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PK-8
Private
Alexandria, VA
Students enrolled: 250
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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5917 Telegraph Rd
Alexandria, VA 22310

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(703) 960-3000
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November 17, 2014
Wonderful (and truly diverse!) school with dedicated, enthusiastic and loving teachers. (The school makes significant investments in professional development, which is why I think it attracts - and keeps - this great staff year after year.) The head of school is responsive to parents and consistently in the classrooms with her students and teachers. From a parent perspective, it looks like there is a lot of collaboration between the classes and administration. Parents at Browne are really involved too - it's a small, tight-knit community. The campus is gorgeous and the kids are outside A LOT - the kindergarten class recently learned to "write like scientists" by investigating the school's gardens and trees. Not a bad way to learn ...

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2014
Our children will begin their Browne academic experience in the fall and as parents who are dedicated to providing our children with an outstanding education, we found Browne to be an excellent fit. The warmth and attention we received throughout the application process has been wonderful and we are so excited about the new head who started in the summer. She has so much energy! Our kids adore her already. We sent our children to Browne's summer camp to help acclimate them to their new surroundings. They quickly made friends and were embraced by the Browne students. They already feel comfortable on campus and have received insight from current students on what to expect in the fall. We can't wait for school to start and are looking forward to and anticipating an awesome year.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2014
Browne is in obvious shambles. Massive exodus, half of the faculty is gone. Schools website is very deceiving. Lots of teacher vacancies and low student enrollment. I met the new head of school...more of the same.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
Wow I would guess that the negitive person complaining about asking for money does not understand that this is a non profit organization and the donations help to keep the school open and offer the best teachers available. We have two children at Browne who thrive. They have become lifelong learners and are excited and proud to be students at Browne. Believe me it is is not a country club school we have students and families from all walks of life.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2014
As a current Browne parent with two children in the school, we now have experiences with each division (we have been at the school for 7 years). While it has not been perfect, it is a great community and has served both of our children well. The PS is awesome, the LS is good (we could use a change in LS leadership, but there are good caring teachers in this division) and from what I can tell so far the MS is great. Browne lives up to the progressive school label, meeting children where they are. They do push, but with care and are an open environment that will work with parents to make sure their children have what they need. It's unfortunate that others did not have the same experience, but my belief is that part of that is due to mis-aligned expectations. It's a school, made up of people, not all will be perfect. It's an independent school and as a product of a Pre-K - 12 independent education, I will tell you ALL independent schools ask you for money and every school will have issues with one or more staff member every year. It's the nature of the beast. It simply boils down to what is right for your child and your family and for us Browne has been a great choice so far.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
Browne is a fantastic school. Any parent will see great social & academic development from their children while attending Browne. My two children who are in different grades have had excellent teachers during the 3 years the have been enrolled. This school is amazing because they take all types of children and succeed in turning them in to smart, capable and curious students! A parent couldn't ask for a more caring & academically focused environment for their child.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
My child must be in a different school compared to the most recent reviewers. Our experience is more in alignment with the "will be leaving" parent from November 26, 2012 review...

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
Browne Academy is a wonderful school with supportive teachers and a wonderful student body. My child has thrived and grown so much due to teachers that truly care and love the kids. The environment is friendly and the resources are great. I have only seen children enjoy, thrive, and love coming to school. Browne is a great choice!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2013
Browne is a loving and nurturing community. The children enjoy coming to schools everyday. It is a positive and welcoming environment and my children are having a great experience. If you are looking for a school that really knows the students, Browne is the perfect school.

