We are here to deliver academics in a thoughtful and engaging way, and with our unique program, extraordinary faculty, and “small by design” community, we are able to do so. Our students come to us for deep learning and engaging experiences, so we provide an environment where each student is able to spend every day with adults and peers who share these aspirations. It is a life-changing experience for our students.
We also strive to deliver each student, at the end of their time with us, whole and confident. Through our classes, experiences, and projects, we hope to send them on their way with a strong idea of what they can do and where they are headed.
While academics is our top priority, we also know that it is difficult to truly learn in an environment that is not ideal for deep learning. So we pay equal amounts of attention to the community we build and the experiences we offer both inside and outside the classroom. We know a student cannot learn to their potential if they are unhappy socially, lacking true academic engagement, or feeling tremendous pressure academically without adequate amounts of warmth and encouragement.
Please follow the steps below to learn more about how to apply for admission.
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We will schedule a meeting with each prospective student and at least one parent or guardian to learn more about the student and share more about the school. Please bring a copy of the student's unofficial transcript or grades and any relevant test scores that you have with you.
If the initial interview suggests the school is a good fit, we will schedule a shadow day for the student. At this point, students and parents should begin the online application by clicking the link below.
Lola Jackson Scholarship
Loudoun School for the Gifted seeks to enroll the most promising and deserving students, including those who demonstrate genuine motivation and a sincere commitment to learning and making positive change in the world, but who cannot afford the school without substantial financial assistance.
We are now offering the Lola Jackson Scholarship, which is a full-tuition scholarship, for the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarship is named for the beloved teacher who worked for decades with the students at the historic Ashburn Colored School, which has been restored and is on the site of our new campus. For students who qualify and remain in good standing, the scholarship will continue throughout their tenure at the school.
This scholarship would not be possible without the generosity of the parents of a recent graduate. Without their help, we could not offer financial assistance, because our tuition is based on what it actually costs us to provide the best possible educational opportunities for students. So this scholarship is reserved for families who could not afford private school without substantial financial assistance.
We are now accepting applications for The Lola Jackson Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. The application deadline is May 1, 2018. WE DO NOT WANT TO CREATE BARRIERS TO QUALIFIED STUDENTS APPLYING, SO IF YOU THINK YOU’RE A GOOD FIT, PLEASE APPLY.
If you have any questions, please email us.
We use the federal definition of gifted in evaluating applicants: "The term ‘gifted and talented,” when used with respect to students, children, or youth, means students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities." (No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110 (Title IX, Part A, Definition 22) (2002); 20 USC 7801(22) (2004))
We look for "evidence of high achievement capability" in students' grades, work product, teacher recommendations, and assessment(s) of cognitive proficiency and reasoning.
Loudoun School for the Gifted requires that all applicants complete the WISC or Stanford-Binet test, which are administered professionally, or the Test of Relational Reasoning (TORR), which is administered at our school. These tests help us assess an applicant's readiness to reason about the complex, ill-structured questions that are at the heart of our academic program. While test scores are required, we have a holistic admissions process, so test results are just one element of our admissions review. Evidence of exceptional academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, sophisticated reasoning and problem solving, or meaningful leadership are very persuasive.
If an applicant has completed the WISC or Stanford-Binet within three years, we will accept those results. We can also provide the names of local professionals who administer these tests for a fee (about $500).
Our preferred assessment is the TORR for high school applicants, and the TORRjr for middle school applicants, which are administered at our school and scored independently by The Disciplined Reading and Learning Research Laboratory at the University of Maryland, which is led by Dr. Patricia Alexander. The TORR is a test of fluid cognitive ability, and is administered without cost to applicants.
We welcome students who want to join during the academic year. We often find our best 9th and 10th grade students join us during the year, because they've given their traditional school a chance, and have found it wanting.
Superior faculty, challenging texts, personalized attention with small class sizes, and a phenomenal social environment are why parents continue to invest in a Loudoun School for the Gifted education.
Here you will find answers to the questions that we get asked the most often.