Loudoun School for the Gifted

44675 Cape Court Suite 105 Ashburn, VA 20147

Founded in 2008, Loudoun School for the Gifted is the only middle and high school for advanced students in Virginia.

Students work in a small, supportive community where school feels right and their ideas, interests, and highest aspirations really matter. Classes are small and are designed to encourage dialogue among teachers and peers. The setting is comfortable and the workload is reasonable. We believe this environment allows students to be and do their best.

The courses are built on great books and challenging questions, with the aim of helping students learn to think critically and creatively. Our teachers have doctorates or engineering degrees in their respective fields, allowing them to provide expert guidance and academic work designed to prepare students to be successful in higher education and in their professional lives.

At our school, teachers know their students, students know their peers, and together we work to help each other do great things.

Mission: We are here to offer you a truly educational, challenging, enjoyable, and inspiring school experience, So you pursue every opportunity to Read and learn deeply and broadly, Think honestly, creatively, and critically, and Work with optimism and grit to solve complex and meaningful problems. Do Great Things.


Dear Prospective Student — LSG | Private School for Advanced Studies | Ashburn, VA

"Dear Prospective Students..."

In a recent AP Language free writing assignment, students were asked to craft a message for the audience of their choice. One 10th grader decided to write a letter to students who are considering joining LSG for their middle or high school years.

"The opportunities I’ve had to take control of my studies and to participate in the conversations that affect my everyday life have, in addition to the experiences I’ve had in the classroom, helped me to figure out my identity as a student. I’m proud of the progress I’ve made towards being confident enough to speak up, all the while maintaining the curiosity that drove me to visit LSG in the first place."

Read her full letter here - https://www.loudounschool.org/letter.

loudounschool.org In a recent AP Language free writing assignment, students were asked to craft a message for the audience of their choice. One 10th grader decided to write a letter to students who are considering joining LSG for their middle or high school years:

Yesterday, we enjoyed a fascinating presentation by The Sterling Swordplayers on the history of sword fighting followed by a demonstration of the various swords used throughout history — beginning with the Roman Gladius, through the medieval broadsword, and ending with today's épée. One of our students, Patrick, has performed with Sterling Swordplayers in the past and helped with the demonstration.


It’s been a muddy season, but look what’s on the way! On site at the new campus for Loudoun School for the Gifted (LSG) in Ashburn, VA.

Looking for a unique gift for that relative or friend who has everything? How about the gift of providing women of rural Uganda with a self-sustainable business in the form of raising goats?

LSG's community service project for December is supporting The Goat Project Uganda. Our goal is to open a new village center with 10 new goats, and we hope that others will support GPU as well!

When you buy a goat as a gift, you receive a picture of the goat with its new owner and a sign with the giftee's name on it. You can find out more at https://www.goatprojectuganda.org/.

Art @ LSG

Students in our middle school ecology class went to Russell Branch Creek today to survey for macroinvertebrates. They will use the macroinvertebrate data to assess stream health.

At our monthly Parent Meeting this week, Reader & Swartz Architects showed us renderings of our new building's interior. We're very excited to see the building go up and look forward to moving in this spring!

Thank you, Deputy Christman and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, for speaking with us today about technology safety. Fascinating information that we all need to hear and remember!

As we reflect on the many things that we are thankful for, we'd like to take this opportunity to share a few. We are thankful for our students, who inspire and challenge us to do our best. We are thankful for our parents, who show up in a thousand ways and add to the richness of our community. And we are thankful for the opportunity to watch our school flourish and grow in the coming years.

Today and every day, we are thankful that you are part of the LSG family!

Six LSG students were selected to participate in the Ammerman Student Leadership Program (https://www.mountvernon.org/education/for-teachers/ammerman-student-leadership-program) at George Washington's Mount Vernon on Saturday. Attendees discussed George Washington as a change agent, leadership, and how to make change, among other things.

Our Model UN team just received their country assignment for the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) conference. They will be representing Iran - an excellent country for the issues that they will be debating in March. Today they started exploring Iran's policy, history, and economic attributes and will be dividing into committees soon. Congratulations, Model UN team, and good luck!

We met, then exceeded, our goal of 40 Thanksgiving dinner bags for Loudoun Hunger Relief's Thanksgiving Dinner Bag Drive.

Thank you very much to all of the students, faculty, and families who donated food and gift cards to help us feed Loudoun families in need! Also, a special thanks to Loudoun Test Prep for purchasing the last 25 gift cards that helped us meet our goal!

Our community Loudoun Math Circle sessions are off to a great start! Yesterday, our youngest math enthusiasts worked on various projects with help from Coco, an LSG 9th grader, and a few parent volunteers.

If you are interested in joining the Loudoun Math Circle, or any of our other community STEM programs, visit https://www.loudounschool.org/communitystem to be added to the waiting list for our next sessions.

Thank you to all of the families who donated gently worn shoes to our Soles4Souls collection! We received over 250 pairs of shoes to "help change the world one pair of shoes at a time."

