parkmont School
4842 16th St., NW; 202-726-0740; 6th-12th grade; $31,000; 56 students.

Randall Hyland Private School
4339 Bowen Rd., SE; 202-582-2966; ages 2½-5, after-care for ages 6-12; $11,440 annually for preschoolers, $105 weekly for school children after-care; 40 students total.

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Mission
To provide a quality early childhood development program to enhance socio-emotional, psychomotor and cognitive skills, while promoting a positive self-concept through every aspect of the program. It is paramount to provide an environment where children are encouraged to develop their unique potentials and skills.

What's New
NAEYC Accredited

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Sheridan School
4400 36th St., NW; 202-362-7900; K-8th grade; grades K-3: $29,930, grade 4-8: $32,580; 226 students.

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Mission
Sheridan School's mission is to create an inclusive, vibrant learning community. We take joy in learning, show kindness and empathy towards others, embrace new experiences and ideas, and continually seek a deeper and fuller understanding of the world. We seek to inspire self-knowledge, intellectual discipline and personal integrity in our community members. At both our city and mountain campuses, the Sheridan community challenges itself to live the ideal of respect for oneself, others and the environment.

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Sidwell Friends School
(Lower school) 5100 Edgemoor La., Bethesda (middle/upper school) 3825 Wisconsin Ave, NW; 202-537-8100; pre-K through 12th grade; $31,069 (lower school), $32,069 (middle/upper school); 1,100 students.

St. Ann's Academy
4404 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-363-4460; pre-K through 8th grade; pre-K, $5,500 (parishoners and non); K through 8th grade $6,900 (parishoners), $7,400 (non-parishoners); 180 students.

St. John's College High School
2607 Military Rd., NW; 202-363-2316; 9th-12th grade; $17,200, 1,099 students.

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Mission
Faithful to the charism of St. John Baptist de La Salle, St. John's College High School is an independent, Catholic preparatory school whose mission is to provide a quality education to young men and women from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

What's New
One-on-one technology program featuring iPads that are provided by the school to each student.

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St. John's Episcopal Preschool
3240 O St., NW; 202-338-2574; ages 2½-5; $12,000-$15,000 depending on number of days and age of child; early-morning, morning, and afternoon programs are available; 46 students.

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Mission
At St. John's, children's investigations take on multiple dimensions as they explore the world using their unique personalities and abilities. We also believe all children have the right to caring relationships and rich learning environments provided by adults who listen to their ideas, value their thinking, and thereby broaden their understanding of their world.

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St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School
4700 Whitehaven Pkwy., NW; 202-342-2805; nursery-8th grade; $16,876-$32,344; 525 students.

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Mission
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School strives to create a diverse learning community of students, teachers, and parents who recognize the infinite value of every participant as a child of God. We are committed to developing character, advancing human understanding, and promoting academic excellence in our students in order to prepare them to live with integrity, compassion, and purpose.

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St. Peter School
422 Third St., SE; 202-544-1618; pre-K through 8th grade; $8,950-$11,300; 220 students.

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Mission
St. Peter School is a family of learners serving Capitol Hill parishes and community. The children are provided with an education that is founded on love of God and service to others, characterized by Catholic values and academic excellence, and dedicated to addressing each child's unique talents and abilities.

What's New
Named a Blue Ribbon School in 2013.

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Washington Hebrew Congregation Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center
3935 Macomb St., NW; 202-895-6334; ages (1½ accompanied by parent or guardian), 2-5 years; $1,800-$12,345; 120 students.

Washington International School
Primary school: 1690 36th St., NW; 202-243-1700; pre-K through 12th grade; 450 students. Middle and upper school: 3100 Macomb St., NW; 202-243-1800; 6th-12th grade 450 students; Tuitions: Pre K-5th grade $31,520, 6th-12th grade $35,130-$35,640.

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Mission
The mission of Washington International School is to provide a demanding international education that will challenge students to become responsible and effective world citizens.

What's New
In the summer of 2014, they launched the Washington International School Summer Institute for teachers. It's a professional development, public/private initiative.

Colleges where the most 2013 graduates enrolled
McGill University, UC Berkeley, and Columbia University

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Spring Valley Montessori Academy
5144 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, MD; 301-320-3646; ages 2-5; $4,500-$10,600; 60 students.

Aleph Bet Jewish Day School
1125 Spa Rd., Annapolis, MD; 410-263-9044; K-5th grade; $12,800; 36 students.

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Mission
To nurture and challenge the growing minds and spirits of our children and to be the school of choice and a unifying force in our Jewish community.

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Annapolis Area Christian School
Lower school: 710 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis, MD; 410-519-5300; pre-K through 5th grade; $2,976 to $10,995; 189 students. Middle school: 716 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis; 410-519-5300; 6th-8th grade; $12,997; 218 students. Upper school: 109 Burns Crossing Rd., Severn; 410-519-5300; 9th-12th grade; $15,995; 475 students.

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Mission
We engage students in an education of excellence enabling them to impact the world through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

What's New
In August of 2015, the school will open a second Lower School campus near Severn. (The current Lower School will remain in Annapolis.) This is a new campus that will have one grade at each level from kindergarten through 5th grade.

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Apple Montessori School
7210 Hidden Creek, Bethesda, MD; 301-320-8832; 2 to 6 years; $9,105 to $17,493; 72 students.

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Mission
We strive to create an environment that will foster a child's interest in learning and have them wake-up each morning excited at the prospect of going to school that day.

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Archbishop Spalding High School
8080 New Cut Rd., Severn, MD; 410-969-9105; 9th-12th grades; $11,295; 1,205 students.

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Mission
As a Catholic college-preparatory secondary school, Archbishop Spalding High School is committed to challenging students to grow spiritually, academically, physically, and socially. The school community provides a caring environment that affirms the dignity of the individual and promotes learning.

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Barnesville School
21830 Peach Tree Rd., Barnesville, MD; 301-972-0341; age 3-8th grade; $5,400 (early childhood three-day program), $6,210-$8,990 (pre-K and early-childhood five-day program), $15,200 (kindergarten), $18,130 (lower school), $19,440 (middle school); 179 students.

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Mission
Dedicated to providing a joyful and supportive learning environment for the development of excellence in each of us.

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Barrie School
13500 Layhill Rd., Silver Spring, MD; 301-576-2800; age 18 months to 12th grade; $14,500 to $27,810; 350 students.

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Mission
Empower individuals to expand their intellectual abilities, develop their creative talents, and discover their passions to make a positive impact in a rapidly changing world.

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Beddow College Prepatory
501 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek, MD; 301-292-1968; 7th-12th grade; $13,100; 14 students.

Beddow School
6008 Hampshire Cir., Waldorf, MD; 301-870-8660; pre-K-6th grade; $6,260 to $8,933; 40 students.

Beddow School
8600 Loughran Rd., Fort Washington, MD; 301-567-0330; pre-K-6th grade; primary half-day $7,660; 5 year old's full day $10,000; 1st - 6th $10,540; 60 students.

Berwyn Christian School
4720 Cherokee St., College Park, MD; 301-474-1561; preschool-8th grade; $1,872 (preschool, age 3), $2,807 (preschool, age 4), $4,600 (pre-K), $5,624 (K), $6,360 (1st-8th grade); 120 students.

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Mission
"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

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Bethesda Community School
7500 Honeywell La., Bethesda, MD; 301-652-0117; ages 2-kindergarten; $165/month (half-day) to $1,510/month (8:30 AM to 2:30 PM); 70 students.

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Mission
Our main objective is to encourage self-confidence in the children to help them feel secure when approaching developmentally age-appropriate new areas of learning and experience.

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Bethesda Country Day School
5615 Beech Ave., Bethesda, MD; 301-530-6999; age 2 to kindergarten; $5,900-$9,500 (half-day) to $7,000-$12,400 (full-day); 230 students.

Bethesda Montessori School
7611 Clarendon Rd., Bethesda, MD; 301-986-1260; ages 3 to 6; $4,550-$7,000; 80 students.

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Mission
Learning, growth and self confidence.

What's New
Next year they will be celebrating their 32nd year as a school.

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Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD; 301-735-8401; 9th-12th grade; $13,250; 870 students.

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Mission
Bishop McNamara High School, a college preparatory school in the Holy Cross tradition, exists to educate and to form young men and women in and through the Catholic faith. The school challenges its students to think with Christ: a thought animated by the gospel, manifested in service, and informed by academic excellence.

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Bowie Montessori Children's House
5004 Randonstone La., Bowie, MD; 301-262-3566; age 2 1/2 to 6th grade; $10,500.

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Mission
Our mission is to provide a prepared environment where you will find mutual respect, cooperation, order, choice within limits, and the opportunity for your children to build themselves to their full potential.

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Bullis School
10601 Falls Rd., Potomac, MD; 301-299-8500; 2nd-12th grade; $32,970 (2nd-5th grade), $35,170 (6th-8th grade), $36,610 (9-12th grade); 765 students.

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Mission
Bullis School provides a student-centered balanced experience in academics, arts, athletics and community service. Bullis uniquely prepares all students to become caring citizens and creative, critical thinkers who will thrive in tomorrow's world.

Recent Developments
A STEM class combines computing and music. In this interdisciplinary project-based class, Sound Design students learn the fundamentals of music theory and computer programming. They created instruments using found objects through the technology of MaKey MaKeys, and will diagram music and compose their own work, while developing and connecting musical ideas to the fundamentals of programming.

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Butler Montessori School
15951 Germantown Rd., Darnestown, MD; 301-977-6600; pre-K-8th grade; $8,880 (half-day), $13,380 (ages 3,4,5 full day), $14,610 (grades 1st-6th), $15,280 (7th-8th grade); 148 students.

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Mission
Butler Montessori is an AMI (Association Montessori International) accredited school for children ages three through eighth grade, situated on a beautiful 22-acre rural campus. Butler supports the development of the whole child through academics, music, arts, and physical education including our unique equestrian program. Butler Montessori guides children toward independence and social responsibility creating the basis for education as a lifelong process based on a solid academic foundation.

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Calverton School
300 Calverton School Rd., Huntingtown, MD; 410-535-0216; pre-K-12th grade; $13,381 (part-time pre-K-K); $17,000 (1st-12th grade); 400 students.

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Mission
Fostering a culture of respect, high expectations, and shared experiences, The Calverton School instills in students intellectual curiosity, personal responsibility, and a strong work ethic to prepare them for higher education and responsible citizenship in a democratic and global community.

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Casa de Montessori
14015 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD; 301-384-8404; ages 2 1/2 to kindergarten; $6,000-$8,600 (pre-K), $8,600 (K); 50 students.

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Lower school: 1901 E. Jefferson St., Bethesda, MD; 301-881-1400; K-6th grade; $23,050; 550 students. Upper school: 11710 Hunters La., Rockville; 301-881-1400; $29,570 (7th-11th grade); $15,110 (12th grade, graduates); 550 students.

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Mission
The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School is an independent community day school serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The school is dedicated to creating an environment in which students can grow to their fullest potential as responsible and dedicated members of the Jewish community and of American society. Based on six basic Jewish precepts, the mission of our school is to teach its students.

