Congressional School looks forward to bringing our community together through the arts in a way that will immerse us both intellectually and culturally across our campus and in all grades, Infants-Grade 8.


The Arts initiative is structured around three goals, which will be further developed:

1.  To amplify the arts presence on campus by enhancing the intersection of the arts with other disciplines

2.  To provide our students with a more expansive curriculum (e.g., strings, dance, orchestra, ceramics, multimedia art, etc.) and create new territory for faculty to experiment with innovative teaching, artmaking, performance, and experimentation

3. To give our community increased opportunity to engage with guest artists, performers, and cultural institutions well beyond Congressional.



One of our first pilot programs within the Congressional Arts Initiative involves a partnership with DC Strings Workshop. DC Strings Workshop is a local organization whose mission is to share a love of classical and contemporary orchestra and chamber music with the community. Beginning mid-fall, we will be offering violin, viola, and cello lessons to interested Grades 1 - 3 students right here on campus. We are grateful for this new, exciting opportunity!

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Gary Padmore, Director of Education and Community Engagement, New York Philharmonic, who will advise us on education and community engagement matters. The NY philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States.


Congressional School enjoys a distinctive legacy of excellence in the arts, both performance and visual, fostered by an excellent faculty and strong curriculum. The arts help students more deeply see what they look at, hear what they listen to, and feel what they touch. Furthermore, engagement in the fine arts at Congressional School helps students stretch their minds beyond boundaries and frees them from rigid certainty.