Credit: Stephanie Williams

“We want all our students to grow in mind and spirit and feel they are known and loved.”

9525 Old Georgetown Road 

Bethesda, MD 20817



St. Jane de Chantal Catholic School is where memories are made. 

De Chantal began in 1953 with 49 kindergarteners and first-graders attending classes in a Bethesda farmhouse. Now, the school, a faith-centered educational community with nearly 400 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, has many third-generation students walking its halls — and former students returning to teach. 

“De Chantal’s heartbeat is in its community, and our community-focused traditions are what bind us,” says Principal Elizabeth Hamilton, one of the school’s earliest students. “We foster a warm and welcoming environment where families know one another. Our campus is an inclusive space where all students can feel safe. And our supportive community enables each child to develop a positive self-image, leadership skills and a sense of responsibility toward school, parish and community.” 


Committed to meeting students’ individual needs through a flexible and innovative curriculum, De Chantal has twice received the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award from the U.S. Department of Education. Small class sizes allow teachers to forge deep connections with students and trusted partnerships with parents.

With faith as a constant guide, De Chantal lays the foundation for future success by supporting and nurturing all areas of students’ development and learning—from social-emotional and cognitive skills to literacy, math and science, to a passion for the creative fine arts. Though ever-evolving, Hamilton says the school is committed to staying true to the traditions it was built on. 

“We want all our students to grow in mind and spirit and feel they are known and loved,” she says.