The Primary Day School

The school's rich and varied curriculum cultivates a love of learning and a strong personal and academic foundation in every child.
Assemblies and class performances augment the strong arts program and develop poise and confidence in public speaking.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.AIMSMDDC (Assoc. of independent Maryland and DC Schools)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-2
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1944

Student Body

Total Students142 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade The Primary Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size17 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(no uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$24,900
Tuition NotesTuition for the 2020--2021 School Year is between $24,900-$29,500
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorCindy van den Beemt
Admissions AssociateAlison Collins

School Notes

  • The Primary Day School in Bethesda, Maryland, is a school for boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2. Wearetheonly school in the area that focuses exclusively on children in this unique age group, and we do so for a very important reason.These are the most crucial learning years in children`s lives, a time when they are bursting with potential, ready for quantum leapsof development. At Primary Day, everything we do  focuses on helping young children flourish-as learners and as people-during this vitally important time of life.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Bethesda
    Grades: NS-8 | 195 students
    3.1 miles
    7500 Pearl Street
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    (301) 654-5376
    3.1 NS-8
  • Bethesda
    Grades: NS-8 | 168 students
    0.5 miles
    6900 River Road
    Bethesda, MD 20817
    (301) 229-5586
    0.5 NS-8
  • Rockville
    Grades: NS-8 | 110 students
    6.5 miles
    22 W. Jefferson Street
    Rockville, MD 20850
    (301) 424-6550
    6.5 NS-8
  • Washington
    Grades: PK-8 | 146 students
    5.6 miles
    3810 Massachusetts Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    (202) 362-1408
    5.6 PK-8
  • Washington
    Grades: PK-12 | 1050 students
    4.4 miles
    4200 Davenport Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    (202) 274-3200
    4.4 PK-12

School Reviews

You should consider Primary Day if you want to ensure your child has an excellent foundation for reading and math. All students have Spanish, French, and Chinese, along with STEM, music, art, PE, and recess twice a day. There are many opportunities for learning outdoors and a school garden that the students participate in maintaining. The school knows how to make learning joyful, fun, and hands-on. Regular movement is incorporated throughout the day. Teachers work with your child at their individual level and provide differentiation as needed. Class sizes range between 12-18 and there are 2 lead teachers for both Pre-K and Kindergarten. The HOS knows every child and family by name. The environment is warm and nurturing as social-emotional learning is incorporated into daily classroom activities. We are thrilled with how much our child loves going to school.
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