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The Siena School

Private | 4-12 | 82 students

Educating students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $450,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,470.

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4 stars

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Posted July 5, 2013

The academics could be stronger. Teachers vary in quality. Parents are not welcome in the classroom. The art program is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

After two full academic years at this school (currently beginning our third), I can say without hesitation that sending our child to The Siena School was simply the best decision we have ever made for our son. This school understands kids with language based learning differences and has the keys to unlock a child's potential as a life long learner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2009

This is the second year that my daughter is in Siena School. She started at the beginning of middle school so I don't know very much about the elementary school program. Siena is a fairly new school and it needs a new facility. But I can't say enough good things about the school's approach to teaching, the dedication of the staff and teachers, and the strength of the curriculum. There is good discipline and a nice feeling of camaraderie among the kids. Not only the 'basic' academics (reading, writing, math, science, and social studies) are excellent but also there is are art and photography instructors who are fantastic. I wish there were a stronger music program.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 42%
Black 20% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Montessori based programs
Small private/parocial
Public school
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 90% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 10% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation McDaniel College
High Point University
Towson Unversity
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
French
American sign language
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Clay Kaufman and Jilly Darefsky
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • All girls
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (301) 244-3601

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Language-Based Learning Differences
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • co-ed softball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Bridge club
  • Chess club
  • Game club
  • Green Team- environmental
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Montessori based programs
Small private/parocial
Public school

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$30000 - $35000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
McDaniel College
High Point University
Towson Unversity
College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 0%
4 year college - 90%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 10%
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1300 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Phone: (301) 244-3600

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