Our children have been at Edlin for 3 years and have had a great experience. Edlin provides a tremendous education and, by far, the best value of any private K-8 school in the Northern Virginia area. The teachers challenge their students to work to their potential. The school offers an impressive curriculum that includes: Latin, Spanish or French, Music, Computers/Graphic Art/Programming, Science, and Art. Our family is impressed with the teacher quality at Edlin. The teachers give personal attention to each child and the classes are broken out by the student’s ability level rather than their grade level. For instance, each class has 3 or 4 different reading and math levels. We have found the teachers to be very kind and loving to their students. They even take the time to come to birthday parties. The aftercare and extracurricular programs at Edlin are also impressive and offers a wide array of classes, music lessons, and sports. Some of these programs include: Chinese, Math Crunchers, Robotics, Piano, Orchestra (Violin and most other instruments), Photography, STEM, lacrosse (boys and girls), field hockey (boys and girls), tennis, cross country, basketball, soccer, woodworking, cooking, jewelry making, and much more. The students also go on numerous field trips and have a yearly spring break trip to an area where they can practice the languages they are studying. Last year’s trip was to Madagascar and this year’s trip is to the Galapagos. For a small school, they are consistently outperforming other schools in language and science competitions. In 2015, Edlin students-
1. Won the Mid-Atlantic Future City Competition
2. Had 4 students rank 2nd and 3rd place in Fairfax County’s Science and Engineering Fair Physical Science and Engineering
3. Had numerous students rank 1st through 10th place nationally on 2015 National Foreign Language Exams, where they competed in Spanish, French and Latin against middle school, high school and college students. One Edlin student received a perfect paper in Latin
I would highly recommend Edlin if you have a child that loves to learn and has the ability to learn at a fast pace. Most importantly, our children love going to school every day. Edlin is a fantastic school from top to bottom, and their students have shown great success. Do yourself a favor and check out the school, you will be glad you did.
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.