Oneness-Family School was our support network from the very first day of school.
With two campuses in Chevy Chase and Kensington, Maryland, Oneness-Family School has served families who value student-centered learning and personal growth alongside a rigorous curriculum for 35 years. At Oneness-Family School, we champion academic, social, and emotional skills to prepare every student for life, not just for school.
For students age two through 12th grade, our learning program combines a traditional Montessori curriculum emphasizing mindfulness, social-emotional development, and leadership skills. We teach students to be compassionate and courageous world citizens with an enduring love of learning.
What is Montessori?
Montessori education provides a child-centered approach that fosters self-directed learning, independence, and holistic development. With mixed-age classrooms and personalized guidance, students engage in hands-on activities, peer learning, and critical thinking, cultivating a love for learning and preparing them for future success.
Hands-on, student-led, and interdisciplinary learning in traditional core academics, STEM, the arts, languages, civics, conflict resolution, and community service foster nimble and collaborative thinkers, creators, builders, and leaders.
Our Montessori developmentally-appropriate approach to learning meets the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students at every age and stage, from age 2 through grade 12.
Our small class sizes and student-centered teaching for all grade levels contribute to high academic achievement and social-emotional development as a solid foundation for future success.
Our emphasis on character development and individual potential cultivates good people – not just good students. Whatever paths OFS students choose after graduation, they’re poised to contribute and lead.
Diversity & Inclusion
Our intentionally diverse community expands the horizons and capacities of every student, empowering all learners to thrive in a diverse and rapidly-changing world.
Our "preschool through high school" model offers an opportunity for continuity and belonging, contributing to the close-knit community that helps students flourish.
Before coming to Oneness I was in an environment where we had to sit at desks and the teachers would come around criticizing our work. She would remark, “It’s too dark.” “It's too small and your spelling is wrong.”
During my time at Oneness, I have learned how to be a successful student, the importance of connection, and to be willing to push myself out of my comfort zone. I have also learned that I am brave enough to speak up when needed.
I think the biggest lesson I took from Oneness-Family School is the importance of remaining grounded.
The global perspective that grounded everything I learned at Oneness was so important in instilling cultural and inclusive understandings in me that I still embrace today.
My best memories from Oneness are all the trips and travels where we enjoyed getting to learn outside the traditional educational setting.
Even though it has been more than seven years since I attended Oneness, I have maintained a lifelong relationship with teachers and students.
One of my main main takeaways from Oneness was developing a true curiosity about life and love for discovery.
My favorite aspect of OFS was the emphasis on mindfulness.
Oneness had an idea and sense of kindness and fairness which I have yet to experience again, and it was exactly what I missed the most at my new school.
My favorite memory of OFS is probably all of the different teachers I had over the years.
Thinking back to what I learned at Oneness, I can see how my experiences there shaped how I approach my work and relationships of all kinds.
Students at Oneness are taught that the world is much larger than it appears, but that we have the ability to love and create positive ripples in the lives of others.
At Oneness, I learned to believe in myself—that if something seems impossible, if you stay with it, you will eventually succeed.
Oneness taught me among a million other things, to love other people by default; to love our differences and individual contributions.
Learning about global, cultural, and religious connections to Mother Earth, as well as our current impact on the planet, has had a profound impact on me.
My time at Oneness taught me creativity, leadership, authenticity, community, and global thinking.
One of the only reasons I am able to travel alone and find long lasting friendships and happiness in each of these places is because of the understanding of community I learnt from Oneness.