Class of 2013 Spotlight
Twenty percent of the class of 2013 received National Merit recognition. Nationally, 6.5 percent of students receive this honor. One student was named a National Merit Scholar, three students were named National Merit Semi-Finalists and fourteen were named Commended Scholars.

Colleges where the most 2013 graduates enrolled
University of Maryland College Park, University of Michigan, and Indiana University in Bloomington

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Severn School (Chesapeake campus)
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Arnold, MD; 410-647-9612; pre-K-5th grade; $10,810-$17,770; 260 students.

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Mission
Severn School challenges its students to pursue excellence in character, conduct, and scholarship, to marshal the courage to lead, and to develop the lasting desire to serve and achieve. We believe this is best realized in a community where adults model these qualities and where each student is known and valued.

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Chesapeake Montessori School
30 Old Mill Bottom Rd. N., Annapolis, MD; 410-757-4740; 18 months-8th grade; $9,250 to $11,975; 146 students.

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Mission
Chesapeake Montessori School helps children become confident, respectful, independent individuals with well-developed powers of reasoning and with enthusiasm for learning. Using the Montessori Method, we are committed to providing a strong, individualized academic experience that lasts a lifetime.

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Christ Episcopal School
22 West Jefferson St., Rockville, MD; 301-424-6550; preschool-8th grade; $3,274 to $13,700; 166 students.

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Mission
Academic excellence, respect and a passion to serve are the inspiration for our community. At Christ Episcopal School, every student and parent is a priority, and every interaction is rooted in our CES promise: to nurture students to become kind, confident, well-rounded individuals prepared to contribute to their community and thrive personally, spiritually and academically.

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Christian Family Montessori School
201 Allison St., NW, Suite B, Washington, DC; 202-722-1520; pre-K-6th grade; $5,680 (pre-K half-day); $11,933 (all-day primary); 97 students.

Clinton Christian School
6707 Woodyard Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD; 301-599-9600; age 3-12th grade; $8,745-$10,500; 300 students.

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Mission
For over four decades, CCS has provided a distinctively Christian and academically excellent education, founded on the biblical principle that the chief end of humanity is to glorify God and to live a life in joy with Him forever. In order to do this, we must come to know who God is and view life in His perspective. It is our mission to partner with parents in their God-given responsibility to train and educate their children to live Godly and be
committed to excellence in order to compete in a global world.

Colleges where the most 2013 graduates enrolled
Virginia State, Maryland University, and North Carolina

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Concord Hill School
6050 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD; 301-654-2626; age 3-3rd grade; $15,959-$24,600; 100 students.

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Mission
Concord Hill School inspires children to embrace and enjoy learning during the early childhood years. Our Five Core Values - Knowledge, Character, Respect, Play and Community - guide our dynamic academic and social curriculum. As an inclusive school community, we nurture each child and prepare our students to become responsible, caring and contributing members of society.

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Early Childhood Center
100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD; 301-424-8065; ages 2 to 4; $332 (two half-days); $1,200 (five full days); 60 students.

Evergreen School
10700 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD; 301-942-5979; 2 years-3rd grade; $21,900 (toddler full-day, full year); $14,950 (toddler half-day. full year); $16,850 (primary full-day, school year);$11,400 (primary half-day, school year); $17,500 (elementary, school year); 76 students.

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Mission
Evergreen School is committed to developing the intellect, independence, confidence and compassion of each student through our Montessori-based approach to learning.

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Fairhaven School
17900 Queen Anne Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD; 301-249-8060; 5 years-12th grade; $5,689-$8,059 (additional students per family) to $9,482 (first student per family); 70 students.

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Mission
Provide the highly respected French curiculum to students from over 50 countries

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Fourth Presbyterian School
10701 S. Glen Rd., Potomac, MD; 301-765-8133; 3 years-8th grade; $14,900 ($7,200 half-day Pre-K); 101 students (rolling admissions).

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Mission
The Fourth School exists to glorify God in all that we do by partnering with Christian parents and the Church to equip young men and women in the vital areas of faith, virtue, and knowledge to impact the greater Washington D.C. area for Jesus Christ.

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Free State Montessori School
12536 Harford Rd., Fork, MD; 410-592-3324; age 18 months to 6th grade; $4,700-$10,500; 45 students.

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Mission
At FSMS we are committed to the educational process, and the discovery of self within the context of community. We seek to teach a more peaceable way by creating a whole school community. In partnership with parents, we seek to assist children in the process of becoming the next generation of leaders who are well-educated, self-actualized individuals committed and capable of contributing to the betterment of the world. As co-learners in this process, we honor the inestimable worth and universal right of every child to discover their own personal excellence in every facet of their lives, among loving and mutually respectful relationships. We recognize the natural tendencies of children and believe that every child is gifted with an innate love of learning, which can be nurtured and sustained for a lifetime through positive, challenging expectations, self-reflection, and purposeful engagement in the world. Our mission is to create the conditions, which allow for such a process to unfold.

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French International School
(Lycée Rochambeau), 9600 Forest Rd., Bethesda, MD; 301-530-8260; 2 years-12th grade (French baccalaureate and American high-school diploma); $15,475-$20,645; 1,055 students.

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Mission
Provide the highly respected French curiculum to students from over 50 countries

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Friends Community School
5901 Westchester Park Dr., College Park, MD; 301-441-2100; K-8th grade; $17,050-$19,340; 220 students.

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Mission
Our mission is to nurture life-long learners, courageous risk-takers, and joyous peacemakers. We encourage young people to discover "That of God" within themselves and others, and to reach their fullest potential as individuals and contributing members of society.

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Geneva Day School
11931 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac, MD; 301-340-7704; age 2-kindergarten; $2,644-$13,383; 275 students.

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Mission
Geneva Day School is a community of professional educators dedicated to providing excellent early childhood education in a nurturing environment. We support the development of each child in all growth areas and work cooperatively with students, parents, and staff to model and encourage a lifelong love of learning.

What's New
Voted Best Preschool by readers of Bethesda magazine for 2014.

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German School (Deutsche Schule)
8617 Chateau Dr., Potomac, MD; 301-365-4400; pre-K through 12th grade (German Abitur and Maryland high-school diploma); $2,500-$19,380; most classes taught in German; 650 students.

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Mission
The German language and culture are highly valued at our school. They form the foundation of all instruction and of our personal interaction. Our school sees itself as a bridge between various cultures and perspectives with a main focus on German-American relations. We work closely with American institutions as well as international institutions outside the educational arena. The goals of our education are multilingualism, tolerance, and openness to the world. Our students are encouraged to develop their individuality; and to act responsibly towards our society and the environment. The education at our school is based on mutual respect, regardful of human dignity and responsible handling of natural resources. The pedagogical work is based on partnership and cooperation and is supported by parents and guardians. The quality of instruction is ensured by continuous evaluation and targeted training of our staff. All committees and other groups at our school are part of one team. We teach and learn using modern methods and the latest technologies.

What's New
The Class of 2017 will be the first for which both the German International Abitur Exam diploma as well as the normal Abitur diploma is awarded. After 2020, the German International Abitur diploma will be the standard diploma offered to graduates of the German School Washington.

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Glenelg Country School
12793 Folly Quarter Rd., Ellicott City, MD; 410-531-8600; pre-K through 12th grade; $10,550-$25,650; 798 students.

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What's New
Three Glenelg students qualified for the National History Bee and will head to Atlanta to compete in the 2014 National History Bee competition.

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Grace Brethren Christian School
6501 Surratts Rd., Clinton, MD; 301-868-1600; age 3-12th grade; $8,095-$8,595; 581 students.

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Mission
Our mission is to provide an environment of academic excellence conducive to developing educated citizens with a biblical world-view who are prepared to represent our Lord Jesus Christ in all walks of life.

Recent Developments
A new two-story library. And last year our 54 graduates received a total of $2.8 million in scholarship or grant money that was allocated over a four-year period.

Colleges where the most 2013 graduates enrolled
University of Maryland College Park, Liberty University, and Penn State.

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Grace Episcopal Day School
9411 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD; 301-949-5860; age 3-5th grade; $11,800-$21,900; 101 students.

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Mission
Grace Episcopal Day School will provide every student the opportunity for academic excellence in a caring, nurturing, moral environment that embraces diversity and promotes creativity, self-confidence, and service to others.

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Green Acres School
11701 Danville Dr., North Bethesda, MD; 301-881-4100; pre-K through 8th grade; $17,000-$32,470; 320 students.

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Mission
Green Acres School challenges and inspires students to live and learn with intellect, curiosity, determination, joy, and compassion.

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Gunston School
911 Gunston Rd., Centreville, MD; 410-758-0620; 9th-12th grades; $22,900; 153 students.

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Mission
The Gunston School offers an intellectually rigorous, highly personalized, and nurturing college preparatory educational experience. Valuing a healthy balance between mind and body, a strong sense of community, the creative process, and our connection to the Chesapeake Bay, Gunston strives to educate ethically and environmentally minded scholars, citizens, and leaders for our globalized society.

What's New
Gunston embarks upon its 104th year with record enrollment and new fine arts and tennis centers.

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Harbor School
7701 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD; 301-365-1100; preschool-2nd grade; $11,390-$20,860; 90 students.

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Mission
The mission of The Harbor School is to develop the mind and the creative spirit. We believe that children are diverse learners and achieve success by working in a setting that promotes learning, self-expression and creativity. Children are encouraged to question, experiment, explore, take risks and assume responsibility in the world around them. In this way, The Harbor School fosters the child's continuing love of learning and a respect for the uniqueness of each individual.

What's New
A new head of school.

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Hebrew Day Institute
2200 Baltimore Rd., Rockville, MD; 240-399-6100; K-6th grade; $12,000-$16,000; 65 students.

Holy Cross School
4900 Strathmore Ave., Garrett Park, MD; 301-949-1699; pre-K-8th grade;$5,720-$8,998 (pre-K for Catholics), $6,138-$9,460 (pre-K for non-Catholics); $7,887 (K-8th grade for Catholics), $9,130 (K-8th grade for non-Catholics); 201 students.

Holy Redeemer School
9715 Summit Ave., Kensington, MD; 301-942-3701; pre-K through 8th grade; $4,000-$7,200; 400 students.

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Mission
Our mission is to foster the development of all children on the spiritual, academic, emotional, and physical level. We encourage each child to reach their potential by utilizing their own individual gifts and uniqueness. Diversity, in the form of learning style or other differences, is embraced and highlighted in the context of the richness of God's gifts. In our students, we seek to develop Gospel values and practices, a sense of responsibility for Christian service, and an awareness of mutual interdependence with the constantly evolving levels of their community. Within this framework of faith-guided choices, we promote intellectual curiosity and the drive for excellence. We believe that these qualities will empower our students to face the challenges of the future.

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Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
pre-K and 5th-8th grades at 11902 Daisy La., Glenn Dale, MD; 301-464-3215; preschool through 8th grades at 13106 Annapolis Rd., Bowie; 301-262-5355; $8,295-$11,550; 500+ students.

