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Browne Academy

Private | PK-8 | 250 students

Our school is best known for small class sizes, strong academics and diversity.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $372,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,800.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 13 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
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Posted November 2, 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Peggy Otey
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • 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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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$17000 - $30000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Stephens & St. Agnes School
Flint Hill School
Bishop Ireton
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5917 Telegraph Rd
Alexandria, VA 22310
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Phone: (703) 960-3000

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