The New School is a thoughtful community where students feel intellectually excited and challenged, and appreciated as individuals by their teachers and peers.
Such thoughtfulness of mind and heart makes for a rich and happy school environment.We are committed to small classes where teachers and students co-create the learning, and where teachers engage students in supportive conversations about their work and growth.
Through class participation and dialogue with their teachers, our students come to understand themselves as successful learners.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Yearly Tuition: $32,558
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 1 / rolling

Top Rankings

The New School Of Northern Virginia ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
We support students with a wide variety of learning styles
Year Founded
1989

Student Body

Total Students
n/a
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
16%
State avg.: 29%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
22 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
73%
Average Class Size
10 students
Number of AP Courses
12 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, German, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish, US Government, US History
Average SAT score
1270
Average ACT score
29
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Mar. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Grades 6 - 8 $29,478 Grades 9 - 12 $32,558
Admissions Director
Steve Roushakes

Sports

Total Sports Offered
6 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Cooking Club, Debate Team, Game Club, GSA, International Club, Knitting Club, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Recycling Club, Strategy Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Cappies, Drama Club, Film Club, Photography Club, Youth Theatre

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dance Club, Soccer Club, Table Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

  • We believe students are intrinsically motivated to learn, achieve, and create. 
  • A special dimension of equality exists in the teacher-student relationship. We celebrate this dimension because it allows students to see themselves as successful and creative learners and individuals. 
  • Our teachers help students develop the essential skills and habits of mind they need to use their minds well. We use tools of authentic assessment (portfolios, exhibitions, performances, projects, presentations, essays, and more) to evaluate the academic growth and achievement of each student. 
  • Our students, teachers, and parents relate to one another with mutual respect and trust.
  • We believe in our skilled faculty: collegial friends of the highest order and talented student mentors.
  • Stop by any Wednesday during the school year from 9:15-10:15 to learn about our one-of-a-kind school.
Profile last updated: 10/15/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
5  
My 2 daughters attended New School a number of years ago as sophomores when public HS became too crowded and overwhelming. The New School has great teachers, small classes, individualized instruction, college-like facilities, many extracurricular opportunities and so much more! Their teachers helped them get their material together to apply for colleges - one graduated with a bachelor's from VA Tech in BioChemistry; the other, with a BS in Illustration from Colorado School of Design. Both degrees were Summa Cum Laude. They said college was much easier for them than for their roommates because of the skills they learned at New School. So much so, that their friends would get mad at them for not studying as much as they did! My girls still thank me for sending them there. I'm thinking about sending my granddaughter when she gets old enough!
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5  
My son started The New School of Northern Virginia beginning his freshman year. The administration and staff consider his success as part of their journey. As an alternative learner, my student is engaged and is thriving in the independent style classroom. The courses are interesting and the teachers' are genuinely interested in making sure each student understands the material before moving them forward. This school is for students who were never meant to fit into a box, these kids are meant to thrive and think creatively.
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5  
My son has been at The New School for 2 years, and it has been a wonderful experience. The school creates an environment where the kids accept and embrace the differences and uniqueness of their peers. The small class sizes have allowed the teachers to get to know my son, understand his strengths, and identify areas where they can help him be more successful. They take the time to ensure he is working to his potential and encourage him along the way while holding him accountable for his part in the learning process. The teachers are engaged because they have the freedom to select class topics that will really hold the kids` interest. For example, teaching chemistry through "The Chemistry of Fireworks." What 13-year-old boy isn't wouldn't be interested in that? There is a wonderful focus on developing solid writing skills which are so important for future success. Additionally, the work is structured so that kids really develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This is not a "teach for the test" environment and I know my son is getting the kind of education that we all want for our children. We have gone from the dread and disinterest created by other school experiences to excitement and success, both socially and academically. I give The New School, its teachers, and the students my highest recommendation.
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5  
Both of our kids started at The New School in ninth grade, after eight years of public school. It was one of the best parenting decisions we've ever made. Everything about this school is terrific. The teachers are passionate, inspired, and inspiring. Small, topics-driven, seminar-style classes foster creativity and independent thinking, while the welcoming atmosphere makes everyone feel at home. Our two kids turned out to be very different kinds of learners, but both thrived at The New School. Our youngest graduates next year, and we'll be sad to think of not having that day-to-day connection. Can't say enough about this wonderful school!
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5  
I have two children who have thrived thanks to the talented and compassionate teachers and staff at The New School NVA. The small class size and focus on teaching to each student vs. to the masses, had a clear impact on my two (very different) children immediately. The school hours and daily structure have improved our ability to get restful sleep and overall health. The immediate, organized and well thought plan to manage the COVID19 shut down was above and beyond any expectation. They barely skipped a beat. I highly recommend this school.
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5  
My daughter is finishing her second year in the middle school. It has proven to be a great environment for her: very small classes and therefore a lot of individual attention. She has participated in the play with high schoolers and has created her own club with faculty support. The modules high schoolers get are pretty clever. I was particularly impressed by the fireworks and lipstick modules used to teach science but fair warning, it is small and so course selection is not the same as at a bigger school.
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5  
The New School truly engaged my child in a manner that public schools could just not support. Teachers interact with the students, students participate in daily discussions/debates on current topics, collaborative projects are daily. My child's writing and deductive reasoning skills have improved immensely based on the approach. The teachers are the best - they will do anything to help your child learn and improve themselves. I just can't say enough on what a difference it has meant in my child's academic and social development.
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5  
My son has attended this school for just over a year and we couldn't be happier! The classes are small and engaging, and the teachers take the time to make sure he's interested in and understanding the content. We are so excited that we found The New School. If you're looking for small classes and a friendly community please consider The New School.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Yearly Tuition: $32,558
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 1 / rolling

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