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Mission
Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School educates preschool through eighth grade students by offering a challenging, diverse, supportive, and safe environment where children can excel academically, artistically, athletically, and spiritually. The School encourages students to achieve excellence and embrace responsibility. Holy Trinity is dedicated to educating the whole child in a comprehensive, well-rounded program that lays the foundation for all children to reach their potential as they develop independent habits of mind as well as a lifelong passion for learning.

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Indian Creek School
pre-K through 8th grade at 680 Evergreen Rd., Crownsville, MD; 410-923-3660; 9th-12th grades at 1130 Anne Chambers Way, Crownsville; 410-849-5151; $7,770-$22,135; 606 students.

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Mission
ICS provides an academically challenging, college preparatory education in a collaborative, nurturing community for students with a wide range of talents, backgrounds and abilities. Students develop self-worth, the confidence to take intellectual risks, an appreciation of diversity of all kinds, and the ability to work cooperatively. Students become independent, self-aware learners ready for global citizenship.

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Jefferson Montessori School
8507 Emory Grove Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; 301-840-8448; ages 2-6; $6,780-$12,615; 138 students.

John Nevins Andrews School
117 Elm Ave., Takoma Park, MD; 301-270-1400; pre-K through 8th grade; $415 a month (Seventh-day Adventist, constituent), $640 a month (Seventh-day Adventist, non-constituent), $770 a month (other); 186 students.

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Mission
John Nevins Andrews School is a K-8 Seventh-day Adventist Christian School whose mission is to provide a dynamic, faith-based education in a safe environment. We are committed to expanding the imagination, empowering academic excellence, cultivating a Christ-like character, encouraging service to the community and promoting respect for diversity.

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Key School
534 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD; 410-263-9231; pre-K through 12th grade; $12,900-$25,900; 700 students.

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Mission
Our mission is to nourish and guide a natural exuberance, energy, and delight in the search for meaning, so that each student embraces lifelong learning and develops into an informed, thoughtful, and constructive member of society.

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Little Flower School
5601 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, MD; 301-320-3273; pre-K through 8th grade; $7,100 (pre-K, parishioners), $8,400 (pre-K, non-parishioners), $7,950 (K-8, parishioners), $9,250 (K-8, parishioners); 265 students.

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Mission
The mission of Little Flower School is to share in the educational ministry of the Catholic Church. We strive to help each student achieve academic excellence and reach his or her spiritual and social potential by "Creating A Caring Community through Respect and Responsibility".

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Lone Oak Montessori School
10201 Democracy Blvd., Potomac, MD; 301-469-4888; ages 2-12; $3,900-$11,300; 50 students.

Lone Oak Montessori School
10100 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD; 301-469-4888; ages 3-6; $8,8,00-$11,000; 35 students.

Manor Montessori School
11200 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville, MD; 301-299-7400; ages 2-6; about 65 students.

Manor Montessori School
10500 Oaklyn Dr., Potomac, MD; 301-299-7400; ages 2-9; about 120 students.

Manor Montessori School
5450 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, MD; 301-299-7400; ages 2-6; about 65 students.

Mater Amoris Montessori School
18501 Mink Hollow Rd., Ashton, MD; 301-774-7468; ages 2½-12; $9,500-$12,500; 66 students.

McDonogh School
8600 McDonogh Rd., Owings Mills, MD; K-12; 410-363-0600; $24,350-$36,420; 1,298 students.

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Mission
McDonogh School is a community that finds joy in work, in play, in discovery, and in the realization of personal potential. Strong, mutually respectful relationships inspire a passion for teaching and learning, a dedication to personal integrity, and a commitment to excellence. Embracing diversity of background, culture, and thought, the school builds upon its founder's original mission to provide life-altering opportunities and to develop in students the will "to do the greatest possible amount of good."

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McLean School of Maryland
8224 Lochinver La., Potomac, MD; 301-299-8277; K-12th grade; $25,980-$26,985; 355 students.

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Mission
McLean makes education accessible, stimulating and meaningful for a broad range of learners. Our students flourish because McLean responds to students' learning styles. McLean prepares students intellectually and socially by encouraging self-advocacy and building self-confidence. Our students succeed because they learn how to learn.

Recent Developments
McLean has added a new "mindfulness" program for grades K-8, as well as faculty, staff, and parents, which is aimed at helping students learn by being calm and focused. The school also added a 1:1 iPad program for every student in grades K-8th, and allows students in grades 9-12 to bring and utilize their own devices. The school now offers Robotics for grades K-12. The new McLean Gardens is used to promote gardening in the classroom. Michael Saxenian became McLean's new Head of School last year.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Were Accepted
Duke University, Brandeis University, Tulane University, High Point University

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Montrose Christian School
5100 Randolph Rd., Rockville, MD; 301-770-5335; birth-12th grade; $9,600-$11,500 (domestic), $14,450-$16,000 (international); over 200 students.

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Mission
Montrose Christian School provides Christ-Centered education for the Glory of the Savior and the Good of Society. We begin with the Christian worldview that all true knowledge originates from God. Proverbs 1:7 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." We do not merely seek to educate students academically, but we seek to shape the whole person. We want to develop students who love God with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength and who love others as they love themselves (Matthew 22:37-40). These principles constitute the basis for a Christian Worldview that will equip students to engage the world of the 21st century.

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New Hope Academy and Preschool
7009 Varnum St., Hyattsville, MD; 301-459-7311; pre-K through 12th grade; $10,000-$12,000; 228 students.

Nora School
955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD; 301-495-6672; 9th-12th grades; $26,700; rolling admissions; 60 students.

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Mission
The Nora School continues the tradition of Washington Ethical High School, which was founded in 1964 as the Eberhard School. We are a small, progressive, private college preparatory day school. Our mission is to nurture and empower bright students who learn differently.

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Norwood School
8821 River Rd., Bethesda, MD; 301-365-2595; K-8th grade; $28,549-$32,490; 440 students.

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Mission
Norwood School's mission is to ensure that each of its students grows intellectually, morally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually, while preparing to function productively and generously in our pluralistic society. Norwood's challenging educational program and broad-based activities are designed to help students experience joy in learning, develop self-confidence, and learn respect for the rights and feelings of others. Embracing diversity is integral to the School's tradition that both recognizes the worth of each member of the community and emphasizes the common values of academic achievement, mutual respect, cooperation, and personal responsibility.

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Oneness-Family School
6701 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD; 301-652-7751; age 2-8th grade; $15,750-$24,000; 140 students.

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Mission
Oneness-Family School's mission is to provide a learning environment that fosters the growth of the whole person, encompassing physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development. This mission led Andrew Kutt to found the school in 1988 and drives its continuing success.

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Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
17301 Old Vic Blvd., Olney, MD; 240-283-3200; 9th-12th grades, plus Ryken Studies Program for mild learning disabilities; $18,800; 1,200 students.

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Mission
As a Xaverian Catholic learning community, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is committed to preparing students with diverse learning abilities for the challenges of life by providing programs and activities that advance academic excellence and service to others; foster spiritual, emotional, and social growth; promote inclusion of all community members; and embody the Xaverian values of humility, trust, zeal, compassion, and simplicity upon which the school is founded.

Recent Developments
The school is getting ready to build a new performing arts center, which will complete the 50-acre campus. The shovel is slated to hit the dirt in November 2014, and is expected to be completed in about a year and a half.

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Patuxent Montessori School
14210 Old Stage Rd., Bowie, MD; 301-464-4506; ages 16 months-12; $8,300 (morning), $10,100 (full day); 55 students.

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Mission
The mission of Patuxent Montessori School is to provide a Montessori environment centered on the needs of the whole child over the continuum of development from birth to age 12 years. The creation of this environment is based upon the principals of Dr. Maria Montessori in accordance with the guidelines of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). These principals emphasize inherent respect and love for the child and the belief that it is every child's birthright to reach their full potential.

Recent Developments
Patuxent Montessori School celebrated its 20th year of being a school in 2012. The school has added an afternoon childcare component to the toddler community, now allowing toddlers to stay during the afternoon. The school is in the process of becoming a green school, currently developing a natural playscape, with features like a bamboo tunnel.

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Potomac Glen Day School
9908 S. Glen Rd., Potomac, MD; 301-299-9193; age 2-K; $$494-$963/month (half-day), $630-$1,324/month (full day), $1,108-$1,179/month (mixed days); over 100 students.

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Mission
PGDS believes a child learns best through experience. There is no right or wrong way to do an activity. Our teachers demonstrate and then the child is free to copy the example or create a new and unique outcome. Our classrooms are set up for a traditional style of learning, where children are being educated while they are having fun. We provide a sound, safe and secure environment that will enable the child to develop both educational and social skills, promote self-concept, and encourage a sense of responsibility and an increasing sense of independence. We are a non-denominational Christian school. This involves fun, kid-friendly bible stories, monthly outreach programs to help others in need, reinforcing moral values and celebrating Christmas and Easter through joyful and age-appropriate activities. We are a school that builds pride and respect for a great nation.

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Primary Day School
7300 River Rd., Bethesda, MD; 301-365-4355; pre-K through 2nd grade; $18,600-$22,950; 150 students.

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Mission
The Primary Day School, a demonstration school for the Phonovisual Method, is a nondenominational, diverse, coeducational, independent school for children in Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade. The school's warm and supportive atmosphere encourages the development of students intellectually, morally, physically and emotionally, according to each child's gifts and talents. Primary Day's rich and varied curriculum builds a strong foundation in the core academic subjects and is designed to develop skills, nurture abilities, build confidence, and cultivate a love of learning in every child.

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Sandy Spring Friends School
16923 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring, MD; 301-774-7455; pre-K through 12th grade; $15,750-$29,650 (day), $43,650 (five-day boarding), $54,600 (seven-day boarding); 550 students.

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Mission
Sandy Spring Friends School provides a welcoming and nurturing learning community with Friends testimonies and Meeting for Worship central to its life and vitality. A challenging academic curriculum, enriched arts program, inclusive athletics, and service opportunities promote intellectual excellence and strength of character. Recognizing the unique worth of each person, the School strives to develop individual talents and foster caring and effective citizens of the world.

Recent Developments
Sandy Spring Friends School recently added a 1:1 iPad program, and has implemented an upper school internship program, in addition to its signature trip programs.

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Seneca Academy
15601 Germantown Rd., Darnestown, MD; 301-869-3728; Preschool (age 2) through 5th grade; $$2,590-$9,380 for preschool, K-5 is $12,350; 165 students.

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Mission
Seneca Academy provides an engaging, challenging, inquiry-based education in a nurturing and diverse environment as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB/PYP) World School. Through the IB/PYP, students develop the intellectual, physical, emotional and social skills to excel in a rapidly changing world.

Recent Developments
Seneca Academy became a fully authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school in 2012. It has also added a primary years program.

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Severn School
201 Water St., Severna Park, MD; 410-647-7700; preschool-12th grade; $6,510-$14,375 (preschool); $10,810-$14,375 (pre-K), $16,430 (K), $17,770 (grades 1-5); $23,865 (grades 6-12); 824 students.

