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PK-8
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Leesburg, VA
Students enrolled: 296
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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20600 Red Cedar Drive
Leesburg, VA 20175

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(703) 777-3841
(703) 771-1346
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June 19, 2012
We are very pleased with not only the school but the summer camp program. Our children are having a great time so far. Thank you LCDS!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2012
This school has done more to challenge our bright child than his previous "gifted" school ever did. Worth every penny. Great teachers and the students come from nice families. Kids are happy and engaged.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
Five stars is not enough for this amazing school. We knew we had picked a wonderful place for our daughter to attend K through 2nd grade, but when a job relocation forced us to move to Florida, we had that confirmed and more! LCDS is a fantastic school with committed teachers, a nurturing environment, enriching after-school programs and awesome field trips. Given the chance, we would return to LCDS in a heartbeat!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
We feel Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg, VA immensely enriched the lives of our whole family. Our original intention was for our 2 sons, now 25 and 27, to attend the terrific full day kindergarten program. Both boys thrived and enjoyed school so much that we made sacrifices to keep them enrolled through the 8th grade. Our involvement with LCDS spanned 13 years. I feel we were all rewarded on many different levels. Because of the dedication of the teachers and headmaster to foster curiosity and bring out the best talents in every child, both our boys have developed passions for literature, politics, world history, math, science, music and arts and a variety of sports. We all agree that LCDS provided the educational foundation and encouragement that allowed them to graduate from both high school and college with a variety of honors and enable them to pursue meaningful careers in their young adult lives.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
Our kids attend LCDS and they love it! The teachers are experienced and caring. The small class sizes provide individual attention to the students which keeps them involved in their school work. Our kids are getting an education and not just test prep. The extracurricular activities offered are varied and well rounded making the school a great place for a child to grow and learn. The level of parent involvement has created a true sense of community. The Head Master is always there to greet students and parents. In general, the school has been a very nurturing environment to our kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2012
Our child has attended Loudoun Country Day School for the past two years -- and we couldn't be happier. The teachers are phenomenal! They develop incredibly creative and challenging lessons that extend far beyond "the basics". The small classes allow teachers to give children individual attention and differentiate instruction. I have been very impressed with the school culture and sense of community. Everyone knows my daughter and she feels very welcomed every day. As she goes into the older grades, we look forward to having her participate in the fabulous team sports program and orchestra/band -- since we believe a well-rounded school program is important. I highly recommend LCDS and encourage parents to visit the school for a tour or open house. You won't be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2012
We are full time working parents whose son has been in a private daycare/preschool setting since he was 12 weeks old. When he reached the preschool age, we felt that there had to be more and explored other options, one of which was LCDS's PK/JK program. After much consideration we enrolled him in their JK program and feel extremely fortunate to have him continuing in Kindergarten program. There was more and is more. They have a very nurturing environment, smaller classrooms, language arts, music arts and so much more. Our PK, now K child has been exposed to programs that are usually reserved for older children. He is excited about homework and loves his teachers. He feels comfortable in conversations with Adminstration and enjoys seeing them each morning as he is helped out of his car. Their program is nurturing and teaches our son core values which we instill at home. We couldn't be more pleased and are hopeful for a long future with LCDS>

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
Our daughter attends Pre-K at LCDS. The entire program has exceeded our expectations! We chose the school due to their small class size, parent involvement and sense of community. The staff is excellent and stays in constant contact. My daughter already knows most the teachers by name and vice versa. The educational program that was outlined at the beginning of the year is being followed exactly as planned and promised. I would highly recommend the school and plan on keeping our daughter their through middle school.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
We send both of our children to LCDS. The experience has been incredible! The school has been a perfect fit for both of our children. The academics have allowed our children to flourish and grow, challenging them to new heights while encouraging and supporting them along the way. The teachers and staff are warm, engaging, and creative in presenting the material. Our youngest has gone from resisting school (at a different school last year) to becoming upset if he has to stay home due to illness. LCDS has a philosophy that nurtures the entire student - from academics, to phyical fitness, to the arts, to being a good citizen, - and they do all of it marvelously! We strongly recommend Loudoun Country Day School!

