Letter from our Head of School, Jessica Donovan:

Welcome to the Sheridan School website and thank you for taking the time to learn about our special school. Founded almost ninety years ago, Sheridan’s “inclusive, vibrant learning community” is a place where children are known, their learning is valued, and where curious students grow into thoughtful learners, compassionate leaders, and engaged citizens. When you step through the doors of our school, you can feel the respect for childhood and the love of learning that Sheridan School holds dear.

Through interactive, interdisciplinary study, our students are taught to think critically about the world around them and to look for ways to contribute positively. Whether learning about leave-no-trace camping at our Mountain Campus in Virginia, testing the chemical balance in local streams, or exploring how geography impacted our nation’s past, our students learn the connection between what they are studying and the larger world. Our students are empowered to see how their voices can effect change. The Sheridan curriculum values leadership, social justice education, public speaking, service learning, outdoor education, and athletics, and the progressive approach to education prepares our children for whatever future they choose.

Our progressive mission guides our dedicated teachers to create lessons that inspire and challenge our children. On any given day you may find kindergarteners explaining their mathematical thinking to their middle school buddies, second graders jotting down story ideas in their “seed notebook” so that they can later turn those seeds into growing stories, fifth graders interviewing community members for their class newspaper, and eighth graders preparing for their debates.

This summer, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing our rising eighth graders about their experiences at Sheridan. I wish you could talk to them directly. These poised, confident, intelligent young people love their school, know themselves, and believe that they will make a difference. It’s hard to imagine as they walk into my office and shake my hand with kindness and confidence that they were once nervous kindergarteners. For these young people, Sheridan is the place where they learned to soar.

It is my pleasure and honor to represent Sheridan School and to lead it forward. Please peruse our website, or better yet, come visit and learn more about both our City and Mountain Campuses.


Jessica Donovan