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Old 11-08-2010, 08:36 AM
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We are considering moving our children out of the NoVa public schools for a variety of reasons. We have a middle schooler and an elementary school child. We would like thoughts on schools with great parent communities, great college admissions, etc, great arts (music and studio) programs and nurturing teachers/staff. Also, we have one child who is "GIFTED" and another one who is "General ED" - but he does struggle with one subject. With a ton of testing, we have learned it is just a matter of repetition and introducing materials in new/different ways. We want the kids together if possible, but it may not be what's best. We want the one who need a little help to get it IN SCHOOL which is why we want smaller class size, etc and we want that child challenged where he should be in the other subjects vs taught to the lowest skill group in the entire gen ed population. More importantly, we want to get away from this labeling for both kids and just have them encouraged and challenged where it seems appropriate. GT programs are really supposed to be individualizing their programs to motivate kids as much as possible since they are able to move at a faster pace -but we find that many times this label/opportunity translates to more homework, more testing, better scores on SOLs for the school, and not necessarily more presentation of individual works, individual progress, more indepth knowledge, more inspiration etc.

Any advice on great experiences with private/parochial schools in the greater dc area would be much appreciated.
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