Parkmont is an independent school, headed by Ron McClain, located in Washington, D.C. Parkmont was founded in 1971, as a cooperative Middle School by a parent group in McLean, Virginia. The parents were acquainted with the work of progressive educator Maria Montessori and they consulted extensively with John Bremer, founder of the Parkway School in Philadelphia and a proponent of experience-based learning. Parkmont has always emphasized educating the individual in the context of a close-knit community and the program has strong roots in both the progressive and experiential educational traditions.
Parkmont moved to Washington, D.C. in 1977 to take better advantage of the educational opportunities available in the city. Parkmont started an Upper School program in the fall of 1991 that serves students in the 6th through 12th grades. In the spring of 1991 Parkmont joined forces with the Somerset School and moved to its permanent home at 4842 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.