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2011
The choice to send our children to private school was not an easy one for our family, yet one by one we sent our children into the nurturing halls of Loudoun Country Day. All three of our children excelled in their respective programs. For our family, the well-rounded philosophy of the school was very important. We loved that our children participated in a comprehensive music program as well as a competitive sports program. Our county does not traditionally support foreign language learning before middle school, but our children were given this opportunity at LCDS. The teachers and administration were nurturing and supportive. Our children were able to excel and grow through the wonderful opportunities provided to them. Above all, our children became great students and great people. They have gone on to demonstrate these skills in both high school and college. We highly recommend Loudoun Country Day School!

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2011
We are a family with a long history at LCDS. We have 3 children, our two oldest are both graduates of LCDS and our youngest has been in the program since Pre-K and is now in middle school. Our children have all benefitted greatly from their educational experience at LCDS. Our two oldest went on to attend a competitive private high school and now are in a top tier univeristy and private college. They are capable, earnest and thoughtful students. Our youngest is thriving in 7th grade. The LCDS mission has always been about the student and providing a core experience with a commitment to academics, community service and character. The capable leadership and experienced and dedicated teachers and coaches have maintained consistently excellent standards and shown a genuine love of students. Our three children reflect that their qualities of integrity, honesty and intellectual curiosity were nurtured and honed during their years at LCDS. This is an exemplary program and an extraordinary school. We are grateful for their significant role in the education and development of our three children and highly recommend this program to other families.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2011
As the parent of two LCDS graduates, I was not at all surprised to see so many glowing reviews of the school on this site. Our family spent a total of 11 years at LCDS. My children received an outstanding education there, taught by caring teachers who enabled them to gain the critical thinking skills that are now serving them so well in higher education. My younger child now attends a highly competitive boarding school; his older brother graduated as valedictorian from the same school and now attends an Ivy League university. They both credit their academic successes with the strong foundation they got at LCDS. As important as the academics were the values that were instilled in them from day one. They gained lifetime friends and teachers that they will never forget. One of the greatest compliments they could get is when my older son recently told me I would like for my children to go to here someday. PS I am puzzled by the posting here complaining about some doors being locked. Yes, the school wants people coming through the front door near the office. That s basic common sense I know that I wouldn t want unmonitored doors open for anyone to wander in.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2011
As a professional who advises youth-serving organizations about safety issues, I'm deeply grateful for the safe environment my daughter enjoys at LCDS. The school's policy of requiring visitors (including parents!) to enter through the front door of the building is absolutely "state of the art". The staff is warm, caring and accessible. And the balance of academics, arts and athletics is ideal, in my view. My daughter is safe and nurtured at LCDS and she has blossomed into a confident young woman. I owe the LCDS administration and faculty an incalcuable debt of graditude!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2011
With two sons graduated from LCDS not only do we continue to be proud of being part of an exciting community but feel our boys recieved the best education possible for our area. Our sons have gone on to be well diciplined and high achievers, in excellent schools, at a time when a good education is the most important thing we can give our sons. LCDS nurtured our sons from K-8th grade, helped make them inquisitive and community minded, and gave them the tools to start in advanced classes in high school. We are particularly grateful for all the dedicated teachers who made this possible.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2011
We had our child at LCDS a year ago and were very displeased with the entire experience. We have since moved our child to a different private school in the area and what a huge difference it's been! My child feels safe, nurtured and secure and all the self-confidence issues suffered b/c of one K teacher is gone completely. As a parent, I am excited to drop off and pick up and be as involved as I can be at the new school versus LCDS where I detested having to step foot anywhere near the classroom. When parents have the same issues again and again (ADD/ADHD) with a school, I think it's time for the school administrators to take a hard look at their teachers and the effect those teachers are having on the school reputation.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2011
While LCDS does have small class sizes and (too) many field trips (do 2nd graders need to miss a few hours of school to go to the movie theatre to see The Lion king?), and a wonderful foreign language program, there are many things wrong with the program and the administration in the Middle School. I warn parents that if they think they will have access to the school because they are paying more than $20,000 a year in tuition, you will be sadly mistaken. School administrators DO NOT want the parent on the school and you are locked out. They only want parents on the premises when said parents are covering lunch so that the teachers can get together and have a "staff" meeting. A meeting where they bash parents and kids, alike. If you are one of the parent volunteers for the daily lunches and you have to schlep tons of food into the school, you have to schlep them from the back parking lot to the front door. Side doors are locked to all parents. So, in the rain, cold, and snow, parents keep schlepping to help out the school that locks them out. Sorry, LCDS, I don't believe you are worth the $20,000.

