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9200 Burke Lake Rd
Burke, VA 22015

(703) 426-1000
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September 06, 2014
I am the parent of two LBSS students. I have been very disappointed in the quality of the majority of the teachers. There are some wonderful teachers but they are few and far between. I have come to expect that every year my kids will have very weak teachers in more than half of their subjects. If you struggle, you will likely need to pay for a private tutor.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2014
Lake Braddock is a wonderful school!! Most of the teachers are extremely nice and they really care about each individual student. They really care about having you succeed and they are very flexible in helping you if you need extra help. They have top of the line orchestras, bands, and choirs, great athletic program, and even better academics. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2014
Posted Jun 2, 2014 This school is the best school ever. It's rated in 7th place for the best schools In Virginia and 127th in the nation. It has won many district and state champions for each sport. Many famous people have went there. They offer an advanced academic program provided to middle schoolers. The teachers are great and the staff is quite diverse. The school is very large which is great for a diverse environment. Everyone who attends this school loves it here. Many of the students are very spiritive about lake Braddock.

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2014
I am a graduate from LBSS after spending 7-12 grades there. It can certainly be intimidating due to its size, but the size provides so much diversity and opportunities for involvement. In 7th grade I was in the 'moderate' math classes. My teacher recognized that the class was too easy and spoke with my parents about bumping me up to algebra in 7th grade - which is what I did. This was only the first example of the great teachers at LBSS who take the time to observe how their students are doing and do what they can to advance them. That single bump-up to algebra (plus many other teacher interventions) provided so many opportunities down the road (I am now a doctor) that allowed me to go to top-tier universities and achieve so many great things. Besides the attentive and caring teachers, the size of the school allows limitless elective opportunities. I was doing automotive shop and metal working the same year as German and computer design. The size of the student population, in my eyes, is only a plus and provides a fantastic environment to mature and learn.

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2014
I have attended Lake Braddock for 7th and 8th grade (AAP), and I have loved every bit of it. The teachers are fantastic, but you do need to be focused and prepared for class to get good grades. I enjoy that the teachers will take time to see you after class or during Bruin Block (the equivalent of study hall), but you have to approach them our else you will not get paid attention to due to the large amount of students. I have generally found that people are kind, but some kids are very competitive when it comes to grades and just life in general. There are also many extra-curriculars to attend as well as school events, but you have to put yourself our there and ask about them because many are not highly advertised. The band program is also extraordinary in the middle school, the band director is great, music is exciting, and you get many opportunities to learn about music from professionals that visit. The only negative is that it is a secondary school so seniors are in the hallways with seventh graders.

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2013
I think a lot of the teachers are better quality and educated but school has huge issues with discipline. A strong liberal attitude prevails so if you arent one of them expect to be labeled an "outsider".

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
This is a very large school that make sure that students don't slip between the cracks. I have three kids and they are all very different. Each has had a great experience a this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
I went here for middle school, and honestly those two years made me become bitter for a while. There is a huge clique problem, and the children are snobbish, rude, and very cruel at times. It's hard to make friends if you are new. The classes and school are way too big, and there are a lot of fights that happen behind teachers backs due to the size of the school. When I moved to WSHS, I had a much better experience, and made a bunch of friends just because people are nice. The only good thing about that school is the orchestra, its top notch. If you want to feel relaxed, welcomed, good experience in high school, don't come here.

