Every fall at Geneva Day School, young students study small, worm-like creatures of black, yellow and white stripes, which devour succulent, green milkweed. These tiny caterpillars, soon set to molt and grow so as to weave their jade-colored chrysalises and later emerge as adult butterflies, serve not only as the school’s mascot, but also as a poignant reminder of how much students are like Monarch butterflies.
Enriching class experiences include specialized music, art, mindful exercises and environmental education. Collaboration with parents identifies students’ individual strengths and needs. “By enjoying our innovative playground and our invigorating gardens and inspiring nearby creek, children discover nature and assume environmental stewardship,” says Director Suzanne Funk.
For 54 years, Geneva has withstood the test of time as a private preschool and kindergarten program. Successes are evident in graduates who are well prepared for their next school placements, alumni who return to volunteer or work as summer camp counselors, and adult graduates who enroll their own children. Over a third of staff began their affiliation with Geneva as parents, with the average length of service at just over 11 years.
Bethesda Magazine’s readers have three times awarded Geneva a “Best of Bethesda” distinction, just as the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education has three times designated Geneva as a Green School.
Just as young caterpillars pass through stages of development before metamorphosing as adults, Geneva students also grow and mature as they embrace a “lifelong love of learning.”
“Please feel free to schedule a personal tour of the school to learn how Geneva may provide an excellent education experience for your own children,” invites Director Funk.