Visit & Apply

1. Visit

We welcome prospective parents to learn about our play-based, parent-participatory program, peek into classrooms in-session, explore our nature-based playground, and have the opportunity to discuss our program at length.

Our Open House season has past but we will be offering mini Info Sessions and Tours beginning mid-March to families applying for the 2018-19 school year.  During these sessions you’ll have the opportunity to learning about our programs and tour the school.  All sessions are from 10 – 11am.  Please choose from the following:

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Register for An Open House


2. Apply

The deadline to apply for the 2018-19 school year has passed, however we are still accepting applications on a rolling basis as space is limited.   If you are interested in applying to the school, please submit an application, along with a $75 non-refundable application fee. Although not mandatory, we strongly encourage that all families applying to SSDS first visit the school.

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Review and Selection

As a Maryland State Department of Education approved school that relies on parent participation, our admission committee considers each application to determine which families best demonstrate their understanding of not only the philosophy of our approach to education but also the needs of our school.

SSDS Is An All Inclusive School

Silver Spring Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic status, or learning differences in its admission process.

Play & Participation

Benefits of Learning Through Play

Since 1971, we have offered a stimulating preschool experience designed to develop self-esteem, independence, and social awareness in a play-centered environment.  We base our teaching philosophy on Jean Piaget’s theory of child development – young children are active learners and they need to manipulate and explore their world and then share their discoveries with friends and caring adults. At SSDS we provide the opportunity for these kinds of real life experiences, offering an atmosphere that allows children to learn at their own pace.

Parent Participation

At Silver Spring Day School the spirit of cooperation and community make it a special place for all. Parents who are actively involved also become part of the school’s strong surrounding community. Children benefit because parental involvement shows them that their school is valuable and important. A participatory school offers parents the opportunity to become personally engaged in their children’s education by helping in the classroom, determining the direction of the school, addressing issues of concern, and implementing change.

  • In-Classroom Participation SSDS offers parents the option to participate in their child’s classroom twelve times per school year.  It is the parents’ role to assist the two teachers throughout the day, engaging in activities such as:  reading books, craft projects, outdoor games, circle time, and other class related tasks.  For parents who cannot fulfill in-classroom participation responsibilities, SSDS offers both half and non participation spaces.  Parents who do not participate in the classroom are a welcome addition to our community and have other duties and responsibilities.  SSDS depends on all of its parents to be committed to the growth and spirit of our school.
  • Parent Jobs All families, regardless of classroom participation status, are assigned one job for each child enrolled in the school.  Whether sharing a passion, a specific skill or just being a reliable member of the SSDS community, parents support the school and are a large part of what makes the SSDS community so unique. Read more about parent jobs here.

Still have questions? Call the admin office at 301-593-6581 or send us an email.