Georgetown Day School's mission calls us to challenge the intellectual, creative, and physical abilities of our students and to encourage inquiry and self-reliance in those students as they grow into "lifelong learners." Every year, GDS students and staff participate in a three-day program called Minimester designed to bring that mission to life through an immersive and experiential learning experience wholly separate from the normal, day-to-day academic program of the school.

During the three-day experience, GDS teachers lead 40+ deep, creative courses with themes sprouted from the passions and interests of our staff—passions that may or may not fall within the purview of their academic disciplines. Students select the Minimester track in which they'd like to participate and spend the session immersing themselves in their chosen topic.

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    Leigh Tait 

    Program Associate, Community Engagement and Experiential Learning


4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007


4200 Davenport Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016

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.