Students in Grades 3-12 with average to gifted intellectual abilities
Many students have been diagnosed with ADHD and/or mild learning differences
Majority of students have executive functioning deficiencies and/or require accommodations
Majority of students plan to attend a four-year college or university
Students attend from all over the metropolitan Washington DC area
C/A does not enroll students whose learning issues result from or have developed into a primary behavior problem that would impact the learning of others
C/A stands firmly in its commitment to diversity, not only in learning styles, but also in race, ethnicity, gender, cultural practices, religion, economics, and family composition.
Typically, Middle and High School classes have 10 or fewer students
Lower School classes have up to five students per teacher for reading, writing, visual thinking, and math and typically up to 10 for other subjects
1:6 teacher/student ratio
Current enrollment capacity of 180 students
College-prep curriculum taught at grade level with accommodations and a variety of hands-on, interactive, and experiential opportunities to address different learning styles.
Basic skills remediation in Lower School and reading and writing in Middle School
Multiple levels of math, extended to Algebra I and Geometry in Middle School
Full range of core subjects and electives including graphic arts, performing and fine arts, computer programming, and more.
Writing is taught as a separate, stand-alone subject each day, every year, and reinforced across the curriculum to develop written organizational skills, styles, grammar, mechanics, and semantics.
Honors classes in English, science, history, Spanish, and mathematics.
Cross-curricular projects and Makerspace building projects
Annual Art & Poetry Show (Middle School and High School)
Visual Thinking and Strategy taught grades 3–8
AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Computer Programming, and AP Physics
Laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads for in-classroom use; 1:1 computer to student ratio
Every academic course offers online homework, skill-strengthening exercises, organizational strategies, as well as email accounts and faculty web pages to facilitate homework completion
State-of-the-art MacLab for new media
SMARTBoards® or Promethean Boards in all academic classrooms to enhance focus, comprehension, and interactivity
Makerspace and Makerspace Design Studio
Assistive technology (TextHelp, Inspiration, etc.) used throughout curriculum
Select textbooks and literature available in e-book or CD format
NAIS Leading Edge Award for Programmatic Sustainability
Finalist in Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Technology Achievement Awards
As students move through Lower, Middle, and Upper School, they become aware of their differences, learn to accept them, and are taught how to advocate for what they need to succeed
All accommodations are based on documentation from a qualified professional
Mandatory implementation of individual student accommodations by every teacher
Currently implement more than 35 different accommodations
Executive Functioning/Social Support
Emphasis on embedded daily school-wide organizational strategies and time management skills
Study skills directly taught
Organizational coaching during advisory periods beginning in Lower School
Integrated character education and group work to promote teambuilding, cohesion, and social skills
On-site full-time counselor
On-site full-time nurse
Faculty Advisors beginning in Lower School
College counseling services including SAT/ACT preparation as part of the curriculum
Testing site for students with specific accommodations
On-site private pay speech and language services
Lower School—no assigned homework
Middle School—45 to 60 minutes per school day
High School—2 to 2.5 hours per school day
Middle school students have one guided study hall per day; an optional after-school study hall is available from 3-3:40 p.m. at no additional fee
High school students can enroll in school day study halls; a directed after-school study hall available to assist with homework completion for an additional fee
In Middle and High School, mandatory weekly reports from each teacher are posted to secure student and parent folders on Rediker, a comprehensive web-based system providing classroom instructional tools, gradebooks, and more.
Advisors review grades with individual students each week.
Report cards, including a letter grade and narrative, are mailed at the end of each quarter.
All faculty are available via email and respond within 24 hours on school days.
New parent conferences are held in November; the remaining conferences are held in January. Additional parent/teacher meetings can be scheduled at anytime.
8th–12th graders take semester exams in December and June.
School Hours/Lunch Breaks
Lower School (Grades 3–5) hours: 7:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Middle School (Grades 6–8) hours: 7:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
High School (Grades 9–12) hours: 8:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Before school supervision begins at 7:00 a.m. for all students.
Middle and High School students have a morning break during which they can enjoy a snack. Lower School students have a 30-minute morning recess.
Lunch and snacks can be brought from home and refrigerated and/or heated in a microwave in our spacious kitchen. Alternatively, students may sign up to purchase lunch up to five days a week.
After School Program
Lower School students may stay after school from 3:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. and enjoy supervised recreational activities.
Middle School students may stay after school for a supervised study hall from 3:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. and social time from 3:40–4:00 p.m. for no additional charge. Organized after school activities are offered on a fee basis from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
High school students may enjoy additional supervised social time until 4:00 p.m. From 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., a directed study hall is offered for an additional fee. Teachers provide academic and organizational support on a 1:10 teacher/student ratio and computer labs are open for student use.