MARYLAND - *also a boarding school

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!

Garrison Forest School
300 Garrison Forest Rd
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Garrison Forest School, an all-girls’ boarding (8th – 12th grades) and day (K-12th grades) independent school with a coed preschool in Owings Mills, Md., balances a challenging college-preparatory program with a welcoming, warm environment that empowers students to realize their full potential and to live lives of purpose. Distinctions include 20 AP offerings, a rich fine and performing arts curricula and hands-on learning opportunities, including the school’s nationally recognized Women in Science and Engineering partnership with Johns Hopkins University, school-funded options for global service learning, high-tech maker spaces in all divisions and the first Confucius Classroom among Maryland independent schools. Faculty truly knows each student, creating a classroom atmosphere focused on personal achievement and collaboration. Founded as a non-sectarian school, our diverse student body includes people from across the globe, region and country, and we provide an inclusive, supportive environment for all children and adults in our community. We offer 50 teams in 16 sports including dance and nationally ranked riding and polo teams. The 110-acre campus offers collegiate-level facilities and 24/7 security. Learn more at

Grace Episcopal Day School
Preschool-Grade 5
9411 Connecticut Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895

Have you wondered about how the right school environment could help your child grow, thrive, and belong?

At Grace Episcopal Day School, our community is built on a 60 year commitment to inclusion and access. Like our founders, we believe that we are all better individuals when we are a part of a varied and inclusive whole. Our student body reflects the rich diversity of the Washington, DC metro area.

Grace is a small elementary school (approximately 100 students) conveniently located in South Kensington, MD, just a quarter mile from the Beltway. We welcome children from Preschool-Grade 5. Grace features small class sizes (13 students on average), rich special subjects such as STEM (our kids learn to code), Spanish, music, an art studio, science lab, multiple recess sessions and an 11-acre campus bordering woodlands.

Please contact Karen O’Connor-Floman, Director of Admission, to learn more about Grace! 240.292.5237 or

McLean School
8224 Lochinver Lane
Potomac, MD 20854
K - 12th grade

We hear it all the time—McLean School transforms lives. McLean is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for bright students in kindergarten through grade 12. We welcome both traditional learners and those with mild to moderate learning differences—including ADHD, executive functioning, anxiety, language-based differences, such as dyslexia and dysgraphia.

In small classes with attentive teachers, and a supportive social environment, students discover their strengths, strengthen their challenges, and find joy in learning. A rich variety of options—including STEM/Robotics, art, music, drama, athletics, clubs, and community service—complements our rigorous core academic programs.

We also incorporate fresh thinking into our curriculum. We planted gardens to increase environmental awareness, added the study of technology and robotics, and recognized the value of mindfulness in the classrooms. In addition to honors and AP classes, a creative partnership with American University enables qualified seniors to take college courses.

At every stage of their development, our students are transformed by the McLean approach. They become insightful, confident learners and their own best advocates. The proof is in their acceptances to highly regarded colleges and their success in college and in life.

We invite you to roam our website—or contact us directly—to learn more about McLean.

The Nora School
955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910
9 - 12th grade

The Nora School is a progressive, coeducational, college preparatory day school serving 60 students in Grades 9-12. Its mission is to nurture and empower bright students who have not realized their potential in larger, more traditional school settings. The school offers a challenging curriculum in an environment designed to develop and maintain a just community, thoughtful decision-making, a high level of discourse, and attention to individual needs and concerns. At all levels, students study the traditional disciplines - English, social studies, mathematics, science, and foreign language - via thematic, engaging approaches. 

Small class size, dedicated teachers and attention to the individual fosters self advocacy and scholastic confidence in a collaborative setting. Juniors and seniors participate in a retreat program for college readiness.

Situated in downtown Silver Spring, MD, The Nora School makes use of the resources available in the metropolitan Washington DC area with field trips, guest speakers and other projects that bring current events into the classroom and the students into the world.

Contact Marcia Miller, Director of Admissions, to receive an information packet or to schedule a visit.

Sandy Spring Friends School

16923 Norwood Rd.
Sandy Springs, MD  20860

PreK - 12th grade

Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students from Pre-K through 12th Grade, with an optional boarding program in the Upper School. Founded in 1961, SSFS offers a deep and rigorous academic curriculum focused on a global education and 21st century skills, 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

St. Andrew's Episcopal School
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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