The Siena School

The Siena School Photo #1 - The Siena School offers a rich educational program for bright, college-bound students in grades 4-12 with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia.
The Siena School Photo #2 - Technology is an integral part of Siena's program and is used to both support and enhance the learning experience. Our curriculum is presented in a multimedia/multisensory format that is highly engaging and well-suited to our students' learning styles.
The Siena School Photo #3 - Siena seeks to create a highly individualized and personalized learning experience for each student. We accomplish this by maintaining a small overall school size and small class sizes, and by providing students with a range of individual supports such as a faculty advisor and an individualized learning plan.
The Siena School Photo #4 - The Siena School values a varied curriculum that includes daily work in the arts.
The Siena School Photo #5 - Siena students have great creative strengths, and the arts programs help students build on those strengths in familiar and unfamiliar media. Arts offerings currently include drawing and painting, music, drama and photography.
The Siena School Photo #6 - With a strong philosophical belief in experiential learning, our students undertake regular field trips that take full advantage of Washington, DC's wealth of cultural, artistic and civic institutions.
The Siena School Photo #7 - The Siena School is committed to a strong athletic and physical education program. Time is set aside daily for informal activity, even in the high school. Students also participate in physical education classes throughout their time at Siena, and have the option of participating in team sports.
The Siena School offers a rich educational program for bright, college-bound students in grades 4-12 with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia.
Our program is designed for students with mild to moderate needs who experience a discrepancy between their intellectual abilities and academic achievement in one or more areas such as reading, writing, oral expression or math.
The Siena School's high school program focuses on preparing students for admissions to competitive college and university programs.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 4-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild to Moderate Language-Based Learning Differences/Dyslexia
Year Founded2006
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students135 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade The Siena School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 17 / rolling
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorBekah Atkinson


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Martial Arts, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballMartial Arts,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Anime Club, Arts and Crafts Club, Bridge Club, Chess Club, Coding Club, Community Service Club, Creative Writing Club, Dance Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Environmentalism Club, Inventors Club, Minecraft Club, Student Council, Technology Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir, Digital Photography, Drama, Elementary Makers, Music, Studio Art, Woodworking

School Notes

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Hyattsville
    Chelsea School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 5-12 | 63 students
    5.3 miles
    2970 Belcrest Center Drive, Suite300
    Hyattsville, MD 20782
    (240) 467-2100
    5.3 5-12
  • Silver Spring
    Grades: 9-12 | 53 students
    1.9 miles
    955 Sligo Ave
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    (301) 495-6672
    1.9 9-12
  • Potomac
    Grades: NS-12 | 470 students
    9.6 miles
    8224 Lochinver Ln
    Potomac, MD 20854
    (240) 395-0698
    9.6 NS-12
  • Silver Spring
    Grades: K-8 | 59 students
    0.6 miles
    9545 Georgia Ave
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    (301) 588-8048
    0.6 K-8
  • Barnesville
    Grades: NS-8 | 130 students
    23.1 miles
    21830 Peach Tree Road
    Barnesville, MD 20838
    (301) 972-0341
    23.1 NS-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Hi my name is Lisa and I am in my second year as a Siena parent. Since starting at Siena, we have seen a tremendous change in my son over the past year and a half. While he was reluctant at first, he now sees his learning as not a chore, he is open to using all the tools and strategies; he self-advocates, and he has really found his way. Just the other day the teacher was working with another student on long division and she asked if my child wanted to listen in on the extra support. He agreed and attended this extra session, where he listened and asked questions! He is now willing to participate, very comfortable, and knows when he should ask questions. He also will stick with something longer until he gets it and doesn't give up as easily as he did before. We are really proud of the education he is receiving and all the progress he has made. It is clear that the staff truly care about him and his success. This success story is not unique to my child. This is the type of story you hear time and time again from the students and parents who attend Siena.
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I truly cannot imagine what our lives would have looked like without Siena. Our extremely bright, extremely dyslexic kid would likely have been "pulled out" for "special help" as if they need to be fixed. We would have spent hundreds (thousands?) of dollars on tutors, removing up all our free time and effectively punishing our child for learning differently. Instead, at Siena, our child was celebrated and supported and every aspect of their education was tailored to their interests and strengths. That's right, STRENGTHS. Learning disabilities are learning differences, not simply flaws, or deficits. There are so many ways of accessing and processing and retaining and using information; Siena helped my child unlock their special ways of learning -- their unique brilliance. My kid will be going to a great college next year, knowing how they learn, and knowing how to advocate for themselves. Most importantly, they will go to college knowing that they do NOT need to be "fixed"-- they are NOT stupid or slow, they are a very smart person with a learning disability, Some things are still weirdly hard for them but there are workarounds and they don't have to detract from the joy of learning. Thank you, Siena!
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The Siena School has been great for our son. It is completely focused on kids with dyslexia, is rigorous, and innovative in its teaching methods. Our son has struggled with reading fluency but has real gifts in math and science. The teachers have encouraged his interests while still addressing his needs. He is actually picking up books for fun, which he hasn`t done since he was first trying to learn to read.
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