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2013
Huge bullying issues. Lots of clicks. My kids are threatened there daily to include kids threatening to kill them. Peer mediation is a joke and just makes it worse.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
This is an excellent school. My daughter went there for 7th and 8th grades (AP). She LOVES it and doesnt' want to leave. Teachers are doing amazing job there and we never noticed any lack of attention from the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
This is my sons 3rd year at LBSS. 7th and 8th grades were okay, but I noticed problems beginning in 8th grade. 9th grade has been extremely difficult. My son is GT qualified and always has excelled academically but LBSS is so huge that he has gotten lost. There is no connection between students and teachers. My sense is that teachers are overwhelmed and students are expected to swim or sink on there own. Given his strong IQ and academic success thus far I had high expectations for LBSS, because the school does have a lot to offer. But it is too easy for kids to slack off and get involved in the wrong things, mostly because no one is paying attention. I have tried connecting with the school counselor to get help, but the counselors are also overwhelmed and I haven't gotten any help there. A school that size also has safety issues which we have run into. At this point I am considering transferring my student to a private school and this make me sad.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
Former LB student for GT here. LOVED THIS SCHOOL. I sobbed when I left it after middle school. This place makes you feel alive. Some people don't like the size. I love it. If you don't fight to work hard, you will get swallowed whole, but there are so many options for support and extra-curriculars you won't even notice just how challenging it is. All of the instructors are world-class (this is Northern VA, anyway), but the older ones are academic gods. I'm talking truly gifted, strict yet compassionate people who deeply care for your FUTURE and WELLBEING, not just statistics and test scores (which LB excels in). Oh, and the reputation is pretty much the best you could ask for. LB is like a factory for math and science geniuses who end up going to the TJHS for Science and Technology (#2 in the ENTIRE U.S.) I get raised eyebrows when I tell people I'm a former Bruin. The parent group is incredibly organized for its gigantic size. You WILL find friends here almost immediately because of the variety of choices you'll have. LBSS will automatically give you an advantage in the long run.

- submitted by a community member
December 01, 2010
My son just started middle school at Lake Braddock this year. At the start, I was really overwhelmed by the size and was worried it would be too much for him. To the contrary, he LOVES Lake Braddock! And I couldn't be any happier with the teachers and the outstanding quality of the education he's receiving. It still blows my mind how much this school has to offer and how well organized the parents are in spite of it's size. I look forward to the next ten years that my kids will be spending at Lake Braddock.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
Having just moved to the area, we chose here because of the schools...so far we aren't too dissappointed. The academics are wonderful if you know in advance what you need. We transferred and missed the GT app. date, so my child isn't in the program and is taking quite a few classes he already took at his other school. GT only goes to 8th, so we can't do much about it. AP starts in 9th. The teachers seem to be very supportive and available online. Blackboard makes it easy to keep up with your child's day. There are a ton of extra curriculars as well. Not much in the way of late buses though, which makes it hard when both parents work. Confusing because of the size, but you get the hang of it.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2010
I currently have four children in this school from 7th through 10th grade. We couldn't be happier with this school and are sad to be leaving it due to a military transfer. It will be hard to find a school in our new area that can favorably compare to Lake Braddock.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
I couldn't have been happier with my Alma Mater, Lake Braddock. As a recent college graduate, I found that Lake Braddock provided good preparation for the rigors of collegiate academics. Even though the school was large: I was still able to make lifelong friends with students and even the teachers! I loved it so much I hope that one day my kids will also attend! My only wish is that I could have enjoyed the renovations that will make the school even better!

- submitted by a student
March 06, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2010
everyone is nice to one another and even the toughest teachers arent so bad at all. i love how with the renovations, the school is so much cleaner and neater than other fairfax county schools. we have so much things we can take an advantage of because we have a great schedule system and teachers who are always glad to help students out.

