Special Announcement



Moving to Washington DC with the World Bank Group? Whether you are planning your move to DC, have just arrived or have been in the US for years, here is some important practical information to help guide you through the relocation process as a WBG spouse/partner. For detailed information, read our Welcoming Handbook, attend our information seminars and welcoming events posted on our Activities page. Join our WBF Buddy Whatsapp Group for Newcomers to DC for practical information, tips and support in real time, anytime. Send an email to wbfnwelcoming@worldbank.org


Finding the right school for your child is something you should consider well in advance of your relocation to the Washington DC area. Many good public and private schools are available, including a number of institutions teaching an international curriculum such as the IB program. Please note that private schools and universities are extremely expensive in the US. Financial scholarships are usually not available for G-4 visa holders.

For more detailed information about the US school system, finding a school, documentation required for enrollment when you come from a foreign country, and special educational needs, contact HR Global Mobility (202-473-2445) as soon as you know you will be relocating to the Washington DC area. Also, contact the WBFN Welcoming Team for more details regarding schooling in the DC area.


Click on the links below for information about schools in the DC Metro area. Please remember that you need to live (rent or buy) in the district perimeters of the Public elementary and high school of your choice. For private schools there is no such restriction of course. Community colleges and State universities offer in-state tuition to residents. Private universities do not offer this!

Schools & Resources

Alexandria City Public Schools

Prince George's County Public Schools

Arlington County Public Schools

Sidwell Friends School (private)

Assoc. of Maryland Independent Schools

The Maret School (private)

  The Edmund Burke School 

Fairfax Country Public Schools

US Department of Education

Georgetown Day School (private)

Virginia Assoc. of Independent Schools

Maryland State Department of Education

Virginia Department of Education

Montgomery County Public Schools

Washington DC Public Schools

National Cathedral School (private)

Washington International School 

Colleges & Universities in DC area

American University

Georgetown University

Catholic University

Howard University

Gallaudet University

Montgomery College

George Mason University

University of Maryland

George Washington University

University of the District of Columbia

WBFN and various departments of the WBG, as well as the Credit Union, organize periodical Information Seminars on various subjects relevant to WBFN members and their families. We strongly recommend that you consult our "Activities" periodically for dates and venues.

The Credit Union offers reasonable educational loans for spouses' education. Certain restrictions apply.


More than books! Public libraries are an excellent source of local resources for both adults and children. They offer an array of research material, book discussion groups, and programs for children and community events. Most services are free. Some libraries even host conversation groups for people learning English. Find your local library using the links below: