Every year, Parkmont takes academic trips and adventure trips, around the city and around our globe.

The Internship Program

Upper School students spend six hours per week getting real work experience at internship sites.

The Parkmont Poetry Festival

Celebrating the words of our youth!  The 35th Annual Poetry Festival will be held on April 29, 2017.

Individualized Learning

Parkmont features small classes, connections with teachers, a simplified school day, and individualized learning.

The World is our Classroom

Parkmont students learn out in the world--on mountain tops, at city museums, at local internship sites.

Learning Made Fun

Fostering Individual Growth and Enthusiasm for Learning

Parkmont Launches New Poetry Reading Series

For 35 years, the school has sponsored the Parkmont Poetry Festival, which is the culmination of an annual poetry contest among the District’s middle school and high school students. In D.C., Parkmont means Poetry.

In this tradition of being a friend to poetry, Parkmont is opening its doors to all poetry lovers of D.C.’s metro area by hosting a poetry reading series. The event is free, and an open mic will precede the readings.

Come to Parkmont on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7 p.m. and hear two fine Washington, D.C. poets: Joseph Ross and Michael Gushue

Joseph Ross is the author of three books of poetry, Ache (forthcoming, 2017), Gospel of Dust (2013), and Meeting Bone Man (2012). His poems have appeared in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Poet Lore, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.

from “Immigrants” (Ache)

No one loves
a border.

Closed roses,
an open fist.

We live on one side
or the other

of every ache.

Michael Gushue is co-founder with Dan Vera of Poetry Mutual Press. He co-curates the intermittent reading series Poetry at the Watergate with Deborah Ager. His chapbooks are Pachinko Mouth (2013), Conrad (2010), and Gathering Down Women (2007).

from “The Ghost Nebula” (Beltway Quarterly Poetry)

                  . . . every
word is a bullet of vibration and
music can swim toward us, weeping

Parkmont School is located at: 4842 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011. For further information, contact:

Passing Notes

We are pleased to publish Parkmont School's Passing Notes from Sessions 1 & 2. 

Please take a look and enjoy!

Heading into the Holidays

Our Upper School students had a wonderful treat this week when they got to go to the movies with their Reading Groups.

Willa's and Ron's reading groups went to see Loving, which was tied to their respective Reading Group themes of race and historic events.  Bridget's mythology and storytelling Reading Group went to see Fantastic Beasts (the new Harry Potter installment.)  Nijole's language Reading Group went to see Arrival.  The various groups went to Silver Spring and Georgetown to see their films.

The afternoon was a great change of pace, and the students had a vey relaxing time, that was followed by very interesting film discussions in their classes afterwards. 

Students last day is Wednesday, December 21st. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday break!

The World Needs Your Novel!

In the Middle School this past month, students in Nijole and Willa's English classes have been taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.)

Young Writers Program started the NaNoWriMo project, believing in "the transformational power of creativity." "The World Needs Your Novel" is their motto.  Students set their own writing goals for the month.  Their monthly goals ranged from 5,000 words to 11,000 words, and they establish nightly goals within that, putting their pen to paper daily. 

Field Day

Parkmont Students departed campus on Tuesday afternoon for a fun, community-building Field Day.

The afternoon was organized by Bridget and was a huge success.  Middle School and Upper School students participated in a variey of fun challenges, including a Three-Legged Race, Chicken Relay (involving holding tennis balls between your knees), Egg Toss, Silent Art Race (acting out pictures), and Spoon and Egg Relay.

This was followed by a full-school Capture the Flag Game.  The group played two rounds based on advisory group.  The games were a great way to learn about sportsmanship and athletic competition.

Read more posts on our Happenings page.