General FAQs

How many students attend Sheridan?

We intentionally limit our enrollment to 226 students.

Being intentionally small means we make your child’s education personal. We are able to know and appreciate students for who they are and respect their individual stories, strengths, weaknesses, voices, and backgrounds as we guide them towards their full potential. Because of this, our students feel comfortable taking intellectual risks and are empowered to express themselves as creative, forward-thinking, and socially- aware individuals.

How big are your classes?

There is one class per grade at Sheridan, with approximately 25 children in each class.  Our faculty-to-student ratio is approximately 6:1.

Do you provide lunch?

Yes, Sheridan provides a hot meal every day, including a vegetarian option. 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.

Do you have a school nurse?

Yes, Sheridan employs a full-time school nurse.

Do you require uniforms?

Students are not required to wear uniforms but should be dressed appropriately for the school day.

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, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Wilson 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. For a full list of schools with Sheridan Alumni click here.

Admissions

Is there an Admissions test?

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

Information about our application and testing requirements for students entering Kindergarten and First Grade is available here.

Information about our application and testing requirements for students entering Grades 2-8 is available here.

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. Please contact the Admissions Office about openings in grades 1-8.

When is the application deadline?

All applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2019. Full information about the application process is available here. 

Curriculum & Student Life

What type of curriculum is offered?

Sheridan’s offers both a rigorous academic curriculum and a nurturing social-emotional curriculum. Our academic curriculum is challenging and conceptually-based with a focus on experiential learning and social justice education. Across all disciplines, the emphasis is as much on process as outcomes and students are challenged to dig deeply and meaningfully into their work. Content-integrated, authentic and meaningful, this approach is especially effective in a K-8 environment. Parents receive regular updates on academic progress through student-involved conferences and report cards. Letter grades are reported beginning in 6th grade. Sheridan’s social-emotional 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 people.

Do students learn a foreign language?

Yes, Sheridan students study Spanish beginning in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Our integrated Spanish program is a rigorous, joyful, playful, and authentic way for students to gain proficiency in an additional language and to foster a love of language learning and culture.  Teachers utilize the Organic World Language approach to engage students, lower their affective filter, and inspire them to take risks in their communication. Outside the Spanish classroom, students participate in teacher-designed interdisciplinary learning experiences in music, art, and homeroom. Students leave Sheridan proficient in Spanish and inspired to continue their studies in high school, either by deepening their understanding of Spanish or by pursuing a new language.

Do you offer athletics?

Yes, Sheridan is a member of the Capital Athletic Conference and offers a competitive 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, baseball and softball. All students are encouraged to participate, and each child is ensured playing time.

Do you have an After School Program?

Yes, Sheridan has an After School Program for students of all ages. It costs $15.00 per hour if pre-registered. The hours are from 3:30 until 6 p.m. daily (2:30pm – 6:30pm on Wednesdays).  Students are given the opportunity to play outside, complete homework, create art projects, and have a snack. Sheridan also offers care before school from 7:45  to 8:15 a.m. at no charge.

Tuition & Financial Aid

What is included in Sheridan's tuition?

Sheridan is proud to offer all-inclusive tuition that includes:

  • Daily lunch
  • All books, laptops and supplies
  • Before School morning care
  • Interscholastic athletics
  • Group instrumental and voice lessons
  • Trips to our Mountain Campus in Luray, Virginia and other outdoor expeditions.

Do you offer financial aid?

At Sheridan, we strive to ensure that every student who is offered admission to our school has the opportunity to be part of our community and take advantage of Sheridan has to offer, regardless of family finances. In 2018-2019, more than 20% of our families received a financial aid grants with amounts ranging from $5,000 to almost full tuition. More information about our financial aid program and external scholarships is available here

What does it cost to attend Sheridan?

All-inclusive tuition rates for the 2018-2019 school year are:

Grades K-3: $34,950

Grades 4-8: $38,040

Location

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.

Sheridan’s 130-acre privately-owned Mountain Campus is located in Luray, VA.

Do you provide transportation to students?

Sheridan is conveniently located within walking distance of the Van Ness and Tenleytown Metro stops. We also work with families to facilitate neighborhood carpools.

Where do your students come from?

Sheridan students come from all four quadrants of DC, Montgomery & Prince George’s counties in Maryland and communities in Northern Virginia.

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