Our History

Shaping uncommonly kind, poised, and intelligent young learners since 1942

In 1941, founding parents Persis Lane and Judith Glaser sketched a plan for what seemed—at that time—like a radical idea: a school to educate children ages three through six. One year later, joined by a group of similarly enthusiastic, dedicated parents, they opened one of the nation’s first nursery schools. The McLean Playschool, housed in the basement of the Franklin Sherman School, welcomed 19 children on September 22, 1942.

Today, nearly 500 students from preschool through eighth grade learn, play, and grow on our beautiful McLean campus. But we’ve never forgotten our cooperative roots. Our steadfast belief in community—in collaborative effort and shared responsibility—fuels and shapes our program to this day. Over the years, we’ve also maintained and deepened our founders’ focus on childhood. Experts in their subjects and in child development, today’s Langley teachers carefully tend to students’ growth from age three to young adolescence.

Throughout our history, our entire community has joyfully ensured that all our children build the intellectual prowess, emotional acuity, and moral foundation to step confidently into young adulthood.

Take a journey through the decades to see what we mean.

Langley through the decades


The Langley School: The First Fifty Years 


The idea of creating The Langley School took place many years ago, during the summer of 1941, preceding by six months the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States entered World War II on December 8, 1941. The following year on September 22, 1942, The Langley School first opened its doors...