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 2020-21

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Saturday, February 13, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Friday, February 26, 2021, 9:00 am – 10:15 am

RSVP for Open Houses here. You will receive an email two days prior to the Open House with the Meeting ID.

*Please note: SWS @Goding will be undergoing renovation beginning January 2021 through the school year 2021-22. The temporary location is a modular campus behind Phelps ACE High School (704 26th St., NE).*
Tours are generally limited to open house days (or Educators’ Open Houses), but we are happy to answer questions. For more information, please contact Liz Brunell Bailey, our Recruitment Committee Co-Chair.

Enrolling Your Child at SWS

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