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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 a virtual Open House. Families receive an overview of the school from our principal and have a chance to virtually meet SWS faculty, staff, and parents and hear more about SWS and the Reggio Emilia program.

Open Houses for 2022-2023 School Year

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Friday, February 18, 2022, 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 zoom info.

*Please note: SWS @Goding is undergoing renovation, which started in January 2021 and is ongoing through the school year 2021-22. The temporary location is a modular campus behind Phelps ACE High School, located at 810 26th Street NE. The renovated SWS building at 920 F Street NE is scheduled to reopen in August 2022 in time for the start of the 2022-2023 School Year.*

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.