Geneva Day School

Teaching is all in the family at Geneva Day School. Many parents have so enjoyed the place, they’ve later joined
the staff.

Take Director Suzanne Funk: Previously there as a parent, she came on as a teacher and now heads the Potomac preschool. “One of the unique aspects [of Geneva Day] is the staff and its connection to the school,” she says. Students’ relatives have “wanted to be here, too.”

That commitment—some teachers have been there for decades—perhaps explains why Bethesda Magazine readers voted Geneva Day the “Best Preschool” for the second year in a row. Established in 1965, the preschool offers an integrated, age-appropriate curriculum for children from age 2 through kindergarten, including development of social skills and outdoor experiences such as digging for earthworms, harvesting caterpillars and exploring a nearby creek.

Julie Fanburg, co-president of the Geneva Parents Association, says the staff’s dedication is evident from the moment she enters a classroom. “You walk in and see these tiny people totally engaged,” Fanburg says. “And it’s not just the kids [who are engaged], it’s the teachers.”

Tuition ranges from $2,644 for two half-day sessions per week to $13,833 for all-day classes and kindergarten.

11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, 301-340-7704,

Other Top Vote Getters: Beth El Preschool, The Maddux School, Bradley Hills Presbyterian, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Feynman School, Temple Beth Ami Nursery School, Bethesda Community School