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.
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.
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.
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.
Archbishop Carroll High School
4300 Harewood Rd., NE; 202-529-0900 xt. 134; 9th-12th grades; $10,035; 470 students.
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.
Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School
3500 Woodley Rd., NW; 202-537-6493; pre-K through 3rd grade; $33,315, 393 students.
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.
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.
Blessed Sacrament School
5841 Chevy Chase Pkwy., NW; 202-966-6682; K-8th grade; $9,400 (parishioners), $11,400 (non-parishioners); 525 students.
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.
They were named a blue ribbon school in 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newly renovated in 2012, the school features an updated early childhood area.
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.
A STEM school, it also offers full-day pre-K with Bible instruction.
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.
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.
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.
Self discovery. Skills of mind. Generosity of heart.
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
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.
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.
Georgetown Montessori School
1041 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-8058; ages 2-6; $11,000-$17,500; 50 students.
Yoga classes for extended day, Italian class once weekly, Music for Little Fingers/weekly
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.
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.
The Wind Ensemble received a Superior rating at the Dixie Classic Festival, 2010. In addition, the percussion section was honored with Best Percussion award.
Holy Trinity School
1325 36th St., NW; 202-337-2339; age 3-8th grade; $14,705-$19,380.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1640 Kalmia Rd., NW; 202-577-2000; age 3-grade 8; $16,900-$32,650; 280 students.
3000 Cathedral Ave., NW; 202-939-8800; Grades K-4: $26,585, Grades 5-8: $28,825, Grades 9-12: $30,600; 635 students.
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.
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.
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.
We are now offering a French Immersion Montessori Program for children ages 3-6
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.
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.
Our Lady of Victory School
4755 Whitehaven Pkwy., NW; 202-337-1421; age 3-8th grade; $9,833 ($8,558 for parishoners); 217 students.
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.
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.
4400 36th St., NW; 202-362-7900; K-8th grade; grades K-3: $29,930, grade 4-8: $32,580; 226 students.
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.
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.
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.
One-on-one technology program featuring iPads that are provided by the school to each student.
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.
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.
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School
4700 Whitehaven Pkwy., NW; 202-342-2805; nursery-8th grade; $16,876-$32,344; 525 students.
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.
St. Peter School
422 Third St., SE; 202-544-1618; pre-K through 8th grade; $8,950-$11,300; 220 students.
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.
Named a Blue Ribbon School in 2013.
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.
The mission of Washington International School is to provide a demanding international education that will challenge students to become responsible and effective world citizens.
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