Michelle Obama Visits Georgetown Day School
Updated 1:40 p.m.
By Valerie Strauss
Michelle Obama visited a private school in the District today and is expected to tour others as she and President-elect Barack Obama search for a new school for their two daughters when they move to Washington, according to sources familiar with the plans.
Michelle Obama visited Georgetown Day School today. According to the sources, the Obama family is also considering the Maret School and Sidwell Friends School. The sources said they could only speak anonymously because the Obamas want to conduct their search privately.
Michelle Obama flew to Washington this morning to join her husband for a tour of the White House with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush.
The Obama girls, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, were reported to be at home in Chicago, where they attend the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. The eldest is in fifth grade, the youngest in second grade.
Katie McCormick Lelyveld, communications director for Michelle Obama, said she could not confirm any information about the school search and would not discuss any research the Obamas are doing.
The school that the girls now attend has more than 1,700 students from pre-K through grade 12. It is ethnically diverse and says it focuses on critical thinking through a rigorous curriculum that is "unregimented but demanding."
Sidwell Friends is a pre-K-through-12 Quaker school that Chelsea Clinton attended when President Bill Clinton was in the White House. Al Gore III, son of former vice president Al Gore, attended and graduated from Sidwell after leaving St. Albans School. Sidwell has two campuses: The middle school and high school are in the District, while the lower school is in Bethesda.
Georgetown Day School is a pre-K-through-12 school and was founded as the first integrated school in the city. The children of a number of Obama's key aides attend the school. It has two campuses as well. The lower and middle schools are in one campus, and the high school is a few miles away.
Maret School, also with pre-K through 12th grade, has all of its students on one campus. It is headed by Marjo Talbott, sister of foreign affairs expert Strobe Talbott.
Posted at 11:12 AM ET on Nov 10, 2008
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