Abingdon Montessori School, 5144 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda; 301-320-3646; ages 2–5; $8,800; 25 students.
Aleph Bet Jewish Day School, 1125 Spa Rd., Annapolis; 410-263-9044; K–5th grade; $9,830; 35 students.
Recent accomplishment: Received the Chesapeake Cup award for participation in Anne Arundel Public Library summer reading program.
Annapolis Area Christian School. Lower school: 710 Ridgley Ave., Annapolis; 410-266-8251; pre-K through 5th grade; $3,421-$8,943; 215 students. Middle school: 716 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis; 410-266-8251; 6th–8th grade; $10,318; 220 students. Upper school: 109 Burns Crossing Rd., Severn; 410-266-8251; 9th–12th grade; $12,628; 479 students.
Apple Montessori School, 7210 Hidden Creek Rd., Bethesda; 301-320-8832; 2 years through kindergarten; $7,010-$13,760; 60 students.
What’s new: Beyond the Walls!, a weekly outdoor-learning program giving children an early start in appreciation and stewardship of the natural resources in our area.
Recent accomplishment: Celebrating more than 25 years in Montessori education.
Archbishop Spalding High School, 8080 New Cut Rd., Severn; 410-969-9105; 9th–12th grades; $11,295; 1,175 students.
What’s new: A center for arts and technology Center, a stadium with an artificial-turf field and track, and an engineering curriculum.
Recent accomplishment: The class of 2009 was offered more than $21 million in college scholarships.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Maryland, Catholic University, University of South Carolina, Towson University, and Virginia Tech.
Ascension Lutheran School, 7415 Buchanan St., Landover Hills; 301-577-0500; K–8th grade; $6,750; 140 students.
Barnesville School, 21830 Peach Tree Rd., Barnesville; 301-972-0341; age 3–8th grade; $3,925 (early childhood three-day program), $6,535 (pre-K and early-childhood five-day program), $11,320 (kindergarten), $15,145 (elementary school), $16, 195 (middle school); 182 students.
What’s new: A science and environmental-education program, composed of administrators, faculty, and parents, will examine how to fully utilize the school’s 50 acres for educational purposes. It will also support school initiatives to be more environmentally friendly.
Recent accomplishment: School won middle-school championships in boys’ basketball and soccer. Placed fourth in Potomac chapter’s Mathcounts competition.
Barrie School, 13500 Layhill Rd., Silver Spring; 301-576-2800; pre-K through 12th grade; $11,750-$24,080; 390 students.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Maryland, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Brown University.
Beddow Jr./Sr. High School, 501 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek; 301-292-1968; grades 7–12; $11,000; 42 students.
Beddow Montessori School, 6008 Hampshire Cir., Waldorf; 301-870-8660; pre-K through 6th grade; $6,000–$9,000; 50 students.
Beddow Montessori School, 8600 Loughran Rd., Fort Washington; 301-567-0330; pre-K through 6th grade; $6,000–$9,000; 90 students.
Bethesda Community School, 7500 Honeywall La., Bethesda; 301-652-0117; ages 2½–kindergarten; $260 a month to $1,475 a month; 130 students.
Recent accomplishment: Celebrating its 65th anniversary this year.
Bethesda Country Day School, 5615 Beech Ave., Bethesda; 301-530-6999; ages 2–5; 280 students.
Bethesda Montessori School, 7611 Clarendon Rd., Bethesda; 301-986-1260; ages 3–6; $7,600–$12,500; 80 students.
Recent accomplishment: Twenty-seven years in business, in the same location, with the same director and owner. The school strictly follows the Montessori philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori and has three multi-age classrooms.
Bishop McNamara High School, 6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville; 301-735-8401; 9th–12th grade; $10,300; 870 students.
What’s new: A forensic-science class.
Recent accomplishment: Completed $8 million in renovations to build a new fine-arts wing, two-story library, cafeteria, and more.
Bowie Montessori Children’s House, 5004 Randonstone La., Bowie; 301-262-3566; pre-K through 8th grade; $9,600; 200 students.
Bullis School, 10601 Falls Rd., Potomac; 301-299-8500; 3rd–12th grade; $26,460 (grades 3–5), $28,280 (grades 6–8), $29,430 (grades 9–12); 630 students.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, and University of Virginia.