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Prince William Academy

Private | PK-8 | 190 students

Our school is best known for academic excellence and small class sizes.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $238,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,540.

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted March 29, 2014

This school has many aspects that make it stand out from other schools. The international atmosphere there is gives you the right niche for your kids to grow academically and personally. We have been very happy with the staff, instruction and care we have received that we already two children, planning on registering one more in the upcoming year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2014

This school was a great surprise. Not only is it local, it is a highly advanced learning center for preschool age all the way up to middle school age! I love the world based program and the learning experience my 3 year old receives. Great teachers and Great staff, make for a great school. I recommend any parent to come and check it out for your self. Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Prince William Academy has a wonderful first grade program. The teacher is awesome! I could not ask for a better experience for my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Prince William Academy has a multicultural, diverse student body and staff . The atmosphere is welcoming and the small teacher- student ratio allows for close mentoring of students. The new principal has strong leadership qualities and is making positive changes in the curriculum and use of technology, especially in the elementary school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 19, 2014

My children (3 and 5) have been attending PWA since Summer Camp 2013 so we have experienced both the camp and academic aspect of the school and we could not be happier. The children have met so many great friends and they adore their teachers. The curriculum is amazing and my son who is in Jr. Kindergarten and just turned 5 is READING! My daughter has also learned so much in preschool including Spanish and Mandarin. I highly recommend PWA to anyone with school aged children considering private school in the No. VA area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

I highly recommend this school. It is a very good school and there curriculum is very good. The staff is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2014

Prince William Academy is a great school. My children love Prince William Academy. Both elementary teachers are exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

My son is currently enrolled in the Jr K at PWA. My husband, son and I are all very happy with the school. He is eager to go to school everyday and loves to tell me about what he learned. I really like that they have classes that are fun and kids learn so much. My son is currently 4 years old and is learning to read. I love that they have homework so I can help him with it as well as know exactly what he's learning in class. He knows his numbers, simple addition and subtraction, is learning science and songs. PWA also offers extracurricular activities after school such as- dance, Engineering for Kids, soccer, drama to name a few. I love this because my son will go to these activities instead of their afterschool program (which is also such a perk for full time workers and a great chance for kids to play and interact with other kids). My son will attend PWA for Kindergarten, and we'll reevaluate each year after. Things we will consider are quality of education, teachers, TUITION, extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

My children have attended Prince William Academy for 3 years now. I am extremely happy with the education they are receiving. The preschool program is phenomenal as Jr. K students are reading by the end of the school year. The elementary program is great too, and the school has many exceptional teachers. PWA has a wonderful community of families who are dedicated to giving their children the tools to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

My children are thriving at Prince William Academy. Their teachers take a vested interest in both their academic and social well being. We are very satisfied with our decision to enroll our children at Prince William Academy and recommend this school to anyone seeking a well rounded education for his or her children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

This school provides, for the most part, a caring environment for students. The principal wants to make it a great school, but the current teaching staff (with some notable exceptions) is not up to the task. There curriculum (or lack thereof) varies from grade-to-grade, there is no consistency or structure. Though the school claims 100% "certification" of its teachers, parents might research the standards for Certification, which are rather sparse and vastly different from those required in VA public schools. While certification alone does not guarantee quality teaching, it does ensure that teachers have some background in childhood development, teaching theories, etc. We have found both excellent and very POOR teachers at the school - truly the entire spectrum of teaching abilities and personalities. However, the frequent lack of professionalism made us finally give up. We are searching for a new school. PWA could be great but, sadly, is not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

We have spent four years at Prince William Academy and now greatly regret enrolling our child in the elementary school. There is good reason people flee this school after kindergarten, and its not all just because they plan to attend public school. We have found utter lack of consistency in applying curriculum, uniform standards, and even grading. Compared to other private schools in the area, the school requires parents to purchase laptops but lacks a technology curriculum. Teachers cannot articulate clear objectives for lessons, projects, or languages. Unless your boy is more like a girl, he WILL be discriminated against. Academically, it is very hit or miss. Without our constant involvement, it would have been a lot more "miss". The classrooms are small due to lack of enrollment. We definitely do not recommend it beyond kindergarten. We should have left when we had the chance!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Prince William Academy is amazing! My daughter attended the preschool and is now in the elementary school. The teachers are outstanding, loving, and great at working with each child individually within a small classroom environment. The school's new principal is a treasure, and has implemented a focus on technology that the school lacked before, and that I'm happy to see. My daughter has been taking Spanish for years at PWA, and Arabic, and I love the importance given to foreign languages there. The school doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles or extracurriculars, especially compared to some of the other (mainly religious) private schools in the area. But it is clear that providing the very best academic environment for the children and helping them succeed is the first and foremost priority. And that is why I plan to keep my daughter there all the way through middle school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