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Mission
Severn School challenges its students to pursue excellence in character, conduct, and scholarship, to marshal the courage to lead, and to develop the lasting desire to serve and achieve. We believe this is best realized in a community where adults model these qualities and where each student is known and valued.

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The Siena School
1300 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring, MD; 301-244-3600; 4th-12th grades, serves students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences; $33,856 (4th-8th grades), $35,463 (9th - 12th grades); 101 students.

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Mission
The Siena School offers a rich educational program for bright, college-bound students who are challenged by language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. Our program is designed for students with mild to moderate needs who experience a discrepancy between their intellectual abilities and academic achievement in one or more areas such as reading, writing, oral expression or math.

Recent Developments
The Siena School moved to a new facility in 2013. The school is only nine years old, and began with 15 students and 3 teachers; now, it has 101 students and 30 teachers.

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Silver Spring Learning Center
1401 Arcola Ave., Silver Spring, MD; 301-649-1373; 18 months-5 years; $260-$1,267; 160 students.

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Mission
We strive to build a positive self-image within each child during these crucial early learning years.

Recent Developments
Silver Spring Learning Center now has a toddler class for children 18 months old.

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Sligo Adventist School
8300 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD; 301-434-1417; K-8 and Child Development Center ages 2-5; $8,150; 200 students.

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Mission
Our mission is to provide a relevant Christ-centered education that fosters an environment of Spiritual Growth, Academic Excellence and Personal Accountability.

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Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy
3514 Plyers Mill Rd., Kensington, MD; 301-962-7262; ages 2-6; Italian, French, and Spanish programs; $9,000 (half day), $12,000 (full day); 72 students.

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Mission
Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy seeks to create a learning environment in which the student is encouraged to explore his own innate sense of curiosity and eagerness to gain knowledge.

Recent Developments
Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy added a 2-year-old program two years ago. The school completed a major facility renovation in 2013. Diann Sanderson became Head of School in June 2013.

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Saint Ambrose Catholic School
6310 Jason St., Cheverly, MD; 301-773-0223; pre-K through 8th grade; $6,200 (parishioners), $7,500 (non-parishioners); 250 students.

St. Andrew's Episcopal School
10033 River Rd., Potomac, MD (age 2-2nd grade); 8804 Postoak Rd., Potomac, MD (3rd-8th grades); 301-983-5200; $2,333-$36,990; 529 students.

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Mission
The mission of St. Andrew's Episcopal School is to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service.

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Saint Andrew's United Methodist Day School
4-B Wallace Manor Rd., Edgewater, MD; 410-266-0952; age 3-8th grade; $4,530-$11,195; 275 students.

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Mission
Saint Andrew's United Methodist Day School, as a ministry of the United Methodist Church, takes a holistic approach in nurturing and growing the mind, body, and spirit of all of its students. Each student is able to realize their intellectual potential through the challenging, interdisciplinary academic curriculum, enhanced by an extracurricular program rich in the arts. The need for healthy body image and respect for their physical beings is developed through physical education classes and sports opportunities. Students are provided with a strong religious education with a focus on the Golden Rule that serves to develop good citizens, with respect for themselves and others, and the desire to realize their full potential.

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St. Anne's School of Annapolis

3112 Arundel on the Bay Rd., Annapolis, MD; 410-263-8650; age 2-8th grade; $2,670-$17,800; 238 students.

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Mission
St. Anne's School of Annapolis invests in the intellectual and spiritual promise of each student in a community that celebrates diversity and values the dignity of every human being. We challenge students to think critically and creatively, to know themselves as learners, and to govern their lives with confidence, compassion and integrity. St. Anne's School draws from its Episcopal tradition as an independent, co-educational school, serving students in Preschool through Eighth Grade.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
University of Maryland (9 students), Towson (7), UNC Wilmington (4), Mount St. Mary's (4), Georgetown (3), US Naval Academy (3)

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St. Elizabeth School
917 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD; 301-881-1824; preschool through 8th grade; $7,155 (parishioners), $8,655 (non-parishioners); 580 students.

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Mission
The mission of St. Elizabeth Catholic School is to provide the highest quality spiritual formation in an environment that is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Toward this end, the administration, faculty, staff, and parents endeavor to live and learn in a community of faith where each individual is recognized, respected, and encouraged to grow. We strive for academic excellence through the creation of a strong curriculum. St. Elizabeth School is committed to the creation of a faith community educated to achieve academic success and to reach out to all people in faith and compassion to bring the message of Jesus Christ.

Recent Developments
St. Elizabeth School added a junior kindergarten program two years ago.

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St. John's Episcopal School
3427 Olney Laytonsville Rd., Olney, MD; 301-774-6804; Preschool-8th grade; $9,475-$19,285; 170 students.

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Mission
St. John's Episcopal School is committed to the development of every child's full God-given potential. This development is affirmed and encouraged through our nurturing Christian environment. We seek to promote and encourage intellectual, social, moral, spiritual and physical development in every student, therefore enabling every child to develop lifelong skills and a love of learning. Our intent is to instill in each child the values of integrity, responsibility, tolerance, and respect. We are dedicated to helping others through community outreach and individual service, as we maintain a Christian school community that promotes peace, responsibility and love.

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St. Francis International School
7501 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, MD (athletic programs); 1500 Camillus Dr., Silver Spring, MD (academic programs); 301-434-2344; $7,296 (preschool for parishioners), $8,496 (preschool for non-parishioners); $6,150 (K-8th grade for parishioners), $7,350 (K-8th grade for non-parishioners); 460 students.

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The mission of Saint Francis International School is: to be a partnership of parents, students, staff, and supporters committed to the total formation of every child entrusted to our care. We strive to help children be all that God intends for them to be through a whole-person formation that values the uniqueness of each individual child. We are dedicated to providing children with the tools to achieve academic excellence and strong character within the safety of a caring and diverse Catholic community inspired by the life of St. Francis of Assisi and supported by the Catholic parishes of St. Mark the Evangelist, St. Camillus, Our Lady of Vietnam, and St. Catherine Laboure. We recognize and use our God-given gifts to demonstrate commitment to passing on both wisdom and faith while equipping our students to be active citizens of the 21st century.

Recent Developments
St. Francis International School recently ranked first in math in the state of Maryland ("First In Math" program).

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St. Mary's Elementary School
111 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD; 410-263-2869; K-8th grade; $7,620 (Catholic parishioners), $8,310 (Catholic non-parishioners); $8,760 (non-Catholics); 830 students.

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Recent Developments
A 2013 National Blue Ribbon School

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St. Mary's High School
113 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD; 410-263-3294; 9th-12th grades; $12,760 (parishioners), $13,630 (Catholic non-parishioners), $14,230 (non-Catholics); 505 students.

Saint Peter's School
2900 Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, MD; 301-774-9112; Pre K-8th grade; $7,100-$7,500 (parishioners), $9,300 (non-Catholics); approximatey 390 students.

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Recent Developments
A 2012 National Blue Ribbon School

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Takoma Academy
8120 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD; 301-434-4700; 9th-12th grades; $9,200 (Potomac Conference Seventh-day Adventists), $10,740 (Potomac Conference Seventh-day Adventists), $13,095 (non-Seventh-day Adventists); 215 students.

Trinity School
4985 Ilchester Rd., Ellicott City, MD; 410-774-1225; preschool-8th grade; $3,500-$10,430 (preschool and pre-K), $12,665 (K-8th grade), $4,870 (Julie program for children with language-based learning differences); 382 students.

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Mission
Trinity School is a place where children learn to love learning. At Trinity, the individual student stands at the center of the school's curriculum, activities, accomplishments and ambitions. Our educational program is one that encourages students to recognize and accept the uniqueness of each person. The teachers challenge each student to achieve to his and her fullest capacity through a personalized approach to teaching and small class size. A strong academic curriculum is offered with expanding and enriching programs in all disciplines. Religious values inform each aspect of Trinity's educational program. Proclaiming the Gospel, creating Christian community, prayer, and service are reflected in our teaching. Trinity is committed to nurturing self-respect, self-discipline, and self-direction in each student. Decision-making skills and accepting responsibility for one's actions are integral to the Trinity experience.

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Washington Christian Academy
16227 Batchellors Forest Rd., Olney, MD; 240-390-0429; K-12th grade; $6,299 (half-day kindergarten), $12,598 (K-5th grade), $16,420 (6th-8th grade), $17,950 (9th-12th grade); 260 students.

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Mission
The mission of Washington Christian Academy is to educate covenant children from a Reformed Christian perspective, developing students' God-given abilities so that they may occupy their places worthily in society, church, and state.

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Washington Episcopal School
5600 Little Falls Pkwy., Bethesda, MD; 301-652-7878; age 3-8th grade; $9,800-$31,340; 256 students.

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Mission
Washington Episcopal School believes that learning should bejoyful, because academic excellence and happy children belong together. An independent, co-educational school for students from Nursery through Grade 8, WES is committed to helping every child develop his or her fullest potential. Our skilled, caring, and attentive teachers nurture the abilities and talents of each student. Our broad and enriched curriculum builds knowledge and strengthens moral awareness, self-reliance, and leadership. Our supportive community — true to Episcopal tradition — welcomes and celebrates a diversity of faiths and cultures. WES students stride confidently into the world, delight in it, and contribute to it.

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Washington Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center and Kindergarten
11810 Falls Rd., Potomac, MD; ages 2-5; 301-279-7505; $2,360-$8,600 (members); 135 students. Other programs include baby program (10-17 months) and toddler program (18-24 months); must have parent/guardian present.

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Mission
Washington Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center (RJWECC) and Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center (E-T ECC) provide warm, positive environments where children can discover themselves and the world around them. Through "hands-on" activities, we strive to stimulate a child's natural creative interests and to help build a positive self-image in a friendly group atmosphere.

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Washington Waldorf School
4800 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda, MD; 301-229-6107; pre-K to 12th grade; $7,400-$25,200; 270 students.

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Mission
The Washington Waldorf School cultivates each student's capacity to think clearly, feel compassionately, and act purposefully in the world. We are committed to the educational movement inspired by the pioneering work of Rudolf Steiner and advanced by Waldorf teachers worldwide.

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West Nottingham Academy
1079 Firetower Rd., Colora, MD; 410-658-5556; 9th-12th grade and postgraduate; $17,600 (day), $46,000 (boarding); Chesapeake Learning Center for learning differences (an additional $8,975); 130 students.

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Mission
West Nottingham Academy is a diverse, student-centered, boarding and day school for young men and women in grades 9-12 and post-graduate. Since its founding in 1744, the Academy has prepared students for the challenges of college and life through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a commitment to the intellectual, spiritual, and social growth of each student.

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Woods Academy
6801 Greentree Rd., Bethesda, MD; 301-365-3080; preschool Montessori, 1-8th grade; $12,715-$20,775; 300 students.

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Mission
The Woods Academy is an inclusive Catholic community preparing boys and girls to lead lives of significance.

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Academy of Christian Education
1808-A Michael Faraday Ct., Reston, VA; 703-471-2132; 3 years-3rd grade; $16,000-$16,500; 170 students.

