The Primary Day School in Bethesda, Maryland, is a school for boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2. We are the only school in the area that focuses exclusively on children in this unique age group, and we do so for a very important reason. These are the most crucial learning years in children’s lives, a time when they are bursting with potential, ready for quantum leaps of development. At Primary Day, everything we do focuses on helping young children flourish—as learners and as people—during this vitally important time of life.

Board of Trustees

Warren (Mack) Wells, III, Board Chair

Neil Mufson, Head of School

Jennifer Puterman, Treasurer

Jennifer Miller, Secretary

Peter Barrett

Shiaw-Wei (David) Chang

Jack Chu

Catherine Emmerson

Ashish Lakhanpal

Jeremy London

Kavita Patel

Linda Wenger

Nancy Wieker, Emeritus


School Hours

Arrival and Dismissal

Early Childcare: Not available at this time

Arrival: 7:45–8:20 am

Dismissal: 3:00 pm

Early Dismissal: 12:00 pm


Monday-Friday After-School: 3:15–4:45 or 5:30 pm

Enrichment classes are also offered as part of the After-School choices. More detailed information about our After-School Programs below.


At Primary Day, we are a small school that thinks big about its compensation for faculty and staff.  In addition to a highly engaging, growth-oriented, personal work environment, our school offers the following strengths:

  • some of the most competitive compensation in the DC region;
  • 100% medical insurance premium plus a generous contribution towards a Health Savings Account;
  • strong retirement plan contribution with immediate vesting;
  • excellent professional development funding;
  • a chance to propose a significant summer project supported by a PDS Stars Grant;
  • knowing you make a difference every day;
  • wonderful, engaging, and supportive colleagues!

The Primary Day School is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities to all personnel and applicants for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; national origin; handicap or disability; sexual orientation; or status as a veteran, Vietnam era, or special disabled veteran.


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