Q. Where are you located?

We are located in North Bethesda, Maryland. Our campus can be easily accessed from Old Georgetown Road, Montrose Road, and Tuckerman Lane. 

For driving directions, please click here.

Q. What are the hours of your school day?

School starts at 8:15 AM and ends at 3:00 PM each day.

Q. Is there bus transportation?

Yes! Click here for more information and our bus stop locations.

Q. Do you have an after school/extended day program?

Our Extended Day Program is available to all students until 6:00 PM with a drop-in option. While we do not offer before school care, students may arrive as early as 7:50 AM and will be supervised until they go to class.

Q. What is the average class size?

Ten to twelve students with one teacher.

Q. Do you serve hot lunch?

Families have the option of ordering catered hot or cold lunches from Smart Lunches four days a week (http://www.smartlunches.com). Pizza and chicken lunches are available one day a week.

Q. Can I come to more than one Open House?

Yes! Sometimes it is helpful to come back to visit a second time to focus on another area of the school or to take another look at the grade that interests you most. Also, many parents take advantage of the three Open House formats to get a broader picture of Green Acres: our Sunday Family Campus Open House, a School Day Open House, and an Evening Open House.

Q. Can I bring my child to School-Day Open Houses?

Although you are welcome to bring your child, school-day open houses are prepared for adults. Touring our campus involves considerable walking and spending time in and out of classrooms. Young children may find it challenging to stay focused for a two-hour tour.

Q. When are applications due? Does it matter if I get my application in early?

Applications are due January 23, 2017. After January 23, we will accept applications on a space-available basis and there may be wait pools for some grades. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Q. What are your age guidelines?

Pre-Kindergarten students turn three or four by September 1 of the year they will be starting school, and most Kindergarten students turn five by that date. For applicants to Grades 1-8, students are admitted to the grade level appropriate for their development.

Q. How do the Pre-K and K visits work?

Applicants to Pre-K and K participate in a group visit. If the application deadline has passed, prospective students are scheduled for a visit with the current class. Students visit for a half day and leave at noon. They engage in purposeful work and multiple activities with our teachers in a group setting during a structured choice time, group time, and a Specials class. Snack is provided that day. The visit gives us an opportunity to assess our young students through a developmentally appropriate process.

Q. How do I schedule the Pre-K or K group visit?

We have 2 dates set aside for the visiting days - Friday, January 27, 2017 and Saturday, February 4, 2017 and we ask you to hold open both dates. With information about the applicants we can balance the groups based on gender and birthday in order to make the groups comfortable for each child. You will be notified about specific times for your child’s visit by mid January. During these group visits we request parents to remain on campus.

Q. What about visits for applicants to 1st grade?

Students applying to Grade 1 visit for a full day in Kindergarten. They spend time with current students and transition in small and large groups throughout the day. They work on multiple math and literacy based activities with a homeroom teacher and participate in regularly scheduled Special Subject periods. Observations and assessments are made by our teachers during the student visit.

Q. Why do the applicants for grades 2-8 visit for two days?

Older applicants benefit from a two-day visit. Students are naturally apprehensive the first time they visit a new school and by the second day they are much more comfortable because they are familiar with their student buddies and other classmates, their teachers, and the structure of the program. They can be themselves more easily the second day. Over the two days, teachers have multiple opportunities to work with applicants individually to assess their fit academically and socially as the applicants work and play in our environment as potential members of the rising grade group. The results of this thorough process, together with the parent interview and information parents arrange to send about their children, provide the material we need to determine a successful match.

Q. After enrolling, how will my child be welcomed into the school?

At Green Acres, we begin the process of helping families feel part of the community right away. 

During the Green Acres Admission Process:
- Staff and current parents make personal contacts with families.
- Applicants visit with their Green Acres peers and begin to make friends.
Greetings from Green Acres emails keep you informed.
- The New Parents Breakfast in March provides answers to your questions.

After Enrolling:
New Family Liaisons, assigned to each new family, begin their year-long association with you to welcome you, answer your questions, and help you and your child make contacts, essentially guiding you through the year. Liaisons attend many school events with you.
- New Families Pizza Party in May – at Green Acres!
- Summer Popsicles on the Green Acres Playground: relaxed times for families in each grade to make connections with new folks. Individual summer play dates are often arranged during these events.
- During the first week of school – admission staff and teachers walk new students to their classrooms until they feel comfortable on their own.
- Welcome Breakfast and Orientation for New Parents – Early September
- New Parents Board Reception – Mid September
- Back to School Nights – Mid September
- All School Family Picnic – Late September
- Parent Coffees and many more activities through the year.

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11701 Danville Drive North Bethesda, MD 20852
301.881.4100
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