Our Specialty

Early childhood education has been our specialty since we opened our doors 45 years ago. Serving the DC metropolitan area, our program has always and only focused on educating children from Preschool through 2nd Grade (ages 2 - 8). We are thrilled to announce that we will be extending our program to 3rd Grade in September 2021.

Our Campus

The Harbor School is located in a beautiful facility on the grounds of Congregation Har Shalom on Falls Road in Potomac, Maryland. The school occupies an educational building providing well-equipped teaching space for our homeroom classes and specialist classes. In addition, we have access to community gathering spaces, expansive grounds, and a 35,000 square foot modern playground. The Harbor School is not affiliated with the synagogue.

Our Head of School

Our Head of School, Leah Musico's experience with integrated design thinking and inquiry-based interdisciplinary programs, coupled with her natural ability to lead and mentor faculty as well as collaborate with parents, establish her as an exceptional Head of School for Harbor.

Our Faculty

Our dynamic faculty includes classroom teachers and specialists in art, music, Spanish, and physical education. Fifty two percent of our teachers have advanced degrees, and each classroom is led by experienced and caring teachers. Our low student-teacher ratio enables our faculty to identify, adapt, and respond to our students’ diverse learning styles.

Student Body
The Harbor School has an open admission policy. We welcome students regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability in the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, and school-administered programs.

Harbor School students come from all over the Washington, DC area. We enjoy our diverse student body; approximately thirty percent of our students are either African-American, Asian-American, Latino-Hispanic, Middle Eastern or multi-racial.

The Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW)
Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)
Black Student Fund (BSF)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Washington Small Schools Association (WSSA)

Harbor Highlights
Our weekly newsletter, Harbor Highlights, is sent via email, and includes Letter from Leah, along with information about upcoming events, and community announcements.

Families are asked to send a snack, lunch, and re-usable water bottle to school each day. The Harbor School is a NUT-FREE school.

We are particularly sensitive to allergies and ensure that all staff and teachers are aware of special dietary restrictions in each classroom.

School Hours/Programs

Half-Day Preschool:
9:00am-12:00pm, Monday-Friday

Full-Day Preschool:
9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday

Junior Kindergarten through 2nd Grade:
9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday

Extended Day Options *unavailable at this time for the 2020-21 school year

Before School Early Birds:
Monday-Friday 8:00-8:45am (Preschool)
Monday-Friday 8:00-8:30am (Junior Kindergarten-2nd Grade)

After School Later Gators:
Monday-Thursday 3:00-6:00pm, Friday 3:00-4:15pm

Preschool & Junior Kindergarten! Virtual Open Houses May 11 & 27.Click here to register!
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