Top Thirty Private Schools in the Metro DC Area


8000 Jones Branch Dr. McLean, VA 22102
Head of School:  Mr. Sean Aiken
Grades: Preschool – Grade 12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: PreK-1 (16:2), PK-2 (18:2), K (20:2), 1-4 (21:2), 5-12 (21:1)
Size: 275
Day Student Tuition: $22,900 (PreK), $25,900 (K-4), $26,900 (5-12)
Resident Tuition: N/A
English as a Second Language Program: N/A
Financial Aid: N/A
Description: BASIS Independent McLean is a nationally ranked liberal arts and science focused private school. Their mission is to raise the standards of learning to the highest international level through their curriculum, teachers, and culture.

6600 Little Falls Road Arlington, VA 22213
(703) 237-1400
Head of School: Dr. Joseph E. Vorbach III Grades: 9–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 11:1
Size: 1,110 Students
Catholic Student Tuition: $13,995 for one student; second student from same family: $11,495; third student from same family: $8,995;
Non-Catholic Student Tuition: $15,995;
International Student Tuition: $18,495
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: Founded 58 years ago, Bishop O’Connell High School continues to uphold its tradition of service and excellence in a faith-filled learning community. Named a Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education in 1992-93 and a School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman in 2014, Bishop O’Connell holds high standards for its students.

201 Cambridge Road Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 751-7606
Head of School: Dr. Thomas Curry
Grades: 9–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 12:1
Size: 785 Students
Tuition: $13,950–$19,150
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: As a college preparatory, coeducational high school, Bishop Ireton High School promotes spiritual, intellectual, creative, social, and physical development through a Catholic-based curriculum. In addition to rigorous academics, the school offers both fine arts and athletic programs.

Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003
(202) 847-0779
Grades: 9–12
Tuition: $15,515
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: Providing students with a “highly individualized, experiential education in small classes with dedicated and skilled educators.” Blyth Templeton Academy features a small staff, allowing educators to develop a close relationship with each student. Students are equipped with a wide range of courses that prepare them for the demands of college and beyond.

1200 North Quaker Lane Alexandria, VA 22302
Head of School: F. Robertson Hershey
Grades: 9-12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 11:1
Size: 435 Students
Tuition: $51,750
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: “Our lively classrooms celebrate the joy of learning and foster the quest for excellence and exploration. We draw upon the rich historical, cultural, and scientific resources of the nation’s capital to extend learning beyond the classroom. Our 100-percent-residential community helps to build lifelong friendships among students and creates an environment where teachers are a vital part of each student’s daily experience. Small classes provide the opportunity to challenge students to think critically and express themselves. Above all, Episcopal High School is an active and fun place to learn and live.”

Upper School: 3320 Jermantown Road Oakton, VA 22124
(703) 584-2300
Lower School: 10409 Academic Drive Oakton, VA 22124
(703) 584-2300
Head of School: John Thomas
Grades: PK–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 9:1
Size: 1,000 Students
Tuition: $31,105–$37,280
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: Flint Hill School is committed to “developing in a caring community an individual who seeks excellence and embraces the ‘Driving Spirit’ of Flint Hill School,” and thus education at Flint Hill is centered on the learner, striving to incorporate the principles of traditional and contemporary education. Activities and other programs offered include dance, dance academy, music, theater, visual arts and athletics.

22407 Foxhound Lane Middleburg, VA 20118
(540) 687-5555
Head of School: Catherine McGehee
Grades: 9–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 7:1
Size: 165 Students
Tuition: Day Students: $43,760;
Boarding Students: $51,900
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: As an all-girls boarding (and day) school, Foxcroft’s mission is to “provide a residential learning experience for girls in which academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and integrity are [their] highest values.” Foxcroft offers 83 courses, 14 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and academic support through the Learning Center and the Math and English Labs.

Washington DC: 3007 Tilden St. NW, Suite N100 Washington, D.C. 20008
Alexandria: 333 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Tysons Corner: Coming Soon!
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 1:1
Size: 50
Tuition: Varies, part time + full time available
Description: Fusion Academy is a revolutionary, private middle and high school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. This allows personalized and customized curriculum for each student’s unique strengths and learning style. Classes are offered at: essential, college prep, and honors. Students can enroll full-time, take classes for credit, or utilize tutoring services.

