Parkmont School

Change the Course of Your Child's Future. Grades 6-12 Ron McClain, Head of School www.parkmont.or

Parkmont is an intentionally small school for grades 6 through 12 (founded in 1972 as Washington’s only unique middle school, then adding high school when we merged with Somerset School in 1991.) We have our own original, progressive approach to engaging students in the endeavor of getting educated and being prepared for high school, college, and life beyond. Our students work in small classes of

Operating as usual


It's Field Day at Parkmont!!! Getting students outside, working together, and getting creative is not just fun, it's great for the whole school community!

Photos from Parkmont School's post 06/01/2023

It's starting to feel like Summer! Here at Parkmont, we take good weather very seriously. Check out some of our recent outdoor excursions!
Featured: The US Ecology class explores Huntley Meadows, an Adventure Trip kayaks on the Potomac, the Farm Ecology class visits Calleva!

Photos from Parkmont School's post 05/30/2023

Still smiling from our annual spring potluck where students, families, and staff come together for an evening of food and fun!

Photos from Parkmont School's post 05/23/2023

Some Parkmont students revitalized the on-campus vegetable garden!


Did you know that Parkmont trips sometimes go beyond the school day? While "Parkmont Classrooms" are typically connected to a Main Lesson, staff also take students for outings some evenings and weekends, just for fun! Recently, for example, a group went to see the latest installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy! Most of them thought it was Groot!

Photos from Parkmont School's post 05/04/2023

We're so incredibly proud of all the amazing Middle & High School winners who participated in the 41st Annual Parkmont Poetry Festival this past weekend! Hundreds of students from across Washington DC submit their beautiful, haunting, and sometimes quirky poetry to our esteemed judges, and about 40 winners bring their words to life at this epic and storied event. It has been, and continues to be, a glowing moment for our participants and a strong statement of support for the art of poetry in our school communities. Please enjoy these photos from this weekend!
If you would like to support this work and future festivals, you can still donate to the Parkmont Poetry Festival with Paypal by sending a gift to [email protected] or following this link:

Photos from Parkmont School's post 04/25/2023

We look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday, April 29th to celebrate the 41st Annual Parkmont Poetry Festival!

Photos from Parkmont School's post 04/20/2023

Parkmont's Grand Canyon Main lesson class is finishing up their exploration of the Grand Canyon! Catch up on their journey on Instagram
One of the most unique benefits of Parkmont is the experiential learning component. This class spent all session learning about the Grand Canyon, and now they get to experience it! While this is a longer trip with a further away destination, it's common for other Main Lessons to take weekly field trips in the DC area in order to deepen their understanding of the subject they're learning. We call them


Congratulations to the 88 semi-finalists!


Thank you for your kind words about our program!

I enjoyed a repeat visit to Parkmont School recently.

This grade 6-12 school in D.C. school holds a special place in my heart 💜 as a warm, safe environment for out-of-the-box learners.

Parkmont educates a very diverse (in every sense of the word) group of students. They focus on student relationships with teachers and meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of all their students. They also have a very interesting schedule that rotates through a few classes at a time every 7 weeks. Students frequently get out and about using the city as their classroom, engaging in internships, and going on trips.

If you need an alternate school for your teen, check out Parkmont.


We are so thrilled that a dear friend of Parkmont (and the Parkmont Poetry Festival!), Ethelberg Miller, has been nominated for Best Spoken Word Poetry Album at the Grammys!!
Watch the video from Parkmont's 40th Annual Poetry Festival this past spring to see an epic speech from Mr. Miller AND hear him read the titular poem from his Grammy-nominated Album!
Congratulations!! Parkmont is rooting for you!


This , please consider supporting Parkmont School in our mission to best serve our students! Your gifts this year support the College Fund for our Opportunity Scholarship Program graduates, our expanded support services for all students, Parkmont Adventures throughout the year at no cost for current families, and the academic travel we resume this year for Upper School students that has taken us around the country. Please visit to donate!


For the first Parkmont movie outing this school year, Mel and Rhodes took a group of students to see Black Panther 2 during its opening weekend! Who else has seen it? What did you think?!

Photos from Parkmont School's post 11/03/2022

It's ! 'Parkmont Classrooms' have been part of the Parkmont way since it's inception. Can anyone guess what school year these Parkmont Classroom photos are from??


Regan's Street Law class made connections, asked great questions, and expanded their learning at the National Archives Museum last week!

Photos from Parkmont School's post 10/14/2022

to our spring Potomac Ecology trip! Students explored the course of the Potomac River, from the headwaters of the river’s South Branch to its confluence with the Shenandoah River in Harper’s Ferry.

We hope you get to explore outdoors on this beautiful weekend!

Photos from Parkmont School's post 10/04/2022

Parkmont's got spirit! 🌟 Photos from twin day, teacher swap day, and culture day!

Photos from Parkmont School's post 09/22/2022

Photos from our first fall adventure trips of the year 🍂

Photos from Parkmont School's post 09/16/2022

Welcome back, students! We're so excited to kick off another year of learning and adventuring, on 16th Street and beyond!

Photos from Parkmont School's post 07/15/2022

Flashing back this Friday to our end-of-year middle school trip at Greenbrier State Park! ☀️

Photos from Parkmont School's post 06/30/2022

Please enjoy some snapshots from our Graduation Ceremony earlier this month! We are so proud of our seniors and the hard work and determination they've demonstrated – particularly through the challenging last few years. We can't wait to see where your journey takes you next!


Testimonials from two of our recent Class of 2022 graduates!

Whether it be Parkmont’s close-knit community or our robust internship program, there are many reasons to consider joining Parkmont.

Email [email protected] to learn more.


Thank you, Parkmont students and staff, for a fantastic school year! So great to be back in our 16th Street Classroom!

Photos from Parkmont School's post 06/10/2022

We were thrilled to be able to return to one of Parkmont's favorite classrooms this spring after two years away. Thank you, Calleva Farm, for the opportunity to build confidence, overcome fears, and explore outdoors!


We asked students what words they would use to describe their school.


Since 2011, Parkmont has proudly partnered with the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. For the past 5 years, we have enrolled an average of 34 OSP participants each year as students. If you are an Opportunity Scholarship Program recipient who is exploring school options, please join us next Monday for our last Serving Our Children Virtual Fair of the school year❗️It is never too early to start considering options for the ‘23-‘24 academic year!📌



Mel and a group of students headed to the movies last weekend to catch the premiere of Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness!


Thank you to everyone that joined us on Saturday for the 40th Parkmont Poetry Festival! Congratulations again to all winning poets and we hope to see you all at the next festival in 2023!

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It's Field Day at Parkmont!!! Getting students outside, working together, and getting creative is not just fun, it's gre...
We are so thrilled that a dear friend of Parkmont (and the Parkmont Poetry Festival!), Ethelberg Miller, has been nomina...




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