The Howard Gardner School

4913 Franconia Road,
Alexandria, VA, 22310
     Tel: (703)822-9300
Grades: 7 - 12 | 64 students
The Howard Gardner School is a small independent school based in the tradition of progressive education, serving college-bound learners in grades 7-12 in Alexandria, Virginia.
  With a focus on environmental science and the arts, the school’s mission is to help bright, creative non-traditional learners use their unique strengths to thrive academically, intellectually and emotionally.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
Grades Offered Grades 7 - 12
Year Founded 2004

Student Body

Total Students 64 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 25%
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade The Howard Gardner School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 60%
Average Class Size 8 students
Number of AP Courses 3 courses
Average SAT score 1700

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $20,950
% on Financial Aid 40%
Average Financial Aid Grant $10,000
Acceptance Rate 50%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Katherine Keith

School Notes:

Learning at HGS is active and hands-on, based on Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, rooted in a tradition of progressive education, and clearly related to students own lives. Cooperative learning plays an important role in facilitating learning and group skills. Teaching of course content is fully integrated with weekly field studies trips throughout the area, and internships in the student's field of interest.
The school environment and policies are based on well-researched principles of adolescent development. The most fundamental tasks in adolescence are establishing identity and developing relationships. So, we make sure that our curriculum feels relevant to our students, that their internships help them explore different aspects of themselves, and we include a lot of group work so they can work on their relationship skills.
We also believe in making learning fun.
The Howard Gardner School features:
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff
  • Very small classes
  • Exciting, active hands-on learning
  • Creative, college-prep curriculum
  • Experienced college counseling
  • Support for different learning styles
  • Reduced homework load
  • 10:00 A.M. start time
  • Accelerated graduation for academically gifted students

Profile last updated: 01/05/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is St. Stephens & St. Agnes School (2.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Flagstone Of Alexandria/colum (0.5 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Flagstone Of Alexandria/colum (0.5 miles away)
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  • AlexandriaFlagstone Of Alexandria/colum
    Daycare / Preschool  (Non-sectarian)
    5000 Tree Top Lane
    AlexandriaVA22314
    (703)683-7114
    Daycare / Preschool  (Non-sectarian)
    0.5 mi | 6 students | Gr. PK-K                      
  • AlexandriaChristian Center School
      (Christian)
    5411 Franconia Road
    AlexandriaVA22310
    (703)971-0558
      (Christian)
    0.6 mi | 101 students | Gr. PK-8                      
  • AlexandriaFranconia Road KinderCare
    Daycare / Preschool
    6123 Gum Street
    AlexandriaVA22310
    (703)922-5040
    Daycare / Preschool
    0.7 mi | n/a students | Gr. NS-PK                      
  • AlexandriaLittle Acorn Patch At Kingstowne
    Daycare / Preschool
    5801 Castlewellan Dr
    AlexandriaVA22315
    (703)822-0803
    Daycare / Preschool
    0.9 mi | 20 students | Gr. PK-KG                      
  • AlexandriaFranconia Baptist Child Development Center
    Daycare / Preschool  (Baptist)
    5912 Franconia Rd
    AlexandriaVA22310
    (703)971-4613
    Daycare / Preschool  (Baptist)
    1.1 mi | 14 students | Gr. K                      

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