Green Acres School at a Glance

  • Coeducational day school with 320 students Age 3 through Grade 8
  • Pioneer in progressive education, founded in 1934 
  • School hours 
    • 8:15 AM – 3:00 PM each day
    • Extended Day Program available to all students until 6 PM with a drop-in option 
  • Small classes 
    • average instructional group size: 12 students 
    • average grade size: 30 students 
  • Dedicated and experienced faculty and staff 
    • 47 total faculty members 
    • 60% of faculty have graduate degrees 
    • 34% of faculty have taught at Green Acres for 10 years or more
    • 64% of faculty and staff are parents of current or former Green Acres students 
  • Commitment to diversity
    • Green Acres was the first racially integrated school in Montgomery County, from the date of our founding 
    • more than 30% of current student body represents racial, international, and ethnic diversity 
    • 36% of faculty and staff members are people of color or represent international diversity 
  • Outstanding and unmatched progressive curriculum 
    • teaching based on research about the ways children learn best 
    • growth and development supported in all areas–academic, social, emotional, creative, and physical 
    • challenging academics integrated with vibrant arts, athletics, and technology 
    • coursework reinforced with in-depth projects, hands-on experiments, and frequent student productions 
    • students participate actively in the learning process 
    • outdoor learning held on campus in fields, woods, stream, and natural amphitheater 
    • PE provided four times per week 
    • service to others and to the community is an integrated part of the curriculum 
    • programs enriched with frequent field trips (overnight experiences for Grades 4 to 8) 
    • outdoor play and recess twice a day for Grades Pre-K to 4; recess and outdoor lunch option for Grades 5 to 8 
  • After-school programs 
    • interscholastic after-school sports for Grades 5 to 8 with a no-cut policy 
    • after-school enrichment program offers variety of options throughout the year 
  • 15 acres of beautiful woods and fields in a quiet residential neighborhood 
    • classes held indoors and outside 
    • six classroom buildings include four science rooms, two music rooms, two art/ceramics rooms, a 25,000-volume library, large gym, photo lab, teaching kitchen, and gathering spaces for different grade groupings 
    • five themed playgrounds 
    • campus athletic fields, woods, stream, natural amphitheater, and gardens provide outdoor learning experiences 
  • Well-prepared graduates 
    • more than 90% offered admission to one of their top two high school choices
    • recognized by high school faculty for strong academic skills, intrinsic interest in learning, leadership abilities, and uncommon maturity and vision 
    • often characterized as well-rounded, intellectually inspired, confident problem solvers who can stand up to peer pressure and advocate effectively for themselves and others 
    • compete successfully for top college placement
  • Strong sense of community 
    • families from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia 
    • active and inclusive parents’ association, volunteer activities, parent education, and family fun events planned throughout the school year 
  • Commitment to financial aid assistance 
    • approximately 24% of students receive financial aid 
    • work closely with families to provide as much assistance as possible 
  • Bus transportation offered for all grades
  • Accreditation
    • Association of Independent Maryland/DC Schools (AIMS MD/DC)
  • Memberships
    • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
    • Independent Education (IE) (formerly AISGW)
    • Progressive Education Network (PEN)
    • The Black Student Fund 
    • The Latino Student Fund
    • Capital Area Progressive Schools (CAPS)
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