Lower/Middle School: 4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW Washington, DC 20007
(202) 295-6200
High School: 4200 Davenport Street, NW Washington, DC 20016
(202) 274-3200
Head of School: Russell Shaw
Grades: PK–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Size: 1,100 Students
Tuition: $32,515–$37,940
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: With a curriculum program that encourages students to grow into individuals who can change the world, Georgetown Day School offers a demanding curriculum coupled with community service opportunities, student support, camps, and arts and athletic programs, to name a few. In all aspects, students are prepared for the challenges and successes they will face after graduation.

10900 Rockville Pike North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 493-5000
4200 Davenport Street, NW Washington, DC 20016
(202) 274-3200
Head of School: Scott Pilarz
Grades: 9-12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Size: 491 Students
Day Student Tuition: $33,165
Resident Tuition: $56,665
English as a Second Language Program: $7,410 (additional)
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: As a Catholic school, Prep helps young men to grow in their faith and understanding of the teachings of the Church and to learn to put their faith into action in the service of others. We welcome students of all faiths, believing that conscious reflection on one’s faith, whatever it may be, leads to spiritual maturity and a commitment to serve others. Jesuit education centers on the education of the whole person: mind, spirit and body. This is accomplished through cura personalis (Latin for personalized care and concern for the individual) and through a holistic curriculum.

4800 Mattie Moore Court Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 978-9789
Head of School: Dan Finkel
Grades: K–8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 5:1
Size: 196 Students
Tuition: $18,880
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: The faculty at Gesher Jewish Day School “inspires…students to be passionate about learning; practicing justice, kindness, and respect; and aspiring to a life guided by Jewish values, Torah, and community.” Gesher Jewish Day School employs an individualized approach to learning that encourages students to become critical thinkers who love learning and uphold the principles of Judaism.

415 Windover Avenue, NW Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 938-8323
Head of School: Robert Gregg
Grades: NS–8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 7:1
Size: 171 Students
Tuition: $15,910–$27,910
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: Green Hedges School is a coeducational, independent, private Montessori preschool that serves Montessori ages 3–6 and is a fully accredited, nonprofit preparatory school for grades 1–8. At Green Hedges, the staff “cultivate[s] [students’] natural gifts through a comprehensive education that entices the curious mind and instills the desire to learn more.”

130 South Madison Street Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-5897
Head of School: Treavor D. Lord
Grades: JK–8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Size: 225 Students
Tuition: $9,500–$22,200
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: At The Hill School, teachers seek to “build character, selfconfidence, and scholarship through academic and co-curricular excellence, individualized attention, and a strong sense of community.” Excellent academics, along with arts, athletic, summer, special, and after-school programs, prepare students for successful futures.

7303 River Road Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 365-5300
Grades: 3-12
Size: 660
Tuition: $38,390-$40,150
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: Founded in 1901, Holton- Arms is a college-preparatory school for girls, grades 3-12, dedicated to the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.” The School provides rigorous and dynamic programs in the traditional academic areas, the fine and performing arts and athletics.

8333 Richmond Highway Alexandria, VA 22309
(703) 780-0606
Head of School: Farida Turkistani
Grades: K–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Size: 750 Students
Tuition: $3,500–$15,000
Financial Aid: No
Description: At the Islamic Saudi Academy, students are encouraged to succeed academically in a caring, challenging and supportive environment that upholds the values of the Holy Qur’an. Students are taught to “maintain the values of Islam and proficiency with the Arabic language” and demonstrate civic responsibility and multicultural appreciation. A rigorous course load, coupled with arts and athletic programs, prepares students for higher education and future careers.

1411 Balls Hill Road McLean, VA 22101
(703) 356-1920
Head of School: Dr. Elinor Scully
Grades: PK-8
Size: 2,033
Preschool Tuition: $15,090
Junior Kindergarten Tuition: $22,830
Grades K-5 Tuition: $33,110
Grades 6-8 Tuition: $34,570
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: “At Langley, we know children’s social and emotional acuity is critical to their academic success—that’s why we intentionally nurture both in equal measure. We graduate uncommonly optimistic, grounded, poised, and kind learners and thinkers—citizens of the world, wholly prepared to thrive in the nation’s top high schools, and to lead lives of integrity and self-defined purpose. Explore the website to gain a truer sense of the committed community and dynamic academic program. And please visit campus to see for yourself what it’s like to live Langley.”

