Continuing Ed . . .

The GDS team invites you to join us for one or more of our adult classes. Relax, enjoy yourself, and learn something, not because you have to but because you want to. Our Adult Classes are for learners age 18 to 118, so whether you’re a young adult or young at heart, come back to school and explore a book, ponder a new theory, and enjoy stimulating conversation—just because it makes you happy.

Upcoming Classes

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  • Mind and Matter with GDS English Teacher John Burghardt

    Explore various philosophical texts while focusing on the question of how well our minds capture "reality" with GDS English Teacher John Burghardt starting this December.
    In this year's Saturday classes we will be working through a sequence of very influential philosophical texts by Plato, Descartes, Hume, Kant and Wittgenstein, focusing on the question of how well our minds can capture "reality" in scare quotes.  The nets we throw in order to capture this beast have two kinds of lacing, mathematical and linguistic.  I won't ask you to actually do any math, but we'll skim  a book by Ernest Nagel on Kurt Gödel's "Incompleteness Theorems"  that shows why there's still a strong strain of Platonism among mathematicians, and we'll read a book by Stephen Pinker that reinforces Wittgenstein's notion that grammar, of all things, takes us to deepest structures -- the jousts, beams, and cement foundations -- of the world as we know it. Finally, we'll work our way back from these these aethereal inquiries to the questions that swarm on the page like midges every time we open newspapers:  Is there any truth to tell?  How can we bring that truth to bear in any conversation with the spin-masters?
    Location: GDS High School (4200 Davenport Street, NW) 
    Times: Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm 
    Dates: December 1, 8, 15 (no class December 22 or 29); January 12, 26 (no class January 5 or 19); February 2, 9, 23 (no class February 16);  March 2, 9, 16 (no class March 23 or 30); April 6, 13, 27 (no class April 20); and May 4. 
    Make Up ClassesMay 11 and 18 will be make up days in case of a canceled class or inclement weather.

    All texts will be included except Ludwig Wittgenstien's Philosophical Investigations and Stephen Pinker's The Stuff of Thought. Any editions will do.

Camps & Classes Team

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  • Natalie Clinton 

    Summer Studies and Camp Director
  • Vinita Ahuja 

    Director of Auxiliary and Extended Learning Programs


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.