Top 30 Private Schools in Northern Virginia

Here in the Northern Virginia area, we are fortunate to have some of the best schools in the country in our backyard. Choosing the right school for our children can be overwhelming. We have compiled a nice list of 30 top schools we think you should be looking at. We included some basic facts and made it easier to get in touch with the right candidate schools to make your final decisions easier.


20600 Red Cedar Dr., Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 777-3841
Head of School: Dr. Randall Hollister
Grades: K to 8th grade
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Tuition: up to $27,500
From its founding in 1953, Loudoun Country Day has inspired preschool through eighth grade students to begin their journeys as lifelong learners and tomorrow’s leaders. Their early childhood program welcomes each student into our community and lays the critical foundation for future success. Through the elementary and middle school years, the talented and dedicated teachers unlock each child’s potential through differentiated academics, foreign languages, athletics, visual and musical arts, STEM education, and enriching field trips. The alumni leave LCDS prepared for thrive and lead in high school and beyond.

13625 EDS Dr., Herndon, VA 20171
(703) 713-3332
Head of School: Ken Nysmith
Grades: Pre-K to 8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Tuition: up to $35,200
Nysmith Schools for the Gifted works to give students not only a STEM education but a liberal arts education as well. The teachers are trained to inspire math and science driven students to appreciate and even love reading and writing. Nysmith has a proven method in order to maximize student education which begins with challenging students from the moment they walk in the door for their first day. Students participate in hands-on learning every day in every subject. Students must have a certain score or better on an intelligence test in order to be considered for admittance.

44675 Cape Ct, Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 956-5020
Head of School: Deep Sran, Esq., Ph.D.
Grades: 6 to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 4:1
Tuition: Up to $27,600
Loudoun School for the Gifted requires all applicants to take the WISC, Stanford-Binet, or Test of Relational Reasoning. The school looks for “evidence of high achievement capability in students’ grades, work product, teacher recommendations, and assessments of cognitive proficiency and reasoning.” The faculty are highly educated individuals who are curious about the world. Most teachers have degrees in engineering or sciences and are highly knowledgeable in the subject area they teach. The school understands that building and fostering a community where students feel safe socially as well as academically is important to the learning process. There are numerous clubs and activities for students to get involved in and learning spaces for students to hold intellectual conversations with peers and teachers.

Locations in Alexandria, Loudoun and Tysons
(703) 448-0350
Head of School: Peter G. Rupert
Grades: 6 to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 1:1
Tuition: Full-time $19,375-$27,125
After working in underfunded public schools, founder Michelle Rose Gilman set out to find a solution to help students develop their academic potential. Fusion Academy is geared towards students in grades 6-12 who aren’t thriving in traditional school environments. The Fusion Academy approach focuses on a one-to-one teaching model to help students academically and emotionally. Students can help customize their education. The programs are self-paced. Fusion offers a state of the art recording studio, multimedia arts program, and a Homework Café® where students can get help after school. Fusion Academy does offer various locations in the Northern Virginia area as well as around the country.

7210 Braddock Rd., Annandale, Virginia 22003
(703) 941-5788
Head of School: Lane McIntyre
Grades: 2 to 8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Tuition: $35,270
Geared toward grades 3-8, Oakwood School caters to high functioning students with learning disabilities, especially students with dyslexia and ADHD. The Oakwood approach is to help students realize their potential through small class-sizes, multi-sensory approach to teaching daily social affective lessons, and plenty of movement scheduled throughout the day. Oakwood groups students in ability teams with at least two licensed teachers in the classroom.

3320 Jermantown Rd, Oakton, VA 22124
(703) 584-2300
Head of School: John Thomas
Grades: Pre-K to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: lower school 5:1 middle/ upper school 6:1
Tuition: pre-k to 4, $32,040; 5-6, $35,275; 7-8, $36,865; 9-12, $39,545
Flint Hill engages the student at every level, and begins the scientific research methods as early as possible. In the lower school, students begin the education inquiry about the world and working in collaborative groups to help understand the world around them. Teachers in the middle school continue the work but also begin to examine the scientific method and reasoning. In the upper school, students have the opportunity to take several advanced placement courses in a variety of subjects. Students also have the freedom to take electives that are more geared toward their interests to help prepare students for college. Flint Hill School is an Apple Distinguished School, where they “readily share their achievements by collaborating with Apple teams to host on site educator visits. At these events, school leaders demonstrate their vision for learning with Apple technology, and educators showcase best practices for using iPad, Mac, apps, Multi-Touch books, and other digital materials to create powerful learning experiences.”

