September 06, 2015
Overall, I appreciated most of the teachers. However, that was the only good part about LJ. The administration was disorganized and treated teachers poorly, and I know many skilled educators who left because of this. Students in general had bad attitudes, and it's no wonder why - boys could get away with anything (except tardiness) while girls were frequently "dress coded" and faced rampant sexual harassment that the administration did not care about. Heck, boys could wear shorts so low their entire underpants were visible, yet did not face consequences. I also find that at AAP (advanced academic program) schools, kids constantly compare intelligence, without focus on growth or how to work together to do even better. I think the ones who tried their best to stay out of that culture wound up doing the best both emotionally, academically, and socially. I think LJ has great potential, but I believe the administration needs to do their best to care equally about everyone, especially kids who are not receiving the support they need at home. There are some truly wonderful teachers and kids here, but the administration needs to learn how to handle everyone's needs more adequately, especially the teachers'. Also, I would not recommend attending the school if you/your kid is slated to go to Marshall for high school, as I was, but never felt like I was receiving the information I needed for the transition there, as the entire focus was on Falls Church, Oakton, and TJ (don't you know? Your parents/teachers will only love you if you go to TJ! /sarcasm), with a hint of attention for Madison. I guess in the end, attend at your own risk. I only went here because Thoreau didn't yet have an AAP - now that it does, I *highly* recommend it over LJ.
- submitted by a student