Andrew Kutt, Founder and Head of Upper School
“[Our] families appreciate our community-based environment, balancing a college prep approach with attention to well-being, mental health and community building.”
6701 Wisconsin Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Oneness-Family Montessori High School
9411 Connecticut Ave.
Kensington, MD 20895
In the 34 years since Andrew Kutt founded Oneness-Family School (OFS), an innovative and diverse learning community for students in preschool through high school, he’s watched society succumb to the pressures of standardized testing, AP classes and SAT scores. With such emphasis placed on grade-point averages, test scores and college applications, “everyone has seemingly lost sight of the point of learning.”
“Learning how to learn is just as important as what you learn,” says Kutt. “Students are under an unprecedented amount of stress. OFS families appreciate our community-based environment, balancing a college prep approach with attention to well-being, mental health and community building. And our high school graduates have all gotten into the colleges of their choice.”
OFS students are empowered to be lifelong learners and confident, independent thinkers. Rooted in student-centered, interdisciplinary learning and personal growth, the school’s Montessori-inspired curriculum is designed to prepare students to meet the complex global challenges of the 21st century.
The school’s diverse community (over 60 nationalities) inherently broadens students’ perspectives. Its high school leadership program equips students to reach their full potential and contribute to a better world, fostering the importance of community service, collaboration, ethics, racial literacy and social justice.
Small class sizes (12-1 average student-teacher ratio) nurture strong, personal mentor relationships between teachers and students. OFS also values supporting parents, says Kutt.
“It warms my heart that lifelong friendships are forged at OFS,” says Kutt. “Many international families come back to Washington and visit us, and many students travel abroad to visit friends.”