In terms of how we design our program and learning environment, this means:
- We seek to enroll academically advanced students who love learning
- We hire bright teachers who love learning and teaching and who are qualified to teach their subjects at a college level, and these teachers have great freedom to select content and design courses they find compelling
- We use books and other course content normally reserved for college and graduate courses
- Our classes are small, discussion-based seminars that promote thoughtfulness and encourage students to reflect on the complexity and importance of the subjects they’re studying
- Classes are designed to connect to the larger world, and we build working with experts and experiences outside of school into our coursework
- Students are not judged, or limited, by their chronological age, so our classes often have students from multiple grade levels
- As adults, we do not always know what is best for students, so we seek to learn from students and to give them opportunities to explore and to develop their own interests
- We value innovation and flexibility in program design over conventional wisdom. As teachers and administrators we are always learning, so the school is always changing
- There are no shortcuts. Time and effort students invest working on rigorous content and assignments are the wellspring of real learning and academic achievement
Loudoun School At-a-Glance
Founded in 2008
The most innovative school in the region. The only school for advanced middle and high school students. The first co-educational independent high school in Loudoun County. Seven years of enrollment growth of about 30 percent each year. More than 35 graduates since 2010.
Fully Accredited in 2014
Loudoun School is accredited by SACS CASI, an institution that accredits 13,000 primary, middle, and secondary schools, including Loudoun County Public Schools. Accreditation demonstrates Loudoun School's commitment to deliver academic excellence using best practices and continuous improvement.
Right-sized for Learning
With an average of six students per classroom, a total teacher load of about 30 students across classes, and about 40 students total in grades 6-12, Loudoun School students receive more than five times the direct instructional guidance from teachers than public school students do, which promotes student involvement and teacher awareness of student learning and progress.
Middle School and High School for Advanced Students
No more wasting time at school on mindless work. Our middle school and high school courses offer academic opportunities for advanced students during their most critical years. For middle school students, this means the opportunity to begin college-level work even sooner.
Our teachers are scholars or former professionals in their fields, so they can keep pace with even the brightest students (all have degrees in the subjects they teach, almost all have advanced degrees, and five have PhDs). Plus, they love learning, so students will too.
We invest heavily in student instruction, and our tuition cost is lower than the cost of educating each student. Yet, our tuition costs are lower than at comparable independent schools with larger class sizes, which means real value.
A private school education can increase the likelihood of gaining admission to competitive colleges.
The members of the Loudoun School for the Gifted Classes of 2014 and 2015 (a total of 12 students) have been offered over $675,000 in merit-based scholarships from prestigious colleges and universities. Over 75% were accepted by their first college choice. These schools included:
- American University
- Bard College
- Baylor University
- Christopher Newport University
- College of William and Mary
- Cornell University
- Dickinson College
- Drexel University
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- James Madison University
- Kenyon College
- McDaniel College
- Oberlin College
- Pepperdine University
- Purdue University
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Stetson University
- Sweet Briar College
- Texas Christian University
- University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
- University of Richmond
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Vassar College
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Tech)
- Washington and Jefferson College
- Williams College
Our courses are exceptional, but we offer Advanced Placement courses so students can benchmark themselves against the national population and can earn college credit at schools that accept AP courses for credit. To date, we have offered Biology, English Literature, English Language, Calculus AB and BC, Physics, Psychology, World History and US History.
Standards-Based Grading; Grading Scale
We follow a standards-based grading system to measure student learning and progress, which is evidence of our commitment to best practices. We report grades following the guidelines of Fairfax County’s 4.0 grading scale, including weighting for honors and Advanced Placement courses, so colleges can compare our students more easily against their Virginia public school counterparts.
Physical education that’s engaging: Jiu jitsu, Badminton, Yoga, Krav Maga, Water Polo, Kickboxing, and Ultimate Frisbee, among others.
Introductory and intermediate classical guitar for middle school students; a certified music program that allows high school students to participate in the county’s youth orchestra and public school bands, if they qualify.
Foreign Countries Visited
Austria, China (including Hong Kong), Czech Republic, France, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, and Japan.
Foreign Languages Offered
Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish, as early as middle school.
Off-campus on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (Chipotle, Panera, Nando, Tropical Smoothie, Wegmans, Potbelly, etc.). On Tuesday and Thursday, students can order-in or visit one of the food trucks that come through the technology park. Students are also welcome to pack their lunches, of course.