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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.

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 appointment before applying.

SSNS aligns its age requirements with MCPS.  To enter each class, students must be the following ages. 

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

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 during the priority enrollment period of January 20th-February 15th.

After admitting families who meet the criteria for Priority Admission, in the Order of Preference, SSNS will select applicants by lottery. 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.

Enrollment Period

While it is preferred that all families be fully enrolled by August in order to begin the school year with their cohort in September, SSNS will accept applications through November 10th for the current school year, with January being the latest time for students to begin if space allows.

SSNS will begin enrollment for the 2024-25 school year in January 2024. Click here to receive more information.  

Sign up for one of our virtual information sessions.

Learn more about our school and get an opportunity to talk to our membership chairperson and director on April 28th at 9:30am or to receive information about future opportunities. 

Email membership.

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.

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: $275*

Program: Three-year-olds

Instructor: Celeste Raker Dillen

Time: Mon-Wed 9:30–1:00

Max Students: 16

Monthly Tuition: $450*

Program: Four-year-olds

Instructor: Scott Mitchell

Time: Mon-Thurs 9:30–1:00

Max Students: 16

Monthly Tuition: $575*

Program: Toddler Time 18–26 months

Instructor: Laura Zynda

Max Students: 8

Tuition: $100 / 5-week sessions

            $80 / 4-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.

Enrollment for the 2024-25 has begun.  Contact our Membership Team to register for a virtual information session or schedule a tour.


 Virtual Information Sessions scheduled for 

6/12 7:30-9:00pm

7/21 9:00-10:30am

8/11 7:00-8:30pm

Click below to sign up for a virtual information session.

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