AcademicsInstructional ProgramElementary School, Grades K-5Beginning with kindergarten, the elementary program emphasizes strong basic skills in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science and includes foreign language, art, music, health, and physical education. Each elementary school has the services of a guidance counselor, a reading teacher, and a technology specialist.Middle School, Grades 6-8
The mission of Loudoun County middle schools is to create and maintain an environment that ensures each student demonstrates a high level of academic achievement and developmental growth as measured by national, state, and district standards. Realizing that the needs of individual school communities vary, middle school staff members are committed to a comprehensive system of support to ensure this outcome.Each middle school is divided into sub-schools called “houses.” Each house includes a dean, house secretary and full-time school counseling services. LCPS middle schools, through interdisciplinary teaming, use of resource periods, collaborative leadership and common planning time support key characteristics of effective middle schools. Curriculum focuses on core academic areas, foreign language and introduces a unified program of fine arts and career and technical education.High School, Grades 9-12More than half of a high school student's subjects are determined by state requirements for graduation. The balance may be selected from a wide variety of academic, career and technical, and fine arts courses. Advanced placement courses are available in Social Science, English, Science, Math, Foreign Language, and Fine Arts. Students must complete 22 course units for a standard diploma and 24 units for an advanced studies diploma. School counselors assist students in selecting courses and in applying to postsecondary schools and colleges. See course syllabi for specifics.Special EducationSpecial Education provides free, appropriate education to eligible Loudoun County children with disabilities between the ages of two and 21, inclusive. Programs offered serve students with developmental delays, intellectual disability, emotional disability, specific learning disabilities, visual, hearing, speech, orthopedic and other health impairments, autism, and multiple disabilities. When the disability is so severe that the student cannot be served in a public school or state facility, private school placement will be made by LCPS. Parents who suspect that a child has a disability affecting learning or substantially limiting a major life activity should contact their school principal or the Special Education Department, 571-252-1011.
A countywide Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC) at 20 Union Street in Leesburg offers information and referral services. The center is staffed by a special educator and a parent of a child with a disability. The center's telephone number is 571-252-2185.Head Start
Head Start and STEP are preschool programs serving economically disadvantaged four-year-olds and their families at numerous centrally located elementary and high schools. The Head Start Program provides strong educational experiences with the addition of health and social services for children and their families. STEP (Starting Towards Excellence in Preschool) is a traditional preschool program with an educational focus. Both programs have age and income requirements. Information is available from the Head Start Coordinator at 571-252-2110.
Extra attention is given to children who need special help in developing essential academic skills. Students who are not successful in the regular curriculum or who perform below certain levels on standardized tests receive remedial help in mathematics, language arts, and reading through classroom teachers and reading specialists. Eligible students may receive support from the federally funded Title I Program which focuses on the young student having difficulty learning to read.
Gifted and Talented Programs are available for gifted students at all grade levels in all schools. Differentiated instruction is provided to gifted youngsters in grades K-5; the SEARCH classroom resource program is part of the K-3 gifted curriculum; a countywide, center-based (FUTURA) program serves certain gifted students in grades 4 and 5; all middle and high schools conduct special enrichment programs (SPECTRUM and SLP); honors courses are available in grades 6-12; and a summer program serves students gifted in the visual and performing arts.
High school students who qualify may attend the Governor's Regional Magnet High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology). Special programs for talented visual and performing arts students include PAVAN in grades 9-12 and Lyceum in grades 6-12. The Governor's School Program offers college-level summer instruction.
ESL is a resource program designed to help non-English speaking children learn English and gain language skills and confidence to participate in the school system's academic programs and extracurricular activities. Eight ESL instructional centers are located in eastern and central Loudoun to serve students at all grade levels from schools throughout the county. More information on ESL is available from LCPS' Instruction Office at 771-6435.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers courses to students in grades 6 through 12 that contain (1) competency-based instruction, (2) career and technical student organizations, (3) industry credentials,* and (4) work-based learning experiences.
In Career and Technical Education (CTE):
We communicate and model high expectations for all students, which includes emphasizing and valuing multiple pathways for students after high school (i.e., college, entering the workforce, military) and collaborating with students to identify personal interests, aptitudes and strengths to establish goals for the future.
We believe that all students deserve to have access to a conducive learning environment and relevant and rigorous coursework, including honors and dual-enrollment opportunities, opportunities to earn credentials and to engage in robust work-based learning experiences.
We provide scaffolds and supports to ensure all students can access the curriculum and authentic learning experiences that support their identified interests and goals.
Visit www.lcps.org/cte for additional information on Career and Technical Education within the school division.
*Industry credentials are only offered to students in grades 9 - 12.
The Alternative Education Program at The North Star School in Leesburg serves middle and high school students who have difficulty adjusting to, or being successful in, a traditional school program. Students complete the same requirements for promotion or graduation as do students in other LCPS.
Summer school offers remedial reading and mathematics, grades 1-5; remedial instruction for required subjects, grades 6-8; and a selection of courses in English, mathematics, social studies, science, business, and driver education, grades 9-12.Loudoun County Public Schools assigns laptop computers to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12. Most students are issued a Chromebook. Students in specific specialized programs may be issued a Windows laptop.The purpose of the computer is to provide each student access to tools, resources and information to support their learning. The computers allow students access to class resources and assignments in Schoology, division-wide Learning Management System, as well as online productivity tools, educational content, and many other useful internet resources. Students use their computer not only to consume information but also to become creators of content that contribute to the world.LCPS supports the integration of technology in instruction through professional learning opportunities provided by school-based Instructional Facilitators for Technology and the division Educational Technology team.
School Libraries in the county provide and manage the circulation of more than 1.5 million copies of print and digital resources for students and staff to use for curricular assignments as well as personal reading and interests. Certified teacher-librarians provide group and individual information literacy instruction to help our learners become effective users of information.
Report Cards and Parent/Teacher Conferences
Report Cards are issued four times during the year for all grade levels. Parent/teacher conferences are strongly encouraged and may be scheduled through the school offices.
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