Nothing Overlooked: A Trip and a Transition

The 3rd grade trip to Overlook foretells our 2020 transition.
Turkey Run—a beloved experiential trip long woven into the fabric of our school’s history—faced a transition this year as the National Park Service shuttered Claude Moore Colonial Farm for good. Some dreaded the impending transition. Others lamented that it wouldn’t be the same—GDS wouldn’t be the same—anywhere but at Turkey Run.

After 36 years pitching tents beneath the same trees—the same number of years we’ve been making memories in our Lower/Middle School library and gym at 4530 MacArthur Boulevard—it was time to move. Would the teachers be able to preserve all those years of GDS magic and, with students and families, spark new, unforgettable experiences in a new location?

Sound familiar?

If you know our staff, it will come as no surprise that the two days in 1771 with GDS at Overlook were just as wonderful as they have always been at Turkey Run: the crafts, campfire, cooking projects, creek mucking, community games, dances, and more. And with the new location came better infrastructure that made for more positive experiences for all: platform tents with bunk beds, team-building activities by camp staff, indoor facilities in case of inclement weather, and more space for all to feel welcome around the campfire.

Joyful learning at GDS, whether about American history or catching a lacrosse ball, has never been about floors and fields. Georgetown Day School grounds are hallowed not for the building foundations or anything buried at all (by necessity) but because of the people who walk them and learn on them. And so it will be on our new unified campus.

Just as our admirable 3rd grade team did this year in smoothly transitioning our much-loved programming to a new site, so too will our entire LMS transition together in the fall of 2020. With all the attentive planning long underway, GDS will surely deliver our much-loved magic, plus new, unforgettable experiences on our new campus, with nothing overlooked.


4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007


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Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.