The Nysmith School

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Basic Information

Address: 13625 EDS Drive Herndon, VA
County: Fairfax
Phone Number: 703 713 3332
President: Ken Nysmith
School Type: Private

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Additional Information

Accreditation: NIPSA
Founded: 1984
Ages/Grades: 3 years - 8th Grade
School Setting:

Located just off Route 28 and the Dulles Toll Road, Nysmith is conveniently located on the boarder of Loudoun and Fairfax County

School Schedule: 8:30-3:00
School days in Calendar Year: 178
School Holidays: We follow Fairfax County Public Schools for most holidays
School Size: 650 students, 150 teachers and staff
Classroom Size: 18 Max
Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1


Financial Aid:

Up to 50% based on need

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

The Nysmith School stands out in Washington, DC, for its distinctive daily technology instruction, a feature that sets us apart from other schools. Our teams also make us proud by competing nationally virtually every year.

School Championships:

Our website's achievements page is a testament to our students' diverse talents. They have won National Awards in STEM and robotics, as well as in debate, history, geography, chess, and more, showcasing the breadth of our academic program.

School Clubs:

Nysmith offers over 65 afterschool clubs each week, including sports, academics, competitions, and fun social clubs.

Parking Spaces/Availability:

We have abundant parking

Uniform Guidelines:

Nysmith has a dress code, no uniform

Admissions Deadline: Rolling Admissions
Mission Statement:

We make a World-Class education a joy-filled experience

Philosophy/Belief Statement: We firmly believe that every child has value; each has a role in this world. Nysmith's goal is to help every child become the best version of themselves and to learn their potential
School History: Carole Nysmith, a teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools Gifted and Talented program, founded the Nysmith School. Carole loved teaching but realized that with 25-35 children in each of her classes, she could give each child the time and attention to help each of her students reach their potential. Carole began The Nysmith School to help every child reach their potential. She believed that making school fun was just as important as academics and that, in fact, challenging academics can be fun if presented in a hands-on, engaging lesson. Small classes with a maximum 1:9 ratio allow teachers to teach up to four grade levels above grade to inspire the children. The curriculum includes hands-on science and technology classes, foreign language, reading, and math classes differentiated up to four grade levels above grade to nurture and challenge intellectual curiosity. The school also has a unique and powerful character education/ communication program for kindergarten eighth grade that teaches social skills, how to find happiness, time management, life balance, and so much more to help the children internalize the skills they will need to not only survive in a rapidly changing world but to thrive. The school minimizes repetition both in class and as homework to help children enjoy life while developing the skills that they will need.
Notes/School Information:

If your child loves to learn, The Nysmith School will provide an environment unlike any other. They will have friends, they will learn to their potential, and they will love coming to school each day. We invite you to visit, talk with the children and teachers, and experience how we make a world-class education a joy-filled experience for every child.