Empowering students with language-based learning differences
FOUNDED: 2006 (Silver Spring Campus)
EXECUTIVE HEAD OF SCHOOL: DR. JILLY DAREFSKY
ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL: MS. JENNIFER CHAMBERS
The Siena School offers a rich educational program for bright, college-bound students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. Our program is designed for students with mild to moderate needs who experience a discrepancy between their intellectual abilities and academic achievement in one or more areas such as reading, writing, oral expression, or math.
Siena Silver Spring currently enrolls approximately 140 students and is seeking to maintain an equal ratio of boys and girls. Siena students fit the following profile:
- Are bright, college-bound students;
- Have mild to moderate language-based learning needs;
- Are of average to above-average abilities; and
- Are emotionally healthy and behaviorally appropriate.
Faculty: Siena's staff and advisors include distinguished national, state, and local education leaders and professionals. All of our staff are highly trained in specific instructional strategies for students with language-based learning needs. Click here to meet our faculty and staff.
Accreditation: The Siena School is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools
Memberships: The Siena School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The International Dyslexia Association, and Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA).
College preparatory: Siena offers a college preparatory education program utilizing multisensory, experiential, and research-based curriculum programs. Students work with our onsite college counselor to prepare for internships, ACT testing, and college applications.
Technology: At Siena technology is utilized as an effective teaching/learning tool. Interactive boards are in every classroom, and all students in grades 4–12 are provided access to Chromebooks and laptops, loaded with assistive software.
Summer Program: Summer at Siena offers summer programming for students and friends of Siena. Past programming has included academics, sports, and enrichment.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Siena School is conveniently located at 1300 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD. We are off the Beltway, just past Holy Cross Hospital and near the Forest Glen station on the red line Metro.
Siena begins in 4th grade.
Siena’s day runs from 8:30-3:30pm with supervised afterschool homework help until 6:00 pm.
Families travel from all over the greater metropolitan region. Siena proudly represents 39 zip codes.
Average class sizes of 10:1 or less. Siena's staff and advisors include distinguished national, state and local education leaders and professionals. All of our staff are highly trained in specific instructional strategies for students with language-based learning needs.
Tuition assistance is available to families that qualify. We expect approximately 35% of students will receive tuition assistance, with average grant awards of about $7,500 - $10,000. We offer a limited number of need-based scholarships covering up to 75% of tuition and fees.
At Siena we foster the development of our students through experiential education, community service, and connecting with experts in their field.
For an additional fee, Siena offers after school enrichments in areas of high interest such as Minecraft, Lego, 3D Printing, Yoga, youth soccer, karate, and much more. Middle and high school athletics are available all year long.
Tuition for the 2023-2024 school year will be $48,426 for grades 4-8 and $49,755 for high school.