850 Balls Hill Road McLean, VA 22101
(703) 790-5450
Head of School: Mary T. Ortiz, Ph.D.
Grades: 6 to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 7:1
Tuition: $25,540
An all-girls Catholic school that focuses on educating the intellectual, physical, and spiritual aspect of the young woman. Oakcrest develops leadership skills to help their students thrive in college as well as in everyday life. They emphasize strong character development woven in a liberal arts based curriculum to help the girls hone critical thinking skills root in religion to navigate through an ever changing world. Through this education, students develop a strong sense of self and confidence so students can change the world. Oakcrest offers the O’Donovan lecture series.

6600 Little Falls Rd, Arlington, VA 22213
(703) 237-1400
Head of School: Joseph E. Vorbach III, Ph.D.
Grades: 9 to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 11:1
Tuition: Catholics: $15,287; other religions: $17,285
Rooted in traditional Catholic values, Bishop O’Connell High School believes every student should be well-versed in not only math and sciences, but also in the social sciences. The school offers a wide ranges of programs from AP courses to STEM curriculum to Dual enrollment with Marymount University. Bishop O’Connell strives to make sure that every student is a critical thinker with exceptional communication skills.

201 Cambridge Rd, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 751-7606
Head of School: Thomas J. Curry, Ph.D.
Grades: 9 to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 13:1
Tuition: Catholics: up to $ 15,090; non- Catholics: up to $19,725
“Bishop Ireton’s college preparatory curriculum has a solid tradition of educating young men and women of faith by offering rigorous academics and strong athletic and fine arts programs in a culture rich with Salesian Spirituality.” The school offers a wide array of courses including advanced placement courses. The school tries to prepare students for college with a 21stcentury education.

10675 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 352-0925
Head of School: Virginia Colwell
Grades: 9 to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 12:1
Tuition: Catholic, $14,625; Non-Catholic, $19,315
Founded in the teachings of Saint Francis de Sales, Paul VI aims to instill pride, values, and integrity in its students while helping them “grow in grace and wisdom.” The school offers advanced placement classes and dual enrollment with Northern Virginia Community College. The academic programs are designed to help students develop strong study skills for the rigorous work in the top colleges.

15450 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20120
(703) 673-1145
Grades: Pre-K to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 15-20 students per class
Tuition: up to $10,750
The school recognizes “each child is created in the image and likeness of God, the Creator, as a unique human being having a purpose for which he or she is created and is known by his deeds, by whether what he does is pure and right” and that “the knowledge and pursuit of truth, understanding and wisdom has the intended outcome of enabling the individual to fulfill the purpose for which he or she is created.” The school is a college preparatory established in the traditions of classical education. Students learn latin as a gateway to the European Romantic Languages, as a gateway to classical and historical literature, and as a gateway to the English language. While Ad Fontes believes in educational roots, classes are interactive and hands-on.

11480 Sunset Hills Rd #10e, Reston, VA 20190
(571) 313-1709
Head of School: Garrett Wilhelm
Grades: 1 to 8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: low ratios
Tuition: $15,000
Started in 2015, Berthold Academy provides holistic education combining a modern Montessori approach with innovative technology powered by AltSchool, a Silicon Valley, Zuckerberg-backed, ed-tech company with 177 million dollars invested to reform education. Berthold Academy provides the most personalized education platform with it’s amazing and experienced teachers and data analytics all driving the personalization in the classroom. The students travel through a journey of core academics, applied academics, creative expression classes, health and wellness classes, project-based learning, and thematic learning to interweave engaging educational moments throughout their entire experience.

9001 Braddock Rd # 111, Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 978-7208
Head of School: Alexa Warden
Grades: 9 to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 5:1
Tuition: up to $29,616
GW Community School was created to service a particular group of students that parents and teachers felt were not being developed in the local educational system. The students want to learn, but they may need non-traditional teaching methods and classrooms in order to achieve their academic goals. GW Community School offers a safe environment for nontraditional students to connect to the material in a learning community geared towards multi-learning methods. The school offers advanced placement courses and college preparatory classes. GW Community School only enrolls 52 students per academic year.

22407 Foxhound Ln, Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-5555
Head of School: Cathy McGehee
Grades: 9 to 12 (girls only)
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Tuition: boarding tuition, $52,940; day tuition, $44,640
The ideals of Foxcroft is to have every girl develop her own unique voice. The school focuses teaching the best way that girls learn through collaboration, relationships, strong affiliations, and contexts. Foxcroft offers advanced placement classes, online classes, and a STEM initiative. Students also must participate in a sport whether it is interscholastic or non-competitive. Foxcroft has an extensive riding program for all levels. The school offers boarding- school or dayschool options.

