Questions About Whittle School & Studios

Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions regarding our School. If you have any additional questions or would like further explanations to any of the answers, we highly encourage you to email our admission team at mydcadmission@whittleschool.org

1. What is Whittle’s academic philosophy?

Whittle believes education is the transformative force to solve the world’s greatest challenges through human ingenuity, empathy, and collaboration across borders and disciplines. We focus on creating resilient, self-aware individuals; ethical, confident citizens; and rigorous, adventurous, self-reflective scholars who engage humanity while pursuing knowledge. Through deep skill and content mastery, interdisciplinary integration and project-based learning, and extensive practical experience and civic engagement, we create life-long learners who are able to contribute to both our local and global communities.

2. What is our residential life program?

Each campus will have a residential life program available for international and domestic students. We teach healthy habits of mind and body in anticipation of college and “future life” and situate students among diverse communities on each of our campuses to make life-long friendships. Please visit our Boarding website for more information.

3. What are Studios?

Studios extend our curriculum beyond the school day. Studio offerings are thoughtfully designed to integrate with our full-time program, enabling students to go deeper into an existing area of interest, or to explore something new. Whittle Studios take a creative, multidisciplinary approach to learning, providing a multitude of on-campus and city-wide experiential learning opportunities. Read more about our StudioCare and Enrichment Programs here.

4. How does Whittle support learning differences?

The Whittle curriculum is anchored in deep personalization, mastery-based curricular pathways, and a robust online portal for students to track their own progress. With a strong advisory system, learning support experts, and extensive Studios to supplement our core curriculum, our network can support a wide array of learners.

5. What distinguishes Whittle from other independent schools?

Whittle is the first school for the Innovation Age. We offer a truly global education: community members, campuses, and networks that will be in our upcoming locations in the world’s 30 most vibrant cities. We offer a carefully developed progressive curriculum rooted in interdisciplinary and experiential learning and an unequaled advising system to provide a personalized and rigorous education.

Located on modern campuses with architecture that inspires the making, sharing, and innovative learning in our classrooms, our internationally renowned leadership and supportive educators create a culture that values risk-taking, creativity and rigorous scholarship.

The Whittle Global Network will provide students with access to a world of resources. We strive to help students see their learning and relationships have a global impact. We focus on creating connections between students, faculty, and the campuses themselves to share knowledge and best practices. In the next decade, the Whittle Global Network plans on building schools in 30 major cities around the world with the first two campuses in Washington, DC and Shenzhen, China.

6. What is the student-teacher ratio?

We are committed to maintaining a student/teacher ratio of no more than 15:2 in our Early Learning Center, 18:2 in grades 1 & 2, and 18:1 in grades 3 through 12.

7. What is the Whittle dining program?

Whittle has chosen to partner with a premier food service provider which specializes in healthy, fresh, seasonal, and globally-inspired meals. The dining program will adopt the highest standards of ethical sourcing and meals will be freshly prepared each day for our students in all divisions/grade levels. Students will be exposed to food and gain appreciation for the challenge of feeding the world's population in urban environments. Our food-based projects will tie directly with the United Nation's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which emphasize social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

8. What is Whittle's athletics program?

Although participating in athletics is not a requirement, Middle and Upper School students may choose to participate in a range of athletic offerings including cross-country, tennis, squash, soccer, basketball, track and field, and volleyball. Students, regardless of their experience, will be encouraged to participate. Additionally, sports such as fencing, rock-climbing, badminton, and table tennis will be offered as part of the Studios enrichment program.

9. Is transportation provided?

To minimize our impact on the environment, the School encourages families to carpool, walk/bike, and take public transportation. We are fortunate to be situated one block from the Van Ness/UDC metro stop and along several bus routes. For families living further afield, the School plans to offer a limited fee-based transportation program.

10. If I am not yet ready to apply, how may I stay informed about major announcements, upcoming events and other school developments?

By completing an inquiry form, we look forward to keeping you informed until you decide to apply for admission.