AcademicsInstructional ProgramElementary School, Grades K-5Beginning with halfday 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 which ensures that 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 assure this outcome.Each middle school is divided into sub-schools called “houses.” Each house includes a dean, house secretary and full-time guidance counseling services. LCPS middle schools, through interdisciplinary teaming, use of resource period, 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. Standard Technical and Advanced Technical diploma types will become available in 2015. Guidance counselors assist students in selecting courses and in applying to postsecondary schools and colleges. See course syllabi for specifics.Special EducationSpecial Education provides a 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 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 Programsare 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, centerbased (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 extra curricular 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 offers a variety of programs to help equip students with work and life skills. Students in grades 6-12 may explore career options and develop occupational skills through vocational offerings at their home schools and at Monroe Technology Center. Career and Technical Education focuses on seven major career fields: agriculture, business and information technology, health and medical sciences, family and consumer sciences, marketing, technology, and trade and industry. Vocational education is a springboard to immediate employment for many high school students and helps youngsters prepare for college and other postsecondary education. Many adults also participate in career and technical education programs (See Adult Ed.).
The Alternative Education Program at Douglass Schoolin 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 schooloffers 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. Tuition is charged; no charge for bus transportation from central locations.
LCPS continues its TechnologyUtilization Plan begun in the early 1990's to expand appropriate use of technology in the classroom and provide training for teachers on effective use of technology for instruction.
In 1996, the School Board adopted a comprehensive Technology Implementation Plan to give students more complete exposure to computer-related technology in compliance with the new State Standards of Learning.
In 1998-99, the Technology Implementation Plan was completed. Elementary schools have at least one computer for every five students, and middle and high schools have four computer stations per classroom plus student computer stations in the library. In addition, each middle school has three computers laboratories and technology education labs, and each high school is equipped with six networked computer labs. Every LCPS classroom has four computers with controlled access to telecommunications services and the Internet through the LCPS computer network. The high schools and Monroe Technology center have satellite receiving dishes for distance learning and teleconferencing.
Libraries & the IRC
Libraries in the county's schools stock more than 546,000 books. Certified librarians teach library skills and encourage students to use the libraries for personal reading as well as for school assignments. The central Instructional Resource Center maintains and circulates more than 18,000 educational films and videos.
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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