Entering its 86th year, Green Acres School is among the nation’s foremost—and one of the area’s original—progressive schools. Founder Alice Mendham Powell believed that education was the engine of social change, and so she set out to build a school that would give children a voice, empower them to think critically and inventively about real-world problems, and equip them with the skills they need to participate fully in democracy. This legacy of engaged citizenship and academic excellence continues today at Green Acres and is bolstered by the School’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, social justice, service learning, and environmental stewardship.
Green Acres graduates find success in high school, college and beyond, using their solid intellectual foundation, creativity, and strong ethical framework to emerge as leaders in a wide variety of disciplines.
Located on 15 wooded acres in North Bethesda, learning at Green Acres extends into an oasis of pristine forest, outdoor pathways, gardens, and streams—particularly advantageous for STEAM learning across all divisions—as well as playgrounds and athletic fields. Green Acres was named a MAEOE Maryland Green School in 2015 and 2019; the campus also features a greenhouse.
To learn more, go to www.greenacres.org/visit.
Grades: Age 3 – Grade 8
Gender: Gender Inclusive
Total number of students: 168
Average class size: 11
Student/teacher ratio: 7:1
Religious affiliation: None
Grade foreign language first offered: Pre-K
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition for 5-day students:
$16,350 (Half-day Pre-K)
$35,000 (1st grade)
$39,890 (2nd–8th grade)
Annual tuition for grade 12: N/A
Students receiving financial aid: 48%
Bus transportation: Yes
Teacher retention rate: 90%
Interscholastic sports (middle): Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Softball
Number of art studios: 3
Theater productions per year: Multiple
Music ensembles: Middle school vocal & instrumental ensemble; 4th grade chorus