- submitted by a community member
August 31, 2011
I am a former parent. In all fairness, my children are no longer at the school, so my concerns may have since been partially addressed. My daughter was considered by certain staff at the school to be ADD, yet in 2008 when trying to address my concerns related to that diagnosis and my daughter's 4th grade curriculum - e.g., allowing her to keep extra texts at home - I got little to no assistance from the teacher or school. In addition, the amount of homework was outrageous! The projects were more than I had to tackle at an 8th-grade level - e.g., 4 written research reports in 1 month on top of regular homework and reading. I have no problem with homework when it is thoughtful, is reinforced in school, and when the kids can do it themselves. But my daughter was not being taught how to conduct the research nor how to write the reports -e.g., outline, notecards, etc. I had to teach her myself. Additionally, she was being treated as if she was sub-standard though she was getting As & Bs. She was losing all self-confidence. We have since switched to another private school and she is getting all A's, reading more and finally learning to write! Additionally her math scores have gone up.

- submitted by a community member
July 15, 2010
We feel LCDS incorporates a well-rounded, "whole-child" approach to learning. In addition to the advanced curriculum in Math, English and Science, our children are learning French AND Spanish, participate in wonderful music pagents, are exposed to technology at the Kindergarten level and beyond, and participate in an impressive array of art expression and history. They also teach and engage their students in philantrhopic endeavors throughout the year within our local community. We also love the low teacher-student ratio, the incredible sports programs from swimming to tennis (and more), and the beautiful, new facility where it all takes place. We don't feel any other school in the area compares.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2010
We highly recommend Loudoun Country Day School. We enrolled our children in LCDS because of the small class size, but fell in love with the creative teachers, wonderful art and music programs, and strong athletics. Our kids love that they know students and teachers in every grade, and truly feel that they are a part of a community at LCDS. They both entered the school as shy children, but have grown into self-confident students and citizens. Thank you, LCDS!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2010
Loudoun Country Day School provides the best educational environment in Northern Virginia. Our children have thrived in its complete program. LCDS offers enriching experiences in the arts, sports, music, and academics. Each specialty teacher is dedicated to providing high-level learning experiences in his or her academic area. The middle school program is challenging while also providing teachers who are mentors to the children during these formative years in their character. The small class sizes allow for individual student attention and in-depth study of various topics. Our children are very happy at LCDS.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2010
The true test of a school is whether your child loves to go to school. The second test, is how well they communicate and interact with others. Our child loves school and has thrived on exposure to early reading, math, robotics, and interactive history. Our child is excited to return to school in the fall. The result most meaningful to us is our child s confidence and ability to communicate with adults and children. Our child is engaging, compassionate, and a thoughtful communicator who loves to be an ambassador of the school, is eager to help others, and is willing to share his experiences. The testing to get in is tough, but the support services to stay in are stronger, and the learning environment is the best. Our child understands the hard work, accepts the challenges, and is truly proud to be an LCDS student; as are we.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2010
We are parents of a soon to be fifth grader who will be returning for his 4th year at LCDS. After moving here from the west coast we have been thrilled to have our son enjoy a wonderful learning experience. He has excelled in every facet of learning of which we contribute to the program and teachers at LCDS. We would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2010
Our daughter will be a 1st grader in the Fall and has attended Loudoun Country Day School for two years. We are extremely pleased with LCDS on all fronts. The academic programs, teachers, and school leadership are exceptional. LCDS offers an environment that has allowed our child to excel not only academically, but also socially and spiritually. The independence and confidence she has gained while attending LCDS is remarkable. We feel very fortunate to have found such an extraordinary school for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2010
As parents of a child lower school child who has been at LCDS since pre-kindergarten, we can't say enough positive about the learning environment and education at this school. The combination of academics, cultural opportunities and focus on the individual child has allowed for amazing growth and confidence and our child to evolve from being painfully shy to an incredibly engaging and mature young person. The teachers and the administration are top notch. The teacher-student ratio is excellent and each child is nutured to achieve their own indivudual goals. We have been so impressed with LCDS that we have made a conscious choice not to move until our child graduates. I have no doubt that finding a setting more positive and conducive to learning and building character would be next to impossible. We consider LCDS our top investment choice each year and the best gift we can give our child!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2010
