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Alexandria, VA
Students enrolled: 170
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1321 Leslie Avenue
alexandria, VA 22301

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(703) 548-6912
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Amount of homework: Just right
May 31, 2015
Homework used to be a nightmare. There used to be missing homework and confusion almost every night. C/A is very clear about homework expectations. Every assignment is posted. Our daughter understands her assignments and works hard but still gets enough sleep, which was not the case with another child who went through public school. We (parents) no longer are involved in any aspect of homework, as it should be.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
May 31, 2015
Commonwealth Academy is small enough that the teachers (who really understand ADHD children) can focus on character traits such as honesty, integrity and fairness. The school has a high expectation of all of its students. No bullying is allowed.

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April 24, 2015
If you look in the dictionary under "transformative," you should find Commonwealth Academy. Our son's experience has been nothing less that that. After struggling through elementary school in a school that was ill-suited to his needs, we transferred him to Commonwealth. Fast forward a few years and the young man is transformed. He is excited about school and about learning. He goes far beyond the minimum and actually challenges himself to take on more and more. He and his classmates have an amazing bond rooted in learning and shaped by a fantastic faculty. There is something in the DNA of this school that inspires kids who struggle with ADHD and other disabilities to achieve more than they thought they were capable of. We are looking at colleges now and believe, thanks to CA, that our son will be ready to succeed wherever he goes. That's because CA delivers on its mission of being a college preparatory school from its teaching to its college counseling.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2015
My son attended Commonwealth Academy in high school. With the help of an outstanding college counselor and supportive teachers, the college process went very smoothly. From selecting potential colleges, to applying (including essay writing), to choosing the right college my son was engaged and prepared. My son left Commonwealth Academy understanding what his learning differences are and how to overcome them. Because of the relationships he was able to build with his teachers my son became a self-advocate. He learned excellent study skills at CA and is successfully using them in school now. I am so appreciative that one of the school events that I was fearful of turned out to be so easy and successful.

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January 28, 2015
Commonwealth Academy is uncompromising about academic and personal integrity. Some find that difficult but most appreciate its high expectations.

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October 28, 2014
We are absolutely grateful to have found this school! It is like none other! We were VERY worried of placing our daughter in a public school system that makes all the promises for student accommodations, but doesn't keep them. The public middle and high schools in our area have very bad reputations. Failing, and with tons of bullying. Other private schools boast of basically "running your child into the ground" with added homework pressure, and no support. We did NOT want that for our child. This school offers a SAFE and CARING environment, where teachers and staff are COMPLETELY invested in all around student success. Students have all the support, with very small class sizes, excellent learning strategies and top notch technology tools. They have study hall and advisory for extra homework support, and there is constant communication between parents, students and teachers. The extracurricular activities and the Parent Association are wonderful, as well. I never believed when other parents used to tell me that my child would wake up every day eager to go to school. Our child wanted to immediately become a part of C/A the moment she took the tour. Frankly, so did we!

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October 18, 2013
What a relief (and joy) to find such a school. We couldn't be more pleased about our experience with C/A. What makes this school THE right place for students like our son is the structure of the academic program, the organization of the school day, and the resources and facilities. Best of all, faculty members are extraordinarily capable and compassionate. Teachers really "get" our son. From the get-go, we felt that C/A would be a great opportunity for him; we're confident he'll continue to do very well. We recommend the school wholeheartedly.

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October 27, 2012
We started our son here this year. He is extremely bright, but has ADHD and we were tired of struggling with Fairfax County schools to get him the help he needs and tired of the homework struggles at home with him. CA has been an absolute godsend. Our son was a grade level behind in math before he started and now after just a few months he is grade level AHEAD. He absolutely loves it and is ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN LEARNING. The learning at this school is very hands on, the class sizes are tiny and the teachers are absolutely phenomenal. We could not possibly be happier with CA, and only wish we had found it sooner!!!

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March 21, 2012
Finally! A school that knows how to teach children with differing learning styles. Other schools say they can do it but, once your've signed on the line, the school can't, or won't. Lovely instructors. Great communication. No homework issues. Could not be more pleased

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2011
The only downside parents will experience at Commonwealth is that they didn't find it sooner! Learning difference or not, any student who is serious about their future will find a learning environment here that is second to none. Quality (and well trained) teachers, accountable Administrators that lead and inspire, as promised-small class sizes, state of art technology, well thought out and solid courses of study, with an unrelenting focus on helping students master core competencies. Imagine having a parent-teacher conference where each of the teachers has actually taken the time to evaluate your child's performance and then discusses the plan for building on strengths and addressing any weaknesses. Even better, add in the well planned and communicated class assignments, structured study halls, daily advisory periods, weekly reports, and the general availability of teachers to assist students directly, so now homework at home is a pleasant and productive activity. Be sure to get to know about C/A before you go elsewhere, I wish we had!

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August 13, 2010
Commonwealth Academy is a private college prep school that gets you ready for college. This school helps kids with learning differences or has other needs, this school is one of the best academic schools in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, I am a student who attends to this school since the 6th grade, and I have learned so much and became more and more confident in myself as a person. Great teachers that inspire, brand new computers, smartboards in every classroom, great head of school, very organized and has a good balance in structure. Great kids are there as well who are bright and smart. This school helps you alot, and please apply to this school, this school has been a blessing in my life. 5/5!

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July 20, 2009
My Son had been in 5 different Elementary Schools before 6th Grade as a Military Child - all over the U.S. It wasn't until we enrolled him in CA that the instruction was differentiated to meet his individual needs. CA is a healthy environment for all aspects of child development.

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Commonwealth Academy is an award-winning day school for average to superior students with learning differences or AD/HD. It offers a college prep program for students in grades 6-12, and a grade-level program with reading and math remediation for grades 4-5. Commonwealth’s curriculum is embedded with technology and compensatory strategies to help students confidently succeed in a socially supportive environment. Classes limited to 10 or fewer students, and instruction tailored to different learning styles, backed by state-of-the-art technology, give students the safety they need to take measured academic risks, express their curiosity, and advance their achievement. Accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, licensed by the State of Virginia to service Specific Learning Disabilities and ADHD and by the District of Columbia, Commonwealth offers a full range of academic classes, including honors courses, as well as graphic and performing arts, social activities, clubs, athletics, and community service. Dr. Susan Johnson, Head of School, received the 2010 Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award and David Roth, Middle School Director and History teacher was awarded the 2009-2010 CHADD Educator of the Year. Applications are being accepted for the current school year as space is available and for the following school year by March 1st. Please call Josh Gwilliam 703/548-6912 for a personal tour or visit Commonwealth Academy on the web at CommonwealthAcademy.org.

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Commonwealth Academy
1321 Leslie Avenue, alexandria, VA  22301
(703) 548-6912
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Commonwealth Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top