9525 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

Website: http://www.dechantal.org
Email: ehamilton@dechantal.org
Phone: 301-530-1221

Founded in 1953, St. Jane de Chantal Catholic School is a Christ-Centered educational community with more than 350 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Committed to meeting the individual needs of students through a flexible and innovative curriculum, De Chantal has twice earned the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award given by the U.S. Department of Education.

“We’re like a family and strive to be a home away from home for our students,” says Principal Elizabeth Hamilton. “Our teachers are all friends and work well together, which trickles down. Most of us have children and grandchildren of our own and treat our students as such, with kindness while still holding them accountable.”

De Chantal faculty seeks to provide an environment rooted in tradition that is academically challenging, emotionally nurturing and spiritually grounded in the Gospel message. “Though we are ever-evolving, we’ve held on to the traditions that built this school,” says Hamilton, whose children and grandchildren attended the school as she did. Students are inspired to embrace opportunities to develop a positive self-image, leadership skills, and a sense of responsibility towards school, parish and community. The school prioritizes giving, says Hamilton, and engages in many charitable ventures, including food drives and shoeboxes filled with goods for the homeless.

De Chantal students are privy to such a unique and positive experience that many have returned to teach, says Hamilton. “We currently have four teachers who went here; it’s quite telling that they want to come back and continue the tradition.”