Our goal at PALS is to graduate your daughter into high school with a bright future:


Our students illuminate their homes with a spirit of friendship and fellowship; they are capable thinkers who

are academically competitive; and are change-makers who are actively pondering their contributions to the community.

Our focus on Character and Mentoring addresses the need for positive tangible role models in the community. We develop our students' ability to make constructive choices through strong relationships with mentors and exposure to the humanities. Mentoring in a single-sex environment provides a safe space for moral, psychological and emotional development. Inspired by our founder Professor Smith, we expose students to the liberal arts and the humanities to rouse and educate their sense of inner freedom.

Our approach to Career and Education addresses the need for increased student and family engagement and outcomes. We involve parents as  primary and critical aspect of student growth. We provide access to important academic and professional resources.

Our engagement in Community and Family helps our students in appreciate their belonging in and responsibility for community. We provide opportunities for students and families to socialize with like-minded peers and YLF mentors. We engage in service to reinforce sense of community responsibility.

Past YLF students that embody this ideal have attended schools such as: Benjamin Banneker, Bullis, Gonzaga, Georgetown Visitation, and The Heights School. These students have also attended colleges like: Howard University, University of Maryland and Virginia State University.

Programs Description

PALS hosts After-School Mentoring, Summer Enrichment, and Saturday Leadership Retreats consisting of the following formats:

(1) After-School Mentoring

  • September - June

  • Students meet once per week from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

  • Students are grouped by grade level (elementary, middle)

  • Typical day involves homework help, mentoring, sports and other electives 

    • 3:00 Tutoring/ Mentoring

    • 4:15 Extra-Curricular Activity

    • 5:00 Sports &Games

(2) Summer Camp 

  • July - August 

  • Students meet daily for five weeks from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Students are grouped by grade level

  • Typical day involves academic modules, mentoring, sports and other electives

(3) Saturday Leadership Retreats

  • September - June

  • Students attend every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

  • Students are grouped by grade level (middle, high school)

  • Typical day involves leadership activities, mentoring, sports and other electives

    •   9:00       Breakfast 

    •   9:45       Study Hall/Chess

    •   10:45     Leadership Activity 

    •   11:45     Sport & Games                            


To learn more about this program, you may contact:


Amanda Tindall

PALS Director


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