“Continuing the Boyd Legacy, Now Part of the LePort Community”
LePort Montessori Aldie
24328 Marrwood Drive Aldie, VA 20105
Admissions: (703) -810-7160
General Office: (703) -542-5522
[email protected]
LePort Montessori Broadlands
42945 Waxpool Road Ashburn, VA 20148
Admissions: (703) -810-7808
General Office: (703) -723-3364
[email protected]
LePort Montessori Chantilly
4550 Walney Road Chantilly, VA 20151
Admissions: (571) -222-4728
General Office: (571) -321-0364
[email protected]
LePort Montessori Fairfax
3909 Oak Street Fairfax, VA 22030
Admissions: (703) -810-7247
General Office: (703) -934-0920
[email protected]
LePort Montessori Herndon
13251 Woodland Park Rd Herndon, VA 20171
Admissions: (571) -222-4931
General Office: (571) -203-8686
[email protected]
LePort Montessori Reston
11579 Cedar Chase Road Herndon, VA 20170
Admissions: (703) -810-7811
General Office: (703) -404-9733
[email protected]
Grades: Infant-6th
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 9:1
Size: Varies per location
Description: LePort Montessori offers an authentic Montessori program where children acquire the essential knowledge, thinking skills, and strength of character to flourish as joyous children today and as successful adults tomorrow. LePort Montessori is one of five schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools–AdvancED, the American Montessori Society, and recognized by the Virginia Council for Private Education.

20600 Red Cedar Drive Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 777-3841
Head of School: Dr. Randy Hollister
Grades: PK–8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 9:1
Size: 325 Students
Tuition: $6,000–$24,985
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: As an accredited, independent, coeducational school for grades K–8, Loudoun Country Day School (LCDS) offers a “rigorous core curriculum, a nurturing environment, and exceptional foreign language, arts, technology, and athletic programs” that allow students to prosper. LCDS operates under the philosophy of developing students academically, physically, artistically, socially and emotionally.

44675 Cape Court, Suite 105 Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 956-5020
Owner: Dr. Deep Sran
Grades: 6–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 3:1
Size: 40 Students
Middle School Tuition: $23,300
High School Tuition: $25,600
Description: At Loudoun School for the Gifted, students are challenged with content and courses that allow them to reach their full potential before college. Moreover, the school strongly believes that students’ social development is just as important as their academic development and thus strives to create an environment that promotes both.

8328 Georgetown Pike McLean, VA 22102
(703) 556-8200
Head of School: Pilar Cabeza De Vaca
Grades: 9–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 9:1
Size: 306 Students
Tuition: $42,461–$56,191
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: Along with a rigorous course load and arts and athletic programs, The Madeira School offers a co-curriculum program unique to the school. Each year students develop a new skill, from identity to service, citizenship and leadership. Madeira’s mission is to launch women who change the world while leading innovation in girls’ education.

3000 Cathedral Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008
(202) 939-8814
Head of School: Marjo Talbott
Grades: K–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Size: 635 Students
Tuition: $31,075–$35,765
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: The faculty at Maret School seeks to “develop the mind, nurture curiosity, welcome challenge, embrace joy, and build community that is equitable and inclusive.” The demanding curriculum at Maret School promotes academic excellence, love of learning and innovative thinking. Students are encouraged to develop emotionally and socially so that they’re prepared for life after graduation. Numerous arts and athletic programs also allow students to hone their skills beyond the academic field.

35321 Notre Dame Lane Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-5581
Head of School: Colley Bell
Grades: 9–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 7:1
Size: 172 Students
Tuition: $23,600
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: Middleburg Academy’s mission is to instill in students a love of learning that promotes excellence in academics, the arts and athletics. Moreover, Middleburg Academy strives to prepare students for the academic demands of college, as well as assist students in developing a strong moral compass.

3612 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-6300
Head of School: Kathleen Jamieson
Grades: 4–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Size: 600 Students
Tuition: $37,520
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: The sister school of St. Alban’s School, the National Cathedral School is an all girls’ school that firmly “believe[s] in the power of young women and educates them to embrace [their] core values of excellence, service, courage, and conscience.” Students are offered a wide variety of arts and athletic programs that serve as a continuation of the skills learned in a rigorous academic environment.

13625 EDS Drive Herndon, VA 20171
(703) 713-3332
Head of School: Ken Nysmith
Grades: PK–8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Size: 600 Students
Tuition: $21,900–$32,200
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: The teachers at Nysmith School for the Gifted are devoted to helping students succeed and develop a love of learning. At Nysmith, each student is graded independently of others to provide a more individualized education. Nysmith keeps class sizes small and encourages all students to reach their fullest potential. A nurturing environment combined with rigorous academics prepares students for successful futures. Nysmith has been ranked as Top 10 Schools of the World.

