Lowell School

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  • At Lowell, students gain the knowledge, skills, and social-emotional literacy to become members of the next generation of creative leaders and problem solvers.
  • Energetic and insightful teachers nurture curiosity and help children develop fundamental skills and deep, conceptual understandings through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.
  • A strong social curriculum complements the academic curriculum and develops the interpersonal skills, multicultural understanding, and community engagement critical for a life of active citizenship.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Association of Independent Maryland And DC Schools (JAIMS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1965

Student Body

Total Students338 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
22%
State avg.: 46%
Students by Grade Lowell School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers77 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
48%
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 11 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $19,340 for 1/2 day Pre-Primary School to $38,950 for Middle School.
% on Financial Aid
33%
Admissions DirectorLiz Yee
Endowment Size$6.9 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, Ultimate FrisbeeBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryLacrosse,
SoccerSwimming,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Geo Bee, Jewish Affinity Group, Math Counts Team, Math Olympiad, MS Ally Group, Robotics, Stream Keepers, Students of Color

School Notes

A Lowell education fosters curiosity and a lifelong desire to expand knowledge and mastery in any pursuit. Teachers ensure students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills by employing leading-edge, research-based teaching methodologies. They are exceptionally dedicated to bringing out the best in every student by challenging and supporting them at just the right moments.

Special programs include:
  • an innovative, integrated curriculum driven by essential questions
  • a K8 social studies curriculum with a focus on social justice
  • STEM education from preschool through middle school
  • arts, PE offerings at every grade level
  • athletics teams for Kindergarten8th grade
  • after-school activities, including minicourses and music lessons
Students are empowered to pursue their interests and use their voices at every stage of their learning. They are prepared for the next step in their education, and they also gain confidence in themselves, grow in their independence, and discover new passions and pathways to become their fullest selves. 

Lowell embraces students, families, and staff who reflect a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives. Diversity is a central component of our academically rigorous learning environment and a vital asset for personal growth. Students learn to value all dimensions of diversity, help create our inclusive community, and pursue equity and social justice. Lowell is committed to making sure the principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity permeate all aspects of the school-from curriculum and student life to administrative decision making and event planning. We ensure economic diversity with a robust financial assistance program.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Washington
    Grades: K-12 | 650 students
    4.1 miles
    3000 Cathedral Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    (202) 939-8814
    4.1 K-12
    650
  • Washington
    Grades: PK-12 | 1050 students
    3.3 miles
    4200 Davenport Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    (202) 274-3200
    3.3 PK-12
    1050
  • Washington
    Grades: NS-12 | 896 students
    3.8 miles
    3100 Macomb Street NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    (202) 243-1800
    3.8 NS-12
    896
  • Washington
    Grades: PK-3 | 401 students
    4.1 miles
    3500 Woodley Road NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    (202) 537-6793
    4.1 PK-3
    401
  • Washington
    Grades: K-8 | 232 students
    3.2 miles
    4400 36th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    (202) 362-7900
    3.2 K-8
    232

