Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Nmnh 10th & Constitution Ave Nw Rm. Ce-g50
Washington, DC 20560
The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) offers a rich learning environment for children, parents, and teachers in our community and at the same time extends its innovative practices to professionals in schools and museums through our external engagement programs.
Embedded inSEEC's educational philosophy is commitment to an anti-bias approach that encourages respect for the child and recognizes the unique nature of the individual. SEEC strives to be a place where human diversity in all forms is valued and celebrated.
Emergent curriculum features hands-on exploration and discovery, both in the classroom and the museum, where children construct knowledge from personal experience. Through the vast resources of the Smithsonian and the Washington, DC community children connect their classroom experiences with their broader world. At SEEC our ordinary is extraordinary!

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
Year Founded1988

Student Body

Total Students122 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 46%
Students by Grade Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineMar. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,720
Tuition NotesTuition varies according to age group, pre-K annual tuition includes summer program

School Notes

  • The mission of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center is two-fold: to provide a high-quality educational program for young children, and to advance educational opportunities for all children by sharing SEEC's expertise on a national level, thereby furthering the education mandate of the Smithsonian Institution.  Our school offers a unique learning setting where we embrace curiosity and inquiry, where wonder is an important part of every day, and where children can develop a positive sense of self. At SEEC we share our learning approach beyond our school, bridging the early childhood and communities, where educators can expand their practice and embrace young learners in informal settings. 
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