Private School Information

There are several choices for private school opportunities within the Joint Base Andrews area. The following is not to be considered an all-inclusive listing as new schools start and existing schools may cease operation, nor does the Department of Defense, Air Force or other military branches, or Joint Base Andrews endorse any of the below private schools or associations. The World Wide Web is an invaluable source when seeking information on private (or public) schools.

Maryland Department of Education Listing of Non-public Schools. This is the official listing of non-public schools that hold a Certificate of Approval from the Maryland State Board of Education in accordance with Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article, ยง2-206. Non-public educational programs are approved in the following non-public settings: kindergartens, elementary schools, secondary schools, and a variety of facilities that hold a license from another state agency.

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a membership organization with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. NAIS represents approximately 1,300 independent schools and associations in the United States, and affiliates with independent schools abroad as well. For information on member schools in the Joint Base Andrews commuting area visit their website at:

Handbook of Private Schools by Porter Sargent, Inc (2008). The Handbook of Private Schools is the "bible" of independent education, with objective and rigorously edited listings of 1700 boarding and day schools across America. The Handbook offers objective, detailed listings of the top private elementary and secondary schools in the United States. Tuition, endowment, curriculum, faculty and college placement records are among the many topics that parents, educators, librarians and consultants will need in helping place the right child in the right school. Most local libraries have a copy of the Handbook in their reference section. Following is the website link for the handbook:

National Parochial Schools Association. There are numerous parochial schools within the Joint Base Andrews commuting area. The NPSA information can be located at: From this site you can select the state you wish to search.