Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

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Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
9101 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, (Montgomery County) 20814
Type Private
Motto Hic et Nunc
(Here and Now)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1924
Head of School Catherine Ronan Karrels
Grades Preschool12
Gender Girls
Enrollment 690 (2015)
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Song Coeur de Jesus
Athletics Independent School League
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper The Here & Now
Yearbook Ridgeway
Admissions Director Mary Tobias
Athletic Director Jason McGhee

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (previously known as Stone Ridge Country Day School) is a pre-K through 12 independent, Catholic school for girls. The 35-acre metro-accessible campus is located in Bethesda, Maryland, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

Founded in 1923 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, Stone Ridge is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools with 23 school and affiliates in the United States and over 200 schools worldwide.

The school known today as Stone Ridge was established in downtown Washington, DC at 1719 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in 1923. By the end of the Second World War, the school had outgrown the building known affectionately as "1719." In 1947, the Society of the Sacred Heart bought 35 acres (140,000 m2) of land and their estate, known as "Stone Ridge," in Bethesda, Maryland from Mr. and Mrs. George Hamilton. To this day, the original mansion of the Hamilton estate, a grand neo-Georgian edifice built in 1904, is known as "Hamilton House". Over the years, multiple additions have supported the growth of the school. The most recent additions include a turf field and an indoor Aquatics Center.

Ranked as one of the most academically challenging schools in the DC Metropolitan area, one hundred percent of Stone Ridge graduates go to college, with alumnae attending schools such as Georgetown University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and Bucknell University. Notable alumnae include Katie Ledecky, Cokie Roberts, Maria Shriver, Joanna Sturm, and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Catherine Ronan Karrels, the first lay head and a 1986 graduate, has served as head of school since the fall of 2008. The Stone Ridge mascot is the Gator.


Stone Ridge girls compete athletically in the Independent School League, with traditional rivalries against the Holton-Arms School, Connelly School of the Holy Child, and Georgetown Visitation.

In 2015 a turf field was added to the campus. It is lined for field hockey, soccer and lacrosse.


In accordance to many Sacred Heart Society traditions, Stone Ridge School celebrates congés. There are two congés a year in which students participate in community-building exercises and games instead of attending class; these days are a favorite among the students. Prior to her first day at Stone Ridge, a student will be placed on either the blue team or the gold team. Throughout the year, the teams compete to win points through attendance at sporting events, academic honors, and volunteering. At the end of the year, on the all-school father/daughter Field Day, the winning team is announced. Other traditions include the annual Upper School bonfire, Prize Day, and the class ring ceremony for juniors and seniors.


The Upper School One-to-One Laptop Program equips each participating student with an Apple Macbook Pro computer to facilitate learning within the world of technology. The students are given an assigned laptop for both school and personal use for the entire length of the program (from when they enroll in the Upper School to when they leave or graduate). Throughout their participation in the One-to-One Laptop program, students are strongly encouraged to embrace technology at every opportunity in their classes, for their individual studies and research projects and while engaged in campus life activities and events.

Weekend educational programs[edit]

The Washington Japanese Language School (WJLS, ワシントン日本語学校 Washington Nihongo Gakkō), a supplementary weekend Japanese school, holds its classes at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.[2][3] The WJLS maintains its school office in North Bethesda, adjacent to Garrett Park.[4][5][3] The institution, giving supplemental education to Japanese-speaking children in the Washington DC area, was founded in 1958,[6] making it the oldest Japanese government-sponsored supplementary school in the U.S.[7]

Notable alumnae[edit]

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  1. ^ MSA-CIWA. "MSA-Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  2. ^ "SRMap2015.pdf." Washington Japanese Language School. Retrieved on April 16, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Home" (Archive). Washington Japanese Language School. Retrieved on April 16, 2015. "学校事務局 Holy Cross Church, Quinn Hall 2F. 4900 Strathmore Avenue, Garrett Park, MD 20896[...]校舎 ストーンリッジ校 Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart 9101 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20814"
  4. ^ "Map" (Archive). Town of Garrett Park. Retrieved on April 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: North Bethesda CDP, MD" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "English." Washington Japanese Language School. Retrieved on April 30, 2014. "Washington Japanese Language School c/o Holy Cross Church, Quinn Hall, 4900 Strathmore Avenue, Garrett Park, MD 20896"
  7. ^ "Andrew M. Saidel" (Archive). Japan-America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP; フィラデルフィア日米協会とは). Retrieved on April 16, 2015.

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