Excellent school. Involved parents, invested creative teachers and supportive and energetic administration. It has been an excellent school for the last 4 years my son has attended, but I am looking forward to an even better experience for the next two years with a great new principal and new autism classrooms in the school. I believe the diversity this brings will help all students and the new leadership has already made a great impression as caring and enthusiastic.
LR is an amazing school!. I'm the mother of 2 children. My oldest started kindergarten in 2006 (Mrs. Hardcastle's first year at LR) and spent all 6 years there before heading to middle school last fall. My youngest is in 4th grade. I also spent a decade teaching elementary school in Fairfax County. The majority of my children's teachers have been kind, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and dedicated. Did some teachers leave after Mrs. Hardcastle arrived? Yes, but that is always the case when there is a transition in administration. However, 7 years later, MANY great teachers remain. Have we ever had a bad teacher? Yes, but those are present in EVERY school (and nearly impossible to fire) and Mrs. Hardcastle is very concerned about the happiness and success of each student and works with parents to resolve problems. My experience with her regarding my own children has been only positive. I disagree that the children are bored. Loudoun County has a wonderful gifted program and mine have been challenged in the classroom daily. On any given day, you will see many parent volunteers. The specialists (especially the counselors, art, music and PE teachers) are absolutely fantastic!
Hardcastle has ruined this school. The teachers are forced only to instruct to the VA SOLs and the children are completely bored. There is no energy in the classrooms as there used to be under the previous principals prior to the Fall of 2006 (when the current principal arrived). Now Loudoun County has started a new 4 point grading system and, of course, Hardcastle has no idea how to properly implement it. There is no consistency between teachers with grading and the leader of the school has not provided proper guidance to them. Many teachers at the school do not like the principal and so many good teachers that were hired under the previous principals, Reedy, left to teach at other schools after becoming frustrated with Hardcastle's style. Further, she does not encourage parent involvement in their children's educational decisions and makes parents feel unwelcome when they offer suggestions. Finally, there are way too many under utilized "Specials" teachers at this school that could be better served at schools where their services are really needed.
Little River was a wonderful school with very high SOL scores and teachers under the previous principals but that has all changed the last several years. The current principal is simply horrible. She will not listen to parents' suggestions or concerns and there literally is no leadership at the school. Under the previous administration, the teachers were phenomenal and there was great energy in the school. Since this principal took over in 2006, all the good teachers have literally left the school (with the exception of a handful) and Hardcastle has hired mediocre teachers. Due to her lack of leadership, the teachers are allowed to do whatever they please and this has lowered the overall quality of the entire education at Little River. For example, she insists on using math investigations in her classrooms to compensate for lower state test scores and anyone who's done research on this teaching method knows it is subpar. It's really sad to see such a great school turn into such a fiasco. If a good education is important to you, don't send your children to this school. Many of our friends have sent their children to private schools instead.
We have two children in this school and we are pleased with the quality of the teachers and the education. Our oldest child is sufficiently challenged by new concepts and our youngest child received additional help when we feared he was falling behind. The teachers have different styles and personalities that are recognized by the administrators and addressed in a meaningful way. For example, our youngest child was placed with a teacher that the administrators, previous year's teacher, and counselors felt would work best with his quirks. I'm impressed.
Our school has such a great sense of community, and our teachers and staff are the best!
It's a great school with a great staff who truly cares about the children. The children are in a loving environment all day long, and they are encouraged to learn in a way that makes it fun. The parents involvement at this school is great, many parents volunteer at the school and contribute to their kids success. We love our school!!!
Good teachers, but there is way too much focus on sol test by school administrators. The principal makes things difficult for any student who is different, whether they are special Ed, ld, or gifted. If your child is average they will enjoy a good education in a safe andvwarm atmosphere. Parents are very involved.
I love the enthusiasm of the faculty and the tremendous amount of parental support and volunteerism.
Great parent involvement. They have one of the highest volunteer rates in the area.
The teachers, admin staff and parent involvement make this school a wonderful place for our kids to attend.
Because the teachers are genuine in their care and concern of the children. They take the time to make it a safe and fun learning environment!
L/R used to be great when Reedy & Maylo ran it but all went down hill w/ the coming of Mrs. Hardcastle. The newest VP is great, Mr. Pack, but Hardcastle is the cause for bring down parent involvement in older grades and causing teachers who spent many years at our school to transfer to new schools nearby. RETIRE PLS! HARDCASTLE....You're overdue.
The teachers, staff and parents really work hard to make our school a success and a wonderful place for our children to go.
To the last parent (or school employee) that posted the remark 'many challenges for children that are ready for higher levels of learning' - that's absolute hogwash - there are quite literally no challenges for gifted children, very little to no differentiation in the early grades, and overall very little attention paid to the students vs. routine discpline and 'busywork'
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