As the parent of a child with a learning disability - dyslexia, I cannot recommend this school highly enough. The greatest proof of all...the words from my child this year, "I LOVE reading." More than anything else, our child's sense of confidence has been nurtured and encouraged. Though the economy is tough right now for all of us, our family is doing everything we can to make sure we keep our two children as students at LCDS. The education here? Priceless.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
The strength of this school lies within the fundamental principle on which it is built--that a child is a whole person who needs to be nurtured on many fronts. Education at LCDS does not begin and end with traditional classroom academics. Art, foreign language, technology, library, and vocal/instrumental music are introduced early. And an exceptionally high-caliber PE program emphasizes good sportsmanship and the character-building aspects of athletics. The importance of personal character and making a contribution to the world at large are lessons woven into virtually every aspect of the overriding program and clearly are lessons that graduating LCDS students continue to carry with them. Perhaps the greatest benefits our children have gained from their years at LCDS come from the teachers. There is an uncommon dedication and creativity that the teachers bring to the classroom here. They genuinely care about the children and work hard to enrich their lives.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
As parents of two lower school children, our best testament to LCDS is the delight our children take in their attendance. LCDS is not bound by PC or teach to the test restrictions. The curriculum is aimed at the whole child. We particularly are pleased with the schools development of leadership and good citizenship. The teachers have been caring and engaged, and the parental involvement is amazing.LCDS has a incredible new campus, and has a safe and nurturing environment. We are extremely pleased that we chose LCDS for our children.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
I learned about LCDS two years ago. I decided to enroll my oldest girl into the program and it has the best decision our family has made. Our girl is growing into a respectful, caring, happy and smart person. Both the teachers she has had have graduate degrees in education and it shows in the quality of their teaching. They are also extremely involved, caring and willing to go above and beyond. I think the magic formula for a great school is a well rounded curriculum, great teachers and staff, great students and great families - it is all there at LCDS. Our youngest daughter has been accepted to join the program next fall and we couldn't be more excited, we can't wait to be back!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2010
LCDS is second-to-none. The education, quality of life and attention to our daughter has been phenomenal; she has thrived in this nurturing environment. She has been exposed to artists, poets, authors, veterans, doctors, veterinarians and preservationists. She has already enjoyed (prior to first grade!) exciting, fulfilling and educational activities throughout the year, including field trips to the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, DC s National Zoo, Shenandoah s Discovery Museum and local farms. Her class even took a fishing trip with their fathers; I m not sure if my daughter or husband enjoyed that trip more. The new campus is gorgeous. The headmaster and faculty are amazingly dedicated and caring. My husband and I have strongly encouraged other family members, friends, neighbors and business associates to join this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2010
After 5 years in Montessori (PK, K, 1-3) -moving to a traditional setting was a very high concern. We reviewed many schools and selected LCDS for its faculty; their full curriculum; class size; and the strong references so many parents gave us. We were concerned how our student, entering as a fourth grader, would be accepted, and how she would adapt. We could not be more pleased. The students and parents accepted her immediately - forming very strong bonds. Her teacher worked to develop her style to match a more traditional classroom, including the many in class projects as well as her homework and independent projects. All the teachers were helpful, and highly qualified. Her primary teacher has a degree from the UK and his his MEd from one of the finest Universities in Australia - having taught in the UK; Canada and the US. We are totally pleased with LCDS.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2010
My son has attended LCDS for since the second grade and is now entering the seventh grade at the school. With various educational options available to us, we initially selected LCDS for its nurturing family atmosphere, its high academic requirements, the opportunity to experience music and the arts, and to broaden his horizons through the foreign language program. LCDS focuses on cultivating the entire child - their minds, bodies, and their sense of the larger community. Through various community related activities, the students learn that they have a responsibility to help others beyond themselves. LCDS encourages broader classroom experiences through the various field trips they sponsor in each class each year and through the interactive projects the teachers require, whether its creating and erupting a volcano or donning a story placard of a Roman god. My son has had the opportunity for an educational experience that will last a lifetime!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2010
