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K-8
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Reston, VA
 

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10742 Sunset Hills Rd
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 438-3990
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July 02, 2015
continued review) (Foreign language starts at age 4. Student take either French or Spanish and Latin. By time they finish in the 8th grade they have finished the first two years of high school French or Spanish and first year of Latin. They compete in national competitions against high school students and win awards. The school also emphasizes music, providing orchestra, band and singing as electives, and each grade performs in a musical or a play at least once a year. The sixth grade class acted out scenes from Richard III and the seventh grade did A Midsummer Night's Dream, plays by Shakespeare. The fifth and sixth grade students camp in a cabin for three days in the Spring, enjoying team building exercises, survival skills, a hayride and campfire, along with games, canoeing and archery. Seventh and eighth grade students take a week-long trip to North Carolina to study the importance of tidal habitats in Edlin’s Sound and Sea program. Equally important to raising happy children is acknowledging birthdays, holding a Halloween parade, and celebrating national holidays – all of which Edlin does well, reminiscent of my own childhood, and increasingly absent from the public school system today. At Edlin, it is not a crime to celebrate a birthday with a cupcake. Some reviewers complained about a few teachers. Are there problem teachers? Yes, as in any environment. Have I talked to the director about them? Yes. It is better to make an appointment with her to discuss problems and not ambush her in the hall or ask her at the last minute for things. As for the problems with the principal described in a prior review, the details are different than that reviewer implies. Did he have a problem outside of school? Yes. Is he addressing the issue? Yes. Was he a good principal? Yes. Just a bad situation for a good man, appropriately handled by the school when the situation was fully understood.

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Amount of homework: Just right
July 02, 2015
Varies but mostly on target. They will adjust if you explain your situation. I know they work hard to make it just the right amount.

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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
July 02, 2015
I read some of the negative reviews of Edlin School, and have decided to complete the picture. Yes, Edlin is a small school and they do have their problems, but all schools do. My kids have been getting a great education there, and when I compare how they are doing with their counterparts in other schools, I feel great! I would stack up the quality of the education my children are receiving next to anyone. I just received their end of the year testing and my children tested in the 97th and 99th percentile when compared to other students their grades. Their math, reading, science and social studies are at least 5 grade levels ahead. Are other schools doing more programs or activities? Yes, but their tuition is $10,000 more a year and they are larger schools – so more students. The teachers and administrators at Edlin knows every child in the school, which makes for a genuine feeling of community and warmth. My kids are excited about learning, and they feel safe and loved at this school. When my son finished K-4, not only was he reading, but he was reading chapter books. The science program is very advanced. In second grade, my son dissected an owl pellet and a chicken wing. In sixth grade, my son dissected a frog, squid, pig heart and a sheep’s brain. Lots of hands-on science, educational field trips, and in-school speakers, and students are not afraid to ask questions. Guest speakers have complimented the children on the thoughtful interaction, and the quality of their questions. Language arts is typically good, there were some issues with grammar, but I think they have been addressed and the program strengthened. Each year students read classical literature in class, including works by Shakespeare. I have seen the same titles listed in other schools, but they are typically read in older grades. My kids have been challenged by math and in 6th grade my son is in Algebra 1. He is not in the top group, and I know there are students above and below him. The point here is that the classes are small and targeted to the student’s level, and teachers not only work with them in class, but if they are struggling, they will work with them after school. (Review continued in next comment section)!

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June 22, 2015
Our disappointing experience at this school has been similar to that of other recent reviewers. Promises of an advanced curriculum and a safe, welcoming environment were not met. The "gifted and talented" slogan is a marketing ploy, not reality. New children are subjected to the stress and stigma of IQ tests, but this is just for show as the school needs paying families desperately and seems to accept almost anyone. The curriculum only is advanced in a couple of subjects, and that came at the price (particularly in math) of rushing through or skipping basic concepts. On the plus side, the head of the math department is excellent if you are lucky enough to get him. At the other end of the spectrum, one particularly bad teacher (social studies) gave our child and every other student an A+ every quarter in the hope of masking the lack of learning and avoiding inquiries from concerned parents. As for the learning environment, the school has very high teacher turnover. Twice we hoped our child would have a particular, well-respected teacher, only to find out they were leaving or being moved to fill another vacancy at the school. Even worse, this year a school administrator was arrested and charged with felony grand larceny but was allowed to remain at the school and around children for two months before word leaked out and he finally was asked to leave. But good luck trying to voice your concerns to the Director -- she doesn't even know how to use e-mail -- hardly the sign of an advanced, up to date school! In my opinion Edlin is in a downward spiral of teacher departures and dwindling enrollment, and I would not view it as a long term term option for your child. We have moved on.

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June 19, 2015
Start with that the school has tremendous potential - there are some excellent teachers, which could serve as the foundation for growth. However, the downside (or the barrier) is the Administration - does not motivate the students and the teachers. If you're looking for a new school, be very aware. Things to ask about during a visit: teacher hiring process; teacher training/certification; overall processes; teachers teaching subjects that are completely new to them; technology integration. Lots of potential; but terrible management holds everything back.

