Horizons Greater Washington students again enjoyed a summer full of learning, enrichment, and fun this year, their tenth here at St. Patrick's and the eleventh with St. Patrick's as a member of this public-private partnership. Horizons Greater Washington is a summer-based intervention intended to help students from low-income families continue learning at a time when they might otherwise experience a decline in their academic development. St. Patrick's enthusiastically hosted 128 rising Grade 1 to Grade 9 students from partner public school Bancroft Elementary in Mount Pleasant. Almost all of the students in the rising Grade 9 class have been attending Horizons since they were in Grade 1! Our Grade 9 class had a particularly exciting summer, as it culminated in their "graduation" from the Horizons program. Students received diplomas as well as gifts to mark the occasion. Click “Continue Reading” to find out more about the program and our dedicated faculty and staff who helped out this summer.
Exceptional Literacy is the intention and the destination of the educational journey at St. Patrick’s. It prepares each student to seek new knowledge, to fulfill a greater sense of personal responsibility, and to understand and communicate effectively with others. At the forefront of this effort are our talented and dedicated faculty and staff, working in close partnership with families to support each student.
Day School Counselor Julianne Reilly shares two excellent educational opportunities for parents. Both events are online offerings (one webinar and one livestream) by expert professionals in our area. If you want to learn more about how to support your child's executive functioning or support your child if s/he is experiencing some anxiety about school, click "Continue Reading"! Julianne helps spearhead Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) at St. Patrick’s, which reflects our determination to achieve wholeness in the school’s approach to education. Taking a proactive approach to teaching these important skills allows St. Patrick’s to contribute further to the health and well-being of our students.
St. Patrick's is proud to highlight its commitment to celebrating racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity with recent gatherings of three affinity groups. Click "Continuing Reading" to hear about the Club San Patricio and its upcoming event, a recap on the Parents of Black Students Association (PBSA) picnic in the park, and the Parents of Asian Students (PASIA) and Asian Students in Alliance (ASIA) kickoff event!
At our Opening Chapel for Students and Parents in Kindergarten to Grade 8, we celebrated the new school year and learned about this year's chapel theme, "Growing Together in Love." Prior to chapel, and following the example of poet Kwame Alexander, Librarian Jamila Felton and Day School Chaplain the Rev. Jenifer Gamber created a crowd-sourced poem by reaching out to each Kindergarten to Grade 5 homeroom and each Grades 6 to 8 advisory to submit a three-line poem based on the prompt "Love Is." The poem, based on the collected words of our community, was read at Opening Chapel. Click "Continue Reading" to view the poem.
Play-Based Learning in the Nursery School
The intentional, deliberate, and provocative use of play in our Nursery School invites the young child to construct meaning in the present and orients that child to a future of intellectual and academic engagement and success.
The Heart of St. Patrick's: Faculty Spotlight
St. Patrick's prides itself on a talented and dedicated cadre of faculty and staff who care deeply about the well-being of each student and possess the skills and experience to support a variety of learning styles. view video
Why St. Patrick's?
Parents and students share meaningful experiences as members of the St. Patrick's community.
students in three divisions: Nursery School, Lower School, and Upper School.
years of Spanish instruction for students beginning in PK.
overnight field trips beginning in Grade 4 and culminating in Grade 8.
18 interscholastic teams in sports that include soccer, cross country, basketball, track & field, and lacrosse.
art studios and three full-time art faculty for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8.
musical ensembles including Orff, recorder, handbells, and choirs for students in Grades 4 through 8.
school pets, including 2 guinea pigs , 3 fish tanks housing 17 total fish, hundreds of composting worms, and one snake.
years combined experience in placing students among the members of our Secondary school outplacement team
We encourage our students to extend their fascination with the world, to gain confidence about their roles in the world, and to understand the world more fully through others.