We just completed another wonderful year at LCDS. Our daughter has been at LCDS since Kindergarten and each year we are more and more pleased with the quality of the education for our child. LCDS has provided our daughter a nurturing environment where we have watched her blossom. The programs, particularly the emphasis on learning through discovery and critical thinking, are second to none. We thought long and hard about where we wanted our daughter to go to school and we believe we absolutely made the right choice for our daughter. It is completely gratifying to hear our daughter say on numerous occasions as we dropped her off at school say "I Love My school." We are completely satisfied with our choice and know that our daughter is getting an incredible education, both academically and as a citizen. Thank you to all at LCDS, keep up the incredible work.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
As parents of a recent graduate from LCDS, my husband and I are forever grateful for the educational experience that our son received. After attending public school, our son entered Loudoun Country Day School in second grade. With emphasis on an rigorous academic program, outstanding music and arts, coupled with competitive athletics we watched our son fall in love with learning, work hard to achieve his goals and grow into a confident, respectful, wonderful young man. The Headmaster, faculty and staff continually demonstrate a philosophy of nurturing commitment to the highest levels of education for each student. We would highly recommend LCDS to any perspective parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
LCDS is a jewel. While our family is only a three year member of the LCDS community, we are quite proud of the school, the faculty, staff and of our children s accomplishments. The extraordinary academic, civic and athletic success of LCDS alumni is illuminating. LCDS students have gone onto Thomas Jefferson High School, won a Rhodes Scholarship, we have Julliard School graduates, along with Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship recipients, and numerous Future Leaders of America ; many graduates have enjoyed Division I success on the lacrosse field, in wrestling, soccer and other athletic endeavors. The LCDS librarian is a published author, as is one of the current, rising 5th graders. LCDS is terrific.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
As a parent, I want my children to enjoy going to school, love learning, and have self-confidence in all that they do- academically as well as socially. It is for this reason, that we continue to choose LCDS for our two children. The new campus is beautiful and still maintains that community feel. The Headmaster is very involved and cares for all of the students. We had two amazing teachers this year who were very creative and were great role models for my children. The curriculum, the arts and the sports are all what make my children well-rounded. We just love LCDS!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
I cannot say enough about LCDS. My first child started 8 years ago, and now I have all three of my kids enrolled. My children have very different personalities and learning styles, and the prgram at LCDS has embraced all of them. Each of my children is thriving, scholastically and emotionally. Certainly no school can offer a classroom environment that is 100% free of personality clashes. However, part of LCDS' mission is to develop our children into strong, positive citizens of their school. That emphasis on social development gives our children the tools they need to excel in all areas, individually and as a group. The teachers are there because they are passionate about teaching & they believe in our kids' ability. Dr Hollister is an outstanding, positive, hardworking leader whose attitude is very conatgious. He loves what he does and it shows every day. I couldn't ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
If your child fits into "the box" he/she will do just fine at this school. If they fall on either side of the line you will find difficulty. I sincerely pity the child you will EVER have to go through what my child did this past year. And to think I paid so much money for this - sickening. We are blessed with a highly intelligent creative child who acquired a complex after being under the microscope for most of the year. We've just now gotten him back again.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2010
My children attended both public and private schools before LCDS. When we finally found LCDS, all I could say to myself was why hadn't we moved there sooner! It is the best education in Loudoun County, for sure. And I can say that from experience. The staff and teachers are kind, caring, and generous with their time and energy. My children feel safe, comfortable and love going to school each day! Love it!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2010
