The Sycamore School

The Sycamore School is an independent non-profit secondary school in Arlington, Virginia serving middle and high school students.
We provide personalized, engaging and experiential learning, helping students make connections across content areas and to the real world.
We’re intentionally small, maintaining a 1:10 teacher to student ratio.
Our goal is to provide high-quality self-paced, inquiry-based experiential learning to a cross-section of students.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 5-12
  • Students: 35 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,000
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades 5-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
35 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
The Sycamore School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
10 students

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Karyn Ewart

School Notes

  • We offer middle and high school students a different type of learning community that actively engages students through providing: 
  • //Small classes in a safe, nurturing and inclusive community
  • //Self-paced competency-based learning
  • //Engaging “hands on” and cooperative learning opportunities
  • //Curricula that incorporates student interests and connects to life outside school
  • //Students choices of how they engage with the curriculum and display mastery
  • //Tools to increase self-awareness, self-monitoring and mindfulness
  • //Real world learning experiences 

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
My son is in his second year at TSS. The environment has been perfect for his learning and social-emotional needs. When he was in public ES our son routinely was unsure of what was going on in class as he is very inattentive. At TSS, having two teachers in a classroom of 12 means he is kept on track and on task. He is also learning executive functioning skills such as timers and lists which will help him further manage his ADHD as he gets older. The mastery-based learning and no grades mean he has developed a sense of pride in his work that he never had when he was losing points for pointless errors that were unrelated to how much he knew about the topic. The school is located in Ballston, just off Route 66 with easy access to both the metro and local parks and trails. The physical space is very bright and airy and a happy learning environment.
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The Sycamore School is a godsend. It has helped my child enjoy school again and find her curiosity. The school offers student choice and self-paced learning that allows my child to thrive. They have field trips connected to student learning that bring the real world into the classroom. The teachers are dynamic and friendly. They work with you to help your child thrive. The administration is extremely responsive to parents and students. I`ve had an amazing experience.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 5-12
  • Students: 35 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,000
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Arlington, VA is $10,956 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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