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2013
Browne's teaching philosophy is to deny students the opportunity to study those things that interest them so they are "stretched" by studying what they dislike. This is wildly inappropriate in the early grades and taught our children to hate school and to see teachers as abusive and capricious. Browne kindergarten is not bad, but get out after that!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
My daughter is thriving at Browne Academy! The preschool is a special place where she is loved and cared for by kind and pleasant teachers. The director of the preschool is a friendly and helpful presence at the school. I love the small class sizes and all the activities(art, library, PE, music, math, reading, handwriting, French!) my daughter is engaged in everyday. She is building a very strong academic and social foundation, I couldn't be happier with her development since we started at Browne!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2012
Most reviews seem to be from younger parents. It does not get better. Disciplinary issues, academics for above average students, bullying, lack of leadership, constant hounding for donations, etc are all issues at Browne. Not what we wanted or expected. Will be leaving!!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
I have 2 children attending Browne Academy. The both love going to school every day. Browne is a warm and nurturing environment that has allowed my kids to flourish socially and educationally. What a wonderful caring place!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
My son has been a student at Browne Academy for the past seven years. I have seen him mature and thrive due to the stong academic and nurturing environment at Browne. His academic abilities exceed those of the public school at the same level and he continues to be motivated to learn. Am I happy with everything - of course not. But as a parent I remain involved with my son's education and speak up and out often. The classes are small and most teachers are very passionate and really get to know the children they teach. I would like to see better leadership and involvement from the heads of school - a changing of the guard is needed.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
We've had a great experience at Browne! We have found the faculty and administration very open and accessbile. Whenver I've requested an appointment, I've been given the opportunity to meet with them. My son's teacher always responds to my questions and concerns. We couldn't be happier with the level of attention he receives and the quality of the education. The class size is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
As a new parent, I am thrilled with the quality of education at Browne Academy. The administration has been approachable and extremely knowledgeable. The teachers are genuinely invested in the students, and the parent community has been fantastic! We couldn't ask for a better fit for our son!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
I am a new parent to Browne's preschool. After leaving daycare behind, I have been thoroughly impressed by the loving education environment that my little one is in. She goes happily to school each day and is able to participate in many different activities each day. She even has French class daily!!! The preschool head is loving, and takes it upon herself to visit with the children each day. Her class even has a blog! It is a great way to see wha adventures my child has each day.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
As a past parent of the school I am frequently asked "What's Browne Academy really like". I will tell you honestly that this school prepared both of my children for great success in all their future learning esp. H.S. . My children were very different learners and both were given an opportunity to achieve their very best while at Browne Academy. They were encouraged through the compassion and skill of some of the very best teacher that my children have ever had. The environment is one that truly acts on values in education like community and excellence. They have a love for leaning that was inspired in their years at Browne that continues today.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
As a parent of a student that just graduated from Browne after 11 years and is in a nearby private high-school, I must say that Browne did a wonderful job of preparing her. She is a confident , articulate and independent student. Academically, she spends very little time studying at night and often says she can't believe how well Browne got her ready for high-school. The staff is professional and caring. We truly feel blessed to have found Browne Academy!!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
After six years at Browne Academy we have watched our son blossom from a timid non-read in kindergarten to a self advocate in his current year. His reading, comprehension and critical level thinking levels have increased well past his current grade level. The staff at Browne are nurturing, get to know their students and take a genuine interest in making sure each child succeeds. I wish the school went up to 12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2012
I must admit that I'm somewhat surprised to see the quality of some of the reviews here about Browne. We first visited the school upon moving to the area for my 2nd grader who needs a nurturing environment to thrive. We had heard great things about Browne but what we actually saw was entirely contradictory. After waiting at the administration office for nearly an hour after our scheduled meeting time with admissions, he finally showed up and breathlessly muttered some excuses and then hurriedly introduced us to the Headmistress - who was meandering around the property with her dog. She looked somewhat irritated that we interrupted her quiet time and curtly introduced herself and then walked on. We then went to meet with the head of the lower school who seemed to take personal offense to any question we asked and did a poor job at crafting responses that varied between terse or passive aggressive. Is this the same school everyone else is reviewing? Needless to say we moved on down the road, although we were disappointed- but these people will have my kid for most of the day. The place got good reviews in the past but it really didn't feel like the place had it together. What gives?

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
Browne Academy is an amazing school!! It's the best Independent school in Northern Virginia for JK - 8th grade. The staff is amazing, they truly care about the kids and really get to know your children. The school is very diverse and inclusive and all kids feel welcomed and comfortable in this enviornment. The curriculm is amazing , the kids will be pushed to exceed there absolute best academic achivement!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
Browne Academy has over the past 8 years has prepared my son for wherever he may land in high school. The writing curriculum is solid and probably at the high school level; the science and math upper middle school curriculums were far above and beyond what I ever learned at that age and the teachers are caring and generous with their time. If you are looking for a small school where you child will excel in academics and encouraged to strive for their best, Browne is probably the best value and most under rated private school in the Northern VA area.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2011
Yes, while students are at Browne, they don't like it very much, they don't appreciate it, but in high school, it prepares them so much for what they will have to face with their excellent faculty that always put the children first. And the kids earn great friends that follow them past graduation.

