Preschool Open House Guide

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This guide is sponsored by the amazing area schools featured in this guide.

Thinking about preschool but not sure where to begin? There are tons of online resources available (including our Comprehensive Preschool Guide!), which are a great start.

But, you’ll never really know for sure if a school is the best fit for your family until you see it for yourself. So, we’ve complied a list of some local open houses!

AIDAN MONTESSORI SCHOOL

2700 27th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

202.387.2700

Aidan Montessori School is a co-ed, independent private school for children ages 18 months through grade 6. Founded in 1961, Aidan is the only school in DC that holds accreditation from the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools and American Montessori Internationale. Aidan follows the highest standards of Montessori pedagogy to prepare children for successful and fulfilling lives.

Everything at Aidan revolves around how children learn best. Aidan students grow into independent thinkers, confident learners, effective collaborators, and responsible citizens.

Open Houses

November 5, 2021 – 9:30-11:00 AM
November 17, 2021 – 7:30-9:00 PM
December 3, 2021 – 9:30-11:00 AM
January 7, 2022 – 9:30-11:00 AM
January 13, 2022 – 7:30-9:00 PM

WHOLE KIDS ACADEMY

6006 Executive Boulevard, Third Floor
North Bethesda, MD 20852

240.242.4957

Whole Kids Academy is a Spanish-immersion preschool that serves a community of families who value a warm, loving environment and holistic approach to education.

Open Houses

January 11, 2022
April 5, 2022

BROWNE ACADEMY

5917 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, VA 22310

703.960.3000

Browne Academy began as one of the first integrated schools in Virginia. Today that spirit of inclusion endures, as our core values – excellence, diversity, character, and community – are an integral part of our school’s tapestry.

From preschool-8th grade, teachers challenge students to ask thoughtful questions to guide conversations, allow for deeper dives into topics, and be the catalyst for new and more sophisticated world views.

Open Houses

November 11, 2021
December 5, 2021
January 12, 2022
April 14, 2022
May 21, 2022

PALISADES MONTESSORI

5104 Macarthur Boulevard, NW
Washington, DC 20016

202.537.6807

Palisades Montessori is a Montessori school located in the Palisades community of Washington, DC. We have two beautiful classrooms in close proximity to each other. Our Primary Program provides school-year care and education to preschoolers from ages three to five years. Our Infant and Toddler Center provides full-year care and education to infants and toddlers from age three months until their entry into the Primary Program.

Palisades Montessori is a warm, loving learning community that has been serving families since 1984. We look forward to welcoming you to our community and nurturing your child during these early days of tremendous possibility.

Open Houses

December 5, 2021 (Register Here)
January 9, 2022 (Register Here)

ACORN HILL WALDORF KINDERGARTEN & NURSERY

9504 Brunett Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901

301.565.2282

At Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery, we strive to encourage and protect the sense of wonder and gratitude nourishing the child’s imagination, and to provide a warmth-filled place to work, play and create. We believe that play is the serious work of childhood, and that learning by doing provides the foundation for critical thinking, problem solving and a lifelong enthusiasm for knowledge.

Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf Education is based on a developmental approach that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head.

Open Houses

December 2, 2021
December 16, 2021
January 13, 2022
January 27, 2022

EDLAVITCH DCJCC PRESCHOOL

1529 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

202.777.3263

The Edlavitch DCJCC Preschool fosters a nurturing environment of open-ended exploration and growth that deepens our connections to Judaism, our community, and the world around us.

Our program provides a day full of learning and fun for children ages 2–5, year-round. We welcome all families, regardless of religion, race, family type, or cultural background.

Open Houses

December 15, 2021
January 11, 2022
January 19, 2022
January 28, 2022
February 7, 2022
February 16, 2022
February 24, 2022
March 1, 2022
March 16, 2022

* All tours run from 9:15-10:30 AM and occur on Zoom

Barrie School (Silver Spring, MD) – January 8, 2022 and April 23, 2022

BASIS Independent McLean (McLean, VA) – January 22 and March 26, 2022

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (Rockville, MD) – November 7, 2021

Concord Hill School (Chevy Chase, MD) – December 8, 2021 9:30-10:30 am; January 8, 2022 – 9:00-10:00 am (Both Virtual). RSVP to [email protected] to receive the Zoom link.

Green Hedges School (Vienna, VA) – November 8, 2021 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Middle School, Virtual); November 17, 2021 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. (Lower School, Virtual); December 1, 2021 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: (Montessori, Virtual); December 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (In-Person); January 13, 2022 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. (2-year olds, Virtual)

Little Folks School (Georgetown, DC) – October 13, 2021; November 10, 2021; December 8, 2021; January 12, 2022; February 2, 2022

Our Lady of Victory School (Palisades, DC) – November 17, 2021; December 1, 2021; January 12, 2022; February 2, 2022; February 16th, 2022

Primrose School of Arlington (Arlington, VA) – Open Houses held monthly

Rochambeau, The French International School (Bethesda, MD) – November 20, 2021

Saint Ann Catholic School (Arlington, VA) – Private Saturday School Tours by Appointment

School for Friends (Dupont Circle, DC) – October 20, 2021; November 10, 2021; December 8, 2021; January 12, 2022; February 9, 2022; February 16, 2022

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Potomac, MD) – December 7, 2021; January 11, 2022

St. John’s Preschool (Georgetown, DC) – December 6, 2021

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