This is a great place for children to learn. The first thing you will notice upon entering FHR in the morning is that the principal is standing at the entrance each day greeting the children by name and setting a positive tone for the day. Mrs. Jochems is an exemplary principal who cares deeply about every student and goes above and beyond to help children and their families. Teachers are engaged in their classrooms and offer support to all children and parents. The vice principal is extremely knowledgable, approachable, and caring. Office staff is efficient and helpful. The school nurse has a great and comforting manner with the children and provides outstanding tips to parents regarding healthcare. Having worked in public education for many years, I know what a great school environment is and FHR is exactly that. I'm so pleased that my child is at FHR rather than the other local elementary schools.
Over the course of 5 years, we have experienced a private school, and 2 Loudoun County Elementary schools. By far, for LCPS Elementary school FHR was top notch.
The school staff and teachers went out of their way to make my daughter(new student) feel comfortable adjusting to new school. My wife and myself and my daughter rate FHR as the best elementary school in Loudoun Cty.
As far as learning and excelling in class, my daughter's SOL score show the final results.
All in all I would highly recommend this school to any parent considering a move to the area.
I went in to enroll my son in kindergarten took my 2&3 years daughter. As soon we got there Lori Sample was very disrespectful and had poor choice of word when referring to a2&3 year old children. As a parent it is VERY UPSETTING to seen and hearing. How would you feel if some refers to you and you children"destructive" and "let me take care of them so I can get rid of". As a parent of a kindergarten I DONT feel good of having him go there. If you work in a elementary school you will be close to small children therefore you MUST have people that enjoy working with them and parents with a smile of your face!!!!
I've had children at this school since 2009, and our experience has only gotten better. The specialists are talented and available (music, art, technology, etc.) and the 5th grade team, especially, is amazing. There are tons of family events and student showcases (like the play and the variety show,) the students are exposed to new technology, school to parent communication is good, and the PTA is strong.
I have a rising 2nd grader attending FHR. Both K and 1st grade were an amazing and positive experience. I am an active PTA mom at the school and have to say I have been impressed from day one. I'm excited the school has a new principal who's very active and involved in the school, PTA and adores the kids. The teachers are amazing and make learning fun.