Top Thirty Private Schools in Northern Virginia (NOVA)

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schools The following is a list of private schools (preschool to 12th grade) as identified by our readers. Please check directly with the schools to verify all data as information is subject to change. Want to include your
school? Email editor@poshseven.com

ACCOTINK ACADEMY PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN
6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 20152
(703) 451-5797
www.accotinkacademy.com
Preschool and half-day or fullday kindergarten; no daycare; ages three-K; 220 students; “Designed to teach those developmentally appropriate skills that are necessary for the child to succeed at a higher level of learning through a structured / non-structured environment.”

AD FONTES ACADEMY
15450 and 15452 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA 20120
(703) 673-1145
www.adfontesdev.com
Classical Christian school, college preparatory; grades K-12; 150 students; “Distinctive classical Christian education uniquely develops in students a deep knowledge and love for God and others, a thirst for learning and truth, the ability to think and communicate well and a rich understanding of history and our society.”

BEANTREE LEARNING  FEATURED SCHOOL
5003 Westone Plaza Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 961-8222
43629 Greenway Corporate Drive Ashburn, VA 20147
(571) 223-3110
www.beantreelearning.com
“A creative campus for children ages six weeks through twelve years.”; offers private full-day kindergarten; Beantree’s motto: “Every child belongs to every teacher.”


BISHOP DENIS J. O’CONNELL HIGH SCHOOL

6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22213
(703) 237-1400
www.bishopoconnell.org
Catholic; 9th-12th grade; 1,200 students; Blue Ribbon School; “faith-filled community of learning”

BISHOP IRETON HIGH SCHOOL
201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 751-7606
www.bishopireton.org
9th–12th grade; Catholic college preparatory, coeducational high school; 825 students; “Advance always in Christ through the legacy of Saint Francis de Sales.”

BROWNE ACADEMY
5917 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
(703) 960-3000
www.browneacademy.org
Independent, coeducational day school; preschool-8th grade; 300 students; “Our commitment to excellence continues beyond the classroom as Browne’s students enjoy a full complement of field trips, sports and games, music, visual and performing arts, and extracurricular activities. Budding artists and athletes find the guidance and encouragement that inspires dreams.”

CHESTERBROOK ACADEMY
46100 Woodshire Drive, Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 444-6161
www.chesterbrookacademy.com/preschools/va/sterling-woodshire-dr/
K-8th grade; full-day kindergarten; 135 students; “prepare students to be academically successful, capable of transferring their knowledge and skills to new challenges, and confident in their ability to succeed.”

CONGRESSIONAL SCHOOLS OF VIRGINIA
3229 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 533-9711
www.congressionalschools.org
Preschool–8th grade; 375 students; “The mission of the Congressional Schools of Virginia is to prepare children, through an innovative and accelerated curriculum, to embrace the opportunities and responsibilities they will face as global citizens.”

EDLIN SCHOOL
10742 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190
(703) 438-3990
www.edlinschool.com
Unique learning environment for gifted children; K-8th grade; 229 students

EMMANUEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
8302 Spruce Street, Manassas, VA 20111
(703) 369-3950
www.ecsflames.org
Christian-based education; Preschool–12th grade; 163 students; “Partner with parents and guardians in preparing their children for life as Christian servant-leaders, who choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service above self, and a lifestyle of participation over apathy in order for them to impact the world for Christ for eternity.”

FLINT HILL SCHOOL
3320 Jermantown Road, Oakton, VA 22124
(703) 584-2300
www.flinthill.org
Junior K–12th grade; 1,110 students; “A place of tremendous energy, activity, and learning. We call this passion for life the ‘Driving Spirit.’”

FOXCROFT SCHOOL
22407 Foxhound Lane, P.O. Box 5555, Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-5555
www.foxcroft.org
All-girls boarding and day school; 9th–12th grade; 157 students; “Provides a residential learning experience for girls in which academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and integrity are our highest values.”

