Columbia Academy is a private school community located in Columbia, Maryland. It is comprised of four Columbia Academy Preschools at Maple Lawn, Kendall Ridge, Kings Contrivance, and Thunder Hill; as well as the Columbia Academy Elementary and Middle School. Columbia Academy serves students ages six weeks in age through 8th grade, fully preparing them for the next steps in their education.

The school system prides itself on its low teacher-to-student ratios which allow for individualized attention and instruction that benefits every type of student. Students are nurtured in a family-like environment where diversity is embraced, and everyone is made to feel like they belong. Using nationally recognized curriculum that’s certified by the Maryland State Department of Education, teachers augment their lessons with hands-on teaching strategies to spark curiosity, encourage imagination, and instill a love of learning at an early age.

The private school community strives to promote every student’s cognitive, emotional, physical and social growth at every level while creating a desire to learn, building character, strengthening self-esteem, and encouraging effort on a carefully guided pathway to achievement. Columbia Academy offers everything students need to reach their greatest potential and successfully progress into high school and beyond.

To learn more about Columbia Academy, call 301-327-2714 or visit their website at

5901 Westchester Park Drive
College Park, MD 20740
K – 8th Grade

FCS is an independent, coeducational day school offering Quaker progressive education for students in grades K-8. Founded in 1986 by members of the Adelphi Friends Meeting, FCS is located in a LEED Silver-certified building on 17 acres adjacent to national parkland in College Park, Maryland, and draws from a wide swath of the D.C.-metropolitan area.
The school offers a rigorous curriculum rooted in its Quaker heritage and imbued with the values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, environmental stewardship, and service to others. FCS’ progressive educational approach emphasizes hands-on learning through activities, field trips, projects, collaborations, and choice-making. It also challenges students to question, explore, reflect, reason, think originally, and communicate effectively. FCS offers a wide range of after-school enrichment activities, including an acclaimed instrumental music program, as well as engaging summer camps open to all.

A culturally and economically very diverse community, FCS focuses on the individual child, and on being inclusive, relevant, and responsive. Graduates move on the leading high schools area-wide, and reputable colleges nation-wide. For more information, please visit our website,

The Friends School of Frederick County
3232 Green Valley Rd.
Ijamsville, MD  21754

The future is a great unknown. The best thing we can do for our children is to teach them how to solve the problems they don’t even know about yet; we can do this by stimulating their imaginations at a young age, and maintaining outlets for their creativity as they grow. Problem-solving stems directly from imagination, which needs to be cultivated at all ages.

Friends Meeting School was founded in 1997 as an intellectually vigorous, community-centered, inclusive alternative to the other school options in the region. Annette Breiling (who had previously founded what became the Lower School at Sandy Spring Friends School in Montgomery County) felt so strongly about the mission of Friends Schools that she had to start another. While she has since retired, Annette remains highly active in several Frederick County communities. The current Head of School, Mara Nicastro, carries on that passion for the students, working to maximize their curiosity and academic abilities.

The only Friends School in Frederick County, Friends Meeting School’s values offer students a solid foundation for growth in Mind, Body, and Spirit. All grades, K-12, get hands-on exposure to the world around them – they learn to garden, perform and create in between their accelerated academic courses. The High School at Friends Meeting School has a 100% acceptance rate to top-choice colleges: every single graduate of their program has had their pick of universities!

Owings Mills, Maryland

Steeped in tradition with an eye toward the future, McDonogh is a welcoming community where young people in prekindergarten through twelfth grade become “LifeReady” under the guidance of talented and caring teachers. It is a place where joy is ever present and opportunities abound for deep thinking, innovating, collaborating discovering passions, and helping others.

In addition to top-notch academic, art, and athletic facilities, our 800-acre campus includes streams, woods, and ponds, all of which provide countless opportunities for exploration. Learning also takes place at Roots, our six-acre farm, where students of all ages care for chickens, tend crops, and harvest produce for the dining hall and local food pantries.

With a fleet of 27 buses that make stops in Baltimore City and surrounding counties, McDonogh is right around the corner! Upper School students also have the option of participating in our residential life program that allows them to live on campus during the school week and become further immersed in campus life.

955 Sligo Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Marcia Miller
Director of Admissions

Think differently. At The Nora School, these are words we take to heart. This intentionally small, inclusive, and personal college preparatory high school works to bring out the best in bright students with ADHD, executive function issues, or anxiety – and for those simply wanting something more individualized. Students turn to us because they’ve become frustrated in large, impersonal institutions, while others seek a richer, more engaging education without the emphasis on standardized testing. In our discussion-based classrooms, we inspire a critical world view, and students find their voice in an intellectually rigorous, accepting, nurturing environment. With a thought-provoking curriculum, inclusive sports and arts programs, Intersession, mindfulness and more, The Nora School helps students find their unique paths and prepare for college, work, and life. Building deep connections between the faculty and students, we encourage responsibility and build confidence and excitement about learning.

We’ve expanded, offering more curriculum choices and openings for more students! Discover the essence of our school. Call us to find out more, or RSVP for an Open House. Come see how our students thrive. Celebrating the same mission for over 50 years. Think Differently.

16923 Norwood Rd.
Sandy Springs, MD 20860
Preschool (Age 3) - 12th grade

Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students from Preschool (age 3) through 12th Grade, with optional boarding programs in the Middle and Upper School. Founded in 1961, SSFS offers a deep and rigorous academic curriculum, character education rooted in universal Quaker principles, and a diverse and international student body that reflects today’s global community. SSFS sits on a pastoral 140-acre campus in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland, midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore – an ideal setting for intellectual contemplation, athletic training, diverse extracurricular pursuits, outdoor exploration, urban excursion, and personal growth. Please visit our Web site at for more information.


Sidwell Friends School is a PK–12, co-educational Quaker day school founded in 1883. Our Lower School (PK–4) is located on a five-acre campus blocks away from Metro in Bethesda, Maryland. Our Middle and Upper Schools are housed on a 15-acre campus in Washington, DC, less than a mile from Metro’s Tenleytown/AU station and on several bus lines.

Sidwell Friends School is a dynamic educational community grounded in the Quaker belief that there is “that of God in everyone.” Individually and collectively, we challenge ourselves to pursue excellence in academic, athletic, and artistic realms. We are committed to the joys of exploration and discovery. Differences among us enhance intellectual inquiry, expand understanding, and deepen empathy. The Quaker pillars of the School inspire active engagement in environmental stewardship, global citizenship, and service. We find strength in reflection and shared silence. At the heart of each endeavor, we strive to discern deeper truths about ourselves and our common humanity, preparing students and adults to “let their lives speak.”

For more information about Sidwell Friends School or the application process, please contact the Admissions office at 202-537-8111 or

8804 Postoak Road
Potomac, MD 20854

St. Andrew's provides a challenging coeducational college preparatory program for preschool through twelfth grade in an inclusive environment that embodies the faith and perspective of the Episcopal Church. The school is a leader in diversity programming, design thinking, and service learning.  
In its recently published Strategic Plan, St. Andrew’s affirmed its mission to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service. The school is committed to teaching and demonstrating that academic rigor and student well-being are the complementary foundations of educational excellence.

St. Andrew’s renowned Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) is powered by the creativity of its faculty and the partnership of our university researchers. The CTTL makes research-informed teaching and learning the central focus of faculty professional development, curriculum and program design at St. Andrew’s.  It connects independent and public-school teachers, leaders, and policymakers through discourse on translating research into innovative teaching and learning strategies.



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