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Sister Schools

First Steps Academy serves up to 110 infants through Kindergartners at their family friendly school in McLean / Tysons Corner. Founded in 2004, the school operates with the mission of preparing young children to attain success in life. This mission is accomplished through character building and development of strong academic foundations. Located in the heart of Tysons Corner's corporate district, parents are able to interact with their children throughout the day and enjoy the convenience of having their child attend school near their workplace. The teachers and staff at First Steps Academy work to serve and support the family unit each day while providing the preparation children will need to find success tomorrow.

Merritt Academy serves up to 400 infants through 6th graders at their exciting campus near the Vienna metro. Founded in 1963 by Rachel O. Merritt, the school opened as Talent House with a focus on individuality and providing growth experiences. Today, Merritt Academy has grown into a 7 acre campus complete with purpose built facilities for all age groups, a swimming pool, full sized gym (with sports teams) and multiple playgrounds. Bus service is available for families needing transportation assistance. The leadership and staff at Merritt Academy continue their daily focus on Character Education, Academic Excellence and Service to Families.

Legacy of Our Founders

Together with its two sister schools, Appletree School shares the Legacy of Our Founders:

  • Being hospitable to all faith traditions from a base of Christian values
  • Encouraging the unique talents and potential of each child in a safe and nurturing environment
  • Embracing the joy of learning
  • Promoting academic excellence
  • Developing the strength of character to make morally sound decisions
  • Providing support and service to our families
  • Treating the members of our community - students, staff and parents - and the world around us with         respect and kindness
  • Nourishing compassion and the desire to serve others
  • Promoting harmony between the physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual

While we teach, we learn.


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