Accotink Academy Preschool
6215 Rolling Rd., Springfield, VA; 703-451-5797; age 3-K; $2,100-$4,310 (preschool), $4,490 (junior kindergarten), $4,650-$7,650 (kindergarten); 180 students.

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Mission
Accotink Academy was designed to teach those developmentally appropriate skills that are necessary for the child to succeed at a higher level of learning through a structured / non-structured environment. Our philosophy is to make learning so exciting that it will be enjoyed to the fullest. Our goal is to give the child a good self image and confidence in his/her ability to succeed at new experiences and challenges.

Recent Developments
The school recently added breakfast club in the mornings, as well as after-school lunch bunch and enrichment classes. It is celebrating its 50th year as a school.

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Ad Fontes Academy
15450 Lee Hwy., Centreville, VA (upper school), 5649 Mount Gilead Rd., Centreville, VA (lower school); 703-673-1145; K-12th grade; $8,500 (full-day kindergarten-6th grades), $9,050 (7th-8th grades); $9,750 (9th-12th grades); 197 students.

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Mission
The Ad Fontes mission is to glorify God by assisting Christian parents in equipping their children to be servant leaders through a superior classical education based on eternal biblical truth.

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Alexandria Country Day School
2400 Russell Rd., Alexandria, VA; 703-548-4804; K-8th grade; $25,400 (K-3rd grade) $27,500 (4th-8th grades); 207 students.

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Mission
Alexandria Country Day School is a dynamic, K-8 independent school community that values academic excellence, character, independent thinking, citizenship, and respect for others. We inspire in our students creativity, enthusiasm for learning, and confidence through a stimulating academic program, athletics, the arts, and community service.

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Ambleside School
1089 Liberty Meeting Ct., Herndon, VA; 703-430-4034; K-8th grade; $6,990 (kindergarten), $8,750 (1st-5th grades); 109 students.

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Mission
Ambleside School is a Christ-centered school committed to providing a Charlotte Mason "living education." In partnership with the family, we guide and empower each student to think with the mind of Christ and to author a life rich in relationship to God, self, others, ideas, and all of creation.

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Aquinas & Old Town Montessori Schools

8334 Mount Vernon Hwy., Alexandria (Aquinas), VA; 703-780-8484; ages 3-12; $10,188-$13,986; 105 students; and 115 S. Washington St., Alexandria (Old Town); 703-684-7323; ages 3-6; 50 students.

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Recent Developments
The Mount Vernon campus is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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Arlington Montessori House
3809 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA; 703-524-2511; ages 3-5; $6,900-$8,700; 55 students.

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Mission
We are a community committed to helping each of our children and families realize the full benefit of a complete Montessori experience that meets the needs of the whole child. We recognize that a partnership between school and home is a critical part of the successful development of our children.

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Bishop O'Connell High School
6600 Little Falls Rd., Arlington,VA; 703-237-1400; 9th-12th grades; $13,390 (Catholics), $15,495 (non-Catholics), $17,475 (international students); Muller Center for children with special needs $2,800 additional; 1,110 students.

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Mission
Our mission is to provide students an education rooted in the life of Christ and to foster the pursuit of excellence in the whole person.

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Bishop Ireton High School
201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria, VA; 703-751-7606; 9th-12th grades; $13,545 (Arlington diocesan Catholics), $15,370 (non-diocesan Catholics), $18,600 (non-Catholics); 800 students.

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Mission
In the Catholic tradition and in the spirit of St. Francis De Sales, Bishop Ireton High School is a college preparatory school that promotes spiritual, intellectual, creative, social, and physical development. As a Salesian community of learning and service, Bishop Ireton challenges students to Advance Always in the love of God and man in order to meet and surpass present and future challenges in the 21st century.

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Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Early Childhood Center
1417 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA; 703-998-4170; age 3-8th grade; $3,200-$7,945; 320 students.

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Mission
Blessed Sacrament School is a Catholic, faith-based community dedicated to instilling a love of God and inspiring a commitment to lifelong learning. In an atmosphere of Christian concern and service, our dedicated teachers educate the whole child, leading each student to grow spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally. Our dynamic curriculum develops independent thinking, curiosity and social awareness both locally and globally. We are an integral part of the Blessed Sacrament Parish. Together we strive to build the city of God on a foundation of faith and knowledge.

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Boyd School
Reston campus: 11579 Cedar Chase Rd., Herndon; 703-404-9733; ages 18 months-K; $1,080-$1,992 a month (toddler), $982-$1,783 a month (primary), $1,447-$1,870 a month (K); 65 students. Herndon campus: 13251 Woodland Park Rd., Herndon; 571-203-8686; ages 16 months-K; $1,100-$2,030 a month (toddler), $999-$1,817 a month (primary), $1,474-$1,906 a month (K); 65 students. Broadlands campus: 42945 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn; 703-723-3364; 18 months-4th grade; $1,100-$2,030 a month (toddler), $999-$1,817 a month (primary), $1,474-$1,906 a month (K), $1,568-$2,060 a month (elementary); 210 students. Westfield campus: 4550 Walney Rd., Chantilly; 571-321-0364; ages 18 months-8th grade; $1,100-$2,030 a month (toddler), $999-$1,817 a month (primary), $1,474-$1,906 (K), $1,568-$2,060 a month (elementary), $1,703 a month (middle); 170 students. Fairfax campus: 3909 Oak St., Fairfax; 703-934-0920; ages 3K; $999-$1,817 a month (primary), $1,474-$1,906 a month (K); 50 students. Aldie campus: 24328 Marriwood Dr., Aldie; 703-542-5522; ages 18 months-K; $1,100-$2,030 a month (toddler), $999-$1,817 a month (primary), $1,474-$1,906 (K); 70 students. Cascades campus: 20685 Fernbank Ct., Sterling; 571-434-7555; ages 8 weeks-K; $1,576-$2,050 a month (infant), $1,100-$2,030 a month (toddler), $999-$1,817 a month (primary), $1,475-$1,906 a month (K).

Brooksfield School
1830 Kirby Rd., McLean, VA; 703-356-5437; Montessori preschool-4th grade; $13,513-$21,010 (pre-K and K), $18,527-$23,803 (1st-3rd grades); 78 students.

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Mission
The Brooksfield School was founded in 1987 as a Montessori school dedicated to providing a loving, stimulating and creative environment with a focus on the arts. We strive to nurture the social, physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development of our students.

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Browne Academy
5917 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria, VA; 703-960-3000; preschool through 8th grade; $19,960-$27,110; 210 students.

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Mission
Browne Academy is a preschool through grade eight independent school preparing girls and boys in the metropolitan Washington, DC area for competitive secondary schools. We are dedicated to the development of the individual child as an independent, lifelong learner who embraces the core values of excellence, diversity, character and community.

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Burgundy Farm Country Day School
3700 Burgundy Rd., Alexandria, VA; 703-960-3431; pre-K through 8th grade; $24,724-$28,294; 285 students.

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Mission
Burgundy Farm Country Day School believes that children learn best in an inclusive, creative, and nurturing environment that engages the whole child. Burgundy's innovative, hands-on approach to education cultivates independent thinking, promotes academic excellence, instills respect for diversity, and teaches responsibility for self, for others, and for the natural world.

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Calvary Road Christian School
6811 Beulah St., Alexandria, VA; 703-971-8004; age 3-6th grade; $8,500-$10,720 (all-day preschool), $6,570 (K-6th grade); 10-percent tuition discount for members of Calvary Road Baptist Church; 288 students.

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Mission
The purpose of Calvary Road Christian School is to complement the ministry of Calvary Road Baptist Church through providing students a distinctly Christian education that encourages a commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the development of Christian character, excellence in academics, and service to others.

Recent Developments
The school added a creative arts course this year.

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Chesterbrook Academy in Vienna
9525 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA; 703-759-3000; age 2-K; $1,049 (five half days or three full days), $1,344 (full day); 60 students.

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Mission
Chesterbrook Academy provides a nurturing and caring environment which allows our students to thrive emotionally and socially, while implementing our sound curriculum to create lifelong learners.

Recent Developments
Chesterbrook Academy in Vienna has recently revamped some of its classrooms, such as a special classroom for STEM.

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Chesterbrook Montessori School
3455 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA; 703-241-8271; ages 3-6; 4701 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, 703-243-3914; ages 18 months-6 years; $9,300-$9,500; 85 students.

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Recent Developments
Chesterbrook Montessori School added a toddler program, now accepting children as young as 18 months.

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Children's House Montessori School
2425-A N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA; 703-276-1360; ages 2 1/2-kindergarten; $10,500 (11:45 AM dismissal), $12,500 (2:45 PM dismissal), $14,800 (5:45 dismissal); 85 preschool students, 12 toddlers.

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Mission
Create a prepared environment, nurture and cultivate a love of learning, respect each child's individual development, and encourage our students to undertake with confidence that which inspires him/her.

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Christchurch School
49 Seahorse La., Christchurch, VA; 804-758-2306; 9th-12th grades; coed boarding and day school; $19,500 (day), $45,600 (boarding); 235 students.

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Mission
"Great journeys begin at the river." Knowing that each student comes to us with unique and infinite value, Christchurch, as an Episcopal school, inspires and guides each student's journey toward self-confidence, purpose, and identity. To help students succeed in that journey, we provide a sound college preparatory education in a caring, structured community. Part of that education includes stewardship of our river and awareness of the broader natural environment so that our students learn to look beyond themselves to their place in the world around them.

Recent Developments:
Offered boarding to girls starting in 2012. New locker room facility was added in 2013. Renovated the dormitory buildings in 2013.

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Dominion Christian School
10922 Vale Rd., Oakton, VA; 703-758-1055 (lower school), 571-267-7844 (upper school); K-12th grade; 198 students

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Mission

The mission of Dominion Christian School is to kindle the love of learning in our children so that they desire and achieve a thorough knowledge of God and His creation in all its forms.

Recent Developments
Opened a new space for the high school in Reston in October 2014.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
University of Virginia, George Washington University, Grove City College

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Edlin School
10742 Sunset Hills Rd., Reston, VA; 703-438-3990; K-8th grade; $17,430; 250 students.

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Mission

Edlin strives to create an environment that fosters academic and personal growth. The students have the opportunity to join in a diverse and advanced academic curriculum based on the classic core subjects of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, but also including athletics, performing and visual arts, foreign languages, and computer access and instruction. The program is an intellectually demanding one that prepares students for the increasingly competitive and rigorous further education awaiting them. The faculty encourages students to express themselves with confidence, clarity, and critical acumen. An ideal student-to-faculty ratio enables teachers to employ a variety of teaching methods and styles designed to help each child reach his or her potential.

Recent Developments
String program

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Emmanuel Christian School
8302 Spruce St., Manassas, VA; 703-369-3950; pre-kindergarten-5th grade; $7,324 (1st-5th grades).

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Mission

The mission of Emmanuel Christian School is to provide a well-rounded educational program, through which a young person will come to know about Christ, develop a personal relationship with Him, and be encouraged to follow God's plan and perfect will for his/her life. Students need to know what they believe, why they believe it, be able to defend it, and be able to engage their culture.

