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When is the application deadline? All applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015.

How many students are in each grade? There is one class per grade at Sheridan, with aproximately 25 children in each class with two teachers. There are aproximately 40 faculty members at Sheridan. Our faculty to student ratio is aproximately 6:1.

How many openings are available in each grade? There are 24 openings in Kindergarten each year. We strive for a balanced class between girls and boys. In other grades, openings are based on attrition and cannot be guaranteed. We will accept applications for all grades.

Is there an admission test? Yes. We require that each K-5 applicant take an age-appropriate intelligence test. Children six years old and younger must take the WPPSI-IV. Children seven to eleven years old must take the WISC-IV. Applicants to grades 6,7 and 8 applicant may take either the SSAT or the ISEE.

How can I tour your school?  Info-Session/Tours - these small group sessions meet most Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 am - 11 am beginning in early October through mid December. The first hour is spent  with our Head of School and the second hour is spent touring the school with one of the directors of admission.

Open House Programs - Sunday, November 9th from 10:45 am - 1pm and Friday, January 9th from 8:45am - 11am - Each Open House begins in our World Room where you will mingle with current parents. The program will include a welcome from our Head of School and our Director of Admission, Margie Gottfried. You will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of current students, including a Q&A. The Open House will culminate with a tour given by our Parent Ambassadors.

How many students attend your school? There are  226 students at Sheridan School. 

What is the tuition? Tuition for the 2014-2015 school year is as follows: K-3rd grade: $29,930;  4th-8th grades: $32,580 (Includes all books and supplies, snack, hot lunch and Mountain Campus trips.)

Where do students go to school after Sheridan? Everywhere! Sheridan is proud of its remarkable high school placement. Most graduates continue on to another private school and those who wish to attend public school usually enroll in an honors program. In recent years Sheridan graduates have attended St. Albans, National Cathedral School, Bullis School, Field School, Georgetown Day School, Sidwell Friends School, Landon School, Maret School, Washington International School, Montgomery Blair High School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, among others. Each year, nearly all students in the graduating class are accepted into their top choice school.

Do most of Sheridan’s students live in DC? Yes, approximately 2/3 of all students are from DC, and most live within a five-mile radius of the school. The remainder of our students come from Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Where are you located? Sheridan School is located in the North Cleveland Park neighborhood of NW Washington, DC. We are approximately two blocks northwest of the Van Ness/UDC Metro station. Please click here for a map of the area.

Do you provide transportation? No, we do not. However, both the Van Ness and Tenleytown Metro stops are within walking distance of the school. Also, many parents choose to carpool.

Does Sheridan offer an after school program? Yes, Sheridan has an after school program for students of all ages. It costs approximately $13 per hour if pre-registered. The hours are from 2:30 p.m (W) or 3:30 p.m. (M,T,Th,F) until 6 p.m. daily. Students are given the opportunity to play outside, complete homework, create art projects, and have a snack. On some days, children may even have the chance to learn how to be a clown, or how to bake cookies! Sheridan also offers before-care from 7:45  to 8:15 a.m. at no charge.

Does your school require uniforms? No, we do not, but we do require students to be dressed appropriately for the school day.

Do you offer financial aid and/or scholarships Yes, we do offer financial aid based on need. We do accept scholarship funds from the Black Student Fund, The Latino Student Fund, and the Washington Scholarship Fund, but we do not offer scholarships ourselves.

Do you provide lunch? Yes, Sheridan provides a hot meal everyday. Students are offered a hot entrée, salad bar and deli bar at every meal. If your child has a food allergy, the kitchen staff, school nurse and faculty will work with you to ensure your child eats a safe and healthy meal.

What type of curriculum is offered? Sheridan offers both an academic and a social curriculum. Our academic curriculum is challenging and conceptually-based with a focus on experiential learning. A conceptual approach is supported across all disciplines. The emphasis is as much on process as content. Content-integrated, experiential and meaningful, this approach is especially effective in a K-8 environment. Letter grades (for academic subjects only) are first issued in 7th grade. Sheridan's social curriculum is based on the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching and learning. Through collaboration, problem solving, reflecting and risk taking, students become invested in their education and develop as human beings.

What foreign languages are offered? Spanish is part of the core curriculum kindergarten thru eighth grade. In addition to instruction in the language students are exposed to the languge throughtout the school day.

Do you have a school nurse? Yes, Sheridan employs a full-time school nurse.

How do you handle discipline? Sheridan School’s Community Rule, “We respect ourselves, each other and the environment,” is the foundation for raising kind, responsible and confident children. We believe a clear and consistent approach to discipline that fosters responsibility and self-control is the most effective way to uphold this rule.

Do you offer athletics? Yes, Sheridan has an interscholastic sports program. Sports teams are open to 5th through 8th graders and begin in the fall with cross-country and soccer. In the winter, students can play basketball, and in the spring, track and field and softball. All students are encouraged to participate, and each child is ensured playing time. 

Does Sheridan offer a half-day Kindergarten program? No, Sheridan only offers a full-day program for Kindergarten students.

Do Kindergartners have naptime? No, they do not. However, there is plenty of quiet time during the day.