The 150 word limit does allow me to adequately explain how much we love LCDS. My daughters have thrived under the supervision of the caring and first rate staff, and my husband and I have been welcomed by a nurturing community of exceptional, dedicated parents. The emphasis on personal leadership and critical thinking is unparalleled by other educational options in Loudoun. In addition, the administrative staff is supportive and communicative. My rising second-grade daughter insists that I also write that they have the best headmaster around, and I have to say I am constantly amazed at how every staff member knows my children not only by name, but as individuals! We can't imagine our children attending any other school, and are so thankful to be part of the LCDS community.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
I am very thankful my daughter made it through the school year. My child was the victim of bullying at LCDS and instead of dealing with the issue, the school told me my child needsthicker skin. It is the shame the school does not have a zero tolerance policy. Between this issue and the theft problem, my child will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2010
I am also disappointed in the experience my child had this year. After moving to the new campus I thought things would improve, but the financial burden has taken its toll. I was also surprised to learn that most teachers at this school have no formal training in education. It seems for the amount of money I spent this year, I should have a high quality teacher when in fact, the public schools have higher standards for their teachers. Needless to say, my child will also not be returning next year. After talking with several parents in my daughter s class, more than half of them are not returning as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
I have two children who have been at LCDS since pre-k. From the very beginning we have been made to feel welcome to the LCDS community. The dedication from other parents in supporting the PA and the teachers is amazing. My children do not want to go to any other school. They are challenged, valued and guided towards being excellent citizens. Like most private schools, perhaps even more important than the value of excellent educators and a challenging curriculum is the high level of their peers. These are intelligent, well adjusted children who all bring something to the table to the benefit of the class. I don't have to worry about 'teaching to the lowest common denominator', here that level is high. My children never come home bored with their day. They can't wait to get back the next day. That is priceless.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
It is the most all encompassing education around! Outstanding faculty, excellent sports, art, music -- you name it! worth every penny of tuition to give my children the best all around education available in my area.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
Our daughter's transition to first grade at Loudoun Country Day School (LCDS) followed four successful years in a Montessori School. An avid reader with a passion for learning, we searched for a school that would nurture her social and educational development and treat her as an individual learner. To say we have been pleased would be a gross understatement. Every aspect of education at LCDS is planned for by educators who clearly have a love for teaching. Learning is reinforced with hands-on experiences or field trips, encouraging the application of classroom principles to the real world. Thoughtful discussions among students at every age, older students mentoring younger students, school hallways decorated with student art, tons of school spirit, small class sizes, a whole lot of heart...this is a school where kids are encouraged to become active members of our community and learn to feel proud of the people they are.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
We first visited LCDS on Veteran s Day and the school was impressively immersed in that day s meaning. Each year students perform patriotic songs, create patriotic artwork, and raise funds for the USO. Fifth graders memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address and veterans share their experiences. This is one example of the integrated and thoughtful learning happening at LCDS. We enrolled our children in pre-kindergarten for the class size, challenging curriculum and foreign language program. My children, though twins, have different interests and strengths. The excellent teachers challenge and encourage them with wonderful learning experiences. Full-day kindergarten includes math, science, social studies, foreign language, computers, music, art, PE and many educational field trips. The school s mission statement mentions cultivating emotional growth and building character. These concepts truly are part of the LCDS experience. We are grateful for the kind, caring LCDS community and look forward to the new campus.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
This is our 5th year at LCDS, every year we question why we keep sending our only son to LCDS, and we discuss that it is time to leap to the public schools...every year we come back to LCDS. The school is not without its share of challenges. And there are some challenges that will remain, however, what keeps us reenrolling is the mere fact that our son is happy and that he is excelling in everything he does at the school. The only thing we can give our child outside of basic needs is a good educational foundation. We feel LCDS provides that.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
