We recently left Flint Hill and we were very disappointed to find out that our kids were way behind their peers and we had to hire tutors to get them to grade level. We were initially enamored by Admissions and the Administration. What they say and what is actually done at the school seem like 2 different things. Don't take the school's word and "trust the process" like we did. Please do your research or else it could be a very costly mistake. They seem to follow a very progressive education approach and the teachers are lenient; hence, why it is not a pressure cooker school. The school is a Learning Center school. A funder and founder of Flint Hill made the Learning Center a huge priority when the school was set up and it is not going away. The school should embrace it, rather than trying to hide it. If your child needs help, struggling in public school or another private, this might be a good choice. Look elsewhere if you are looking for a solid academic school.
My son has been a student of Flint Hill since Kindergarten and is now in the 5th grade. I think the best way to judge a school is to look at the students, Flint Hill students at all levels are exceptional. Flint Hill has made it possible for my son to push beyond grade level on many subjects, explore topics in depth, develop into an outgoing leader, be a compassionate friend and competitive athlete. Throughout Lower School and now Middle School he has had teachers that are passionate about their work and their students. I think that Flint Hill students are the most well rounded and happy graduates of all area independent schools. We look forward to the next 7 years at Flint Hill and the young man that our son will become because of the school.
Flint Hill one of the best kept secrets of the metro-DC area. It is a school filled with passionate and compassionate faculty and administrators at all grade levels. My children have had one master teacher after another from Lower to Middle to Upper School. The school's dedication to relationships, character and academics shine through every aspect of school life. Students are encouraged to be themselves both by the faculty and by peers. Small classes that are not focused on the SOLs allow the children to truly learn how to think. Worth every penny of the tuition!!
The school is academically fine but not great. I feel that there is more focus on rules and regulations than really educating. For example, in high school, students sometimes do not get back their tests to learn their mistakes for fear of sharing their tests with others. Socially this is a very conservative school and not a great fit for all. It is a tough atmosphere for new students as families and students keep to themselves and one must really make an effort to make friends. As a result, the school doesn't really know how to handle the social scene and has gone and hired a director of diversity to solve this issue. Little will change as its the community which is so conservative. If you are in to sports, it is a good environment but its really not a great school for the arts and theatre as much as it claims to be. The school is really trying to make technology their main focus but doesn't still offer coding as one of their science requirements. Most teachers are very caring but over the years, the better teachers have only stayed at the school just about two or three years maximum. If I were to repeat it all over, I am not sure I would send my kid here.
With average academics, an uninspiring campus (no cafeteria, low library volume, no real playground - kids play on blacktop parking lot), this middle and lower school seem to have lost their way. With tuition skyrocketing, families are fleeing. A new MS director seems to have made things worse; the school needs a better leader with more experience and skills. The leadership either does not recognize the need to improve or is not acknowledging it. Either way FHS has an odd character to it where the school puts the needs and interests of its administrators above its students and families. HS may be better. A safe, friendly spot to put your children if you are not from the U.S., not paying tuition yourself, have a child with a learning disability, are here a short time or academics/child development are not that important to you. Also if you are on faculty (much reduced tuition.) Otherwise, keep looking. This MS and ES are not nearly worth their enormous price tag, a disappointment to many long time families.
My daughter has been at the school for over 2 years. We are an international family and have traveled a lot with our children. FHS is a very international school. The different nationalities and cultures represented at FHS made it easy for my daughter to find friends. I had concerns about the intense technical nature of the curriculum, but I now see it is excellent preparation for my daughter college career. She has learned to measure out her work and discriminate among websites for research projects. Lastly, the teachers at FHS are very well and broadly educated, providing excellent intellectual models for our students.
Flint Hill school mainstreams gifted children with different learning styles. Our daughter scores very high in all areas tested, but struggles with focusing while in class. She bores easily, and needs a stimulating environment. Her psychologist suggested Flint Hill, and we couldn't be happier. Although she is not starting until this fall, we are already impressed with the school on many levels. Very warm and engaging headmaster.
My daughter has been a student at Flint Hill for the past seven years. My daughter has a passion for all things math and science, and we find that Flint Hill course keeps her engaged. The curiculum is very demanding and taught by excellent teachers. As a military family, it was very important to find a school that would make our daughter filled safe and appreciated. Flint Hill has an excellent program and Top Notch Teachers/school administration.
My children have been at this school for 11 years and it has been nothing short of amazing. No school is perfect but this school is as close as you can get. Small class sizes great teachers and a fantastic differentiated learning program. When I talk to parents of children that have moved on to college they all say the same thing about Flint Hill: "Their children were well prepared" not sure if a school can receive a higher compliment.
Flint Hill is an easy school in the Lower school and middle school. I haven't been to the upper school. I mean 1/2 of the grad got A's in all subject in 5th and 6th grade and 1/4 of the class got A's in all subjects for seventh through eighth grade. It has one of the best Latin programs, a strong English and Social studies program, an okay math program; however lacks in Science. Sports are decent there. I would definitely go there if you are looking to be a lawyer, or something that English or social studies can help.