The Howard Gardner School

  • 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.

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School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded2004

Student Body

Total Students44 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade The Howard Gardner School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$34,125
Tuition NotesHigh school tuition for 2019-2020: $34,125Middle School tuition for 2019-2020: $29,610
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorErick Johnson
Admissions AssociateKayla Brazee


Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, SoccerBasketballSoccer,

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 procedures 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 and 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 for high school, 9:30 A.M. start time for middle school, accelerated graduation for academically gifted students

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    Bishop Ireton High School
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    Grades: 9-12 | 803 students
    2.4 miles
    201 Cambridge Road
    Alexandria, VA 22314
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    Grades: 3-12 | 162 students
    4.1 miles
    1321 Leslie Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22301
    4.1 3-12
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    Grades: 9-12 | 442 students
    2.8 miles
    1200 North Quaker Lane
    Alexandria, VA 22302
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    Grades: NS-12 | 1128 students
    2.2 miles
    1000 Saint Stephens Road
    Alexandria, VA 22304
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  • Fairfax
    Grades: 6-12
    9.5 miles
    9431 Silver King Court
    Fairfax, VA 22031
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The average private school tuition in Alexandria, VA is $15,742 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Alexandria, VA is 72% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).