Our son transferred to LCDS from the Loudoun public schools this year and the change was immediately dramatic. He LOVES the small classes and grades, the caring attention of his teachers, the hands-on approach to music and art, and the awesome field trips! We love knowing that the school is 'lighting a candle', not just 'filling a bucket'. LCDS teaches for the sake of learning and not just to get high standardized test scores. The school develops the whole child, from math to sports to music. We are excited for the new campus!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2009
We have two sons, one just graduated from LCDS and the other is currently attending. Our eldest son was more than ready for his private high school curriculum. We couldn't have asked for more in his elementary and middle school education!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2009
We have one daughter attending LCDS and one currently applying. We were attracted to the school because of the small class size, holistic approach to education, and commitment to developing critical thinking skills. The skilled and nurturing staff, responsive administration, and amazing community of parents have kept us there. While the school's close knit community feel is no doubt facilitated by the smaller student body, it is also a testament to the dedication of both the staff and the parents to maintain the quality of the LCDS experience for the students. LCDS is a challenging, fun, and most of all friendly environment for both the students and the parents, and we could not be happier with our decision to send our daughters to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 06, 2009
We decided to send our children to LCDS for the nurturing and uplifting learning environment created by the staff and teachers, the teachers' ability and dedication to bring out the best in each student; and the small size of the school (it's so refreshing and heart-warming to see the headmaster involved in so many ways in the day-to-day running of the school. We really like the fact that the headmaster personally knows our children). We are happy with our choice. Our daughter (kindergarten) often tells us that she likes school better than home. Our son (Pre-K) says he likes school and home equally. Who says 'there is no place like home?'

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2009
This is my sons first year at LCDS. He attended public school last year, and what a difference! It is not only a great place for him to learn, but also a community for the whole family

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2009
Pierre LeBear - only a PreK child student and their family would understand his importance. The Swim team - my kindergarterner is excelling here. The citizenship aspect, I could write a book on this - our political leaders should look to these children as role models. There are No Strangers here - we all are family, and Headmaster knows everyone by name, parents too. Why go to LCDS? That isn't the question. The question should be Why NOT go to LCDS? Don't be a cookie cutter student. Let your child explore, make lifelong friends and enjoy the learning. I don't know how it just keeps getting better, but it does. This is a place my child loves. she loves to learn, be with teachers, and friends. It is the best place, not only that, it is the ONLY place for my child. LCDS - need I say more.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2009
The holistic approach to education was the key driver in our selection of LCDS for our children. The integration of the core curriculum, the arts and the citizenship component are directly aligned with our ideal educational environment. The curriculum s core is founded in critical thinking which in our opinion is paramount in education. Even in kindergarten we see that that the children are challenged to think in different ways, to problem solve, to brainstorm for answers core skills that will be the foundation for their success in education and the real world. LCDS outstanding offering in the arts was another element we strongly considered. We found that the development of the creative element in children was not deeply rooted in the programs we explored. Most welcome to us has been the deep Parent COMMITMENT to the school. We are floored by the level of partnership with the administration, faculty and parents. We are amazed at the contribution the Parent Association makes to the school and more importantly how each family finds their own special niche to be a part of the school. Within 1 short month we found that we were truly a part of the LCDS community.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2009
What a truly exceptional educational environment. A challenging and complete educational program combined with a caring and nurturing environment creates a wonderful and reassuring place to have our daughter spend her most important and formative years. We couldn't be more pleased with our choice.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2008
Our daughter is a first grader at LCDS, last year was our first year (K) and I can not say enough wonderful things about it! From the first day of school to today, our daughter has loved every minute of being part of the LCDS family. A family is truly what it is there, the tremendous parental involvement is a direct reflection of the headmaster and his staff. There isn't a staff member whom doesn't know and politely greet her by name. The curriculum is so well rounded that every child has the opportunity to express themselves but the children are taught in a nurturing environment respect and manners needed in everyday life. The curriculum includes creative thinking, exercise/health, enrichment, both French and Spanish (1/2 year each), music and community spirit! They have quite an impressive list of what graduate students have gone on to accomplish as well!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2008
