Sheridan School

Founded in 1927, we are a K-8 progressive school with 225 students, a vibrant, engaged community and a fierce commitment to both equity and diversity. We believe learning is empowerment and we intentionally develop in our students an authentic desire to learn, to frame questions, to seek answers, to lead, to explore, and to create. Sheridan students graduate more than prepared for the complexities of the future- they are leaders prepared to make meaningful change.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked DC School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 232 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $36,330
  • Acceptance rate: 30%
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 17

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
232 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 46%
Students by Grade
Sheridan School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Classroom Dress Code

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Jan. 17
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
We offer financial aid. 25% of our students receive financial aid.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Margie Gottfried
Admissions Associate
Carlene Danzy
Endowment Size
$4 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Gay Straight Alliance, Mathletes, Student Council, Students of Color Affinity Group

Arts and Music Programs:
After School Music Lessons, Spring Musical

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Running Program

School Notes

  •  As a small school, we have the luxury of knowing each child individually and ensuring that each child feels known and understood. While Sheridan prides itself on its nurturing environment, it is also academically challenging. We set the bar high with our challenging, mastery-based curriculum that builds confidence and cultivates successful students.A Sheridan education is a combination of creative expression, critical thought, hands-on experimentation and global awareness. We value diversity, risk-taking, social-emotional awareness and respect for the environment. Our concept-based curriculum teaches students more than content.It is a vehicle for inquiry, exploring issues from multiple points of view and development of student passions. We provide a lasting foundation for students that serves them as they enter a complex world. The best way to truly capture the Sheridan spirit is to visit the campus. We can promise you that the minute you walk through the door, you will be impressed by the warm, familial, creative and intellectually robust atmosphere.It is a joyful place for children and adults. Please, come see for yourself.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
I am a current parent of three Sheridan students - in first, third and fifth grade. We absolutely adore the school. From the warmth of the Kindergarten, to the exuberance of the middle school basketball games, to the profound and thoughtful work of the social studies curriculum, this is an exemplary school. Sheridan is a warm and happy place where the children are engaged and stimulated, exploring and growing and jumping in to take risks and challenge themselves. A few of the perhaps less known aspects that makes Sheridan a very special school: the curriculum is carefully planned, both throughout the subjects (so that science, social studies, and art all contribute to one another thematically), as well as throughout the years (so the social justice learning in the upper grades refers back to the forms of government they studied in 5th grade, which is also informed by the covenants they learned to write in Kindergarten). Sheridan also has a rich arts program, with one of the most inspiring art rooms I've seen, a wonderful music program with free after school music lessons, and student concerts throughout the year. The science and engineering is also rich, beginning with Kindergarteners who think of themselves as engineers, and a wonderful arts and engineering program after school called Future Makers. Perhaps most impressive is the deep and careful thinking that goes into Sheridan's commitment to diversity. This is a school that walks its talk at every turn. I also wish it continued to high school, and I wish there were more schools like Sheridan all over the world.
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I am a parent of a current second grader at Sheridan School. Our child has been at the school since K. Highlights of our experience at Sheridan School include: -One class, one grade model -co-teaching model allows students to be met where they are through very low student/teacher ratio -family feel of the community, we know almost each child and their parents by name -mountain campus allows students (and families) access to a rich curriculum in environmental science/environmental responsibility, outdoor education and skills -outstanding teaching staff who are caring, who know our child and can encourage the children to take risks to dive deep into learning -growth-minded administration, teachers and staff -understanding that academic "rigor" cannot be captured or utilized if not coupled with social/emotional attention and education -being on the forefront of developments in curriculum around diversity & inclusion Sheridan is truly a gift to our family & our child. She is known, seen and understood -- she feels like a valued member of an intellectually curious community of both children AND adults.
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We have two children at Sheridan and every year are impressed anew at the caliber and thoughtfulness of the teachers and the curriculum. It is a small community, only one class per grade, and extraordinarily friendly and supportive. The art and music programs are exemplary, the school sports program both supportive and challenging, and the indepth classroom focus on writing and reading supports each child in the way that he or she most needs it. The buddy system and community focus mean my 7 year old has friends in the 8th grade and that my about-to-be-a-6th-grader has no nerves about middle school at all. When we were looking at schools, we were blown away when we met the 8th graders at Sheridan - poised, confident, kind, smart. We have loved the experience our children have had at this quiet, unassuming little gem of a school - from homeroom to aftercare, everyone knows their name and supports them in being successful. I only wish they had a high school. :)
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked DC School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 232 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $36,330
  • Acceptance rate: 30%
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 17

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