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 and STEP
LCPS Head Start and STEP (Starting Toward Excellence in Preschool) are preschool programs serving at-risk preschoolers and their families at certain elementary and high schools throughout the county. The federally funded Head Start program provides high-quality preschool instruction with the addition of health and family services. Students must be 4 years-old by September 30th (or 3 years-old at certain sites). The state-funded STEP program provides high-quality preschool instruction for 4 year-old students who may qualify for the program. Complete eligibility requirements are listed on the website www.lcps.org/headstart. For additional information, please contact the Head Start/STEP office 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.
The LCPS Gifted Education Program provides opportunities to extend, enrich, and accelerate the core academic curriculum through a variety of program options - some are available to all students and others are provided for students who are formally identified in need of gifted services.
The SEARCH program is open to all students in grades K-3. Gifted resource teachers visit classrooms on a bi-weekly basis to engage students in lessons that encourage them to think critically and creatively, problem solve, take intellectual risks, and develop an excitement for learning and discovery across a variety of thinking skills such as perceiving, reasoning, connecting, creating, and evaluating.
EDGE is a talent development program designed to nurture and challenge students with advanced academic potential from groups historically underrepresented in LCPS advanced academic opportunities and gifted programs. The program provides additional academic challenges for students to develop their individual potential through rigorous lessons and activities.
FUSION is a new model for delivering gifted services for 4th and 5th grade gifted learners. It was established to provide gifted services for students at their home schools. A gifted resource teacher collaborates with classroom teachers to challenge gifted learners in their regular classrooms by enriching and extending the general curriculum and by integrating curricula developed for gifted learners. In addition, gifted learners meet during the week with other gifted learners to collaborate on a variety of challenging, interdisciplinary projects focused on the topics of leadership and innovation.
SPECTRUM is designed to meet the needs of middle school students (grades 6-8) who have been identified in need of gifted services. Students attend SPECTRUM for a half block (approximately 45 minutes) every other day. The SPECTRUM curriculum framework focuses on four themes that are explored each year: Business & Economics, Communication & Culture, Technology & Engineering, and Ethics & Perspectives. Students engage in project-based learning, research and inquiry, and problem solving. They are challenged to collaborate, communicate, and apply their knowledge to real-world situations. Learning experiences are designed to develop initiative, creativity, and leadership skills.
High school gifted and high-ability learners have opportunities to take advanced-level courses such as honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment. In 8th grade, they may apply to special programs such as The Academies of Loudoun and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. As sophomores and juniors in high school, they may apply to the Summer Residential Governor’s School Program. Governor’s School offers academic, World Language, and visual/performing arts programs.
The English Learner (EL) program is an instructional program focused on developing English skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing for students eligible for English Language services. The purpose of the EL program is to increase the English language proficiency of EL students to ensure that they can participate meaningfully and equally in the same educational programs and services as their native English-speaking peers. EL services are available to all students in grades Kindergarten through 12 at their home school. Additional information on EL services is available online at https://www.lcps.org/el or by contacting the Division of English Learners at (571) 252-1390 or via email at ELProgram@lcps.org.
Career and Technical Education
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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