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Green Acres School
11701 Danville Drive    
North Bethesda, Maryland  20852  
Private/Independent School
Coed Day pre-k 8 277 students


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  • Coeducational day school with 245 students Age 3 through Grade 8 
  • Pioneer in progressive education, founded in 1934 
  • School hours 
    • 8:15 AM – 3:00 PM each day
    • Extended Day Program available to all students until 6 PM with a drop-in option 
  • Small classes 
    • average instructional group size: 12 students 
    • average grade size: 30 students 
  • Dedicated and experienced faculty and staff 
    • 47 total faculty members 
    • 60% of faculty have graduate degrees 
    • 34% of faculty have taught at Green Acres for 10 years or more  
    • 64% of faculty and staff are parents of current or former Green Acres students 
  • Commitment to diversity
    • Green Acres was the first racially integrated school in Montgomery County, from the date of our founding 
    • more than 30% of current student body represents racial, international, and ethnic diversity 
    • 36% of faculty and staff members are people of color or represent international diversity
    • Green Acres welcomes and promotes all forms of diversity within its teaching and administrative staff, students, and families.
    • Green Acres encourages diversity in its hiring and admission. Active groups focused on diversity include the Board Diversity Committee, Staff Diversity Committee, SEED group for staff and SEED group for parents.
    • The ever-evolving Diversity Curriculum reflects the school's commitment to honoring diversity in the curriculum.
  • Outstanding and unmatched progressive curriculum 
    • teaching based on research about the ways children learn best 
    • growth and development supported in all areas–academic, social, emotional, creative, and physical 
    • challenging academics integrated with vibrant arts, athletics, and technology 
    • coursework reinforced with in-depth projects, hands-on experiments, and frequent student productions 
    • students participate actively in the learning process 
    • outdoor learning held on campus in fields, woods, stream, and natural amphitheater 
    • PE provided four times per week 
    • service to others and to the community is integrated into the curriculum 
    • programs enriched with frequent field trips (overnight experiences for Grades 4 to 8) 
    • outdoor play and recess twice a day for Grades Pre-K to 4; recess and outdoor lunch option for Grades 5 to 8 
  • After school programs 
    • interscholastic after-school sports for Grades 5 to 8 with a no-cut policy 
    • after-school enrichment program offers variety of options throughout the year 
  • 15 acres of beautiful woods and fields in a quiet residential neighborhood 
    • classes held indoors and outside 
    • six classroom buildings include four science rooms, two music rooms, two art/ceramics rooms, a 25,000-volume library, large gym, photo lab, teaching kitchen, and gathering spaces for different grade groupings 
    • five themed playgrounds 
    • campus athletic fields, woods, stream, natural amphitheater, and gardens provide outdoor learning experiences 
  • Well-prepared graduates 
    • more than 90% offered admission to one of their top two high school choices
    • recognized by high school faculty for strong academic skills, intrinsic interest in learning, leadership abilities, and uncommon maturity and vision 
    • often characterized as well-rounded, intellectually inspired, confident problem solvers who can stand up to peer pressure and advocate effectively for themselves and others 
    • compete successfully for top college placement
  • Strong sense of community 
    • families from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia 
    • active and inclusive parents’ association, volunteer activities, parent education, and family fun events planned throughout the school year 
  • Commitment to financial aid assistance 
    • approximately 24% of students receive financial aid 
    • work closely with families to provide as much assistance as possible 
  • Bus transportation offered for all grades
  • Accreditation
    • Association of Independent Maryland/DC Schools (AIMS MD/DC)
  • Memberships
    • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
    • Independent Education (IE) (formerly AISGW)
    • Progressive Education Network (PEN)
    • The Black Student Fund 
    • The Latino Student Fund
    • Capital Area Progressive Schools (CAPS)

Diversity Mission Statement