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Sheridan School

Private | K-8 | 225 students

Our school is best known for making children feel safe to take risks.
 
 

 
 

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Posted July 5, 2013

Sheridan has been an incredible experience for our children. It is caring, nurturing, and extremely child focused - things that make it a safe place for our kids to try new things, stretch themselves, and explore complex ideas and concepts. We have had wonderful experiences with teachers in every grade so far who care about our children as people and learners. From languages to art to science, they work to engage each kid where they are and stretch their limits. If you are considering Sheridan, I encourage you to go to an open house and talk to one of the 8th graders - the best measure of a school's success. You will be blown away by their maturity and poise, and by the fact that they are truly well-balanced, kind, thoughtful human beings. Both my daughters look up to the older kids at the school and feel connected to and supported by them. It is a real community, not snobby, not racist, not quirky. Take the negative posts with a real grain of salt - and go visit and see for yourself. It is an amazing place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

This is a wonderful school. Completely supportive of all types of children and families, academically challenging, with a focus on social/emotional development. We could not have asked for a better environment. Everyone knows my child so she will never get lost. Attentive teachers and administration who view parents as partners in their child's academic success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2012

This school has been wonderful for my daughter. She has come out of her shell and gain so much confidence. She loves the close knit community. This is a great school for those looking for a small, nurturing and creative environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

Sheridan is an amazing school. I am now in my 9th year there, as for the people says kids have 'social problems' is far from the truth the community is strong. The headmaster is kind and caring to every child there. The staff is kind and wants you to succeed. We are not a sit down, be quiet school. We are a friendly school focused on every member of the school. I think that this is a great school it may be small but it's a great school
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2009

sheridan is a creative, nuturing, inspiring, and academically challenging environment where each child is allowed to develop as an individual while becoming an integral part of the overall school community. Our child thrived in her kindergarten year and loves her school, teachers, and friends. Our only complaint would be the food service, which is too rushed and offers too many processed alternatives to the regular well-balanced lunch menu and too many junky snacks during recess and after school - there is no financial opt out for parents who would rather pack lunch and snacks. However, this same source caters some of the other independent schools in the area, so that issue should not be a large factor in decisionmaking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2009

Sheridan is a great place to school. There are fabulous teachers, fantastic learning techniques, and great people. It is a cute little school with lots of wonderful people and great teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2008

Our daughter has been at Sherican for 1.5 years now (all of K and half of her first grade year) and my nephew and niece each attended Sheridan for 9 year (K-8). We really have nothing but good things to say about the schhoo.nothing bo
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2007

I am a former teacher at Sheridan School who is still somewhat involved in the school. In the past seven years or so, Sheridan has progressed from being a very good school to a truly outstanding school. Over the last five years, the school has been implementing an action plan based on its self-study for accreditation with the Association of Independent Maryland Schools. As a result of the intellectually-charged, reflective, and highly motivated faculty implementing this action plan, Sheridan has honed its very strong curriculum, updated its facility, and made many other improvements to what was already a very good school. I would agree with the previous poster's final clause--talk to parents, and visit the school. It's a magical place. As for the poster's other comments, I don't understand them. The school is not strange and quirky, and the teachers are uniformly caring. Sheridan is definitely worth a look.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 11, 2007

I believe that Sheridan School has outlived its reputation. There seem to be a large number of students with behavioral or social problems. Fundraising seemed to be the first priority of the administration. We got the impression from other parents that your treatment at the school is highly dependent on your level of contribution. The Art and Science programs are sources of frequent complaints by parents. We found the overall curriculum to be very fuzzy and ill defined. Your child will be greeted by name every day by the Head of School with a big pasted on smile and may be given 'high fives' by their teachers, but beneath the surface, many of the teachers do not seem particularly caring or nurturing. This is a strange and quirky school, and I would suggest speaking in depth to quite a few parents before even considering it for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2006

I am an African-American woman who graduated from Sheridan and went on the the National Cathedral School and Stanford University. I cannot say enough about how important Sheridan was to my personal and academic development. The central subjects, the small class size, the rigorous standards without the elitism of comparable grade schools created an ideal environment for growth. I cherish my experience at Sheridan and highly recommend it to others. My older sister also attended Sheridan and is equally fond of it. Good luck!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 17, 2005

My daughter, who is now in fourth grade at Sheridan, started at the school in Kindergarten. Our experience with the school has been uniformly positive. While academically challenging, the school is also very supportive and nuturing. Our daughter has grown from a very shy, anxious, clingy child to become a poised, confident kid. The Head of School provides leadership and vision, while getting to know each child and family personally. The faculty work well together as a team. Ths school embraces multi-culturalism. We are certainly not the only Hispanic family in our class and we have always felt welcome. When looking for schools, I had hoped to find a K-12 school, but I am now completely sold on the K-8 arrangement. It has become obvious to me that it is so important to keep the 6th to 8th graders in a supportive environment during those tough adolescent years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2005

my 3 children went to the sheridan school between the years of 1984 and 2005. I have found this school to be terribly dissapointing. My child was consitanly called racist names by her classmates and the teachers did not ever do anything to this problem. Overall i do not think sheridan is the school it was 10 or 15 years ago.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 7%
Black 10% 80%
Two or more races 10% N/A
Hispanic 7% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: Manually entered by school official

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Special education 0%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
English learners 0%N/AN/A
Source: Manually entered by school official

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NA
  • NA
  • NA

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Literary magazine
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15am
School end time
  • 3:30pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Randy Plummer
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (202) 244-9696

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Concept Based Curriculum
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • 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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • 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
School colors
  • red, blue
School mascot
  • Owl
More from this school
  • The best way to learn about Sheridan is to come and visit.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$25000 - $30000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Application fee
Yes. $60.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Georgetown Day School
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