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McLean, VA
Students enrolled: 490
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1411 Balls Hill Rd
McLean, VA 22101

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(703) 356-1920
(703) 790-9712
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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
May 28, 2015
The teachers are very skilled and employ a variety of approaches to teach the material. It is not simply a memory game.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Neutral
May 28, 2015
The school seems reluctant to discipline students, therefore it cannot effectively comply with its "community contract."

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2015
My child is in fifth grade. The academics at that level are amazing. I think for some children it might even be a little intense. Socially, because the classes are relatively small (13-17), so there is a great deal of personal attention. The report cards go into detail about the courses, the material presented, and how your child processed it. The teachers are incredibly responsive. Although the school is expensive, it is in line with schools of that caliber. After school sports, music lessons, and tutoring is included with the tuition. There is a no cut policy for sports, and my observation is that the children get roughly equal playing time, except for during the tournament games. As with any private school, there are a few particularly wealthy children that show up with the latest gadget or brag about something or other, but there are also plenty of low-key families who are just looking for a great education and more personal attention. In fact, I know several parents who moved their children from other name brand schools to Langley because of the community feel.

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2014
Langley is such a refreshing experience for my son and our family. The minute you walk upon campus, you are greeted with warm, kind and welcoming faculty, staff, and most impressive of all - students. Langley not only teaches academics, but they value the other important life skills to make students successful human beings. I value the foundations and core values I see my son building every day at Langley (in addition to his new love for music and composers at a very young age)!

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2014
I have worked at Langley for over 10 years and although not a teacher, I have come to appreciate that there is no more exciting goal of any organization/institution than to prepare children to confidently take their place in the global community and do it with confidence, empathy and enthusiasm. Observing my colleagues work with their students is remarkable. Their commitment to the individual child is unwavering and their ability to interact with their students so that the children learn, explore, and grow intellectually, emotionally and socially is so exciting to see. The curriculum is rigorous, but the support is nurturing and constant. Langley is an employer of choice for those who work here, but more than that it is a school that gives children an exceptional springboard into the world.

- submitted by a teacher

November 17, 2014
I attended Little Langley for 6 years between 1991 and 1997. The teachers are not good and don't care for their students' wellbeing. I witnessed several experiences where teachers yelled and disciplined students inappropriately and ineffectively. There was an element of compassion missing from the majority of teachers. Also, certain students parents became friends with teachers and there was clear biases for grades, etc. I don't recommend this school to any parent who wants their child to learn about values, how to manage emotions properly in a safe environment, or how to develop mentors through effective teaching styles.

- submitted by a community member

February 06, 2013
My 2 kids are in this school. And I am overally satisfied with this school. Students are focused and get individual care. Staffs and teachers are so frendly and talented. Accademically they offer challenging curriculums . Only thing is that if you are not rich and white, think again for this school. This school's major families are rich and white.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2012
I am very very very unhappy with this school it had to take my daughter out of the school because she was getting bullied severely and none of the teachers cared I give the school a negative 0 never put your child in there ever unless you want them to get bullied

- submitted by a community member

August 30, 2012
Let me make this very clear. The Langley School is not considered a "great" school, in fact I would consider it a very poor school, especially for boys. Most of the teachers and staff do not know how to deal with boys and overall don't know much about them. I cannot speak for the girls but I have heard that they do not enjoy it at all. If you want your child to attend a school with good academics that will prepare them for high school and life, this is not the school for you. Going into high school I was completely unprepared academically due to Langley practically doing the work for me. If your looking for a school with a good sports program for your child Langley is definitively not the place for your child. All of their sports (basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, cross country, track & field) are all very poor and generally do not do well even with the poor level of competition, with the exception of soccer and track & field. The only time I would recommend this school is if you (the parent) want your child to be in a environment where the teachers do everything for your child and you are overprotective. I would HIGHLY recommend not sending your child here.

- submitted by a community member

October 09, 2007
Wow, this is the best school that my three kids have been to so far. Well run. Although they tend to ask for lots of money often from you.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2007
Langley is generally positive in many ways; however, some behavior of parents and their children should be disciplined. This can be a problem at most schools in the DC area since so many are privileged. I still cautiously recommend the school. They are going to experience significant turnover in administration and faculty for the 07-08 school year which may help with some of the issues.

- submitted by a parent

October 01, 2006
Langley is academically challenging and very responsive to the needs of individual children. They tend to have a nice blend of the traditional and the progressive in their curriculum and do an great job of hiring amazing teachers. Also, the school is quite ethnically (if not economically) diverse and teaches children to respect and learn from other cultures. However, the school encouages an obvious hierachy among parents based on the amount of their donations, which the school publishes in its weekly school memo (that the older kids, as well as the parents, read). Perhaps this is true of all private schools? Also, the school seems unable to manage bullying problems well or consistently. Luckily there simply aren't that many real bullies. We are happy there so far.

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2005
Excellent and well rounded academic program in a school that embraces children along with strong with emphasis on social skills. Since there are no high school kids around the kids stay 'kids' and do not tend to immitate and adopt teen-age behaviour too early. High parents involvement through PTA is strongly encouraged. Good teachers, with some excellent recently hired ones. Excellent programs in music and arts which are integrated into the academic program. Satisfactory extracurricular activities (after school). Worth while trying to apply at all age groups!

- submitted by a parent

November 11, 2004
My child is graduating after 10 years at Langley. Excellent academic preparation, social environment, community, parental involvement. The school does an excellent job of teaching values and nurturing the child to develop their sense of self and learn respect for others. Very advanced and innovative curriculum. Some teachers are better than others.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2004
Langley is an academically rigorous school with an innovative curriculum and a very strong sense of community. Parent involvement is very high. The school is full of master teachers who change kids' lives. The program is fast-paced and enriched. Arts are very strong. Fabulous middle school with focus on character development. Current student to teacher ratio is 7:1. Very small instructional group sizes. Diverse student body.

- submitted by a parent
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The Langley School was founded upon a deep appreciation for childhood, and an abiding belief in the necessity and power of parent/teacher partnership. Since 1942, our thoughtfully designed preschool-through-grade-8 program has shaped uncommonly optimistic, grounded, poised, and kind learners and thinkers--citizens of the world, wholly prepared to thrive in the nation's top high schools, and to lead lives of integrity and self-defined purpose.

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The Langley School
1411 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA  22101
(703) 356-1920
Last modified The Langley School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Langley School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top