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Admissions Policies


SSNS does not discriminate based on age, ancestry/national origin, color, disability, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in matters affecting admissions, membership, or in the employment of faculty and staff.

To enter each class, students must be the following ages. This ensures that all SSNS 4s graduates will be able to enter kindergarten.

SSNS 2s Class: age 2 by Sept 1st
SSNS 3s Class: age 3 by Sept 1st
SSNS 4/5s Class: age 4 by Sept 1st


Visit SSNS!

Since SSNS is a parent–run co-operative, we require all interested parents to tour our school (at our annual Open House, held each January, or by private tour) before applying.

Submit an application!

You’ll find an application attached to your information packet, or apply online! A non-refundable $75 application fee is due upon application.


Selection Process

Current SSNS families, children and grandchildren of current staff, alumni families, applicants who have been on the waiting list since the previous Open House enrollment lottery, and members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring (UUCSS) for at least six months receive priority registration.

After admitting families who meet the criteria for Priority Admission, in the Order of Preference, SSNS will select applicants by lottery, with an effort to maintain a diverse student population and gender-balanced classrooms. If we have more applications than space available for a given classroom, families will be placed in a general waiting pool, which we then draw from to fill spaces as they become available.

Upon notice of acceptance, a signed enrollment agreement and non-refundable one-month’s tuition deposit is required to hold your child’s place at SSNS. This deposit will be applied toward June 2024 tuition.

Tuition Rates

Program: Two-year-olds

Instructor: Rebecca Brunson

Time: Tues-Wed 9:30–12:00 or

Thurs-Fri 9:30–12:00

Max Students: 8

Monthly Tuition: $238*

Program: Three-year-olds

Instructor: Celeste Raker Dillen

Time: Mon-Wed 9:30–1:00

Max Students: 16

Monthly Tuition: $406*

Program: Four-year-olds

Instructor: Scott Mitchell

Time: Mon-Thurs 9:30–1:00

Max Students: 16

Monthly Tuition: $513*

Program: Toddler Time 18–26 months

Instructor: Andrea Theis

Max Students: 8

Tuition: $80 / 4-week sessions

            $60 / 3-week sessions

*Tuition payments are for 10 months of the year, September through June. Payments are divided up into 10 equal payments over the school year, due on the first of each month; there is a late fee of 10% after the 10th of the month. Any additional classes offered—such as Friday Theme Class and Summer School Classes—have additional costs.

If you have any questions, you can read our FAQ page, or if you would
like to schedule a class visit, please call
(301) 434-2313 or email our Membership Chair.


We are holding our open house on January 13 and 22.  Please join us and see our amazing school!

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