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  • Why
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Our students are confident in their own voice, courageous in their pursuit of excellence, and committed to leaving the world better than they found it. Our teachers are passionate and talented, focused on uncovering and unlocking the unique gifts of their students. Through these dynamic relationships, students are able to think, to write, and to speak with purpose and fearlessness. 

Our graduates enter the world ready to be leaders in the wide range of endeavors they pursue, whether as world-class professors, notable lawmakers, renowned journalists, humanitarian activists, award-winning filmmakers, decorated veterans, or ground-breaking entrepreneurs.

A GDS Student Will...

These skills, as we have defined them, will foster in our students both the will and capacity to change the world in ways that each generation is called to do.

GDS's Digital Viewbook

GDS's Digital Viewbook
Map of where GDS students have matriculated

Matriculation Map

When GDS students begin the college search process, many are undecided about their future—both in terms of what they want in a college experience as well as what they want to study. It is a testament to our students’ sense of adventure and their open minds that their college choices reflect the diversity of their class in every sense of the word. View the Map »


How many students are enrolled at GDS?

Our vibrant community is comprised of 1,075 students, 575 in our Lower/Middle School and 500 in our High School.

What is the student-teacher ratio?

Student-teacher relationships are critical at GDS. To that end, we ensure that each of our students is supported through smaller classroom models and is offered plenty of time for one-on-one interaction.
  • Lower School: 6:1
  • Middle School: 7:1
  • High School: 8:1

In what grades does GDS admit new students?

Our main entry grades are Prekindergarten, K, 4th, 6th, and 9th. In addition to our entry years, we expand enrollment slightly in 1st grade and 3rd grade. Students may be admitted into non-entry grades if space is available.

Do students wear uniforms at GDS?

The GDS dress code is informal, and intentionally so. We believe that students do their best work when they feel free to express themselves whether it be in classroom learning or in what they choose to wear to school.

Where is GDS located?

Currently, GDS spans two campuses:
Lower/Middle School Campus (until June 2019) — Pre-K-8th Grades
4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW
Washington, DC 20007
High School Campus — 9th-12th Grades
4200 Davenport Street, NW Washington,
DC 20016
Starting in the fall of 2020, our three divisions will come together on one campus at the Davenport Street location.

What are the hours of the school day?

In our Lower/Middle School, the school day runs from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
In our High School, the school day runs from 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Does GDS offer transportation?

Providing safe, affordable transportation to our families is critical to creating a supportive educational environment. GDS has a number of bus routes and more routes will be added as our new LMS campus is built. Learn more about GDS transportation »

Does GDS offer extended day programs?

Yes! Our extended day program provides a space before and after school where LMS students can build community among their peers, participate in classes that extend and complement their school day, and engage in activities which deepen their understanding of self and the world around them.

Our free Early Grasshopper Program operates daily at the LMS from 7:00–7:50 a.m. GDS 360 operates daily at the LMS from the end of classes until 6:00 p.m., including Wednesdays when school end an hour early. GDS 360+30 provides care until 6:30 p.m.