My son is going on 2 years at PWA. He started off during the summer of 2012, with the 3 year olds. He is now going on into the PRE-K class. I absolutely love this school. I have never seen any treatment remotely close to what a reviewer below stated. When I compared my sons school supply list to my neighbors kindergartener, they were almost identical. The one major difference was that my son needs a laptop. When I went in for a tour, it looks like they use it one or two times a week. My son will be borrowing my laptop. He has learned so much. He is 4 and can write letters, knows his numbers (1-100), shows interest in things he learned during science. It s incredible how much these kids can learn. He cries on the weekends because there is no school. During the summer, they have such fun activities and all this is year round! I love that he loves it and I am very grateful for the school. Improvements I would make: any extra activities (soccer, dance, etc) should ALL be afterschool vs during school. And prices are a bit high
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

My daughter attend kindergarten here. While everyone talks about how wonderful Ms. Saira is (and she is) Ms. A is an unspoken treasure. We could not have asked for a better teacher. My daughter is finishing the year reading at a first grade level and completing math at a third grade level. Ms. A works with each child on an individual level and as my daughter says "she never gives hard work". She sets her students up for success. She makes the students understand that they can do anything regardless of what obstacles might be ahead. My daughter loves to learn and becomes upset when she has to miss school for any reason. Keep up the great work Ms. A.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

PWA curricula is very good, there are great teachers, small classes. However, this school has been going down due to owner's direction. Very small staff to manage the whole school: 2 front office staff that has to do almost everything. They work in different hours. It is a bit scary security in the school, of how they control kids in the hall and the back door entrance. The school is pretty disorganized and not consistent. They never publish the annual financial statement there is no transparency. Nobody knows how the high tuitions are used for. There is no computer lab and the teachers have no clue how to get connected, but you still need to buy a lap top for your child. The head of the PTA is a front office staff and she is also the treasure. All she wants are volunteers so she saves money so they don t need to contract more staff. This year lots of people are leaving the school. And there will be more people leaving if the first grade teacher leaves. One just hopes that the owner is honest to let the parents know in advance if that happens and not wait until the first day of school. The owner needs to step out and let a consulting company help before is too late!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

I agree with all the other parent reviewers: PWA is a genuinely special place. I used to teach high school and undergraduate literature, so I have very high standards for teaching methods and best practices. My daughters attended the preschool and elementary school for many years, and they thrived under the personal attention, high standards and emphasis on analytical thinking. Recently, one of the school's most gifted teachers was promoted to vice-principal/head of curriculum and then she hired some more amazing teachers. The school is on the rise under her leadership, and I am so excited for the students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2010

If you want to invest in your child's future this is the school for you. We've had our daughter in several different schools in Virginia and none matched the quality of education and options in foreign languages she receives here. This school invests in a quality cadre of teachers. The curriculum is challenging for the children and well ahead of public schools. Each class has a very low teacher to student ratio and has a very international demographic. Most importantly, Dr. Harris and her staff truly care about the children, their development, and are always willing to work with parents on any level of need. Bottom line, I can assure you that you won't be dissapointed because this school is truly outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Prince William Academy 'Is the bestest school' as kids learned in the school song. My daughter attended the school for four years and we have not seen anything but the best out of the school. The curriculum is awesome as well and the teachers and the languages offered (arabic, french and spanish). At kindergarden level, my daughter has successfully completed the first grade level. We are very pleased with the school and would recommend it to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

My son attended school for a year. It was one of the greatest experience he or I have ever had. Wonderful educational enviroment. Classes are small to meet all student needs and the teachers are caring and attentive to all their students needs.
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
Tagalog
Farsi
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top Daycare/Preschool (Northern Virginia Magazine) (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Improv

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Farsi (extracurricular)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Shiree Slade, Principal
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • www.princewilliamacademy.com
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • NAEYC
Fax number
  • (703) 491-0836

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Montessori
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Music
  • Social justice
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Farsi (extracurricular)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • After school dance, soccer
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • After school dance, soccer
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Improv
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
School leaders can update this information here.

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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Technology Committee
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Prince William Academy is a secular educational institution where each child can fulfill his or her academic, developmental, and personal potential. We prepare our students to excel as conscientious global citizens by offering rigorous academics within a highly diverse and multicultural school environment. Our curriculum is set at one grade level above the public school standard, and we maintain small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios from our infant program through 8th grade.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
70
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
85
Students typically come from these schools
Minnieland (various locations)
Goddard School (various locations)
Lake Ridge Elementary and Middle Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$4000 - $18000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Special discounts for qualifying families

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Hylton High School
Gar-Field High School
Christ Chapel or Heritage Christian School
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3480 Commission Court
Lake Ridge, VA 22192
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Phone: (703) 491-1444

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