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2010 Washingtonian Guide to Private Schools: Coed Schools
Comments () | Published October 21, 2010

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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