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Oneness Family School

Private | PK-8 | 135 students

Our holistic curriculum lays the foundation for happiness.

 

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Posted September 26, 2012

OFS is an extremely unique and special place. We have two children, an almost 5 year old and a 2.5 year old, attending OFS this year. We have been with the school since the day our older child turned 2 and have been extremely thrilled with how gentle and nurturing yet firm the teachers are. The teachers are fully engaged and top knotch and have great suggestions for parents and family to help their children grow. The children learn self-awareness and conflict resolution. They are exposed to yoga, foreign languages, and partipate in many field trips even at this young age. We are so impressed with the knowledge and exposure our little ones already have. The community of families is also unique with many people from abroad as well as a locally diverse group of families. The children learn that they are part of a much greater world. Many parents have volunteered in the classroom offering additional exposure to other cultures. The OFS atmosphere is most positive and nurturing as well as challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

I can't recommend Oneness Family School enough. We have a 3.5 yar old there and our 2 year old will be starting in the fall. They have a great program for children age 2 through grade 8 (www.onenessfamily.org). The teachers are really engaged and nurturing. We love how diverse the student population is - full of culture and languages. Students preschool and older participate in many field trips around the DC metro area, as well as foreign languages, peaceful resolutions, outdoor education (field trips and overnights for older students), learning about oneself and embracing the differences that make us all unique and special. It is a perfect Montessori/Waldorf blend. Our son loves it and has really gained discipline and kindness that I know the teachers help encourage. More than the teachers, I love the other parents. Down to earth, interesting, diverse parents that all want their children raised in a positive, encouraging (yet challenging) environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2012

Within minutes of our first meeting with Andrew Kutt, the Head of Oneness Family School (OFS), it was absolutely clear this was a special place. We visited several other schools before choosing Oneness yet Andrew was the only one to open our meeting by asking about our son. All the other schools opened and closed our meetings by telling us how wonderful they were. We got the company line. Not at Oneness. For example, during our meeting our son's teachers appeared (during their summer holidays no less) to visit with him, take him to his soon-to-be classroom, get to know him, engage him, make him comfortable, establish a connection. This same openness, creativity, collaboration, commitment to excellence, unwavering devotion to the child and to creating a demanding but entirely supportive learning environment are what make OFSl such a special school. Oneness offers high academic standards to develop outstanding students & a challenging curriculum focusing on community, conflict resolution & collaboration to develop broad-minded citizens of the world. With the active support of OFS, we are realizing our best hopes for our son's education & personal development. I highly recommend it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

If you are looking for a school that works in partnership with the students and the teachers in learning, look no further. This is a school where the teachers help instill that love of learning and where the kids can be themselves, from age 2 through grade 8. OFS provides an unique environment that stimulates excitement for learning the academics, as well as communications (learning what it means to be a good listener or a friend), performing songs for school events, and taking the learning outside the school doors to the numerous field trips. We tried to move out to our great public school twice, once after Kindergarten and once after 3rd grade and both times, we moved my children back to OFS. Additionally, the parent community will immediately embrace you...support, friendship and volunteerism! You've got to visit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2010

What a gem. We have two children currently attending OFS. At one point we moved one of our daughters to the ("perfectly fine Montgomery County free local") public school. We moved her back after one semester. And by the way, it is possible to love yourself, your school, your teachers, your body, and your world when you are in middle school. You just have to choose your community carefully. We can't really afford it and we don't live that near the school, but it's worth it all because the school has a real culture of kindness, something pretty rare in the DC area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

It is an alternative place of caring and attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2008

We have two children who attend Oneness Family School and they love it. Our kids feel appreciated and challenged while they are there. Both of our kids feel they can become who they want to be while at the same time, the school teaches them how to care for others and to be global citizens, appreciating and accepting others. Our children have grown and benefited tremendously from the guidance and mentoring provided by Oneness teachers. As parents, we found the community a welcoming and embracing environment. We have been amazed at the strength of the academic curriculum. Oneness has been able to combine academic excellence while appreciating the arts and culture. OFS is a terrific school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

Oneness is a wonderful school, truly unique among Washington s private schools. Their academic program is very strong, first rate. Anytime you visit a class, you'll see the kids silently working away on their academics, moving independently from task to task, asking for help when needed, and giving guidance to their classmates when asked. The school's found a way to maintain their core principles of cooperation, self-respect and leadership throughout all levels. My children have blossomed in the last six years; they ve learned how to be responsible, how to lead and how to approach a problem with confidence and an open mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

The Oneness Family School is a gem. It's international student body and emphasize on world peace and non-violent conflict resolution make it very unique. It blends key elements from Montessori, Waldorf and multiple-inteligence to create an exceptionally warm ind individualized curriculum. The teachers are exceptionally well trained and experienced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2006

The presence of Oneness in the lives of our three grandchildren has been a gift for our whole family. Beyond their learning to read and reason, to observe and compute, we delight in their growing awareness of positive problem-solving; of the larger world and its geography, languages and cultural traditions; in their respect for other people and for the earth around us, and for the importance of peacemaking. Our older grandson suggests a moment of silence before dinner. Our granddaughter thinks about why people are marching for peace. Our littlest grandson and his schoolmate come up with a way to avoid fighting over their favorite truck. As they ve learned, they ve helped us to think more deeply about the ideas we value and to explore them together in ways that continue to enrich us all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2004

We have sent two children to the Oneness Family School. Our intention was to start them in a school where they would learn a great deal from experienced teachers without a competitive, score-focused environment. Both children thrived at Oneness. The teaching is excellent and the curriculum does a thorough job on the academic side and also focuses on character development. The faculty truly get to know each child and provide superb advice to parents about how to support academic success. The best thing about the school is that our kids love it and look forward to going every day. The children there are bright and well-behaved. The school community is international. Our son and daughter have made great friends from many different backgrounds.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 45%
Asian 21% N/A
Hispanic 16% 10%
Black 10% 40%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Special education / special needs

Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Private Instruction All Languages
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • Other Montessori
Fax number
  • (301) 718-6214

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Internships
  • Montessori
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Private Instruction All Languages
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • Van to Silver Spring/Takoma P
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Earth Keepers
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Peace Keepers
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
40
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
50
Students typically come from these schools
Barrie School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2011-2012 school year
$11000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
The Field School
Nora School
Walt Whitmas HS
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6701 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Phone: (301) 652-7751

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