Malia and Sasha Obama will begin a new school on Monday as they start classes at the private Sidwell Friends in Washington D.C.
They follow in the footsteps of other former first children, including Chelsea Clinton and Richard Nixon’s daughters, as they attend the co-ed Quaker day school accompanied by Secret Service men.
The Obama girls will most likely attend classes on separate campuses as Malia, 10, a fifth-grader will go to the middle school campus in Northwest Washington and Sasha, 7, a second-grader will go to the lower school in Bethesda Md.
“We’re delighted to have them and welcome them into the community,” said Ellis Turner, associate head of school at Sidwell Friends where tuition tallies up to $28,442 at the lower school and $29,442 for middle and upper school.
Sidwell practices a Quaker philosophy that stresses community service and interconnectedness and boasts a diverse student body with nearly 40 percent non-white students and a at least 1 out of 5 students receiving financial aid.