8328 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22102
(703) 556-8200
Head of School: Pilar Cabeza de Vaca
Grades: 9 to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Tuition: boarding, $58,158; day, $43,947
The Madeira School is a boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12, located on a beautiful 376-acre campus minutes from Washington, D.C. Rigorous academics and experiential learning opportunities cultivate women leaders who are ready to make positive impacts in their local and global communities. Through Madeira’s awardwinning Co-Curriculum program, students graduate with an impressive resume gained from three distinct internships, including Capitol Hill and career-oriented placements.

(703) 978-9789
Head of School: Dan Finkel
Grades: K to 8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 5:1
Tuition: up to $20,220
The school is dedicated to provide students with a secular and Jewish education. They believe students need to be able to critically think and solve problems for the ever changing world, but stay rooted in their Judaism traditions. Gesher provides teachings in core curriculum classes as reading, writing, math, science, and history as well as studying Hebrew and the Torah. Gesher offers a wide range of outside the classroom learning from various field trips to Gesher Garden which teaches students about sustainable living.

4439 Old Tavern Rd, The Plains, VA 20198
(540) 253-7500
Head of School: David Colon
Grades: Pre-K to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Tuition: up to $27,510
Wakefield offers a rigorous liberal arts education by delivering top and current pedagogy to help students develop critical thinking skills. “We believe in broad knowledge, the equal importance of character and intellect, the benefits of hard work, and the unique potential of our students. We foster self-discipline, independence, creativity, and curiosity.” Wakefield works to set the educational foundations in lower and middle grades, so students have the skills for the college preparatory programs in the upper school. Wakefield offers advanced placement courses as well as international educational opportunities in Australia and in Africa.

11204 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 273-8787
Head of School: David Vanderpoel, Ph.D.
Grades: K to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 7:1
Tuition: up to $16,520
Trinity offers a kindergarten to 12th grade Christian education. They believe in preparing students to be lifelong learners with an emphasis on biblical mindset. All students receive a liberal arts education to develop critical thinking skills. In addition, Trinity incorporates the performing arts in the core classes. Students are taught the basics of public speaking, methods of debate, and leading discussions. Students must also give a senior thesis oral defense. Trinity offers advanced placement courses.

35321 Notre Dame Ln, Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-5581
Head of School: Colley W. Bell III
Grades: 8 to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Tuition: up to $24,900
The curriculum is focused of preparing student for the college. It focuses on study skills, time management, and critical thinking. Middleburg Academy works to make sure that all students are working toward their potential, and students are expected to not only partake in academics but also sports, arts, and other activities. The school offers advanced placement courses as well as courses in STEAM.

6408 Edsall Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312
(703) 941-6977
Head of School: Rahima Abdullah
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 10:1
Tuition: up to $7,750
In the preschool level, students are introduced to a Montessori style learning as well as Arabic as a Second Language. As student progress to middle school, subjects are streamlined to basic core classes of math, science, and English. Faculty use the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) as a guide but supplement instruction with other material. The curriculum integrates the Quran and Islamic studies.

3819 Gallows Rd, Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 256-3620
Head of School: Ellis Glover
Grades: Pre-K to 8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 10:1
Tuition: up to $23,466
Westminster School believes that every child, by nature, is curious about the world around them and wants to learn. The goal of the school is to help students understand this desire and develop a keen sense of learning. The visual and performing arts are integrated within the core curriculum. In addition, students develop a strong sense of character and respect. The school carefully structured the program for students to learn in the best possible way.

5775 Barclay Dr., Alexandria, VA 22315
(703) 339-0444
Head of School: Melissa Dobbs
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 9:1
Tuition: up to $20,250
One of a kind school in the Northern Virginia area, The Academy accepts only 20 middle school and 20 high school students a year. the Academy is part of the Metropolitan School of Arts and is for students who want to seriously train for a career in ballet. The Academy offers advanced placement courses along with intense training in dance and musical theater.

3229 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 533-9711
Head of School: Janet F. Marsh
Grades: Infants to 8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Tuition: up to $28,000
Congressional focuses on teaching students concepts rather than teaching test-taking strategies. The school wants students to be lifelong learners by always questioning the world around them. Students participate in hands-on and engaging learning. Congressional believes that starting students as young as possible, they will become future problem-solvers to the world’s problems.

