Alternative Education | Bethesda MD
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Welcome friends to the MYSA School website,

As an educator and a mother, I see everyday how children learn differently, process information differently, and even understand the exact same idea and information in different ways. Most schools, despite their desire to reach the “whole child,” do not address these learning differences.  Most schools continue to teach students in ways that are easiest for teachers; in “one size fits all” lessons delivered in the same way to the whole class with the hope that most of the students grasp something. In this day and age, with what we know about how people learn, and the resources we have instantly available, schools need to more flexibly adapt the ways that they teach each child to that particular child’s learning style. I believe that the MYSA model of education, with its personalized learning plans, honors the uniqueness of each student and is a highly effective way of not only teaching, but of lighting a fire of curiosity within each student. When students have ownership of their schooling, when they understand why they are learning the material, and when they have choices in how they learn, they go to school filled with purpose and with joy. The MYSA model not only prepares students for college but it honors the needs of the student in the moment, as adolescents and young adults, acknowledging that they have the rest of their lives to be grown up, but only one childhood.


We want our students to be healthy, happy, productive people, and to lead meaningful lives. In order to do that, students need help learning how to build solid and healthy relationships in person, online, and around the world. Our small size and mixed-age groupings enable deep and meaningful relationships among all members of our community – students, parents and teachers. In our one-room school house community everyone is known, everyone is appreciated, everyone is loved. At MYSA School, students are pushed to learn more, dig deeper, and quench their thirst for understanding the world around them.  Everyone is enabled to appreciate the gifts within them, and to share those gifts with the world.


I encourage you to explore our website, come to an open house or stop by and just say hello.
Siri Fiske

Head of School


MYSA School is dedicated to creating a new model of schooling that is characterized by customization, collaboration, and curiosity. At MYSA School, caring adults work closely with students to build a tight-knit community in which students explore and understand the world. The school seeks to build a loving community of students and faculty who think critically and creatively and who value learning along with generosity of spirit.


What is a micro school?

Although the model of a micro school is still evolving, most are characterized by small learning communities made up of students working in mixed age groups. Teachers in micro schools do more guiding and less lecturing, and there is extensive use of digital and online resources to create personalized learning paths.  Micro schools also tend to emphasize project-based learning and community involvement.

What is place based education?

Place based education connects the classroom to the community by immersing the students in the local environment.  More than just going on local field trips to observe passively, we utilize the unbelievably rich resources in the local Washington, DC area (including museums, historic sites, federal and DC governments, national and international organizations, and our vast and varied natural settings). In most cases the topics for the group projects will be connected to work being done or an issue directly related to a local DC place or institution.

Who should attend MYSA School?

There is no one characteristic or type of students that is “the ideal student” for MYSA School.  Because each child’s program of study is customized children with a wide range of learner profiles and personalities will thrive at MYSA School.  In general, we look for children who are motivated to learn, are curious, positive, and kindhearted.

What kind of physical exercise do the students get?

Students exercise every day and participate in structured classes at least three days a week.  We utilize local gyms, courts, dance and yoga studios for our PE needs.

Who is MYSA School?

The founding board of directors and team are experienced educators from across the United States, several of whom have founded and run successful schools and programs at home and abroad.  The board of directors and on site team are united by their commitment to creating a learning environment that focuses on the whole child and utilizes the most current research on how people learn.

Do you give grades?

We are philosophically opposed to the idea of grades and the often negative consequences that arise from an emphasis on grading. But we understand that at this time graded transcripts are a necessary evil for college admissions offices.  Assessment of a student’s collaborative and individual work involves frequent feedback, both qualitative and quantitative, in the form of teacher narratives, student portfolios, and tests.

Is there homework?

Every Monday morning, students receive a MYSA Menu which has on it all the work that the student is required to complete that week.  The work that needs to be completed should be finished during the school day if the student budgets their time well and works efficiently.  Any work that is not completed at school will need to be finished at home.  Students can also expect to be doing some reading at home every day.

What is tuition?

Tuition for the 2018-2019 year is $20,000. This covers all field trips, activities, and classroom supplies.  Co-curricular programs offered after school are available for an additional fee.


In some cases, if a student needs to take an entire course (online or via Skype/Zoom through another accredited school), there may be an additional fee.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, need-based financial aid is available and we are happy to discuss this during the application process.

What are school hours?

Middle and high school students arrive between 8:30 – 9:30. School begins at 9:30 and goes until 3:30. Our start time is intentional to allow developing brains more time to sleep and start the day productively. From 3:30 until 5:00 there are classes and activities available, as well as teachers to help students with any work they still need to accomplish that week.

At the Georgetown elementary campus, students start the day at 8:30am and the day finishes at 3:00pm.  We closely follow the DC Public School day and school calendar.

Do you serve lunch?

We do not serve lunch at our schools but we often order lunch from local restaurants for students and faculty who would like to purchase lunch.  Middle and high school students are allowed to walk in pairs to neighborhood restaurants to pick up lunch.

Is there before and after school care at your Georgetown location?

There are nearby facilities with before and after school programs. With enough parent and family interest for after school care, we will explore creating our own program.



Job description coming soon


Job description coming soon.


Job description coming soon.


We are seeking part time (both during the school day and after school) art, music, dance, PE and maker-space teachers.  Interested applicants please send a resume to