The Sycamore School
To cultivate engaged, independent lifelong learners who can think critically and apply their knowledge to real-world experiences in order to achieve personal success and contribute positively to their community.
To provide a dynamic, nurturing and personalized education that inspires a passion for learning, self-discovery and connection to the community.
Description of School:
The Sycamore School is an independent non-profit secondary school in Arlington, Virginia serving middle and high school students. We provide personalized, engaging and experiential learning, helping students make connections across content areas and to the real world. Our inaugural class serves 6-8th grades and we will expand with our students through 12th grade. We’re intentionally small and will cap enrollment at 24 students our first year and expand to 90 students in middle school and 120 students in high school by 2023. The Sycamore School is located at the Arlington Center 4600 N. Fairfax Drive Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22203.
We offer middle and high school students a different type of learning community that actively engages students through providing:
The Sycamore School integrates academic development, social and emotional learning, and civic engagement. We create a meaningful learning process, whereby teachers personalize instruction according to students’ interests, needs, and aptitudes. Teaching focuses on cultivating transferable skills in students that apply to various jobs or tasks across settings, such as effective communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. We want to partner with parents and the community to design experiences in and outside the classroom.
Our target population of students includes:
Our goal is to provide high-quality personalized, inquiry-based experiential learning to a cross-section of students. Thirty percent of our applicants qualify for need-based financial aid. To date, we have provided over $40,000 in need-based scholarships. We can accommodate students who have a specific learning disability, ADHD and social skills deficits. However, we are not a school specifically for students with learning struggles. We intentionally want to attract a cross section of students who reflect the diversity that is present in our larger population.
The Sycamore School
To cultivate engaged, independent lifelong learners who can think critically and apply their knowledge to real-world experiences in order to achieve personal success and contribute positively to…