1301 Potomac School Rd, McLean, VA 22101
(703) 356-4100
Head of School: John Kowalik
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Tuition: up to $39,990
“We work to combine academic achievement with a focus on preparing our students to lead exemplary lives.” The teachers are more as mentors to help build relationships as in a collaborative environment. Students are expected to be well-rounded in all aspects of life and be risk-takers even if they fail. They believe that through failure is when learning happens. Potomac School also offers rigorous programs in science and engineering, visual and performing arts, global perspectives and citizenship. Students are encouraged to participate in the 38 sports teams Potomac has to offer. Many go on to be part of All State, All Met, or All American teams while some even go on to compete at the collegiate level as well.

1411 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101
(703) 356-1920
Head of School: Dr. Elinor Scully
Grades: Preschool through Grade 8 Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 7:1
Tuition: $15,100-$35,920
With an understanding that the steepest part of a child’s development comes early, and that there are predictable educational milestones, The Langley School designed and implemented an Arc of Development approach to teaching and learning. The curriculum is inquiry-based and inspires a lifelong love of learning. Public speaking, learning the basics of research and fostering leadership skills begins as early as in Preschool. As students grow, they lead morning meetings, perform in plays, and participate in mock Congressional hearings. Langley understands that emotional health is important to learning, and as a result the faculty are trained to help students become aware of their emotions, which furthers their learning.

9314 Maple St, Manassas, VA 20110
(703) 368-3220
Head of School: Anne Carroll
Grades: 7 to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 13:1
Tuition: up to $6,510
Seton School does not believe in lowering the standards of education, but that all students need to find their own unique learning style in order to master the rigorous work. The school offers advanced placement courses in all core class, and many students have been able to achieve a 3 or higher on AP exams.

1200 North Quaker Lane Alexandria, Virginia 22302
Head of School: Charles M. Stillwell
Grades: 9 to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 7:1
Tuition: up to $54,250
One of the leading boarding schools in the area, Episcopal High School strives to have students not just answer questions, but to be along with faculty and discover new findings in the world and lead discussions. The school offers advanced placement classes as well as special topic theory courses such as The Role of Art in Religion. The school offers The Washington Program where students learn about the Washington DC area through four concentrations: public policy, sustainability, cultural awareness, and entrepreneurship.

19790 Ashburn Rd, Ashburn, VA 20147
(571) 209-5500
Head of School: Dr. Charlie Whitlow and Pastor Mike Taylor
Grades: Pre-K to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 7:1
Tuition: up to $9,200
Starting at a young age, students are encouraged to excel in advanced courses, are encouraged to ask questions, and strive to be lifelong learners. Students are introduced to special courses, such as music, art, and physical education. Also, The bible and Christian classes are a core part of the curriculum. Virginia Academy offers a STEM program along with advanced placement courses to help prepare students for college. The goal is for students to be critical thinkers and problem-solvers with an entrepreneurial spirit to create and innovate technological advancements.

10922 Vale Rd, Oakton, VA 22124
11411A Isaac Newton Square, Reston, VA 20190
(703) 758-1055
Head of School: Matt Mitchell
Grades: K to 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 11:1
Tuition: up to $13,990
Dominion Christian School focuses on classical and religious education to help students become creative critical thinkers. The Lower School focuses on basic arithmetic, basic science, and myths and legends. In the middle school, students learn more humanities approach to history, literature, and religion while the upper school focuses on theory within history, literature, and religion. The goal is for students to be ready to join the academic conversation in college.

5917 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310
(703) 960-3000
Head of School: Peggy Otey
Grades: Pre-K to 8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Tuition: up to $29,540
“Education at Browne emphasizes creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills with an interdisciplinary curriculum that respects multicultural perspectives and promotes an open-minded view of the world.” Students work together in order to complete tasks in the classroom setting. The faculty are caring individuals who love and are knowledgeable about their content area.

21673 Beaumeade Circle, Suite 602 Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 729-5968
Head of School: Marie Barker
Grades: 2 years old to 8th grade
Tuition: $6,575 – $10,565
Financial Aid: Yes
County Christian School offers programs starting at age two through 8th grade, homeschool partnerships and summer camps. At County Christian School, students are presented with a rigorous academic program with special instruction in music, art, Spanish, computers, and concentrated STEAM education. They have a competitive sports program for grades 5th-8th. They provide programs to teach cyber ethics, coding and 21st century technology literacy skills.