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

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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Mission

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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