Enrollment and Tuition


  • Winter Trimester ¦ January 4 – March 29
  • Spring Semester ¦ April 3 – June 29

Tuition Rates

  • $2058/trimester paid in 3 installments of $686 each.
  • Smithsonian Employees and Siblings receive a 20% discount
  • Families must commit to attending for a full trimester.
  • If you choose to withdraw before the end of the trimester, you will still be obligated to pay the remaining tuition.


  • About 4 weeks prior to the end of the trimester, we inquire with current students and determine what availability we have in the program (there are 12 spaces).
  • Interested families with children AT LEAST 15 MONTHS OLD are welcome to attend a Prospective Student Day (see below for details)
  • After the Prospective Student Day, we will follow-up with you by phone in the order in which you made your reservation.
  • We will determine, together, whether SEE is a good fit for your child and family. If both parties are agreed and there is space, we will provide you with further details on how to complete your registration.

Prospective Student Day

This is a day when we invite interested families to attend the SEE program. It is an opportunity for families to observe the structure and format of the program and get to know other families and educators.

Registration for the day is only open to five participants, If it is full, we recommend joining the waitlist. Families often change their plans and we find ourselves with more available slots. We will contact you in the order your waitlist request was received.

The cost of registering is $50 and is applied to your tuition if accepted.

Our next Prospective Student Day will be on Monday, March 13.
Eventbrite - Smithsonian Early Explorers: Prospective Student Day (Spring 2017)

Information Sessions

Information sessions are for families who are interested in the Early Explorers program (not the full-time program). You are welcome to join us if your child is under 15 months to learn more about the program and ask questions.

Our next session is scheduled for February 28.
Eventbrite - Smithsonian Early Explorers: Information Session (Spring 2017)


Appropriately aged students enrolled in SEE will receive priority for participation in SEE the following year.

Enrollment in SEEC (full-time program)

Involvement in SEE does not in any way impact future enrollment opportunities in SEEC’s full time program. SEE participants do not receive priority in the traditional school year lottery. If you are interested in SEEC’s full-time program, please contact Melody Passemante Powell at 202-633-2941.