The Sycamore School

The Sycamore School is an independent non-profit secondary school serving middle and high school students.
We follow a mastery-based learning model that integrates academic development, social and emotional growth, and civic engagement. We create a meaningful learning process, whereby teachers personalize instruction according to students` interests, needs, and aptitudes. Teaching focuses on cultivating transferable skills in students that apply to various jobs or tasks across settings, such as effective communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
We`re intentionally small, maintaining a 1:6 teacher to student ratio.
We can accommodate students who have a specific learning disability, anxiety, ADHD, and/or social skills deficits. However, we are not a school specifically for students with learning struggles.
We want to attract a cross section of students who reflect the diversity that is present in our larger population. Our target student is curious, wants to learn, and is looking for a more progressive learning environment.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 5-12
  • Enrollment: 61 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $35,000
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Sycamore School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Grades Offered
Grades 5-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences including Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, ASD, Nonverbal LD
Year Founded
2015

Student Body

Total Students
61 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
40%
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade
The Sycamore School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size
10 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
We do not have a dress code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
We offer need based financial aid and determine eligibility using a third party system called FAST.
% on Financial Aid
20%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$20,000
Acceptance Rate
70%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Mahshid Khavari

Sports

Total Sports Offered
1 sport

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Anime Club, Art Club, Book Club, Coding, Cooking, Dungeons & Dragons, Forensics, Math, Philosophy, Photography, Running Club, Sports, Theatre, Trivia, Ultimate Frisbee, Video Game Club, World Cultures

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
  • Student choices of how they engage with the curriculum and display mastery
  • Tools to increase self-awareness, self-monitoring and mindfulnessReal world learning experiences
The Sycamore School a mastery-based school that integrates academic development, social and emotional learning, and civic engagement. We create a meaningful learning process, whereby teachers personalize instruction according to students` interests, needs, and aptitudes. Teaching focuses on cultivating transferable skills in students that apply to various jobs or tasks across settings, such as effective communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. We want to partner with parents and the community to design experiences in and outside the classroom.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Sycamore School cost?
The Sycamore School's tuition is approximately $35,000 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Sycamore School?
The acceptance rate of The Sycamore School is 70%, which is lower than the national average of 84%. The Sycamore School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Virginia with low acceptance rates.
What sports does The Sycamore School offer?
The Sycamore School offers 1 interscholastic sports: Ultimate Frisbee.
What is The Sycamore School's ranking?
The Sycamore School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for: Lowest average acceptance rates and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for The Sycamore School?
The application deadline for The Sycamore School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is The Sycamore School located?
The Sycamore School is located in the Bluemont neighborhood of Arlington, VA. There are 2 other private schools located in Bluemont.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
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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5  
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 (2024)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 5-12
  • Enrollment: 61 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $35,000
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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