- submitted by a student
March 01, 2010
While overall I am satisfied with LBSS , its size is a huge negative. They offer many activities but be prepared to compete for these slots. The mentality to be the best is overwhelming. Much competition between competing FFX schools and the focus is not always on the student. This school would be much better if it were in a traditional middle school/high school setting. Middle school mixing with high school is not beneficial.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
PROS: The curriculum is challenging - our daughter works hard to keep her grades up. The extracurricular activities are top notch. They have a fabulous music department with a first rate orchestra and band, phenominal sports opportunities and an overall supportive staff. CONS: If your child is shy or reserved, they can 'get lost in the crowd'. With an enrollment of nearly 4,000 students, it can be overwhelming. It is also easy to fall behind with academics - so stay in touch with the staff and your child. Blackboard is a big help, as are the weekely progress reports sent out via email. OTHER: This is my daughter's 3rd year at LBSS and I couldn't be happier. Most of the are great - couldn't be happier for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
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September 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 30, 2009
This is an excellent school. It is tough though so make sure your students are ready for a challenging curriculum before you enroll them here. Over 30AP courses plus honors courses in every area, orchestra, band, guitar ensemble, every sport you can imagine, computer programming and many more classes offered. It is a large school but that is part or the reason that they school had so much to offer. They even have late buses to bring children home 3 days a week free of charge for after school activities or tutoring. This school had it all and it prepares the children for college!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2009
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March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
I am a rising 8th grader at this school and I am more than please with this school. This school has great teachers and many great activities. We constantly place high in competitions such as Science Olympiad and MATHCOUNTS so you can tell our teachers put a lot work into our performance. The school day is wonderful. Classes are rarely boring. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a student
August 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2008
I'm a rising sophmore in LB. The teachers/counslers and administators are more invovled with the student. I've gotten help from many of many techers, and there are also tutors programs. The counslers are willing to sit down with the parent and student, to discuss whats going on with grades, classes the student should take and anything that will help the students future. Also the leadership here is strong. I'm personally a strong leader now, then I was before. Taking in examples from teachers and students. The curricular here is top notch. Students are offered advanced programs here like AP, honors and GT. Yes the grading is hard, but I personally take it as a challenge and a preperation for college. As sports, music etc. It's a great way for students to learn and make new friends. I'm invovled in swim and chorus, and from both i learn a lot.

- submitted by a student
May 05, 2008
One of the highest performing schools on the East coast of the US! The standards of learning test results mark LB as a standout. The wide variety of high quality programs available to the students is remarkable. Our student has really grown here.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 08, 2008
I am a former student and I have to say that although most local residents think highly of this school, I found it to be very difficult to succeed there. I only began to do well once I went to college. The teachers are spotty, there is a drug problem underneath the surface, it is very easy to fall through the cracks due to the size. My brother had a worse experience than me because he was labeled LD.

- submitted by a community member
January 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
I think that Lake Braddock is a great school to get a quality education if you are willing to work hard. There is also a wide variety of classes and extra-cirriculars availiable to all students. I think the school is big, but when you go there for a month or so you definately do not get lost. I transferred to this school a couple of years ago and I'm glad I'm at a school that values education.

- submitted by a student
December 14, 2007
It is my first year at Lake Braddock and I think that it is a wonderful school! If you want your kids to get a good education then send them to LB!

- submitted by a student
November 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 19, 2007
I am a student at Lake Braddock and I think, overall it's a great school. If you're willing to put in the effort into your work you will get good grades. The music department is excellent and has encouraged me to want to go on with music in my career. I'm kind of upset with the parents commenting on how the school is poorly run. Yes, LB has some administrators that arent the best, but what school doesnt? I've done fine in my years so far, and I believe I will continue to do fine in my last couples years of high school

- submitted by a student
July 17, 2006
Grading is almost impossible for those wanting to go on to great colleges. Interim grades usallly arrive about two weeks before the end of a quarter, so it is too late to help adjust any problem areas.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
It appears that there is no room for students to just have fun. Massive school where good kids can easily get lost.

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June 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
Very good school. Band program is excellent. Roy Holder is a top-notch instructor; one of the best in the country.

- submitted by a former student
November 20, 2005
I am a former student from LB, and a high school teacher in Prince William. I have had the opportunity of watching my parents struggle with the administration, teachers. As a teacher, I have realized that the teachers lack the support from the administration that they need in order to be successful. This affects how the students feel about their education. I can definitely say that neither my husband or I feel that we received a quality education from LB, and my brother (just graduated) agrees.

- submitted by a former student
October 05, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 07, 2005
Lake Braddock ranks among the highest in Fairfax County for SAT scores. Teachers take the time to provide additional tutoring if asked. The secondary school is co-located with the high school (grades 7 - 12).