- submitted by a community member
Amount of homework: Not enough
June 19, 2015
My child had a teacher who had checked out (never mind that it was topic she had never taught before) and didn't provide any homework. This is mostly the administrator's fault - not hiring appropriately trained teachers (oh, and not supporting them!!!)

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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
June 13, 2015
We had great experiences with Mrs. Darensbourg and the K4/5 teachers. We've had very bad experiences with our children once they moved up.

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Amount of homework: Too much
June 13, 2015
The teachers don't seem to talk to each other so your child may not have any homework for a couple of weeks and then several big things due all at once.

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Develops grit: Disagree
June 13, 2015
Students rarely have to meet deadlines or set goals. If students don't get an answer right on a test, the class just moves on to the next chapter.

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Develops empathy: Neutral
June 13, 2015
There are individual teachers and families that are extremely kind. The administration can be vindictive and petty.

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Develops honesty: Disagree
June 13, 2015
The school doesn't model these attributes. Decisions are made inconsistently and the administration is often rude with parents and kids. It is hard to feel that these core values are important to the school based on its behavior.

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June 13, 2015
Here's the thing about this school; it says it's a gifted and talented school and it's not really. If you are expecting to surround your child with the best and the brightest in the area, you will quickly find you are disappointed. The extra science programs that the students participate in are completely parent-driven. No money or staff are budgeted, and if the parents don't do it, it doesn't' happen. The students might win awards but it's because of the families, and you can't rely on the same program happening from year to year. Many of the teachers do not have any teaching qualifications. They also don't participate in any continuing education. Of course, there are a few good teachers but you can't rely on getting one. There are as many kids with issues as there are G/T kids. There are no special ed teachers; there is no school counselor. The director says that the school will "work with you" but she doesn't really know what she's talking about and just recommends expensive experimental brain training with a group that's not even part of the school. As others have posted, the school isn't accredited. One reviewer commented that it might be related to paperwork and money, but the school would not meet the criteria for accreditation. After trying to work with the school, we are leaving for better options.

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March 11, 2015
It's so hard to find good schools and good teachers, but keep looking. The school might have a great math program for kids who automatically get math, but my kid, gifted in other areas, now has massive wholes in his education. The director knows that he and his math group have had poor teachers for years. Even though she tells people at the onset that students are allowed to learn at their own levels, this isn't true. I was not the only parent who expressed concern about my child's math group but we were treated like sub-standard citizens. A current 8th grade math class that isn't' the top group just had one of the few good math teachers taken out of their class in the middle of the year to teach fourth graders--even though they need the top-notch instruction to graduate on track. I think because the 8th graders are graduating and there is no more money to be made from them, the director doesn't care about them. Just know that you won't get everything you are promised.

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November 17, 2014
This school definitely needs help! They have no accreditation, which didn't bother me at first, but now seeing the quality of my child's teachers as she moves up in the school, really bothers me. My child has been here since first grade and did very well in 1st and 2nd grades. However, during 3rd grade my child starting showing signs of distress, I believe the teacher had a lot to do with this. She was treated very poorly by her teacher in the 3rd grade, called names by her teacher, in front go her class and always screamed at. Unfortunately this teacher is still working at Edlin. Furthermore, management, if you want to call it that, treats the parents as children as well. Parking is ridiculously crazy at the school, and forget parking in a spot in the lot itself, because "its for the teachers", you will get reprimanded if you park there, I did. As mentioned by other parents, the academic program is good, but not great. Edlin follows a more advanced curriculum, and it is not tailored to the individual child's strengths, rather, they are rushed through the subject matters whether they know the material or not. Edlin is definitely not contributing to my child's success.

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September 17, 2014
I think the school is exceptional at allowing the children to learn at their level. There are often multiple levels or groups within a grade which has enabled our kids at the school to advance at their pace. The teachers are warm and caring and the small class sizes cater to the individual learning environment that is fostered in the school. Thanks to all the teachers who support this atmosphere and bring a small community feeling to the school.

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July 10, 2014
My child has been in this school since Kindergarten and I have been generally happy. This has been the second year that I have had a complaint about teacher quality, during both years one teacher in particular-one of the two teachers left, one, (I think), remains-and she is startlingly unprofessional and should not be teaching or at the very least should receive training. The main complaint I have about this school is communication with parents, other than that I really like Edlin and my child is very happy there. The curriculum is good, much better than what I witnessed at the public schools and the children are challenged by some teachers. My child feels loved at this school and the kids really watch out for each other. The only other complaint that I have is that the administration really needs to consider the quality of some of the teachers they have recently hired and the quality of the programs they are selling to parents, in particular, after school activities and summer camp-the cost is outrageous and the camp is substandard.

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June 10, 2014
Great school! Both of my children attended, and the teachers and staff are very caring, and go the extra mile. Really care and bring out the best in the students.

