The Siena School

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The Siena School
The Siena School, Silver Spring, MD Logo.png
Silver Spring, MD

United States
Coordinates39°1′0″N 77°1′52″W / 39.01667°N 77.03111°W / 39.01667; -77.03111Coordinates: 39°1′0″N 77°1′52″W / 39.01667°N 77.03111°W / 39.01667; -77.03111
Color(s)red and black
MascotWiley the Wildcat
Team nameSiena Wildcats

The Siena School is a private 4th–12th grade school located in Silver Spring, MD.[1] Its mission is to prepare "bright, college-bound students with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, to become confident, curious learners who understand their personal strengths and gain the tools and strategies to excel."[2]


The Siena School was founded in 2006, serving students in grades 5-9. They were originally located at the Montgomery Hills Baptist Church along Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, MD.[3] The school expanded to serve students in grades 4-12, and moved into its permanent location on Forest Glen Road in 2013.[4] Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).[5] The school’s namesake is Siena, Italy for two reasons: (1) this Tuscan city is well-known for its art, a theme which Siena incorporates into its day-to-day curriculum, and (2) Catherine of Siena, their patron saint, did not learn to read until later in life and often used accommodations like dictation.


The Siena School’s curriculum is framed around the Common Core Standards and National Standards. Multisensory techniques, experiential learning, and guest speakers are key components of every class. Siena's arts program includes studio art, photography, and music classes, and spans across all divisions. Students participate in the arts every day as they are often strong visual learners.[6]


  1. ^ "Private School Guide," Bethesda Magazine
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Granderson, Daniel. "School to focus on learning disabilities", The Gazette (Maryland), Silver Spring, MD, 16 August 2006.
  4. ^ French, Esther. "The Siena School Celebrates New Building in Silver Spring", Patch Media, Wheaton, MD, 21 February 2013.
  5. ^ "MSA-CESS -> Home".
  6. ^ "The Independent School Experience: Learning Differences Honored at Siena", The Washington Post Magazine, Washington, D.C., November 2013