Quality education is a hallmark of the high quality of living that Loudoun County offers. It is, in fact, the #1 Virginia county when it comes to the best public schools, according to Niche.com.
With outstanding schools at all levels, LoCo makes homebuyers—especially those looking to raise a family—feel more at ease moving into communities where they can build toward prosperous careers and bright futures.
Top-rated elementary, middle, and high schools within Loudoun County Public Schools
Pre-K, K to 5th grade schools
- Madison’s Trust Elementary
Located in Ashburn, this is one of the largest primary schools in Loudoun County with an enrollment of 994 students.
- Belmont Station Elementary
Serving 713 students in Ashburn, this school has a notable student-teacher ratio of 16:1, which ensures that every child gets proper attention and adequate opportunities to participate in class.
- Rosa Lee Carter Elementary
This Ashburn school tops Niche.com’s list of Loudoun County schools with the best teachers.
- Lincoln Elementary
With only 100 students, classes in this Purcellville school have a remarkable 11:1 student-teacher ratio.
- Mill Run Elementary
Serving 902 students in Ashburn near the Broadlands CDP, this school has an impressive 90% proficiency rating in reading and 91% in math.
- Mercer Middle
This school in the unincorporated community of Aldie ranks 10th overall among all middle schools in Virginia, as rated by Niche.com.
- Belmont Ridge Middle
Located in Leesburg, this school is ranked 15th out of 394 public middle schools in Virginia, thanks to a 91% proficiency rating in reading.
- Eagle Ridge Middle
With a student population of 1,222, this middle school delivers quality instruction with a student-teacher ratio of 14:1.
- J. Michael Lunsford Middle
This middle school in Chantilly serves 1,649 students at a ratio of 13:1 in the average class. It counts among the top 30 middle schools in Virginia based on Niche.com rankings.
- Farmwell Station Middle
Students in this school have stellar reading proficiency rated at 92%.
This Ashburn high school gets top marks for its incredible proficiency scores of 98% in reading and 85% in math. Niche.com ranks it 10th best among 324 public high schools in the entire state.
Niche.com cites that this is Virginia’s 5th best high school when it comes to the best teachers. It also ranks 9th among all high schools in the state.
Around 2,000 Loudoun County youth attend this top-rated high school and benefit from its commendable 15:1 student-teacher ratio. The high proficiency scores of 93% for reading and 79% for math speak for themselves.
Located in LoCo’s South Riding CDP, Freedom High is rated as Virginia’s 23rd best public high school and 27th best college prep high school.
With a complete academic program that begins at the pre-Kindergarten level, this Sterling, VA school merits mention as one of the most consistently top-rated public schools in Loudoun County across all levels.
Top-rated private schools in Loudoun County
If you are considering sending your children to a private school, you’ll be glad to know that Loudoun County is also home to its fair share of private educational institutions, such as:
- Foxcroft School – A boarding school for girls located in Middleburg
- Loudoun School for Advanced Studies – Offers advanced programs for students at grades 6-12
- Fairfax Christian School and Virginia Academy – Christian schools with complete Pre-K to grade 12 programs
Adapting to the times: Distance learning programs in the time of COVID-19
With the coronavirus pandemic setting a major hurdle against the return of students of Loudoun County schools for the 2020-21 academic year, the LCPS School Board has responded with utmost care and responsibility to ensure the health and safety of the county’s youth.
The new school year began on September 8, using distance learning as the primary strategy for instruction and teacher-student interaction. A few exceptions, such as the Academies of Loudoun’s Monroe Advanced Technical Academy were allowed to hold limited in-person instruction for hands-on courses, such as cosmetology and culinary arts.
Dedicated attention was also provided to students with special learning needs. These students were prioritized in the LCPS’ four-phase hybrid learning strategy which began in mid-October.
In addition to strategies intended to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19, LCPS also put in extra effort to equip students at all levels with the necessary equipment needed for distance learning. Students all the way down to the K-2 levels were issued Chromebook computers by the start of the school year.
As of November 10, the LCPS School Board is gearing up for the return of students at the third to fifth grade levels to the classroom by December 1.
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