GEORGETOWN DAY SCHOOL
4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 295-6200
www.gds.org
Pre-K-12th grade; over 1,000 students; 165 faculty and two five-acre campuses in Washington; progressive school “committed to academic excellence, educational innovation, and social justice.”

GESHER JEWISH DAY SCHOOL OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 978-9789
www.gesher-jds.org
K–8th grade; 174 students; “A community day school offering a challenging and innovative curriculum of general and Jewish studies.” Offers full-day Kindergarten classrooms, after-school care, financial assistance and transportation.

HILL SCHOOL
130 S. Madison Street Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-5897
www.thehillschool.org
K–8th grade; 243 students; located on a one hundred and thirty-seven acre campus overlooking the historic town of Middleburg, Virginia

LANGLEY SCHOOL
1411 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101
(703) 356-1920
www.langleyschool.org
Preschool–8th grade; 497 students; “a strong child-centered focus, with innovative and differentiated teaching tailored to the different learning styles of our students.”

LOUDOUN COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
20600 Red Cedar Drive Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 777-3841
www.lcds.org
Pre-K–8th grade; 283 students; “We pride ourselves on our rigorous core curriculum, nurturing environment, and extensive programs in foreign languages, arts, technology, and athletics.”

MADEIRA SCHOOL
8328 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22102
(703) 556-8200
www.madeira.org
All-girls boarding school; 9th–12th grade; 300 students; “Madeira girls have something to say.”

MARET SCHOOL
3000 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
(202) 939-8800
www.maret.org
College preparatory day school; K-12th grade; 600 students; “It’s so much more than the historic campus nestled in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, more than the classrooms, stages, labs, and athletic facilities you’ll see when you visit our school.”

MERRITT ACADEMY
9211 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 273-8000
www.merrittacademy.org
6 weeks–8th grade; 400 students; school is built upon three pillars: academic excellence, character education, and service to families

MIDDLEBURG MONTESSORI SCHOOL
PO Box 35, Middleburg, VA 20118
(540) 687-5210
www.middleburgmontessori.com
Montessori school; ages 1-15; 35 students; Middleburg Montessori School is an AMI-accredited Montessori School that has served children for more than 30 years in Loudoun and Fauquier counties.The Montessori approach is centered on respect for the child, the development of the intrinsic curiosity, and fostering independence, concentration, coordination, self-confidence and a sense of order. The children work in various areas of the total curriculum, which includes practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, geography, science, culture and movement.

MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF SOUTH RIDING
25152 Elk Lick Road, South Riding, VA 20152
(703) 327-9417
www.montessorisouthriding.com
A varied age environment of 3-6 year olds; certified AMI/ USA school; unique Spanish immersion program to teach the children at a young age.

NATIONAL CATHEDRAL SCHOOL
3612 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-6300
www.ncs.cathedral.org
All-girls Episcopal school; 4th- 12th grade; adjacent to the Washington National Cathedral; 580 students; “educating women for the world.”

NOTRE DAME ACADEMY/ MIDDLEBURG ACADEMY
35321 Notre Dame Lane, Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-5581
www.middleburgacademy.org
9th–12th grade; 180 students; “The Four Pillars of Excellence foster success for every student at Middleburg Academy in: Academics, The Arts, Athletics and Community Service.”

NYSMITH SCHOOL FOR THE GIFTED
13625 EDS Drive Herndon, VA 20171
(703) 713-3332
www.nysmith.com
Preschool-8th grade; 600 students; school for the gifted and talented; “Known nationwide for being a fun and energetic program that helps children achieve their potential without pressure.”

OAKCREST SCHOOL
850 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101
(703) 790-5450
All-girls 6th–12th grade; 180 students; “In partnership with parents to challenge girls to develop their intellect, character, faith and leadership potential to succeed in college and throughout their lives.

