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The Middle School at GDS, Grades 6–8
In the Middle School, teachers encourage independent thought and individual expression within a framework of consideration for others and respect for community rules. Learning takes place in a comfortable, orderly atmosphere where students develop productive relationships with their teachers and peers. Projects such as the consumer science fair, on-site studies of the Chesapeake Bay, and a two-month study of Constitutional issues, which include personal interviews with national experts, make ample use of the students’ developing intellectual and physical vigor. Challenges in studio and performing arts, physical education, modern and classical languages, and more advanced math and science studies stretch them as well. Activities such as community service, student council, intramural and interscholastic sports, and theater productions play an important role in helping students develop a sense of responsibility and teamwork and in generating a strong community identity.
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Lower School 2014 Passover Assembly Photos
Hopper Express AM & Hop2It PM Bus Service
Do you drive from the High School (or Tenleytown area) to the Lower/Middle School every day and want to make the morning drive easier on yourself? Do you have a child at both the High School and Lower/Middle School and don't want to drive to both campuses every morning? Then ride the Hopper Express or Hop2It! Bus service registration is available online.

Questions about the operations of the Hopper Express and Hop2It bus service should be directed to Chris France in the Transportation Office at cfrance@gds.org. Questions regarding billing for the Hopper Express should be directed to Gregory Henderson at ghenderson@gds.org.

Hopper Express and Hop2It Bus Service
In our continuing effort to be environmentally responsible and to make life a little easier for our families, GDS is pleased to offer transportation from the High School to the Lower Middle School in the mornings only and Hop2It bus service in the afternoons to the Bethesda Pool only. Both bus services include year-long registration and are contingent upon a minimum number of participants. For your child's safety, ONCE THE BUS PULLS AWAY FROM THE CURB, IT WILL NOT STOP TO PICK UP PASSENGERS. This is for the safety of your children. There is no trial period for participation and you will be billed after your child’s first ride. Both fees are flat fees regardless of the number of rides. Financial aid is offered for the Hopper Express but not for Hop2It.

Hopper Express
The Hopper Express departs the High School at 7:30 a.m. sharp each morning when GDS is in session. The bus leaves from 42nd Street, outside the glass double doors at the High School. Hopper Express Kiss and Ride parking spaces are available until 7:45 am for parents dropping off their L/MS students. Please park in designated parking spots in the parking lot rather than on the street, which creates additional traffic congestion. The cost to ride the Hopper Express is $250 for the year.

Hop2It
The Hop2It afternoon bus services runs from the LMS "Lower Lot" to the lower parking lot at the Bethesda Pool (6300 Little Falls Road) on days when GDS is in session with a regular dismissal time. The bus will depart the LMS at 3:40 p.m. (2:40 p.m. Wednesdays) and is estimated to arrive at the Bethesda Pool at 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. Wednesdays) depending on traffic. Parents or another authorized adult must be present to pick up the child from the Bethesda Pool. If a child has not been picked up by 4:10 p.m. (3:10 p.m. on Wednesdays) he/she will be brought back to the LMS, arriving at approximately 4:45 p.m. (3:45 p.m. on Wednesdays). Parents will be given a 15-minute window from the time the bus returns to GDS before their child(ren) are enrolled in ASP or SSEGWay as a drop-in. Unfortunately, due to logistical difficulties, playdates not registered for the bus will not be permitted to ride. The cost to ride Hop2It is $400 for the school year.

Hopper Express and Hop2It Rules
Students must behave in accordance to the School's community guidelines and:
  • All rules that apply to students on any other trip apply on the Hopper Express & Hop2It.
  • NO FOOD OR DRINK ON THE BUS. The only exception is bottled water.
  • Remain seated, facing forward at all times.
  • Follow the instructions of the bus driver and/or the bus chaperone at all times.
  • Use "indoor voices".
  • Nothing goes out the bus windows—arms, legs, voices, trash, etc.
After School Hop2It Specific Rules
Students riding the Hop2It to Bethesda in the afternoon are asked to abide by the following rules. This is both for safety reasons and to ensure that your child gets on the bus and the bus departs on time. As part of carpool, students will wait approximately 20 minutes from the second bell dismissal before boarding the bus.

Students riding the Hop2It bus:
  • Must sit patiently and remain in the hallway outside of the main lab/Mac lab or on the benches in Ethan's Garden for attendance purposes.
  • May not to go onto the field or web toy.
  • May do their homework or engage in seated games while waiting for the bus.
  • May not share food or eat in the hallway for the safety of their classmates with food allergies. A designated snack location will be provided.
  • Must continue to respect GDS community rules during this time. 
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2014 Lower School Passover Assembly Videos
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Lower/Middle School - 4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007
High School - 4200 Davenport Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016