The Sycamore School in Arlington, Virginia cultivates intellectual curiosity, independent thought, and a love of learning. We can help transform how your child experiences education.
Our Three Roots
Why The Sycamore School?
We provide a nurturing middle and high school experience.
The middle & high school years are a pivotal, predictive, and possibly life-altering stage of development.
We develop leaders, thinkers, and feelers, not just survivors.
Traditional practices force students into one way of learning and thinking, producing a winner/loser system.
We foster a love of learning and encourage curiosity.
Conventional education is focused on standardized tests, rigid standards and forced acceleration that diminishes curiosity and the desire to learn.
Our approach minimizes stress and focuses on character.
Conventional education can create excessive stress and undermine individual development of character, connection to the community, and compassion.
TSS provides the tools and opportunities to reignite your child’s desire to learn.
TSS At A Glance
“What a genuine relief it has been for us to have our middle school-age children at The Sycamore School (TSS), a place that knows this age and celebrates it. A place that understands the challenges middle school presents and supports the journey. And I mean that for both the students and their parents.”
“The experiential, mastery-based teaching style suits students like my daughter – bright students who thrive on student choice and high expectations when they are given agency to chart their own path. Rather than rote memorization in separate subjects like history, geography, and English, students explore through project-based learning.”
“Not only has being at TSS ended the fights over homework and the tears of not understanding a topic and feeling stupid, but it has made my daughter excited about going to school every day and optimistic about her future.”
“As a parent of two TSS students, with a combined six years at TSS, I have consistently been able to trust The Sycamore School to teach my children the skills they need to master the content and thrive in and out of the classroom. Due to the amazing student-teacher ratio, I can trust that if my child is excelling, he will be challenged; and if my child is struggling academically, he will receive support and individualized attention. He will not be able to fly under the radar, and he will not be pressured to perform in ways that he cannot yet.”