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July 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2005
I am a rising junior currently enrolled at LBSS, and, thus far in my academic career, I find it to be the best school that I have ever attended. As a student, I feel I am qualified to say that Lake Braddock is an amazing high school; it was at LB that I fell in love with music. I am a member of the band program and find that, rather than being terribly exclusive for those who do not play instruments, it is the most friendly program I am involved in. Because of band, I am a more outgoing person and have gained leadership qualities, as well as discipline and motivation to excell. Lake Braddock has encouraged me to be more than mediocre; I highly recommend it to any rising high schooler.

- submitted by a student
March 15, 2005
I've got 3 daughters that attend LBSS, and I must say that I'm highly dissapointed with the faculty and the adminstartion. I've been having problem with my daughters teachers for years! My 2nd eldest daughter has come home and complained to me about her teacher and how they dont help her and she repeatly asked me to change her to a new school. At this point that's exactly what I plan to do. Adminstration is always on the backs of the students over trivial things such has ' your shoulder is showing' your bra strap young lady' When there are more important things to be worried about. Such as gangs that repeatly try and enter the school and the fights that happen. What LBSS needs is a complete change not just the exterior and the interior of the school but the people who run the school and teach our children.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2005
I just happen to find this review on a day when I am totally done with Lake Braddock. I'm tired of trying to work with teachers who never have to follow up on anything. I agree if you aren't gifted or special ed you are left behind. My boys are A's, B's and C's and just trying to get a teacher to help me help them improve the C's is impossible. I even had one teacher ask my son if he was slow or something because he was having a problem with Algebra. This school needs looking into by Fairfax County. Our kids education is suffering.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2005
The teachers at LBSS are overall very good with a few teachers that are outstanding. The academic programs are also quite good although the German program is dissapointing and not standardized throughout Fairfax Co. German is not emphasized enough although it is recommended for science, literature, and religion majors at the university level. The guidance couselors and special education assessments are much weaker than at other high schools in Fairfax County and much less than the fine programs in Alexandria. A variety of music, art, sports, and extracurricular activities are available to students. An after school program is also available to provide students with fun and educational programs. Any weaknesses in a school are ultimately the responsibility of the principal/principals. Having the middle school physically located at the high school is also not a good situation based on developmental psychology issues.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2004
As a parent, I am so disgusted with LBSS! Even more disgusted with some of the previous remarks that some of the teachers posted in their reviews in as far as parent involvement. I have two stepkids that have been attending LBSS for the last two years. Good kids, they are not trouble makers, but are absolutely beyond discouraged with the school. We have agreed that they will be transfered to another school, possibly Robinson, for the next school year. The remarks of 'parents not getting involved' is a cop out by the teachers and administrators. I agree with the input in as far as teachers and admins providing unwanted alibis and excuses; it is exactly that! As far as I am concerned, LBSS is one of the bad apples of the FCPS. I also agree with the other post in as far as other parents reviewing all their options.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2004
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- submitted by a student
October 29, 2004
I think LBSS is an excellent school. There's so many things for your child to do & there are so many great sports offered there. Most of the teachers are great & my child learns a lot! I'm so happy we fell under the LBSS district.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2004
I just want to inform you that in the year book last year the asian to white ratio was almost identical and there are more students attending now than what you have posted.

