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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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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Wednesday, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted December 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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
  • Margot N. Durkin
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
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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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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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