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Mission & History

Oneness-Family School's mission is to provide a Montessori learning environment that fosters the growth of the whole person, encompassing physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development. This mission led Andrew Kutt to found the school in 1988 and drives its continuing success. 

Below are key milestone dates in Oneness-Family School’s history:

1988 – Humble Beginning, Global Citizenship

Montessori educator Andrew Kutt founds the Oneness-Family School in a library of a public school with only seven students.  Andrew used his background in humanities and interest in world cultures to create a school built upon Maria Montessori’s philosophy that the center of the educational process should be the student.

The year 1988 also marks the school’s first United Nations Day observance, an annual event designed to make students aware of the wide world around them. The celebration began with just a handful of guests but has since grown into the largest event of its kind in the Washington, DC, area with more than 60 embassy officials attending every year.

1989 – Move to Chevy Chase School Facility

Oneness-Family School moves into St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD, occupying three floors of the church’s former school space.

1996 – Expansion to Middle School

Oneness-Family School expands through Grade 8, adopting the Montessori Middle School curriculum developed by Dr. Elizabeth Coe. This important growth step allows current and future generations of students to derive the fullest benefit from the Oneness-Family School experience: gaining the aptitudes and attitudes the school teaches during the most formative years of their character development.

1998 – International Montessori Council

Andrew becomes one of the founding board members of the International Montessori Council, dedicated to supporting Montessori schools worldwide.

2003 to 2013 – Community Recognition

Honoring leaders who make the world a better place is an important practice at Oneness-Family School.  As a result, notable figures from different walks of life come to the school to show their respect and common cause, including athlete and humanitarian Muhammad Ali in 2003; musician and peace advocate Graham Nash in 2007; Congressman Tim Ryan in 2013; and numerous others, including social scientist Riane Eisler, Raising Happiness author Christine Carter, musician Wyclef Jean, and multiple Guinness World Record holder Ashrita Furman.  Oneness-Family School students created the World Oneness Heart Award, which they give to each honoree.

2013

Oneness-Family School celebrates 25 years of child-centered learning with a global perspective during three days of special events. Guests include Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) who received the World Oneness Heart Award from Andrew Kutt for his work to promote mindfulness in schools, healthcare, and the military. Alumni students and parents gather from around the nation and the world during the various festivities.

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