Green Hedges does a great job of fostering a cooperative and positive atmosphere among its students of various ages. This week, the eighth graders (aka "the big kids") who will be graduating in a few weeks, were assigned in pairs to work in various lower school classrooms. My son and his classmates came home gushing about the time they got to spend with "their" eighth grade helpers. They did some reading with the younger children and helped with various lessons. It was such a great opportunity for the older kids to display leadership and model great behavior and I know my son will remember it far longer than anything he would have been told. Nice job!
GHS isn t as well known as some of the larger private schools but the more intimate environment combined with first-rate academics make it the best place for our children. GHS students are challenged to grow academically and socially and are known by name by the faculty, staff and fellow students. Your child will not be lost there and they will be challenged in light of their natural abilities to explore and grow. Our family began there in 2009 and we plan to have our third child start next fall (2014). The faculty and staff are highly professional, available and responsive. They are also willing to tell a parent what they need to hear rather than perhaps what they want to hear. If your child needs help, you will hear about it and be asked to work with your child and the school to address and resolve issues (If you are given to the unyielding beliefs that your child is already due a Nobel Prize and is a soon to be Olympic athlete with no room for improvement and you need constant reassurance of this, do not look here). The faculty, staff and parental partnership is a very real and valuable aspect of the experience - and it is something that sets the school apart.
Green Hedges is a loving and nurturing environment that challenges kids to excel! We have been extrememly pleased with the spiraling academic program: it builds each year from the previous year; prepares my son to take on new challenges; and allows teachers to capture opportunities for deeper teachng moments. Because of the low student to teacher ratio, the teachers really get to know my son and his learning style. We have seen him build confidence and his own love of learning instilled by the teachers. The community is wonderful - a group of involved parents who all want their children to be challenged, held to expectations, and prepared for the future. We could not be happier with our choice of education and with the results we see in our son!
We are parents to a pre-schooler (3 years) in the Montessori program and have been very impressed with the school. Our son had not attended full time day care prior to this and we worried about him adjusting to 5 days a week school. Thankfully our worries were misplaced. Our son just loves the school. The teaching staff (including the extended day staff) have been simply fabulous. Our son adores them! We have seen our son grow in the few months he has been in school and cannot wait as he progresses through the various stages. Parent involvement is also given lot of importance to ensure that it isn't a one way commitment. Overall we could not have been happier!
We are a new family to Green Hedges, and have been honestly impressed in so many ways. We are parents to a 3 year old in the Montessori program. The teaching staff are sincerely dedicated and caring, including the extended day staff who are an incredible team of their own. Parent involvement is also seen on every level - from library volunteers, home room parents, to organizing annual PTO events. I also feel a strong sense of stability and commitment at both the administration and board levels. But of most importance our son is excited about school again, he was getting totally turned off in a traditional preschool. He has made great friends with kids of all ages, and is already learning to read and write. This has been a great fit, and a fantastic find in our eyes.
I think this school is fantastic! Our two children have blossomed in this school both academically, socially. It is because of the teachers and staff. The teachers have high expectations and are very dedicated. If you are looking for a fabulous middle school look here. The enrollment is a bit low and I think it is because people have not heard of the school. The academics are very strong and the expectations are high. The kids are taught a well rounded curriculum with an emphases on working hard. Our 6th grader has all ready expressed interest about public and private high schools. The formal and informal discussions about high school has peaked her interest. She is prepared to work hard and set goals for high school because the school teaches them to be ready. I am really impressed with her teachers and her course load. Do yourself a favor and check it out. They really strive to create students that are prepared for the future challenges of education. You will love it!
A gem of a school set in a leafy, residential neighborhood in the middle of the town of Vienna, Virginia, a small town in Northern Virginia near Tysons and McLean VA. GHS was founded 72 years ago and resides in what has been dubbed the No. 3 best small town in America. The school campus sits on more than 4 acres in the middle of a residential neighborhood and provides programming for Montessori through K and traditional through Grade 8. GHS focuses on educating the whole child, and develops personalized approaches for each along the journey through Grade 8. GHS graduates are accepted at all of the top secondary schools in the DC metropolitan area as well as at boarding schools along the mid-Atlantic and Northeast corridors. Beginning in the 3-year old Montessori program, each child receives a renaissance education replete with the study of Latin, math, science, technology, literature, history, art, music and leadership development. GHS provides an intentionally close-knit community of educators, staff, parents and alumni who work in concert to foster a unique and exceptional experience for our youngest leaders and thinkers of tomorrow.