After attending an Open House we were very excited about having our child attend LCDS. We were sadly let down by the school and its staff. When you visit the school, look around. If your child behaves like the children you see in the hall and can maintain that for 8 hours you will fit in nicely. If your child does not like to conform, has a high energy level or requires any adaptation on the part of the school you may be setting your child up to fail. LCDS was unable to teach our child to read in Kindergarten. They placed the blame our child, stating our child was disruptive. This negatively impacted our child s self esteem. We gladly followed all the suggestions made by the staff. The school declined to follow any of our suggestions. When we solicited support from the headmaster he attended one meeting and was busy for all subsequent meetings. We found out later, he was busy with activities surrounding the new school. Since leaving LCDS we employed a tutor to catch our child up. After only a summer, our child is above grade level and loves to read. The tutor is a wonder. She has been teaching for less time then our child s previous teacher but has a better tool box of skills. At the Open House they said they could teach the whole child and tailor the learning experience to the child s needs. They failed to do that for us, even when we insisted they follow through on their promise. Maybe for the right child LCDS is the best choice but for us it was a horrible year and a horrible mistake. (Also, expect to be asked to donate to the new school at every school event.)

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
I have had two children attend LCDS and both have done very well in high school (one private boarding and one public). The level of instruction, particularly in the social sciences, is incredibly good. LCDS has also purchased a 70-acre site to build a much-needed new school campus that will open in 2009. Many families in Loudoun County are hopeful that the magic that this school possesses can expand into offering Grade 9-12 education similar to other private day schools in the Washington, DC area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 13, 2008
When choosing a school for our son, we wanted a 'classical' educational program - one that educates the whole child. LCDS is that kind of school. In addition to the solid intellectual education of core subjects, LCDS students learn languages, art, technology and music (even orchestra by 4th grade!), participate in a wide variety of competitve sports in PE and even swim on an extra-curriclar swim team. The classes are taught by enthusiastic teachers who want to be there, and who enjoy the freedom and administrative support to provide hands-on learning activities as unique as the teachers who think them up. Our son's class has written and recorded a class song; made an historical documentary; and taken overnight field trips to great historical places like Philadelphia and Gettysburg. And everywhere they go, they are complimented on their knowledge, enthusiasm and respectful behavior. In LCDS, we found the classical education we wanted.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2008
I am the parent of three students attending the school. They are entering 5th, 4th and K. All started in pre-K. The school has given them confidence in addition to an excellent academic foundation. LCDS provides strong art and athletic programs also. This is all done in a nurturing environment. We love the school and are happy to be part of the LCDS family.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2008
I have one student at the school now and one that has already graduated and is currently in a highly competitive high school. The high school student was extremely well-prepared for the rigor of high school. But more important, was the nurturing environment, one that emphasizes the whole child. No child 'falls through the cracks' at LCDS! Life-long lessons and relationships are formed here. A great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2007
LCDS is absolutely outstanding. We have experience with other private schools, and with the public school system. The teachers are fabulous. The curriculum is incredible. The community is so nurturing and all-inclusive. The headmaster is so involved, and is so approachable. The emphasis on character development, and how you treat others is wonderful. The school is all about development of the whole child - not about testing. Their athletic and fine arts programs are wonderful as well.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Small class sizes and an awareness of the developmental differences from grade to grade as well as individual differences of children's growth patterns are big boons here. Truly a Kids First school from top to bottom.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2003
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At LCDS, class sizes are small, allowing your child to have unparalleled instruction and care. There are full-time assistants in the classrooms in Grades pre-Kindergarten - 2. In Grades 3 - 5 there is one assistant for each grade with only two class sections per grade. We are proud of our philosophy of educating the whole child (mind, body, and spirit) by providing excellent academic courses as well as physical education, sports programs, music, the arts, library, and technology. All of this is offered in a supportive, nurturing environment, where your child can thrive.

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