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The mission of School Within School is to support and develop children’s potential through a uniquely child-centered, collaborative learning environment. SWS was founded in 1995 by teachers who sought to apply the principles of the Reggio-Emilia approach to early childhood education. The SWS Reggio-inspired program is a project-based approach to education which enables children to influence the direction of their learning. The project approach allows us to use the Common Core State Standard as a framework for delving deeper into long-term learning experiences.

Visiting SWS

If you are interested in enrolling your child at SWS, we encourage you to join us for an Open House. Families receive a tour of the school and have a chance to meet SWS faculty, staff, and parents and hear more about SWS and the Reggio Emilia program.

Open Houses for 2016-2017

Wednesday, November 9th, 9:30-11:00 AM
Saturday, January 28th, 10:00-11:30 AM
Thursday, March 2nd, 6:00-7:30 PM

Tours are generally limited to open house days (or Educators’ Open Houses), but we are happy to answer questions. Please contact one of our Recruitment Committee Co-Chair, Caroline Alder Pierson, for more information.

Enrolling Your Child at SWS

As a city-wide school, all openings at SWS are allocated through the DCPS lottery through My School DC.