850 Balls Hill Road McLean, VA 22101
(703) 790-5450
Head of School: Mary T. Ortiz, Ph.D.
Grades: 6-12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Size: 211 Students
Tuition: Middle School: $22,780
Upper School: $23,905
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: Oakcrest School “challenges girls…to develop their intellect, character, faith, and leadership potential to succeed in college and throughout their lives. …Oakcrest, an independent school, educates the whole person. Inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church and the spirituality of Opus Dei, we weave together a rich liberal arts curriculum, character development, one-on-one advising, and service to create a vibrant environment that graduates confident young women–young women who will make a difference in all they choose to do.”

10675 Fairfax Boulevard Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 352-0925
Head of School: Virginia Colwell
Grades: 9–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 13:1
Size: 1,046 Students
Tuition: $7,960–$18,615
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: Paul VI Catholic High School strives to “provide an excellent Catholic education to young men and women by affording them the means to achieve spiritual, intellectual, personal, social, and physical development according to the teachings of the Gospel and St. Francis de Sales.” Paul VI offers AP and dual enrollment courses, as well as classes in theology, world languages, computer science and more. The school also provides arts and athletic programs for students.

1301 Potomac School Road McLean, VA 22101
(703) 356-4100
Head of School: John Kowalik
Grades: K–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 9:1
Size: 850 Students
Tuition: $34,590–$37,095
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: The Potomac Schools strives “to prepare students to achieve academically and to live healthy, principled, and successful lives” and truly seeks to develop a relationship with each student. Students are challenged with a demanding “program of inquiry and study” that helps prepare them for successful futures.

3825 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-8100
Head of School: Bryan Garman
Grades: PK–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 9:1
Size: 1,126 Students
Tuition: $37,750
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: As a Quaker school that “seek[s] academically talented students of diverse cultural, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds,” Sidwell Friends School’s rigorous curriculum stimulates creative inquiry, intellectual achievement and independent thinking. Arts and athletic programs round out the rich educational community offered at Sidwell Friends School.

Mount St. Alban Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-6435
Head of School: Vance Wilson
Grades: 4–12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 13:1
Size: 575 Students
Tuition: Day Student: ($42,484);
Boarding: ($59,892)
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: St. Albans School is an Episcopal all boys’ school that seeks “to prepare boys to develop and use their spiritual, intellectual, artistic, and physical gifts not for themselves alone, but in service of the greater community.” Students are equipped with a vigorous curriculum and numerous arts and athletic programs in an environment that promotes kindness, honor, ethical behavior and lifelong learning.

Lower School (Grades: JK-5): 400 Fontaine Street Alexandria, Virginia 22302
Middle School (Grades: 6-8): 4401 West Braddock Road Alexandria, Virginia 22304
Upper School (Grades: 9-12): 1000 St. Stephen’s Road Alexandria, Virginia 22304
(703) 751-2700
Head of School: Kirsten Adams
Grades: JK-12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 10:1
Size: 1,115 Students
Tuition: $25,970–$35,030
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: At St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, the “mission is to pursue goodness as well as knowledge and to honor the unique value of each of our members as a child of God in a caring community.” Students are equipped with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, numerous clubs and activities, college counseling, opportunities to study abroad, and arts and athletic programs, all in a Christian environment.

19790 Ashburn Road Ashburn, VA 20147
(571) 209-5500
Head of School: Pastor Michael Taylor
Grades: PK–8
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 9:1
Size: 710 Students
Tuition: $8,500–$9,000
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: At Virginia Academy, students are educated by a staff that promotes God’s truth, not only in the word, but also in history, geography, music, the arts and the universe. Virginia Academy is accredited in Advance-ED, ICAA, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils and offers a rigorous course load along with programs in athletics and fine arts.

4439 Old Tavern Rd The Plains, VA 20198
(540) 253-7500
Head of School: David Colon
Grades: JK-12
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 1:8
Size: 325
JK: $12,925
Kindergarten: $16,995
1-3: $21,420
4-5: $23,620
6-8: $25,515
9-10: $26,545
11-12: $26,685
Financial Aid: Yes
Description: Wakefield School strives to provide a rigorous, liberal arts education through a challenging, content-rich curriculum and extracurricular activities that are delivered by skilled, supportive, and creative teachers, coaches and advisers. We foster self-discipline, independence, creativity and curiosity. We provide students with the fundamental knowledge and the critical thinking skills to distinguish that which is true from that which is not and the strength of character to use that wisdom. We welcome families who will embrace our ambitious vision: to develop capable, ethical and articulate citizens who will seek the challenge, make a difference and live extraordinary lives.
* School information derived from school websites.