Seneca Academy and Circle School

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Seneca Academy
Darnestown, Maryland
Coordinates 39°6′41″N 77°18′0″W / 39.11139°N 77.30000°W / 39.11139; -77.30000Coordinates: 39°6′41″N 77°18′0″W / 39.11139°N 77.30000°W / 39.11139; -77.30000
Type Private
Motto Turning Experience Into Knowledge
Established 1983
Principal Brooke Carroll
Grades Kindergarten–5
Mascot Fox
Rivals Butler School
Newspaper Fox Tales

Seneca Academy is a private school (grades Kindergarten-5) in Darnestown, Maryland. The current head of the school is Brooke Carroll, who took over when the founder, Jodi Thurmond, left in 2007.


Jodi Thurmond and her partner Marty Long founded The Circle School in 1983. The Circle School operated as a preschool and kindergarten for 15 years. In 1997, the school moved to a new building in Darnestown and began an elementary program, adding a grade each year. With the addition of the elementary program, the school changed its name to "Seneca Academy."

In 2009, Seneca Academy became the first International Baccalaureate Primary Years Candidate Program in a private school in Montgomery County, MD.

In 2012, Seneca Academy became the first private authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program World School in Montgomery County, Maryland.


International Baccalaureate (IB) World School

Seneca Academy is a member of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), and the Washington Small Schools Association (WSSA).

Seneca Academy Song[edit]

Oh Seneca Oh Seneca

'Mong grassy fields and trees

The Maryland sunshine warms our hearts and puts our minds at ease.

Old friends and new come marching through

All our learning days

We circle 'round by pride were bound

To raise our fists and say "Hooray!"

Oh Seneca Oh Seneca your gift will always be

To help our minds stay strong and pure

For knowledge is the key!

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