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2004
Horrible, horrible, horrible school atmosphere in as far as the leadership. There are some good teachers at this school, but with the lack of leadership in the front office, these teachers appear to be reluctant or in some cases not willing to do their job to their full potential. More bricks, mortar, and any other other renovations that take place is good, but if something is not done about the administration staff, the same problems will exist. The current staff that is in place does need to be replaced. There are other schools in the FCPS with as large or larger student bodies (I.E. Robinson, at 4400 students) that are doing well. This is because they have qualified admin staff in place. Who is in place now at Lake Braddock is not getting the job done.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
Majority of the principals/administrators there at lb are pathetic. No professional bearing and absolutely no follow-up skills. At times they even appear to be defiant and or deliberate actions on their part. Two weeks to answer emails and or to return telephone calls;... If you are lucky! I have one daughter that is a senior there and a son that is a sophmore. My son has asked to be transfered to another school. From what i can see, there are a lot of parents that are trying to be active and involved with their children that attend this school, and yes there are some parents that are not active or supportive, but not all of the parents of the entire student body of some 4000 students are deadbeats. I agree with the other post in as far as other parents and looking at other options. Definite problems with the admin staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2004
I am curently at LB and the administration is bad. But it is also a great school. Teachers work hard with what they have and that is not much. The state must fund the schools more. The biggest problem is parents who are not involved or care enought to dicipline their own child. Because Lake Braddock is part of FCPS it excels towards excellence. Teachers are amazing people and are always willing to help. Teachers can't do every though, parents must know what's going on in their children's life. Most of the time if a student is doing bad they say it's the teachers fault, but it's not, it's a lack of a good home life with parents who don't care or know what's going on.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2004
This school has problems. More so in my opinion in the middle school area. An overhaul is needed not just with the facilities but with the administration as well. A new school desperately needs to be built to provide some relief for the overcrowding, but some of the administrators need to go as well. Greatschools, feel free to pass on my email to those interested in replying back to me.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2004
The first thing that came to mind when I first spoke with the administration staff as well as some of the teachers at LBSS is how unorganized they are. After my kids spent two years in that school, I withdrew them and moved them into another school in which they have both excelled extremely well. The FCPS can nominate as many teachers as they want, the protocol for the staff that is currently in charge is still unorganized! Onlooking parents; please be advised and take a second look at the school as well as review all of your options before enrolling you kids there. You may have to pay an additional fee to enroll them into either Woodson or Robinson, but it is well worth it!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2004
Lake Braddock is a large school with both the benefits and drawbacks that this affords. The benefits are that with a large student population there is the luxury of a wide range of electives and activities to choose from -- everything from Japanese and Model United Nations to band, orchestra, chorus and guitar ensemble. Sports range from the standards of football and basketball to golf team and ice hockey and crew. The downside is that a large school nearing 4,000 students isn't as personal. The building is currently undergoing renovations and will be state-of-the-art. The principal and administration welcome the PTSA, volunteers and mentors to the school on a regular basis and attend many, if not all, of the extracurricular activities. They show great pride in the student's accomplishments. In 2004 Lake Braddock was honored with the FCPS teacher of the year award given to one of its history teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2004
I am very disapointed with Lake Braddock. Teachers and Administrators are quick to make excuses and they do not pay attention to detail; unless of course they are covering their own butts. If your child has a Learning Disability, they will be lost in the shuffle.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2004
Going to school at LBSS is a very discouraging experience for most kids. Unless you are a super star in something, there is no place to shine. Sports are very competetive and reserved for only top contenders. There are lots of activities, with music being the best, but if your child is not in choir or does not play an instrument, getting involved could be very difficult. Teachers and administraters are very responsive to input, but they respond more with the attitude of, 'We're doing the best we can with what we've got.' Unfortunately, what they've got was someone's 'good' idea to put 4000 teens in the same building. It's very hard for most good kids to shine under the circumstances.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I am attending Lake Braddock, and I must say it is probably the best school that I will ever attend. The sports are great. The teachers are very devoted to their work. And for that, I give them a great deal or respect. There are no other words that really can describe LBSS than awesome in every way.

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2003
Very dedicated teachers. Parents are extremely supportive. Students with parental involvement can attain their potential (true for just about any situation). Excellent academic programs. Physical facility showing some wear and tear. Only negative is sheer size of the student population especially if your child tends to get lost in the mass of humanity. All parents need to ensure that Fairfax School system is adequetly funded at all cost.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2003
Unless your child is a high achiever he will be lost in this school - furthermore those who are not high achievers have been encouraged to drop out and get a GED//teachers can be very negative with children who have problems//opting out of FLE guarantees a 'D' for the quarter in subject it is being taught in.

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Lake Braddock Secondary
9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA  22015
(703) 426-1000
Last modified Lake Braddock Secondary is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lake Braddock Secondary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top