The New School Of Northern Virginia

Our mission is to help students learn to use their minds well and take charge of their academic lives.
For us, it's about creating a whole, thoughtful person with an agile mind.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedWe support students with a wide variety of learning styles
Year Founded1989

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers22 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Number of AP Courses12 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesCalculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, German, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish, US Government, US History
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineMar. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$30,993
Tuition NotesGrades 6 - 8 $28,060.00 Grades 9 - 12 $30,993.00
Admissions DirectorSteve Roushakes
Admissions AssociateTravis Cooper


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballMountain Biking,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.23 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Cooking Club, Debate Team, Doctor Who Club, 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 Thursday from 9:15-10:15 to learn about our one-of-a-kind school.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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