1. How does the application process work?
The process begins with submitting the application plus one or two recommendation forms (depending upon grade level). The next step is the Student Visit, followed by a Parent Meeting. After this the admissions team meets and notifies families of the decision. For an overview of the process please visit our Admissions Process page.
2. What is the deadline for submitting an application?
Although we accept applications year-round based on availability, the deadline for admission into a current school year is March 1. If a family is applying for the following school year, we begin reviewing and accepting students for the next school year starting February 15. We advise interested families to call for availability as classes tend to fill up quickly.
3. Do you offer financial aid?
Yes. We offer financial aid to families that qualify. We give first priority to current families, then to prospective families. We evaluate all financial aid applications as part of the general admissions process.
4. What is the student to teacher ratio?
In our 2- to 3-year-old program the student to teacher ratio is 1:6. Throughout the rest of the school the student to teacher ratio averages 1:12. It is important to note that we do not count office or maintenance staff as part of student:teacher ratio.
5. What qualifications do the teachers have and what is their turnover rate?
All our teachers have a Montessori certification or are in the process of completing certification as Montessori teachers. Some of our teachers have been at the school for more than 20 years and most of our teachers have taught at the school for an average of 7 years.
6. Where do students go after attending Oneness-Family School?
Students attend both public and private high schools in and around Washington DC, and suburban Maryland, such as Sidwell Friends, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Field School, Sandy Springs Friends School, and Edmund Burke School to name a few.
7. Can parents observe a classroom before applying?
Yes, we welcome parents to come in and observe classes but ask that parents make an appointment first with the school office to schedule a visit. We also encourage parents to visit more than one class – including classes of students of different age levels – in order to gain a deeper understanding of our whole academic program at the school.
8. My child does not speak English, will this be an issue?
No, this is not an issue. We have many families who come to us from all parts of the world with children who do not speak English as their native tongue. Roughly 40 percent of our families are international and with over 25 years of experience, we are very skilled in educating children from other countries.
9. You are located in a church. Are you a religious school?
Although we are located in St. Johns Episcopal Church, we do not have a formal religious affiliation with the church. Instead, we are an independent, nonsectarian institution that teaches all world religions. We believe students of the 21st century should understand how different people express their spirituality, which Maria Montessori described as a fundamental human need.
10. Do you offer after-school enrichment classes or extra-curricular programs?
Yes, we offer a wide range of after-school enrichment classes – including instrumental music, dance, drama, Earth Keepers club, Peace Keepers club, and such intramural sports as soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. We also offer a special after-school program for seventh and eighth graders to help them prepare for life in high school and beyond.