Recent Developments
No longer offers 6-12 grades.

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Episcopal High School
1200 N. Quaker La., Alexandria, VA; 703-933-3000; 9th-12th grades boarding; $49,700; 435 students.

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Mission

Founded on a tradition of honor and the pursuit of self-discovery, Episcopal High School engages students in a challenging college preparatory education. The School fosters empathy and responsibility for self and others through a commitment to spiritual inquiry and growth in a fully residential community. Students are encouraged to think creatively, work collaboratively, develop individual passions, and celebrate the talents of others. Sharing diverse life experiences, ideas, and values, students learn humility, resilience, and mutual respect. Through access to the educational and cultural resources of the nation's capital, students are inspired to understand and embrace a changing world. Together, faculty and students take initiative as informed citizens and environmental stewards. Episcopal strives to prepare young people to become discerning individuals with the intellectual and moral courage to lead principled lives of leadership and service to others.

Recent Developments
New Academic Building: Townsend Hall.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
University of Virginia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington & Lee University, Sewanee: University of the South, University of South Carolina

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Fairfax Academy
820 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington, VA; 2 to 5 years; 703-671-5555; $230 per week; 250;

Flint Hill School
3320 Jermantown Rd. and 10409 Academic Dr., Oakton, VA; 703-584-2300; transitional kindergarten-12th grade; $31,105 (K-4th grade, includes iPad), $34,250 (grades 5-8, includes MacBook Air), $35,590 (grades 9-12, including lunch and MacBook Air); 1,034 students.

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Mission

Our commitment is to develop in a caring community an individual who seeks excellence and embraces the "Driving Spirit" of Flint Hill School.

Recent Developments
Became an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-2015.


Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, Duke University, James Madison University

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Gesher Jewish Day School

4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax, VA; 703-978-9789; K-8th grade; $18,600; 150 students.

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Mission

Gesher is dedicated to educational excellence, an individualized approach to learning, and to providing a nurturing and exciting educational environment. Our students are challenged to think critically and creatively and to acquire the skills they will need for tomorrow. Our integrated curriculum of general and Jewish studies prepares students to be knowledgeable and committed Jews, dedicated to the State of Israel, and informed and responsible American citizens. Gesher is a welcoming, pluralistic community where children of varied practices and approaches to Judaism come together to learn and where responsibility for self, caring for others, and stewardship of the environment are common values. Gesher is a ready partner and educational resource for the wider Northern Virginia community.

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Grace Episcopal School
3601 Russell Rd., Alexandria, VA; 703-549-5067; preschool-5th grade; $9,020-$18,040; 118 students.

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Mission

The mission of Grace Episcopal School is to nurture a learning community that promotes academic excellence in the Episcopal tradition, and encourages spiritual growth, moral responsibility, and service to others. We educate the whole child intellectually, spiritually, physically, and socially, and build a solid foundation and enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

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Grasshopper Green and Kenwood Schools
4955 Sunset La., Annandale, VA; 703-256-4711; age 2-6th grade; $232 a week (preschool), $775 a month (elementary); 140 students.

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Mission

Kenwood School is dedicated to educational excellence, individual achievement, and social development of each student. With small classes, a fine faculty of dedicated teachers, and an exciting curriculum, Kenwood School offers a favorable climate for learning. Each student's intellectual growth, personal self-discipline, social values, and emotional maturity are the result of a school philosophy that emphasizes a joy and love of learning. All school experiences at Kenwood are challenging and exciting. Small classes provide opportunities for students to work to their highest potential. Individual progress is carefully guided to stimulate curiosity and creativity. Our strong academic environment fosters a solid foundation of skills and study habits necessary for future success.

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Green Hedges School
415 Windover Ave., NW, Vienna, VA; 703-938-8323; age 3-8th grade; $14,870-$26,580; 190 students.

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Mission

We inspire young people of talent and promise to develop clear values, a desire for wisdom, and an appreciation for all endeavors which broaden the mind and enlighten the spirit.

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GW Community School
9001 Braddock Rd., Suite 111, Springfield, VA; 703-978-7208; 9th-12th grades; $21,681; 55 students.

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Mission

The GW Community School embodies a vision shared by teachers, parents, and students: a school committed to developing and optimizing the giftedness and intelligence of each student; allowing each student to connect with their school, their world, and themselves.

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Highland School
597 Broadview Ave., Warrenton, VA; 540-878-2700; age 3 through 12th grade; $2,380-$4,245 (pre-K), $9,110-$12,835 (K), $17,390 (grades 1-2), $19,045 (grades 3-4), $19,770 (grades 508), $22,670 (grades 9-12); 487 students.

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Mission

To provide a demanding academic and co-curricular program that develops the skills and character essential for students to meet the challenges of college and leadership in the twenty-first century.

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Hill School
130 S. Madison St., Middleburg, VA; 540-687-5897; junior kindergarten-8th grade; $9,500-$21,800; 243 students.

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Mission

The goal of a Hill School education is to build character, self-confidence, and scholarship through academic and co-curricular excellence, individualized attention, and a strong sense of community.

Recent Developments
Now have junior kindergarten as of 2013.

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Hope Montessori School
4614 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale, VA; 703-941-6836; ages 2½-6; $3,800-$7,500; 75 students.

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Mission

At Hope Montessori, our fundamental philosophy is to create a respectful, positive and stimulating environment where children can come and choose the activities that will enhance their growth and development.

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Hunter Mill Country Day School
2021 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna, VA; 703-281-4422; ages 2-12,before and after-school program for K-age to 6; $393-$1,390; 100 students.

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Mission

Hunter Mill Country Day School is a special place where your child can interact, learn, and grow in a unique, loving environment; where children are constantly learning and fostering long-term friendships and creativity—a home away from home. As a parent-directed organization, we remain sensitive to the needs and interests of HMCDS families.

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Hunter Mill Montessori School
2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton, VA; 703-938-7755; ages 2 years, 9 months to 5 years; $11,940 (half day), $14,780 (full day); 40 students.

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Mission

At Montessori School of Cedar Lane, Holly Brook Montessori and Hunter Mill Montessori, learning is based on the principles of education discovered and promoted by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori was the first to discover and acknowledge the need for early education. Her discoveries have been verified by current educational research as well as over 100 years of successful implementation in schools around the world. Our three schools provide the "prepared environment" utilizing the discoveries and methods of Dr. Montessori to help the child develop more fully the potential within him. Each school provides a program especially suited to the needs of the child and offers additional individual attention to the whole development of the child.

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Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran School
1801 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA; 703-549-0155; pre-K through 8th grade; $5,900-$10,143; 130 students.

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Mission

To cultivate the minds, hearts, and bodies of students through classical education and Lutheran catechesis.

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Kiddie Country I Developmental Learning Center
6000 Schoolhouse Woods Rd., Burke, VA; 703-250-6550; ages 2-12; $114-$375 a week; 90 students.

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Mission

Kiddie Country is dedicated to providing appropriate optimum experiences for all the children we serve. By virtue of being a "developmental learning center," Kiddie Country must attend to these five needs of the child: physical development, emotional development, social development, creative development, and intellectual development. Recognizing the importance of the early childhood period, Kiddie Country's program is based on a semi-structured approach to learning, reflecting a balance between play and structured learning activities.

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Kiddie Country II Developmental Learning Center
9601 Old Keene Mill Rd., Burke, VA; 703-644-0066; age 2-12; $114-$375 a week; 180 students.

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Mission

Kiddie Country is dedicated to providing appropriate optimum experiences for all the children we serve. By virtue of being a "developmental learning center," Kiddie Country must attend to these five needs of the child: physical development, emotional development, social development, creative development, and intellectual development. Recognizing the importance of the early childhood period, Kiddie Country's program is based on a semi-structured approach to learning, reflecting a balance between play and structured learning activities.

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KinderCare Learning Center
7136 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria, VA; 703-971-2793; ages 16 months-5 years; $309-$335 a week; 105 students.

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Mission

KinderCare provides a balanced approach to learning, giving you the peace of mind that your child will have fun as they develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.

Recent Developments
Updated curriculum in the past two years.

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Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten
12021 N. Shore Dr., Reston, VA; 703-437-0035; preschool-kindergarten; $395-$900 a month; 240 students.

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Mission

LANK is special because we believe in a total approach to early childhood education, which allows each child to grow intellectually, physically, and socially in order to continue to be successful well after they graduate from LANK. To accomplish this mission, LANK staff strives to make learning enjoyable for children by incorporating a "learning through play" philosophy that provides for constructive, directed play corresponding with educational instruction. Our children are encouraged to interact, ask questions, and explore, thereby stimulating their natural curiosity and desire to learn.

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Langley School
1411 Balls Hill Rd., McLean, VA; 703-356-1920; preschool-8th grade; $15,090-$31,960; 479 students.

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Mission

We believe that each child's potential is boundless and every child can act with integrity, generosity, and consideration for others. We reach across multiple disciplines to discover, amplify, and embrace the talents of every child, every day. By nurturing, supporting, and academically challenging our students, our inclusive community builds quietly confident, independent thinkers who flourish as learners and individuals.

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Leesburg Christian School
21336 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg, VA; 703-777-4220; preschool-12th grade; $7,150-$8,450 (discounts available); 150 students.

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Mission

To Prepare Christian young people for a life of service that will bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, whether it be attending college for further preparation or learning skills that will cause them to succeed in any field.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
Liberty University, Virginia Tech, George Mason University

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Linton Hall School
9535 Linton Hall Rd., Bristow, VA; 703-368-3157; preschool-8th grade; $2,385-$10,000; 245 students.

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Mission

We provide a Catholic education that values the past, honors the family and inspires success. Founded in 1922, Linton Hall School remains true to the 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition of educating whole person — body, mind, and spirit — promoting development of our students through challenging academics, competitive athletics, creative arts and a deep understanding of the Catholic faith. As a result Linton Hall School consistently graduates students who are prepared for the academic, spiritual and social challenges of high school.

Recent Developments
In 2013, expanded preschool to over 110 students, who are 2 1/2 years old through pre-kindergarten.

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Lola's Place
20685 Fernbank Ct., Sterling, VA; 571-434-7555; ages 8 weeks-3 years; $748 a month-$1869 a month; 45 students.

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Mission

To provide a safe child centered environment, employing the philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori and Magda Gerber. To provide a warm, secure and rich environment in which curious young children can move freely to develop according to their individual needs. To work in partnership with families to build a community of caregivers who nurture each child and assist them in their development from birth onward.

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Loudoun Country Day School
20600 Red Cedar Dr., Leesburg, VA; 703-777-3841; pre-K to 8th grade; $14,350-$23,650; 323 students.

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Mission

Loudoun Country Day School, an accredited, independent, coeducational school, educates students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. We pride ourselves on our rigorous core curriculum, nurturing environment, and exceptional foreign language, arts, technology and athletic programs. We cultivate the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and creative growth of each child and develop a foundation that inspires excellence, builds character, and prepares each child for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Recent Developments
Students now using laptops at school.

