Sheridan School

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Sheridan School
Sheridan School logo.jpg
4400 36th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Coordinates 38°56′48″N 77°4′14″W / 38.94667°N 77.07056°W / 38.94667; -77.07056Coordinates: 38°56′48″N 77°4′14″W / 38.94667°N 77.07056°W / 38.94667; -77.07056
School type Independent
Established 1927
Head of School Adele Paynter (Acting)
Grades K-8
Enrollment 225
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Campuses Washington, DC
Luray, VA
Accreditation AIMS, MSA

Sheridan School is an independent, progressive, K-8 school in Washington, D.C. The school enrolls about 25 students in each grade for a total of 225. The average tuition for the 2013-2014 school year is $29,500, and 20% of families receive some form of financial aid. About 25% of Sheridan staff and families are from underrepresented groups.[1]


Founded in 1927 as Mrs. Cook's School, Sheridan was later renamed after its original location of Sheridan Circle on Embassy Row. Incorporated as a non-profit in 1961, it moved two years later to its current location on 36th Street, NW, in the North Cleveland Park neighborhood. In 1971, the school purchased a 130-acre Mountain Campus in Luray, Virginia.[2]


Sheridan offers a concept-based, constructivist curriculum based on the principles of progressive education and aligned with national teaching standards including the Common Core State Standards.[3] At each grade level, the school offers:

Mountain Campus[edit]

Sheridan's Mountain Campus

Sheridan operates an auxiliary Mountain Campus in Luray, Virginia. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the facility includes platform tents, a dining hall, and a nature center. Various team-building activities include a zip line, a giant swing, a climbing wall and a high-ropes course. Each grade engages in the outdoor education program twice each school year. [4]

Student Activities[edit]

Sheridan competes against peer schools in soccer, cross country, basketball, softball, and flag football. A musical production is performed each spring, and the student council leads school-wide and grade-level community service programs. For the past several years the school has worked with the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. In 2013, the school partnered with the Washington D.C. Humane Society.[5]

High School Placement[edit]

Most Sheridan graduates matriculate to local independent schools. Common high schools after Sheridan include Georgetown Day School, Field School, Maret School, Edmund Burke School, Washington International School, and Sidwell Friends School.

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Admissions | Sheridan School, September 30, 2013,
  2. ^ History of Sheridan School | Sheridan School, September 30, 2012,
  3. ^ Curriculum | Sheridan School, September 30, 2012,
  4. ^ Mountain Campus | Sheridan School, September 30, 2012,
  5. ^ School Life | Sheridan School, September 30, 2012,

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