Winchester School's History

The Winchester School was founded in 1970 to teach pre-kindergarten through first grade children; it was subsequently extended to second grade. For a number of years, the Winchester School had two locations, one in Bethesda and the other in Silver Spring. After renting space from churches for a number of years, it was exciting to find a permanent home at 3223 Bel Pre Road in Silver Spring in 1980.

The school received accreditation from the Maryland State Department of Education during its first year of operation. Soon afterwards, the school became dedicated to offering the best possible academic program for 3-8-year-old children with loving, experienced, college-degreed teachers and was complemented by the additional hours of before- and after-school child care.

The school was developed around a solid academic program and was complemented by play-time and extra curricular activities to sustain a well-balanced development of children. As Mary Rhim, the late director and founder of the school put it: “I wanted to start a school that was a complete answer to what I looked for and wanted for my own children when they were young." Thus, the Winchester School offers a balanced program of strong academics in the language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and a foreign language with stimulating art and music classes. Children have ample time to play with one another, both outside and inside the school, and a variety of first-rate field trips are organized as a vital part of the overall program.

We have come a long way and are very proud of the high praise we receive year after year for the excellent foundation our children exhibit when they leave us to enter their neighborhood public schools or a number of large 12-year private schools in the Washington metropolitan area.

We remain a small, caring, family-oriented school with a combination of an excellent academic curriculum and superb teachers to teach it – a combination not easily found! However, what makes us special in the end are our children, who never cease to amaze us with their abilities, their enthusiasm, and their accomplishments.