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Massanutten Military Academy
614 S. Main St., Woodstock, VA; 540-459-2167; 7th-12th grade, postgraduate; rolling tuition, call for monthly rate; 96 students.

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Mission

We provide a structured learning environment that produces confident, capable, productive citizens who are prepared for leadership and service.

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Merritt Academy
9211 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA; 703-273-8000; age 6 weeks-8th grade; $18,120-$20,140; 420 students.

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Mission

For more than 50 years, the mission of Rachel O. Merritt Academy, has been to nourish and challenge the intellectual abilities, creative talents, and spiritual growth of children. We fulfill this mission by providing a safe, loving, and faith-centered educational environment. As a Christian-based school we begin each morning with the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, then before lunch, each class recites a prayer. In the afternoon, we offer a Bible Club. Our teachers use an academically challenging curriculum and also draw from their own expertise and experience to engage children in the adventure of learning. Our students also have the unique opportunity to participate in an enriching intergenerational program with senior residents who reside on the school campus.

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Middleburg Academy (formerly Notre Dame Academy)
35321 Notre Dame La., Middleburg, VA; 540-687-5581; 9th-12th grades; $23,900; 130 students.

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Mission

Middleburg Academy inspires students to excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics. We are a dynamic community of students, faculty and staff, parents, and alumni dedicated to lifelong learning, service to others, spiritual growth, and the success of each student. Our school strives to develop young men and women of moral integrity who will be responsible leaders and citizens in a diverse and ever-changing world.

Recent Developments
New gym interior and locker rooms as of this past year. New Head of School, Colley W. Bell III, started a five-year appointment in 2013.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, William and Mary

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Miller School of Albemarle
1000 Samuel Miller Loop, Charlottesville, VA; 434-823-4805; 8th-12th grade, postgraduate; $36,235 (five-day boarding), $40,480 (seven-day boarding), $49,980 (international), $19,890 (day); 184 students.

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Mission

With a unique emphasis on mind, hands, and heart, Miller School of Albemarle prepares young women and men for success in college and life. Distinguished by a rigorous and supportive program, talented faculty and staff, meaningful leadership opportunities, and small classroom settings, our congenial community builds responsible citizens, insightful thinkers, and compassionate individuals.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
Virginia Tech, Pennsylvania State University, University of Virginia, Boston University

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Montessori Country School
621 Alabama Dr., Herndon, VA; 703-437-8285; ages 2½-6; $7500-$8950; 85-90 students.

Montessori School of Alexandria
6300 Florence La., Alexandria, VA; 703-960-3498; pre-K through 6th grade; $9,100-$11,500; 99 students.

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Mission

To nurture the child's natural love for learning, work, and order through self-discipline, mastering positive attitudes toward learning, and achieving ever increasing levels of independence.

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Montessori School of Cedar Lane
3035 Cedar La., Fairfax, VA; 703-560-4379; ages 3-6; $8,000 (half day), $14,470 (full day); 100 students.

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Mission

At Montessori School of Cedar Lane, Holly Brook Montessori and Hunter Mill Montessori, learning is based on the principles of education discovered and promoted by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori was the first to discover and acknowledge the need for early education. Her discoveries have been verified by current educational research as well as over 100 years of successful implementation in schools around the world.

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Montessori School of Holmes Run
3527 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, VA; 703-573-4652; age 6-age 14; $11,316-$14,591; 40 students.

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Mission

At the Montessori School of Holmes Run, we have created environments rich in materials and broad in curriculum. Our classrooms are led by certified Montessori teachers, whose goal is to help each child achieve his or her own potential. In keeping with the ideas of Dr. Montessori, our developmental approach allows each child to learn at his or her own pace. The wide variety of cognitive materials and a prepared environment foster learning in all areas, and with multi-age classrooms, children at various stages of development can learn from and with each other. We are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for your child.

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Montessori School of Northern Virginia Valleybrook Campus
3433 Rose Lane, Falls Church, VA; 703-992-0255; ages 2-12; $9,650-$12,600; 89 students.

Montessori School of Holmes Run Children's House
3335 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA; 703-573-7599; ages 2.5-6; $9,445-$12,876; 50 students.

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Mission

At the Montessori School of Holmes Run, we have created environments rich in materials and broad in curriculum. Our classrooms are led by certified Montessori teachers, whose goal is to help each child achieve his or her own potential. In keeping with the ideas of Dr. Montessori, our developmental approach allows each child to learn at his or her own pace. The wide variety of cognitive materials and a prepared environment foster learning in all areas, and with multi-age classrooms, children at various stages of development can learn from and with each other. We are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for your child.

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Montessori School of Northern Virginia
6820 Pacific La., Annandale, VA; 703-256-9577; ages 2-12; $11,845-$14,266; 146 students.

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Mission

Our mission is to inspire and guide children to love learning, to love one another, and to love the world around them.

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Montessori School of Oakton
12113 Vale Rd., Oakton, VA; 703-715-0611; pre-K-6th grade; $9,500-$12,000; 100 students.

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Mission

The mission of the Montessori School of Oakton (MSO) is to provide an enriched educational environment, based upon Montessori principles, that will guide, nurture and stimulate the fullest development of each individual child.

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New School of Northern Virginia
9431 Silver King Ct., Fairfax, VA; 703-691-3040; 4th-12th grades; $16,010-$26,950; 150 students.

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Mission

The mission of The New School of Northern Virginia is to provide a respectful, stimulating environment with small classes where students succeed academically, discover the joy of learning, and experience the rewards of active participation in a community.

Recent Developments
New junior high and high school film program and film festival as of 2014.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
George Mason University, Virginia Tech, St. John's College, Goucher College

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NoVA Early Learning Centers
Burke Campus: 6215 Roberts Pkwy., Burke; 703-239-0875; ages 3 weeks-4 years; call for rates; 105 students. Landsdowne Campus: 6414 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria; 703-541-4175; ages 3 weeks-4 years; $288-$346/week; 120 students. Lincolnia Campus: 6396 Lincolnia Rd., Alexandria; 703-256-7990; ages 2-4; call for rates; 85 students. Lorton Campus: 8931 Ox Rd., Lorton; 703-690-1939; ages 3 weeks-4 years; call for rates and number of students.

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Mission

The purpose of our school is to provide a warm, nurturing center in which a child's individuality is recognized and supported by a loving and caring staff. This care includes opportunities for physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth.

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Nysmith School for the Gifted
13625 EDS Dr., Herndon, VA; 703-435-7711; age 3-8th grade; $21,000-$30,850; 600 students.

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Mission

The Nysmith Private School philosophy is to teach the children new information as they are ready for it. Small class sizes and low student to teacher ratios facilitate the diversified curriculum. By incorporating daily computers, science, logic, and foreign language, we are able to expand the children's academic opportunities and make school fun. By eliminating needless repetition and diversifying the academics, we are able to accelerate to meet each child's needs.

Recent Developments
New playground equipment.

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Old Town Montessori School
112 South Columbus St., Alexandria, VA; 703-684-7323; ages 3-6; $11,202-$13,292; 50 students.

Our Savior Lutheran School
825 S. Taylor St., Arlington, VA; 703-892-4846; pre-K to 8th grade; $4,202-$5,951; 133 students.

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Mission

It is the mission of Our Savior Lutheran School to build character and instill values through a quality Christ-centered education in a nurturing environment.

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Parkwood School
601 Marshall Rd. SW, Vienna, VA; 703-281-3707; age 3-K; $250-$360 a month; 150 students.

Paul VI Catholic High School
10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA; 703-352-0925; 9th-12th grades; $12,680 (Catholics), $17,745 (non-Catholics); 1,000 students.

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Mission

The mission of Paul VI Catholic High School is to provide an excellent Catholic education to young men and women by affording them the means to achieve spiritual, intellectual, personal, social, and physical development according to the teachings of the Gospel and St. Francis de Sales. Paul VI Catholic High School is committed to graduating responsible, moral, service-oriented young adults who will continue to "Grow in Grace and Wisdom."

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Pinecrest School
7209 Quiet Cove, Annandale, VA; 703-354-3446; age 3-6th grade; $6,625-$14,250; 89 students.

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Mission

Pinecrest School is committed to providing a positive social and emotional environment for student development. The school provides an atmosphere that bolsters self-confidence and equips its students with the cognitive skills necessary to undertake and succeed in rigorous academic pursuits throughout their lives. It strives to reinforce basic values such as honesty, integrity, respect for others, and an appreciation for diversity.

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Potomac School
1301 Potomac School Rd., McLean, VA; 703-356-4100; K-12th grade; $31,305-$36,030; 1,023 students.

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Mission

The school's mission is to foster each student's intellectual development, love of learning and strength of character within an inclusive community distinguished by a spirit of support and challenge.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, Duke University, Georgetown University

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Powhatan School
49 Powhatan La., Boyce, VA; 540-837-1009; pre-K to 8th grade; $8,000-$16,035; 242 students.

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Mission

Powhatan School believes that successful education creates lifelong learners who use their knowledge, creativity, and skills to be confident students in an ever-changing world.

Recent Developments
Pre-K added in 2013. 42 acres are being donated to be used as an outdoor classroom.

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Queen of Apostles Catholic School
4409 Sano St., Alexandria, VA; 703-354-0714; pre-K to 8th grade; $5,258 (parishioners), $6,324 (Catholic non-parishioners), $7,400 (non-Catholics); 175 students.

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Mission

Queen of Apostles Catholic School is a Christ-centered community, which recognizes our students as children of God and encourages them to continually grow in virtue, dignity, and wisdom. We respect the uniqueness of each student, focusing on the education of the whole child by challenging him or her to realize his or her full potential through spiritual and academic excellence. With Mary, Queen of Apostles, as our model, we send forth our students to joyfully witness to the light of Christ and His Gospel message.

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Randolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Dr., Front Royal, VA; 540-636-5200; 6th-12th grade and postgraduate; $13,031-$15,314 (day), $22,719-$30,065 (boarding), $32,911 (international); 10-percent discount for Methodists; 330 students.

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Mission

Randolph-Macon Academy develops students of academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and responsible citizenship, prepared for success in life.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
Penn State, University of Virginia, James Madison University

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Reston Montessori School
1928 Isaac Newton Sq. W., Reston, VA; 703-481-2922; age 3 months-6th grade; $10,950-$17,990; 198 students.

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Mission

To provide a strong academic foundation using the Montessori Method. To provide an environment that meets the intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of each child. To provide a warm and supportive atmosphere that allows each child the freedom to develop at his or her own pace. To provide a safe and secure setting in which children learn to respect others as well as themselves, and in the process, develop a strong sense of self-worth.

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Ridgemont Montessori School
6519 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA; 703-356-1970; age 1½-6 years; $9,600 (toddlers), $11,250 (half day), $13,800 (extended day program); 65 students.

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Mission

At Ridgemont, we provide a happy and enriching learning environment for your child. Here, he will know the joys of academic exploration and also have a chance for social interaction with other young children. Your child is constantly absorbing the world around him, and at Ridgemont, we want his first learning experiences to be positive. We invite you to come and see for yourself what a delightful place a child's world is.

