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Old 05-04-2010, 05:50 PM
 
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Hello there-
We currently live in Arlington, MA and my husband just got a job in Herndon, VA. We will be moving there with our two children (5 and 2) this summer. Our 5 year old will be entering kindergarten. We plan on buying, but figure we will rent for a bit to get the lay of the land.

My older child is gifted and my younger one will most likely need special ed, so we are looking for a very strong school district (similar to Concord or Lexington here in MA) which can meet their needs. A school which has a strong sense of community would be ideal too.

We understand that commutes can be tough and that it is best to do a reverse commute. I am currently a stay at home mom (for the next couple of years and then I will return to business) and would love to find a good fit for us. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 05-04-2010, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Ashburn and Sterling would be worth looking into. I live in Ashburn Farm and like it a lot. Some parts of Sterling I like are Cascades, Lowes Island, Countryside...

Good luck!
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:14 PM
 
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How much are you hoping to spend? I agree with the previous poster, those are all good suggestions, all nice neighborhoods.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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If their older child is gifted, they would want to avoid Loudoun County schools, though. My understanding is that LC schools have a terrible, barely-there gifted program.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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Fairfax county is moving in the same direction, doing less and less for truly gifted students. According to them, everyone is gifted! Education for gifted students is not in vogue among the educrats.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:46 PM
 
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If you know your younger child's diagnosis and have an idea of what kind of special ed he or she would need, then you might want to start there, finding a school that will best meet his or her needs, especially if you'll be starting during preschool years.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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Ashburn and Sterling would be worth looking into.
I agree. The schools in Loudoun County have good ratings overall but you might look into which special ed programs people are happiest with in case they vary between schools.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:42 AM
 
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A coworker of mine lived in the Fairfax County public school system. He had one special ed child out of three. He was extremely impressed with their program. He moved to Loudoun County expecting similar services and terribly disappointed (he didn't do his homework). He ended up pulling his kids out and finding some private school that worked for them. This was about 3 years ago, so maybe things have improved.

With one gifted child and one special ed, I would probably narrow my search to Fairfax County unless you can find some good recommendations elsewhere.
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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I don't know much in terms of gifted programs/special ed programs but I do have a friend who is moving to California as her son is autistic and she said VA was rated like 2nd to last in the county for treatments and California is like number 2. I know Loudoun schools have a good reputation in terms of regular schooling, but...My thought would be for you to call the school districts and ask what programs they have. Loudoun and Fairfax both have decent websites.
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