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
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When my sons were young all I wanted was to let them be children. I also wanted the miracle of a school that provided an enriching environment, understood who each of them was, and encouraged them to be the best they could be. I never thought a school like that existed, especially after giving our local public elementary a try. Luckily, we found Lowell. Lowell is a school that knows each one of my very different sons and inspires him to push his own boundaries. After 8 years, now with two middle schoolers and one alum, I see what the foundation of a Lowell education can do for young men. My sons are empathetic, sincere, and thoughtful. Top that with the fact that they are also completely prepared for the academic rigors that high schools in the DMV area require, and you have the right school for every child. I consider my sons' Lowell education the greatest gift I have ever given them.
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Lowell was an awesome place to learn! It allowed me to totally be myself while at the same time encouraged me to "lean into discomfort" and grow. I am thankful for the wonderful and caring teachers.
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Lowell has been been an amazing place for my three boys. It is the perfect mix of academic rigor and a caring, inclusive environment. We've seen the school evolve over the last eight years, as the middle school ramped up to full capacity and the school increased its focus on academic rigor and preparedness for high school. We've also seen a tremendous growth of the athletic and arts/music programs, another sign of enthusiasm, engagement, and balance across the student body. Our boys started out in DC Public Schools, but the switch to Lowell was life-changing for them and their development.
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All three of my children started Lowell at age three; my oldest is now in 5th grade. In our eight years at Lowell we have gotten to know nearly every faculty and staff member at the school, and we Iook forward to getting to know the team in the upper grades soon. All the amazing people at Lowell are truly my favorite part. They make each day a positive experience for the students. The children are truly known, supported and celebrated by every adult on campus. Whether it is a member of the facilities and maintenance team cheering as third graders raise the flags out front every day, or a member of the finance office singing silly songs with preschoolers while he escorts them from the school bus to their classrooms. Lowell demonstrates in everything they do that each individual is to be valued and respected. My kids LOVE all of their teachers; classroom, specialty (art, PE, etc), coaches - everyone. I know there are many great teachers in the world, and other great schools in our area, but I truly believe that my dollars go to a very special day to day experience for my children, and there is no where else I want them to have their day to day experiences. I feel my kids are safe, loved, encouraged, and challenged. I also know that the adults at Lowell show them all day long how people should be treated. I know of no better role models than the ones at Lowell. It truly is a warm and exciting place to be.
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My child is a better, more well-rounded person because of his many years at Lowell. The school teaches him that he is part of a global culture, where differences are welcomed and celebrated. This is incorporated into every aspect of the challenging curriculum. Neither is sacrificed for the other. Importantly, because of the low adult to child ratio, Lowell is able to meet every child where they are at any given point in time. When my son was having trouble learning to spell, he was given supplemental assistance with this skill until it was no longer an issue. At the same time, because he was advanced in math, he was given more challenging assignments and encouraged to work ahead, which he loved.
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Our family has been part of the Lowell community for thirteen years, and we continue to be amazed by the consistently high level of programming the school delivers year after year. Lowell`s curriculum is cutting-edge, thoughtfully intergrated, and offers hands-on experiential learning that resonates deeply with students and ignites a true love of learning. Couple this with the knowledgeable and deeply invested faculty, the warm and affirming parent community, the school`s deep commitment to seeking and maintaining a broadly diverse student body and staff, and the beautiful 8 acre campus and you have a winning formula.
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We chose Lowell in Kindergarten after sending my girls to PK at NCRC and ALG and it was a perfect fit. Each has become her own version of a strong and compassionate independent learners whose academic skills are honed by 2 full time instructors per class plus the specialized instructors for science, art, dance, PE and music. The campus is beautiful (former womens college) with a lot of light and room for kids to learn. Our 8th graders move on to be accepted by at least one of their top two choices for private and elite public high schools. Win-win.
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Our family has been a part of the Lowell Family since 1999. Lowell has certainly grown over the years but what has remained the same is that the campus is beautiful, the teachers are supportive, the programs are engaging and the "Lowell Way" still develops students who are life-long learners!Educational Excellence Redesigned, for sure!
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We have had an amazing experience at Lowell. The environment they have created allows kids to take risks and be heard. 5 Stars is not enough to express how much my kid loves Lowell.We chose Lowell School for our African-American son several years ago for their stated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion...period. Over the years, Lowell has demonstrated that he and other children of Color matter in our community.We fell in love with the ideals of a progressive education model because they focused on the whole child. His teachers give him a safe place to express his thoughts and let him flourish as a student. The character building lessons Lowell employed when he was 3 years old have followed him to date at 3rd grade. He continues to use all of the strategies to helped him solve social and emotional issues, contribute during class discussions, chose to be a leader among his friends all while being a thoughtful person. My son loves to go to school...not always the school work, but absolutely loves being a student at Lowell and I hear the same sentiment from other parents about their kids too. Imagine a school where children loved to be and hated to leave....that`s my experience of Lowell School.
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We love this place! Lowell offers a warm, supportive environment with a research-based approach to learning and teachers attuned to the needs of each individual child. The teachers truly care. One example: My daughter was sad to leave first grade at the end of the year because she would miss seeing her teacher over the summer. So the teacher exchanged letters with her all summer long! On top of that -- the campus has lots of tree-filled outdoor space for both learning and play. My child has loved the opportunities to play school-sponsored sports starting in K (plus there is a pool on campus). And we felt warmly welcomed into the parent community. Lowell is a real gem.
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