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2011
As a parent whose child has been at Browne for 5 years and a former educational professional, I would like to say that the curriculum offered at this school is 1-2 years above what is offered at the nearby public schools. Browne students are challenged, encouraged, and supported by caring professionals who love their jobs and support the Browne community. At the middle school level, students are expected to complete 2-3 hours of homework per night. If the students and parents manage their time, it is workable, even with extra curricular activities. The benefits of a small, nurturing school far outweigh those of surrounding schools where the student/teacher ratio is 1:25.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
As parents with a preschooler at Browne Academy, we've been very pleased with the staff and curriculum. The teachers in the PS are warm and nuturing, and provide an environment for our child to learn through both a montessori and structured type of program. Our child is happy, always excited to go to school, and we are very pleased with the education and attention she is receiving. We are looking forward to another great year in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
I am a student at Browne Academy and have observed, other fellow students, including myself, are not happy with how the school has come along. I have heard almost all the students express their strong dislike for Browne at least once. The cirriculum does not challenge the students who need to be challenge, and instead, holds them back with the rest of the class's academic capabilities. Teachers are not able to deal with disciplinary situations they need to be able to handle. Parents have addressed to the school how teachers do not coordinate homework amounts, leaving the students with hours a night. The average time students go to sleep is between 11pm and 1am, which is not healthy for the development of their young minds. The students who came in Pre-K and Kindergarten say they would not be able to stand any more years at this school. Do not send your child to this school, it is not worth the money. Most of the good reviews are from parents who are not all aware of what really goes on from behind those walls. So take it from a student, your child will not be happy at this school. P.s. The student teacher ratio per classroom is 12, not five. Good luck on your hunt for a school.

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2010
Great school, even better teachers. A level of commitment to the task at hand (The student success) you only see at top notch enterprises. Thank you Browne Academy.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
Unfortunately Browne is going the wrong direction. The faculty turn over is through the roof and teachers who are not qualified are being hired. Qualified teacher don't last more than two years. I'm pulling kids out next year. 4 or 5 years ago I was so happy with the school but now unfortuantely is not the same school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2010
We have been at Browne's preschool for 2 years now and we think the program is wonderful. Our child is learning art, music, math & french and can already read on her own and she is not yet 5. We are very impressed with the curriculum and the teachers who are very caring. The school is very diverse and most families are dual-income. The only negative is that it does not have a large endowment

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 19, 2009
My child have been at Browne for 3 years now. I have less impression at Browne this year as my child requires more challenging curriculum which I don't see at Browne. I have to spend more time and purchase more educational materials (leveled reading books, math textbook and workbook) to satisfy my child curiousity. I'm thinking about and 'shopping' around other private schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
My grandson is in his fifth year at Brown. His teachers have been great and he has learned a tremendous amount.

- submitted by a community member
February 02, 2009
Our child transferred to Browne this year for middle school and we have been extremely pleased with the quality of the instruction and the depth of the curriculum. The students were very warm and welcoming and our child settled right in. We chose Browne specifically because it met the needs of our son who transferred from a TAG program and we have found Browne far superior overall. I'm not sure about the ages of the families that left because their kids were not challenged, but that has not been the case at all in the middle school. Outstanding overall.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 10, 2009
Our children have been at Browne for the past three years. We could not be happier with the quality of the teachers. Our kids are challenged and loved. It is a great, diverse community.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating November 29, 2008
I am a current parent at Browne. I have been dissappointed that the school does not allow for each child to move forward educational as they are ready. Students that are excelling in certain areas have to move backwards and are not challenged are encouraged to learn more than where the class is at any given point. Additionally, the school administration does not appear to respsect varying opinions regarding issues in our history, political beliefs and other ideas that may not be viewed as 'traditional.' I have been disappointed with the overall educational experience at Browne and will likley move my child to another school next year.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2008
In our experience Browne has good teachers and facilities. However, we have left the school because it did not address disciplinary problems in a timely manner. We also were disappointed in how it met the needs of gifted students as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2008
Browne Academy is a great school with small classes, excellent faculty and staff, and a wonderful Head of School. The philosophy of both the school and the Head of School is that the best way for a child to blossom is for the school and parent to work together for the benefit of the child. Browne is more than a school. It is a community.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
I am a student at Browne and I would like to say that over my past nine years here I have not once encountered a teacher who didn't appreciate each student and the curriculum and activities definitely encourage each student to try their best and achieve what is expected if not surpass it.

