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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
My grandson is in his fifth year at Brown. His teachers have been great and he has learned a tremendous amount.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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