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October 06, 2013
I agree with the May 23rd, 2013 post. The teacher quality is widely varied, from poor to good. The class size is advertised as small, but the director keeps adding students regardless of whether they can keep up with the work. One of my children was asked to keep an eye on a classmate to make sure that he does his in-class work. Apparently, there were other kids in the class that could not keep up with the work. There are rich spoiled kids and kids with lots of issues who disrupt the class. One of my kids was threatened with a fist by a classmate. The academic program is good, but not great. Edlin follows a more advanced curriculum, but it is not tailored to the individual child's strengths. My child was tested in the beginning of the school year and placed accordingly. However, when the year went on and my child advanced more than the rest in the group, the teacher refused to move the child up to the next level, telling me that the director had said to finish the material in that level. As a result, my child came home complaining for the remaining half of the year that the subject was easy.

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June 12, 2013
We've got two kids in Edlin and have been thrilled by the education delivered. Class sizes range from 11:1 to 15:1 and the personal attention can't be beat.

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May 23, 2013
We had absolutely WORST experience with this school. First of all, they do not have any accreditation. That itself should be a red flag. We believed what they said - unnecessary paperwork and added cost etc. But found out the reality the hard way. The teacher quality is poor to mediocre. (Ms.Young is obviously an exception. ) The class size is small and they will keep adding students till the end of the year. Basically, they'll admit anyone who has the ability to pay the tuition. We have seen rich spoiled kids and kids with lots of issues in different classes. Their academic program is average. Nothing great. There are many good private schools in DC metro area. Even public schools in No. VA are better than Edlin. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

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June 08, 2012
Best private school in the area. High expectations and great results without any stress. Music, Latin, Spanish, French - all starting in pre-K. Great sports program as well.

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February 13, 2012
We have been at this school for a couple of years now and both the kids and I adore this school. We are eternally grateful that we found this school when we did, it has been my children's saving grace. Yes I too have had struggles w/a teacher/former staff member (or two) but to say that this is the only school where this happens would be disingenuous. Tn the grand scheme of things the good aspects of the school overwhelmingly outweigh the bad...and believe me when you have been through hell and back as we have with the public school system it's easy to distinguish between a great school and a horrendous one. The class size (between 13-15 students per teacher ratio), the nurturing environment and outstanding academic curriculum makes this school a force to be reckoned with!! Wait until you see the end of the year performances-usually based on a literary classic (Last year each class performed a portion of Homers' Odyssey- depending on their grade) and the musicals! Don't my word for it, allow your child to spend a day in the classroom and hear what he/she has to say for yourself. You'll be amazed.

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February 01, 2012
A great school with good teachers and excellent academic program. My 6-year old daughter is in the 1st grade and this is her first year at Edlin. She loves going to the school, and she likes her teachers very much. She enjoys all the classes, especially math, science, reading, PE, and computer. The only thing I wish the school would provide more is after school programs such as Yoga, drawing, sports etc. for lower grade students.

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January 08, 2012
I completely agree with the comment about Ms.Buffo and I am sure there are several Edlin parents who share the same view about her. How ever much Edlin excels in many aspects, it certainly is in need of boosting the quality of some of its teachers. My fav - Ms.Young, 1st grade. Edlin needs more teachers like her.

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November 15, 2011
My children have loved everything about Edlin for the past 3 years. So have I - my only gripe was a few years ago, with one K5 teacher, Ms.Buffo, with whom I was not impressed at all.

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November 13, 2011
We're new to Edlin this year and couldn't be happier! The academics are very strong and my son has benefitted socially from being in a small, nurturing environment (max class size is 15). They do PE everyday! My child went from not wanting to go tot school to being the first one out the door in the mornings!

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September 25, 2011
Love, love, love this school. Even better, the kids love this school. Very warm and nuturing. My child's first grade teacher was one of the best teachers I have ever encountered. I grew up in with educator parents and have very high expectations. They are met at this school.

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June 06, 2011
We're thrilled with this little school. Warm teachers and administration, absolutely outstanding curriculum for the gifted student. Unlike the public school GT centers, this school is willing to level up your child if he or she would benefit from more challenge.

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January 24, 2011
Accelerated, challenging curriculum in a supportive school environment Great small class size! PE daily Latin, French, Spanish starting at kindergarten! Music and drama also!

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May 19, 2010
Love the school! Great cirriculum. My 3 year is learning LATIN. They have music, PE and recess in addition to Spanish or French taught almost daily.

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May 19, 2010
Edlin leverages fantastic teaching methods to bring a child along at their pace. My son is already sounding out words and reading and he just turned 4. His social skills and interactions have developed exponentially since he has been at Edlin. The staff and teachers are so friendly and supportive. Everyone says hi and is extremely helpful in every way. Overall the school is absolutely fantastic and we would not go anywhere else.

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Edlin School
10742 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston, VA  20190
(703) 438-3990
Last modified Edlin School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Edlin School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top