Whittle School & Studios

4000 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
  • Whittle School & Studios will be the first school for the Innovation Age.
  • We will offer a truly global education across a network of modern, thoughtfully designed campuses around the world; a carefully developed progressive curriculum rooted in interdisciplinary and experiential learning; and an unequaled advising system to provide a personalized education.
  • Our internationally renowned leadership team and supportive educators will create a culture that values risk-taking, creativity and rigorous scholarship.
  • Our graduates will be ready to lead in the challenging world of their future.
  • Each student will shine in at least one purposeful, passionate pursuit; master at least one other language; and study in other cultures while remaining deeply connected to his or her homeland.

School News

  • Whittle Appoints Global Education Management Team, Building a Truly K-12 Global School - 08/07/2018 - Whittle School & Studios recently appointed a global education management team, whose members all have significant experience in leading education institutions around the world: Nicholas Dirks, Ph.D. as vice chairman ...moreand chancellor; Jim Hawkins and Rebecca Upham as co-vice chancellors, with Rebecca also serving as chairwoman of the D.C. campus; Dennis Bisgaard as head of school of the D.C. campus; Xianzhang Shen as chairman of the Shenzhen campus; Rhiannon Wilkinson as head of school of the Shenzhen campus; and Li Yin as a senior advisor. hide
  • Private school with global ambition to open in D.C. and China in 2019 - 02/07/2018 - Whittle School & Studios will offer foreign-language immersion - Chinese in the United States, English in China - with a curriculum centered on mastery of core academic subjects, student-driven projects ...moreand off-campus learning opportunities in major world cities. hide
Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
Whittle School &Boarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)8-12, PG9-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded20181907
Campus Size13 acres110 acres

Student Body

Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Teacher : Student Ratio1:181:7
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredYesYes

School Notes

  • In fall 2019, our first two campuses will open in Shenzhen, China, and Washington, D.C. Within a decade, we expect to have to a system of 30-plus schools in the world`s leading cities. Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, these campuses will be inspiring environments where students can pursue their passions and achieve their highest potential. Flexible workspaces, theaters, on-campus accelerators, private music rooms, advanced sports facilities, and robotics and coding labs will ensure that education extends beyond classroom walls.
  • Each campus will include residential dormitories for boarding students, as well as for those studying abroad from other Whittle campuses. Each Whittle campus will serve approximately 2,500 students ages three to 18, with about 150 students per grade.
  • OUR WASHINGTON, D.C. CAMPUS: The interior of an existing 20th-century building, surrounded by 13.7 wooded acres and located in North Cleveland Park, is being transformed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) into a dynamic learning environment. A bright public entry offers sweeping views into three of the school's performance spaces. One of the building's most striking features, five soaring glass-enclosed courtyards, will be transformed into vibrantstudent commons. 
  • OUR SHENZHEN CAMPUS: Located in China's Silicon Valley, our first campus in Asia will bring to life the architects' prototypical design for a Whittle campus. The glass-walled, eight-story building is situated in the heart of the vibrant, rapidly growing Qianhai district. The campus will also be home to our most expansive Workshop Floor-over 50,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities where students can create 2- or 3-D, physical or digital projects and see them through from concept to reality.

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