The World is Our Classroom ...

but right now we're learning safely at home. Parkmont students are spending three to five hours a day in live classrooms online with our amazing staff. Click here to see what Parkmont students have been doing at Parkmont Home School for the last few months. We'll get back to Alaska later.


We are interviewing families via Zoom and over the phone and can complete the admissions process virtually for all families. We are still admitting students for all grades for the 2020-21 school year. Our Head of School, Ron McClain, has been at Parkmont for 40 years and has been teaching in DC for 48. He is happy to chat at your convenience and to share his expertise about local schooling options for 6th through 12th grade. Please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Erin Lidz, at Ron and our staff will meet new students in person before school starts in the fall. We expect to be open for building visits later in the summer.

What’s Next

Parkmont finishes this academic year on Thursday, June 11th, with an online Middle School Graduation that day and an online High School Graduation on Sunday the 12th.

We will re-open for Summer School on Monday, June 29th, and participating students will be in classes for the next five weeks from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Those classes will take place live on Zoom.

During the last two weeks of July, we’ll announce our plans for the opening of the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, September 6th. We are, of course, subject to the decisions of the mayor and the ReOpen DC Committee. As a result of our size and recent experience, we can switch from distance learning to attending school on 16th Street with a day’s notice, and vice versa.

Getting Ready for the Fall

As a staff, we’ll use the summer to refine the program we created on the spot this past March, adding some additional class hours and making even greater use of the fun and connectivity we experienced with activities in April and May.

During the summer we’ll also develop and announce several models for a return to our building that meet the recommended social distancing protocols. And we’ll educate our staff and families about the health protocols we will follow to reduce contagion once we’re on campus.

We are very proud of our staff and students and the remarkable success of Parkmont Home School. Relationships and daily conversations are central to our small-school culture – and we look forward to resuming them in person – but in the meantime, we’re committed to making the next year a successful one for all of our young people, regardless of the venue.

Individualized Learning

Parkmont features small classes, connections with teachers, a simplified school day, and individualized learning.

Learning Made Fun

Fostering Individual Growth and Enthusiasm for Learning

The World is our Classroom

Parkmont students learn out in the world—on mountain tops, at city museums, at local internship sites.

The Internship Program

Upper School students spend six hours per week getting real work experience at internship sites.


Every year, Parkmont takes academic trips and adventure trips, around the city and around our globe.

The Parkmont Poetry Festival

Parkmont 8th grader Casper Corsello reads his winning poem, “A Radical Grammatical Rap” at the 37th annual Poetry Festival. Read all the winning poems here.

We help students learn how to succeed in school — and in life.

Parkmont School provides an environment for transformation and transition — from challenge to success. We've created a sensible, sound, and sensitive approach to the individual needs of each student, calibrating learning to abilities. It's a process that requires patience, plenty of one-on-one interaction between students and faculty, and a personal investment in finding what works, one student at a time. After 48 years and thousands of students, we can confidently say, "It works."

Transformation and Transition

We have rolling admissions and accept students all year. We offer a non-traditional approach to education that focuses on getting students ready for school, college, and work through encouragement and motivation. Learn how you can become part of our community for 2020-21 by applying here. We look forward to hearing from you!