- submitted by a former student
May 03, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
March 24, 2007
I am a teacher at Browne Academy, and now I am a proud parent of a Browne Academy student. This school's academic programs are top notch, with dedicated teachers who are truly experts in their fields. From the Pre-School to the Middle School, students experience exciting lessons and real enthusiasm for learning. I couldn't be more pleased with our new Head of School; she is a strong leader with a clear vision for our future. I am excited about what Browne has in store for my son when he enters the Pre-School program in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2007
Our children have been at Browne Academy for five years now, and we are happier with the school this year than in the past. We have a new head of school who is truly committed to the professional development of the faculty and staff, because she realizes the direct benefits a highly skilled teacher brings to the classroom. The quality of communication between the Administration and parents also has improved markedly this year. Given the small size of the school, it will never be an athletic powerhouse. However, the completion of the new gym now provides a venue for sports activities on campus. In any case, most parents probably place more value on the strong academic and cultural programs at Browne, which include music, art, and foreign language programs (with native-speaking French and Spanish instructors). Browne's mission is to produce lifelong learners, and on that score, the school remains on target.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2007
This is my family's third year at Browne Academy----and by far the best! The new Head of School, Margot Durkin, is a refreshing change, is doing a magnificent job and has been making well-thought out changes. Our child adores Browne's Middle School and we couldn't be happier with the teachers, our child's peer group, the curriculum and the work load. Just last week the 4th, 5th and 6th graders took a day trip to Philadelphia to view the King Tut exhibit which tied in beautifully with what the classes had been studying. We have been very impressed with the High School Placement Program at Browne Academy. Without a doubt, Browne Middle School students will graduate ready to succeed at any of the top independent schools in the Washington, DC area. Thank you Mrs. Durkin and all of the excellent teachers at Browne Academy!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
We have been at this school several years and since the arrival of the new Head of School this school year, the quality of the school has gone down hill, with the departure of several good teachers in the Middle School. Although a few good teachers remain, the once challenging and exciting classes has dwindled to few. The Head of School, upon arrival, initiated broad sweeping changes in the middle school without regard to impacts on students and families. Good music programs and adequate sports program. Recommend looking at all available options and talking with parents of students before selecting a middle school.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
November 28, 2006
We've been there 3 years--it's tops in our book! New Head of School is fantastic! The school was already good---now it's headed towards GREAT---as in 'GOOD TO GREAT'!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
A superb school in a city of good schools. This is a top notch investment in your childs' education...and really addresses the individual needs of children with different skill levels and talents. We are thrilled to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2005
Browne Academy is the best school ever! I would not send my children anywhere else, I think the teachers and administration are the best in the area.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2004
Our daughter is in first grade, but had a wonderful experience in kindergarten. Mort Dukart is an exceptional head. He has a strong vision and yet cares deeply about and knows the children at Browne. The faculty are first rate: caring, talented, and just good people. An extraordinary place--well worth the financial investment.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2003
The most incredible place I know! My kids were fortunate enough to attend there. We have moved this year and are at another private school. However, no school will ever match up! The leadership and the teachers were nurturing and cared about my kids. The academics were exciting and stimulating (which was especially important for my oldest who was bored in her previous school). The bottom line is that my children made wonderful lifelong friendships with teachers and students, were stimulated by the curriculum and loved going to school! We all miss it very much. There wasn't one thing that I would have changed!

- submitted by a parent
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Browne Academy is a pre-kindergarten through grade eight independent school preparing girls and boys in the metropolitan Washington, DC area for competitive secondary schools. We are dedicated to the development of the individual child as an independent, lifelong learner who embraces the core values of excellence, diversity, character and community.

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Browne Academy
5917 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA  22310
(703) 960-3000
Last modified Browne Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Browne Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top