Ten years ago, St. Patrick's began its first summer as a Horizons Greater Washington (HGW) member, working with students from a Washington, D.C. public elementary school. Part of a large national network that provides a summer-based intervention to help students from low-income families continue learning at a time when they might otherwise experience a decline in their academic development, Horizons Greater Washington provides an essential service through the power of a public-private partnership. St. Patrick's is proud to be an HGW member, along with fellow independent schools Maret and Norwood, and to offer this six-week program of academic and recreational activities.
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.
The rapid acceleration of the Whitehaven Campus driveway and sidewalk reconstruction project has closed access to the main Day School entrance. Fortunately, this disruption has occurred during the time period when the School Office is closed for the weeks of August 6 and August 13. However, if you are planning to meet any administrators or administrative staff on the Whitehaven Campus, please keep in touch with them so that they can help you gain access to the building. We continue to anticipate completion of the reconstruction project, which will resolve subsurface stormwater management issues, in time for the start of the new school year.
A lucky group of Summer at St. Patrick's students have been spending the week making their own books under the guidance of St. Patrick's librarian Jamila Felton. Beyond being an outstanding librarian, Ms. Felton is a poet and bookmaker. For two weeks this summer, she has been leading children on an exciting exploration of book arts and creative writing. Campers are learning elements of art and writing along with a variety of bookbinding techniques.
This week, campers are exploring abstract art in Art Is Alive, imagining, creating, sharing, and making beautiful books under Ms. Felton's direction! Enjoy a few photos of the campers in action in the library of our beautiful MacArthur Campus.
St. Patrick's is partnering with the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. to host a discussion about race.
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. view video
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.
interscholastic team sports: soccer, cross-country, basketball, track and 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.
2017-2018 Annual Fund
The Annual Fund is the Day School's philanthropic priority. We encourage all families to make a meaningful gift as we strive for 100% participation.