Change the Course of Your Child's Future

Some students will succeed at almost any school. We are not for those students.

The World is Our Classroom

Field trips, on-site learning and real-world internships. We turn the world into a classroom.

The Parkmont Program

Our day isn't like a day at other schools. It's more focused, less pressured, and more interactive.

Parkmont Poetry Festival

The Parkmont Poetry Festival celebrates its 33rd year of showcasing the poetry and voices of D.C. area youth on May 2nd.

Academic Intrigue at Parkmont

You probably know about Parkmont's unique Main Lesson program--where students take one core subject for two hours a day for seven weeks at a time, and then switch to a new Main Lesson. Students take this Main Lesson course alongside a math class, an English class, an advisory session, and an Afternoon Class (extracurricular sports, art, media, and more.)

Not only does taking a Main Lesson give more students more time in a particular subject area (and less homework overall), BUT, it also allows them to get more in depth in the materials, having more time to engage in projects, field trips, and conversation.

In Session One this fall, we have five Main Lesson offerings in the Upper School, and two in the Middle School.  The Upper School options include: Computer Science, Genetics and Evolution, Capitalism, Speech and Debate, and U.S. Government.  In the Middle School, the Main Lessons include Scientific Discoveries, and U.S. History: The American Revolution & the Civil War.

What will be happening in that Capitalism class, you wonder?! They will study the economic system in which private owners compete for profit. They will learn about basic economic theory and regularly discuss society's future, technology, and more. AND, they will participate in two session-long games: a stock market simulator and a class comptetion called "The Jungle!" Stay tuned for photos and updates in later blogs.  

Back to School Information!

We are excited to start the 2016-17 school year!  For new families, please know that you will receive many emails regarding school information from us throughout the year.  Sometimes, we will request a confirmation email so we know you got the information.  If we don't hear back from you via email, someone from the school will usually follow up with a phone call. Parents can always feel free to email us about general school questions.

Once school begins, you will receive the name and contact information for your student's advisor.  He or she will be your primary point of contact regarding academic questions specific to your child.

Here are some important scheduling reminders:

Parkmont Poetry Festival Video

Please enjoy this new video that explains the Parkmont Poetry Festival.

Parkmont's 34th Annual Poetry Festival

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the 34th Parkmont Poetry Festival was held, this year in the Sidwell Friends School meeting house.

Each year, 40 D.C. student winners are selected by four poet judges from among hundreds of entries from all 8 wards of the District.  Eleven D.C. schools (public, private, and charter) had winners in 2016.   We enjoyed a lovely and inspiring afternoon listening to the young poets read their works.   

Thank you to all the many teachers across Washington who participate, and a particular thanks to the students, who share with us their hopes and dreams and fears. Your poetry amazes us.

New Year

I'm skating into the new year.

I drove out of the last year.

I am leaving behind fights, arguments

Session Five Main Lessons

We began our final session for the year this week: Session 5.  Students came back refreshed from spring break, and were ready for their new classes.  

Read more posts on our Happenings page.