PAUL VI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
10675 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 352-0925
www.paulvi.net
Catholic-based education; 9th–12th grade; 1,000 students; “We continue a conscious effort to promote, invite and inspire each individual to the faithful practice of Catholicism in every facet of the school be it curriculum, administration, guidance, assemblies, retreats, extracurricular activities, in the hallways and parking lots, the cafeteria, and sporting events by modeling of Christian virtues into each and every class and activity.”

POTOMAC SCHOOL
1301 Potomac School Road, McLean, VA 22101
(703) 356-4101
www.potomacschool.org
K–12th grade; 1,000 students; “Preparing students for exemplary lives to develop their unique talents while experiencing the full range of academic, athletic, and artistic challenges.”

ST. LEO THE GREAT CATHOLIC SCHOOL
3704 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 273-1211
www.saintleothegreatschool.org
Pre-school–8th grade; 480 students; Blue Ribbon School; “A dynamic learning environment rooted in Catholic faith and tradition.”

SIDWELL FRIENDS SCHOOL
3825 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
202-537-8100
www.sidwell.edu
Pre-K-12th grade; alternative campus in Bethesda, MD; 1,109 students; “An educational community inspired by the values of the Religious Society of Friends and guided by the Quaker belief in ‘That of God’ in each person.”

WAKEFIELD SCHOOL
4439 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198
(540) 253-7500
www.wakefieldschool.org
Pre-school–12th grade; 444 students; “Our mission is to provide a rigorous liberal arts education through a challenging, content-rich curriculum and extra-curricular activities that are delivered by skilled, supportive, and creative teachers, coaches, and advisers.”

Please note that we have updated this list in 2015. Here is the most recent version.


DEBORAH MOSS DEBORAH MOSS is a full-time student at George Mason University. She is pursuing a degree in Community Health, with a concentration in Global Health. Deborah is an avid animal lover. She lives with her family and pets in Loudoun.

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8 Comments

  • March 8, 2012

    E.V. Gallegos

    I just looked at your list and wondered how you came with the list, especially since no schools came from Prince William County. I happen to believe that there a few private schools that are very good. Do your research a little better. EVG

  • January 8, 2013

    Marcia

    I too am wondering how you put together this list. It appears to me this list is for the most expensive schools in the Northern Virginia area, not the best, as it should be.

  • February 13, 2015

    DR. Samia Harris

    Our Prince William Academy is a great school located in Prince William County.
    We are accredited by VISA,by NAEYC and by ACA.
    The school is 30 years old and it has top quality education.
    Why is it not included in your list ?

  • March 14, 2015

    Mike

    You forgot about Virginia Academy, Loudoun’s largest private school – 720 students. Virginia Academy offers a dually accredited, faith-based, college prep learning environment for students age 2 through high school. With a fully academic preschool, full day kindergarten program, and advanced primary and secondary programming, (with a focus on STEM education, leadership & character development, fine arts, and athletics) Virginia Academy is an affordable one stop shop for quality Christian education that prepares students for their very best future.

  • CECILIA MENCIA
    August 4, 2015

    CECILIA MENCIA

    Mike, we have another directory coming up in the next issue. We will make a note about VA Academy.

  • August 31, 2015

    Stephanie Barnard

    Wow, I can’t believe my children’s school isn’t listed in this article? I highly recommend Green Hedges in Vienna, VA. Their website is http://www.greenhedges.org/ and phone # is:
    703.938.8323. We love this school because it starts with a Montessori curriculum from 3 years old and goes to 8 grade with a coed independent education. Go Green Hedges!

  • CECILIA MENCIA
    September 2, 2015

    CECILIA MENCIA

    Stephanie, we are compiling a brand new list that will debut on the October issue of Posh Seven. Please be on the look out.
    Thanks,
    Posh Seven

  • February 2, 2016

    Linda

    My daughter goes to the Newton School in Sterling, VA. It is an amazing place and has literally changed her life. In her public school she was depressed, anxious and not challenged academically. Since going to the Newton School she is our happy, vivacious girl again and is learning and catching up academically very quickly. I cannot say enough good things about this school.

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