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Old 03-25-2007, 07:28 AM
 
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We have been living overseas in various countries for the past fourteen years and plan on moving to Ashburn Village this summer. We have purchased a home that will be in Broad Run HS/Farmwell Station MS boundries so at least that part of our move has been finalized. However, we don't know a soul in the area and would really appreciate some advice...

Does anybody have any experience with these two schools?

Have you found that most of the kids in the area have grown up with each other and that there aren't too many new kids...especially in middle school and high school?

Any recommendations to get my kids (boy 14 and girl 12) involved in camps/activities before school starts so they can meet some people?

Are there any newcomer clubs for stay home moms...of teenagers?

I'd appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks so much.
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Old 03-25-2007, 08:08 AM
 
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We moved to Ashburn Farm when my boys were 9 and 11. My oldest started that year at Farmwell (first year it was open) and my younger son attended there for two years before they built a new middle school and changed the boundaries. I have friends who teach at Broad Run and know a lot of kids that have attended there. It's one of the older schools in the county, but it is a very good high school. A lot of the kids grow up together but there's also a lot of transients and there are new kids coming in every year. My boys are 20 and 23 now so it's only been a few years since they attended Loudoun schools. While my youngest graduated from the local HS, my oldest ended up going to Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology which is in Fairfax County and you have to test to get into it. So, there are academic options in this area not available everywhere.

I don't know of any newcomer groups. There are so many newcomers. When we first moved here we made all our friends through neighbors and church. I was a stay at home mom til my boys were 12 and 14. Most of the clubs/camps involve sports. Ashburn Village has the sports pavilion and they offer tennis camps and swim teams among other activities. My boys have friends they've had since the first year or two we moved here and they all come back to church on breaks. The kids in Ashburn tend to have a lot because the income levels here tend to be high, but I have found most people to be very friendly and family oriented.
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Old 03-26-2007, 12:16 PM
 
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Farmwell Station was just nationally reconizes as "A school to Watch" 2 Loudoun county Middle schools earned this honor. (only 2 in the state of VA!) only 81 middle schools in hte US were reconized this year.

Here is the criteria :
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They are academically excellent – these schools challenge all students to use their minds well.

They are developmentally responsive – these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.

They are socially equitable – these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports
The village in Asburn has a ton of Great Amineties including the Sports Pavillon. Pool, EXCELLENT tennis program, weight room, basketball etc...

Also in Loudoun County you have IDA LEE rec center (Leesburg) and the new Claude Moore rec center (sterling) that provides A ton of programs and camps for kids run by the Park and Rec dept of Loudoun County. There are a TON of camps avail for all kids in all sports and activties.

idalee.org www.co.loudoun.va.us/prcs/

Asburn is VERY family friendly it won't take long for your kids to meet people. The thing I noticed when we moved here is that SO many people move in and out due to govt jobs and military that everyone is EXTREMELY helpful and welcomming to newcommers. The schools/counselors do a great job of getting hte new kids aquianted etc... we move in NOV and it was a seemless transition for my kids (12, 9 , 6). The middle schools here are set up great and offer honors courses for all core subjects.
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Old 03-26-2007, 01:31 PM
 
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Default moving to ashburn with teenagers

Thanks so much for the great tips and advice! Ashburn sounds like the perfect place for our family.
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