Oneness-Family School provides the distinctive, cross-curricular advantages of Montessori education during the most important years of a child's development--from Preschool to High School. At Oneness, located in Chevy Chase, MD, children learn about the world from understanding their part in it: The toddler orbits a toy globe around a candle-sun to mark a birthday while the eighth grader builds consensus to solve international development problems at the Montessori Model United Nations in New York. Robust creative and critical thinking, focus and sustained attention, self-motivation, and keen social and emotional intelligence are among the lifelong benefits of an OFS education.
Graduates excel academically and socially in the years after Oneness, at competitive schools and universities in the U.S. and around the world. OFS offers the only Montessori Middle School program in the Washington, DC, area, supporting young teens to hone their cognitive skills in preparation for college while sustaining their emotional well-being during the development of their core social identity and integration into the wider fabric of society.
The OFS learning experience is proficiency-based so that each child masters subjects at his or her own pace while meeting or, in most cases, exceeding grade levels. Low student-teacher ratio, individual and small-group instruction, and a collaborative approach in multi-age classrooms support flexibility within structure. The curriculum features strong academics, foreign languages, the arts, physical fitness, cultural studies, conflict resolution, and mindfulness through progressive learning devices that are student centric.
Safe, comfortable classrooms with the full range of Montessori learning materials support young children's curiosity, discovery, and deep absorption in activities that educate. Celebrations of friendship, kindness, and respect nurture their understanding of what it means to care for one another.
Elementary School/Grades 1-5
Students master increasingly advanced academics and gain confidence and skill in written, verbal, and artistic self-expression with the personalized support of teachers. They build independence and responsibility by tracking academic effort and progress through Daily Work Plans and checklists. Conflict resolution and mindfulness practices grow their social and emotional skills.
Middle School/Grades 6-8
Students hone their critical and analytic thinking skills in independent research projects and strengthen communication skills using collaboration, creativity, and presentations in group work. Leading meetings, performing community service and internships, and representing the school on public occasions connect them to their maturing roles in society and the meaningful impact of engagement and leadership.