Wonderful school! We moved here for my child's 5th grade year and she was made very welcome from the start. The teachers and staff are very attentive to the students. The academic program is very strong, and the art and music programs are also very good. I highly recommend Green Hedges.
Our son recently started at the Green Hedges School in the first grade and we couldn't be happier! GHS has a strong academic curriculum and is a wonderfully warm community. Coming from the Fairfax County public school system we have found Green Hedges to be a place that both challenges and supports our sons learning capability. I would encourage anyone that is looking for a private school to visit this truly unique and remarkable learning environment.
Green Hedges is having trouble attracting students. Most people put their children in for the Montessori program (3 years old through kindergarten). The school needs a management overhaul - cronyism and nepotism have destroyed any sense of fairness.
Green Hedges needs a management overhaul to get back to the great school it was 20 years ago.
From the quality of the teachers to the broad and rich curriculum, this school shines. My son has been at the school for 6 years. He has grown his intellect, character, emotional maturity and ability to lead. He is very bright and is continually challenged to stretch and learn more. The small class sizes allow teachers the time and space to work individually with each child and bring out their unique strengths. Listening to the graduates speak at their graduation is a great way to experience the "magic" that happens at this school. Graduates demonstrate their poise, intelligence and wisdom. The school has amazing graduates.
This is an exceptional school combining a nurturing, caring culture with a demanding academic schedule and excellent music , sport etc Teaching is first class and as a parent you feel in genuine partnership with the teachers in the education of your child.
Gren Hedges combines a challenging academic program and strong leadership with great extracurricular activites and a lot of personalized attention to its students. The math, science and language programs in particular are very strong. While being challenged academically, the students are also encouraged to be kids, building sets for plays, producing and displaying their art, participating in the band, taking field trips, and playing together. It is truly a unique and exceptional place for students from preschool through 8th grade.
Committed teachers, small classes, attention paid to each student, a true sense of community. . . . . this little school has it all.
Our girls love Green Hedges. We have been at the school 7 years. We continue to be amazed at how much our girls are growing and excelling. The teachers teach to each childs learning style. The other parents are very welcoming. It is my childrens home away from home
Love this school...the best in the area! We had a fabulous experience. Best teachers and welcoming families!
Both of my daughters attend GHS. This is their second year. I pulled them from the local public school because I did not feel they were realizing their potential. GHS has exceeded my expectations...and ask anyone who knows me...that is a VERY RARE statement. My oldest daughter, who did 7th and 8th grade at GHS, was accepted to both boarding schools she applied to. These were academically rigourous schools with low acceptance ratios...if not for GHS, I am certain she would not have been accepted. My youngest daughter, in grade 4 this year, has had her best year ever in elementary school. She has blossomed on all fronts. GHS has offered an environment where both of my girls have been able to grow on all levels...academically, socially and emotionally. The teachers and faculty have created the rarest of environments...nurturing, team oriented yet challenging. I would highly recommend GHS.
Both are sons attend Green Hedges and have been with the school since they started in the Montessori program when they were three years old. We visit neighboring private and public schools to evaluate other programs and in the end, we always seem to return back to Green Hedges. There are many reasons why we find the school to be a great fit for our sons but the one aspect that remains true to the core mission is the 'enjoyment of learning'. We strongly recommend the school based on their broad enriched curriculum and emphasis on every single student.
We are absolutely thrilled with Green Hedges. If you are hung up on state-of-the art physical facilities then you may want to look at a school that is a bit flashier. BUT if you are interested in a nurturing environment with small classes and truly first rate teachers you will be well pleased with Green Hedges. The school offers a classical education delivered in a progressive manner. Every child is valued for his or her own strengths, while encouraged to take risks in areas of relative weakness. The arts and athletics at the school are for EVERYONE, as is character education (sorely missing these days in many educational settings). As for life after 8th grade this little gem of a school places grads in many of the top (and therefore highly competitive) independent high schools in the DC metro area.
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