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Sacred Heart Academy
110 Keating Dr., Winchester, VA; 540-662-7177; pre-K through 8th grade; $4,828 (parishioners), $5,828 (non-parishioners), $6,828 (non-Catholics), $2,414 (preschool); 200 students.

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Mission

Sacred Heart Academy, working within a Christ-centered, family-oriented community, offers an education that inspires lifelong learning. Our emphasis is to form ethical and responsible citizens who are increasingly competent, faith-filled, optimistic about the future, and prepared to succeed in our ever-changing world.

Recent Developments
2013 National School of Excellence. Susan Parks became new principal as of 2013.

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Springfield Academy
5236 Backlick Rd., North Springfield, VA; 703-256-3773; age 6 weeks-3rd grade; $920-$1,222 a month; 160 students.

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Mission

Spring 'N' Dale Private School, Springfield Academy's sister school, was founded in 1958, by a mother who saw a need for a Christian day learning center for young children of working parents. She did not want it to be simply a playtime for the children, but wanted them to grow, learn, and discover the world around them with other children and caring teachers. The schools areowned and operated today by that same family, and they take great pride in the tradition that has made Spring 'N' Dale Private School and Springfield Academy both excellent facilities for care, learning, fun, and friendships.

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The Springs
7719 Fullerton Rd., Springfield, VA; 703-941-1411; ages 6 weeks to 6 years; $7,500-$8,500 (half day), $12,600-$15,000 (full day); approximately 100 students.

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Mission

Our goal is to provide a secure, inviting, challenging and stimulating environment for the intellectual and social development of each child in accordance with the Montessori philosophy.

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Saint Ann Catholic School
980 N. Frederick St., Arlington, VA; 703-525-7599; pre-K through 8th grade; $6,332 (Catholics), $10,082 (non-Catholics), $3,901-$8,891 (preschool); 250 students.

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Mission

We, the family of Saint Ann Catholic School, embrace and share the Gospel values of Jesus Christ and His Church by fostering a faith-filled community. We promote an educational environment where everyone is respected, everyone learns and everyone is encouraged to reflect the glory of God by contributing to the greater good of our world.

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St. Anne's-Belfield School
2132 Ivy Rd., Charlottesville, VA; 434-296-5106; preschool-12th grade; $3,320-$11,600 (preschool and half-day junior kindergarten), $19,500 (full-day kindergarten), $19,500-$23,775 (grades 1-12), $15,350 additional for five-day boarding, $25,975 additional for seven-day boarding; 888 students.

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Mission
We at St. Anne's-Belfield School believe that the transmission of knowledge, the encouragement of curiosity, the development of rational thought, and the cultivation of responsible, honorable behavior are the great ends of education.

Recent Developments
Built a new dining hall facility and a new student commons area.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
University of Virginia, William & Mary, University of Chicago, Cornell University, Elon University

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Saint Clement Episcopal Day School
1701 N. Quaker La., Alexandria, VA; 703-998-8795; ages 2½-5; $625 a month (half day), $1,000 (until 3 PM), $1,225 (until 6); 10-percent discount for St. Clement parishioners, 10-percent discount for siblings; 67 students.

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Mission
Saint Clement Episcopal School seeks to offer an educational environment, within a Christian community, that promotes the development of children's spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, physical and artistic potential.The school strives to help children know God's love and to seek God within themselves and others.The school is dedicated to encouraging children's curiosity and to maintaining an atmosphere of love, joy and tolerance.

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Saint Leo the Great Catholic School
3704 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA; 703-273-1211; preschool-8th grade; $222-$773 a month (preschool), $5,270 (parishioners), $7,090 (non-parishioners), $8,110 (non-Catholics); Saint John Vianney Center for children with special needs; 500 students.

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Mission
Saint Leo the Great Catholic School provides a faith-filled learning environment where we strive to teach as Jesus did — by example, with respect and compassion for all. Recognizing that each person has unique God-given gifts, we employ a variety of techniques to assist students in achieving their spiritual, intellectual and social potential. In collaboration with parents, the child's primary educators, our community provides a safe, nurturing atmosphere, infused with faith, morals and Catholic principles. Together, we prepare children to be faithful Catholics and productive citizens in a global and ever-changing society.

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Saint Luke School
7005 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA; 703-356-1508; K-8th grade; $6,815 (parishioners), $8,650 (non-parishioners), $10,380 (non-Catholics); 234 students.

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Mission
The mission of Saint Luke School is to prepare students to become academically sound citizens instilled with a sense of Catholic values and knowledge of Catholic faith, committed to the pursuit of learning and dedicated to serving mankind.

Recent Developments
Selected as 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.

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St. Mark's Montessori School
5800 Backlick Rd., Springfield, VA; 703-451-4470; age 3-K; $510-$588 a month; 55 students.

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Mission
Our mission is to offer a student the opportunity to benefit from our Montessori program, which strives to develop independence, leadership qualities and self discipline in each child, in an environment where he or she will build a solid foundation for all future learning.

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Saint Rita School
3801 Russell Rd., Alexandria, VA; 703-548-1888; preschool-8th grade; $2,812 (preschool); $5,449 (K-8, parishioners), $6,705 (K-8, non-parishioners), $8,111 (K-8, non-Catholics); 254 students.

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Mission
Saint Rita School embraces the idea that "the soul of education is the education of the soul" (Pope Pius XI). We are a small Catholic school dedicated to forming children intellectually and spiritually using the teachings and patrimony of the Catholic Church and the traditions of Western Civilization.

Recent Developments
Added preschool in 2012.

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St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Lower school: 400 Fontaine St., Alexandria, VA; 703-751-2700; JK-5th grade; $24,910-$28,160; 395 students. Middle school: 4401 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria; 703-751-2700; 6th-8th grades; $30,900; 307 students; sssas.org. Upper school: 1000 St. Stephen's Rd., Alexandria; 703-751-2700; 9th-12th grades; 33,520; 450 students.

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Mission
To help our students succeed in a complex and changing world, we seek to inspire a passion for learning, an enthusiasm for athletic and artistic endeavor, a striving for excellence, a celebration of diversity, and a commitment to service. Our mission is to pursue goodness as well as knowledge and to honor the unique value of each of our members as a child of God in a caring community.

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St. Thomas More Cathedral School
105 N. Thomas St., Arlington, VA; 703-528-6781; pre-K through 8th grade; $5,564 (pre-K), $5,927 (Catholic), $7,597 (non-Catholic); 415 students.

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Mission
Our mission is to nurture and develop the spiritual, academic, social and emotional promise of each child in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic Church, rooted in Gospel values and led by the examples of the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ.

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Sunset Hills Montessori School
11180 Ridge Heights Rd., Reston, VA; 703-476-7477; age 18 months-6th grade; $7,800-$14,250; 190 students.

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Mission
At Sunset Hills Montessori School we are committed to recognizing and cultivating the uniqueness of each individual child.

Recent Developments
Added 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.

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Sydenstricker School
7001 Sydenstricker Rd., Springfield, VA; 703-451-4141; age 3-1st grade; $345-$925 a month; 66 students.

Trinity School at Meadow View
2849 Meadow View Rd., Falls Church, VA; 703-876-1920; grades 7-12; $15,300 (grades 7-8) $16,675 (grades 9-12), $17,940-$19,750 (international students); 161 students.

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Mission
The mission of Trinity Schools is to impart basic ordered knowledge about the world and to train students in basic intellectual skills and qualities of mind so that they might be of use to God in the wise care and governance of his creation and in the building of his kingdom. We accomplish this by establishing a culture marked by the discovery of truth, the practice of goodness, the creation of beauty, and the development of intellectual and aesthetic habits of mind. Trinity School is a community of learners characterized by the rigorous exploration of reality, the free and disciplined exchange of ideas, and active participation in the fine arts.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
University of Virginia, William & Mary, George Mason University

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Vienna Adventist Academy
340 Courthouse Rd., Vienna, VA; 703-938-6200; pre-K through 8th grade; $4,100 (constituent), $5,200 (non-constituent Seventh-day Adventist), $6,700 (non-Seventh-day Adventist); 84 students.

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Mission
The mission of the Vienna Adventist Academy is to provide a Christ-centered quality education, promote balanced character development, and prepare students for citizenship in today's world and God's kingdom.

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Village Green Day School at Lowes Island
47722 Saulty Dr., Potomac Falls, VA; 703-404-4200; age 2-6 years; $6,310-$14,610; 150 students.

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Mission
Village Green's Mission is to provide our children and families with a loving home away from home by intertwining a compassionate, nurturing environment with a challenging curriculum that meets the needs of the whole child, thus creating a school community.

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Village Green Day School at Great Falls
790 Walker Rd., Great Falls, VA; 703-759-4049; age 2 1/2-6 years; $202-$1,500 a month; 165 students.

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Mission
Village Green's Mission is to provide our children and families with a loving home away from home by intertwining a compassionate, nurturing environment with a challenging curriculum that meets the needs of the whole child, thus creating a school community.

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Wakefield Country Day School
1059 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Huntly, VA; 540-635-8555; preschool-12th grade; $6,400-$14,990; 191 students.

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Mission
The mission of WCDS is to develop each student's character and intellect through active involvement in a structured curriculum founded on classical principles and in an environment that encourages scholarship, diligence, self-discipline, and respect for and service to others.

Recent Developments
New head of school, Jessica Lindstrom.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
American University, Brown University, College of William & Mary, Corcoran School of Art and Design, Cornell University, Dartmouth College

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Wakefield School
4439 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains, VA; 540-253-7500; pre-K through 12th grade; $2,890-$24,450; 361 students.

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Mission
The mission of Wakefield School is to provide a rigorous liberal arts education through a challenging, content-rich curriculum and extra-curricular activities that are delivered by skilled, supportive, and creative teachers, coaches, and advisers. We believe in broad knowledge, the equal importance of character and intellect, the benefits of hard work, and the unique potential of our students. We foster self-discipline, independence, creativity, and curiosity. We provide students with the fundamental knowledge and the critical thinking skills to distinguish that which is true from that which is not, and the strength of character to use that wisdom. We welcome families who will embrace our ambitious vision: to develop capable, ethical, and articulate citizens who will seek the challenge, make a difference, and live extraordinary lives.

Mission
George Mason University, James Madison University, Radford University, University of Mary Washington, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech

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Westminster School
3819 Gallows Rd., Annandale, VA; 703-256-3620; pre-K through 8th grade; $15,254-$20,3; 275 students.

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Mission
Westminster School is dedicated to providing a superior elementary and middle-school education whose fundamental goals for each child are a disciplined and well-informed mind, strength of character, dedication to learning, generosity of spirit, and joy in the possibilities of life. The Westminster program is founded on a traditional curriculum, rigorous academic standards, and an atmosphere that promotes respect, integrity, kindness, and a sense of excellence. Westminster's academic program provides thorough training in basic subjects within a broad humanities curriculum. The Classical tradition, great books, and exposure to the arts are emphasized and integrated throughout an accelerated, thoroughly rounded program.

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