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Old 07-26-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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Haycock vs Chesterbrook - Pros and Cons - Please Help
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:38 PM
 
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Haycock vs Chesterbrook - Pros and Cons - Please Help
Some quick feedback: Haycock has an AAP (Advanced Academic Programs) center that draws kids from a number of other schools, while Chesterbrook has the Local Level IV services (one level below the AAP program). People seem to like both schools. Haycock is closer to West Falls Church Metro and it's an older facility that's now quite crowded. Chesterbrook is closer to Arlington. The neighborhoods in McLean that feed into Chesterbrook generally are more expensive than those in Falls Church that feed into Haycock. Total enrollment at Haycock last year was 837 (as of 9/30/11), while the enrollment at Chesterbrook was 655. Both are zoned for Longfellow MS and McLean HS, though some of the AAP students at Haycock who come from other schools end up at different middle and high schools, including Langley and Marshall HS, instead.

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Old 07-26-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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Chesterbrook has a much nicer building.
But Haycock has a nicer playground.

My kids went to both schools. They both draw from the same pool of high-achieving children from well-educated families. Lots of lawyers and other advanced degrees among the parents, with a significant number of diplomats and other international types. Lots of stay at home moms at both schools, but a reasonable number of professional moms too. The Chesterbrook neighborhoods have more expensive houses. Haycock has the GT center, or whatever they call it now, so it will have higher test scores for grades 3-6, but the kids who are NOT in the center don't really benefit from its presence.

It makes much more sense to focus on the house/commute rather than trying to find a real difference between these schools. For example, there are several relatively affordable townhome communities down the street from Haycock. Chesterbrook draws almost exclusively from neighborhoods of single-family homes. Haycock is around the corner from the West Falls Church Metro, and closer to I-66. Chesterbrook is closer to Chain Bridge and the GW Parkway. Either school will deliver a high-quality education that parents in the midwestern community in which we now live have to pay over $14K in private school tuition to match.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:12 AM
 
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Are there problems with bullying in the FCPS system?
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:34 AM
 
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Yes. There are problems with bullying in every place where children are.

I had friends who moved their child INTO Chesterbrook from a local private school because of bullying. And another family moved their child OUT of Chesterbrook to that same private school because of bullying. Go figure.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:20 AM
 
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Yes. There are problems with bullying in every place where children are.

I had friends who moved their child INTO Chesterbrook from a local private school because of bullying. And another family moved their child OUT of Chesterbrook to that same private school because of bullying. Go figure.
Bully and Harrassment prevention is taught in every grade level at the beginning of the school year by the counselors. It is considered part of the Student Rights and Responsibities, SSR, lessons. The strategies are taught, but that doesn't mean the students always use them.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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But are those isolated problems that are caught and solved or they keep occurring and nobody, except the parents, care?
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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But are those isolated problems that are caught and solved or they keep occurring and nobody, except the parents, care?
I think the answer is "it depends."
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:45 PM
 
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I think the answer is "it depends."
In the two schools mentioned above? or depends on what?
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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In the last school year for which data has been reported (2010-11), Haycock reported a grand total of two disciplinary incidents and Chesterbrook did not report any.

That may give you some comfort but, as Claremarie said, some amount of bullying among adolescents is inevitable and bullied students may not report it to authorities (or tell parents) in any event. Others may disagree, but my own sense is that, in affluent areas like McLean and WFC, the "Mean Girl" syndrome among middle-school girls is more common than physical harassment involving either boys or girls.

Unless you have specific reason to think your child will be a target, I would not worry unduly about this, but instead would simply try to keep the communication lines open so your kid feels comfortable confiding in you if there is a problem. If your kid thinks you will immediately run off to raise this with administrators and other parents, my bet is that he or she will be less likely to tell you about it.
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