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Georgetown Day School - Lower/Middle School

Private | PK-8 | 575 students

We are best known for academics and diversity.

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $750,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,620.

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Posted December 13, 2010

I attended GDS from K-12th grade and I can attest that it is a remarkable place. The faculty is phenomenal. When I reached college (an elite school) I was actually disappointed in the quality of my professors, as GDS had set the bar so high... The school fosters independence, creativity, and freedom of expression, within a supportive and nurturing environment. It was the first integrated school in Washington, DC, and this legacy underpins the school's philosophy and mission to this day.


Posted October 30, 2010

My experience with Georgetown Day School was unique. I can't comment on the education, but I can comment on the adminission process. Georgetown Day schools caters to the above average income. Even thought they receives funds from organization to help encourage low/middle income families to apply, at the end, they prefer the wealth. Your chance of being admitted as a low to middle income family is not as concrete as a family with wealth. My daughter applied for admittion. She is a 4.0 student with excellent grades above her age group. However, she was declined over an average student whose family was wealthy. As a result, we quickly realize that Georgetown was more about the money vs. the academic ability of the child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2010

With new leadership at GDS, perhaps some of the challenges the school has faced will get much needed attention. Most faculty are above the average. Rigourous academic programs make excellent college acceptance rates. Wonderful history. The administration needed a shake up, our hope is that the new head will carry the original mission forward.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2010

Georgetown Day School is undoubtedly the finest institution in Washington, DC. I was a student there from Pre-K to 12th grade and had a fantastic experience. As an African American student, I believe that GDS displays a strong commitment to diversity and fostering cultural understanding. The faculty and staff are superb and inspire a lifetime love of learning.


Posted May 4, 2010

While there are many good things to say about GDS (the teachers and staff are incredible, the enrichment opportunities are outstanding) we took our kids out because the school simply did not reflect the kinds of values to which we wanted our kids exposed on a daily basis. We found that the affluent parents, who were not in the majority, have an awful lot of power in the school. These families are often the ones with the difficult and/or less talented kids and the school not only tolerates them but bends to accommodate them. The student body has more than its share of entitled kids (who no doubt have entitled parents) and there is a real 'mean girls' problem. Bottom line: Because of the need to build new facilities and raise money, GDS no longer walks its walk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Not just the best school in the world--the best place in the world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2010

Great school! This school truly lives up to its mission. Kids are encouraged at an early age to be assertive and be responsible for their own learning. You can tell a good school by how engaged the students are and how eager they want to be in school. The forum area in the highschool is a great space the school provides for kids. My son stays in school until 8:30 most weekdays, this allows him to participate in extracurricular activities and do his homework and have fun with his friends as well. Teachers are so nice, and accommodating, students are not intimidated to approach their teachers for help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

GDS is the best school in the world. All students are lucky to be part of such a wonderful environment. Each student is smarter than the next. Standards are set very high at GDS, yet each student is able to meet them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2007

The students are fantastic. These kids are the most bright children I have ever met. This school tops all other schools in DC with its amazing environment, outstanding academics, and comforting and creative teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

Great environment. Amazing academics and top notch students. The top ten universities love GDS applicants. It's no doubt these kids have bright futures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2007

I describe GDS as the most 'Public' of all the elite private schools in DC. Students are eager to learn and the Parents are very involved and down to earth. The school prepares kids form the eearly stages to dream beyong classic careers in banking etc. GDS alum are prominent in business, the arts, eductaion, politics etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

There is virtually no discipline in the lower school -- the kids are in charge. Recess should be renamed 'free for all.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2004

The GDS community provides a warm and welcoming atmoshphere to all. Because of its strong diverstiy my daughter will not only acquire strong academics but will learn social skills that will benefit her a lifetime. Thanks, Peter, Gloria and the rest of the GDS faculty!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 62%
Black 25%
Hispanic 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Two or more races 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 Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Math specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
Latin
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Assoc. Excellence and Diversity Award (2010)
  • National Merit Scholars (2012)
  • National Merit Semi-Finalists (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
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
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • SADD
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Russell Shaw
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (202) 295-6151

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Continuation
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Social justice
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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Black Student Fund
  • Latin Student Fund
  • Capital Partners for Education
  • HAP (Higher Achievement Program)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Amnesty international
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • SADD
  • Science club
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • 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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • 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
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Green and White
School mascot
  • Grasshopper aka "The Mighty Hopper"
More from this school
  • Call the admissions office directly with any questions
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What are your chances?


1 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
40
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
700
Students typically come from these schools
National Children's Research Center
Lowell School
Eaton Elementary School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$30000 - $35000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Application fee
Yes. $65.
Fee waivers available

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Georgetown Day Upper School
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4530 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007
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