Halloween at LSG included:
- Mary Poppins teaching middle school English
- a hand-built Dakotaraptor with a functioning mouth
- a vampire hitting the submit button on her first college application
- a sneak appearance by Carmen Sandiego in Ashburn, VA

Happy Halloween!


Philadelphia, 2018

We just returned from an amazing school trip to Philadelphia, PA.

Each fall, we take an overnight trip to both explore and learn more about an area, and also get to know each other better. Opportunities like this are one of the many reasons for our incredible social atmosphere.

Here is an overview of our Philly adventure:

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On Thursday, our high school Advanced Art class had the chance to go to Trader Joes One Loudoun to visit with two of their commercial artists and hear about their backgrounds, day-to-day challenges, creative tips and tools, and to try some fall food samples.

The big takeaways to apply to any endeavor were: to practice, practice, practice what you want to get good at; learn from each other and collaborate; and that the things they are learning in class about design, elements, and layout actually do apply to the real world and are used every day.


The hidden benefits of a combined middle-high school

This article explores the benefits of a combined high school and middle school experience: students have more time to learn the school culture and build ongoing relationships with their teachers, and as a result they are better prepared for college. That has been our experience at LSG, where middle schoolers and high schoolers not only share common study spaces but also work together in some classrooms.


Mark your calendars!

The National Math Festival brings some of today's most fascinating mathematicians together for a wide variety of presentations, performances, short creative films, and hands-on puzzles, games, art-making, mathletic competitions, and more. Join us in the heart of downtown D.C. on Saturday, May 4, 2019 for this free, all-ages event! Learn more: nationalmathfestival.org/2019-festival

Our Data Science class had an opportunity to prove their teacher wrong today (always popular!) through hypothesis testing and calculating p-value. Also popular is using candy to do it.

Our new building is going up - so exciting!

A new campus is being built in Ashburn, VA. It's the future home of the Loudoun School for the Gifted.


Community STEM Programs @ LSG

During advisory today, Mr. Edward Skees joined us to talk about and recruit for our new CyberPatriot team(s). Mr. Skees explained the program and answered questions from the many interested students.

CyberPatriots is one of a series of programs that we are kicking off this fall for both LSG students and students in the community at large. If you are interested in finding out more, visit https://www.loudounschool.org/stematlsg.


Congratulations Layla, Mariam, and Nadia for completing the Tuckahoe Tri!

So glad we were able to schedule a last minute trip down to DC to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery to see the Renwick Gallery Burning Man No Spectators exhibit before the first floor galleries close!

It was an engaging way to connect our students to what we hope for them at LSG and in life - no spectators!

“‘No Spectators’ is a long-standing saying on Playa. You are encouraged to fully participate. It’s all about being there, being fully present, and not just observing. Two of the ten principles of Burning Man are radical participation and radical inclusivity, meaning that there are no outsiders. Everyone is part of the experience.”
– Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft

We left LSG on Friday morning for our annual trip to The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School in Maryland. We had a picnic lunch, then moved on to the various ropes courses for a couple of hours of climbing and ziplining fun.

Welcome back, Framers!

We had 14 new students and one new faculty member join us as we kicked off the 2018-2019 year. We had group projects and games to get to know each other and catch up from the summer break.

Together, we'll tackle rigorous coursework, approach classic subjects from new perspectives, ask big questions and engage in meaningful conversations. We are all looking forward to another exciting year!


Rethinking Giftedness

We understand.

We're rethinking "gifted" education in grades 6-12 – join us for an information session on August 19th to find out more.


We decided to work with Citizen Film to make this short film after many years of my being a professor at Stanford and hearing from students about the labels they…

We enjoyed some great conversations (and ice cream sundaes) last night with faculty, parents, and new and returning students! Mrs. Derr led us through a discussion of the "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens".

We're getting warmed up for the 2018-2019 school year to kick off in a few weeks!

Loudoun School for the Gifted

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Trips away from campus and guest speaker presentations that build upon or illuminate academic work in the classroom are an important part of our academic program. The 2017-2018 school year was packed with enrichment opportunities.

Find out more about the private school designed for gifted students at https://www.loudounschool.org/designedforgifted.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


Dear Editor: The United States Should Rescue Rojava

Op-Ed by Kamran Fareedi, Class of 2018.

loudounnow.com By Kamran Fareedi Syria has had the world’s eyes on it for many years. In the midst of being torn apart by Civil War since 2011 and turned into a geopolitical football that’s tossed around by world powers, the country has found a success story. Surrounded by the Assad Regime, Syrian Rebel


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Discovering her resilience: World traveler to future Marine

Great article about 2015 LSG alumna Rhiannon Winner.

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On Thursday, our Advanced Art students wrapped up a graffiti study by creating their own 3’x3’ designs – learning how to work within a different medium to create beautiful works of art.

Decision Day:

Will - North Carolina State University
Ilsa - Western Michigan University
Tanner - Colorado School of Mines
Kamran - American University
Cas - Johns Hopkins University

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

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44675 Cape Ct, Ste 105
Ashburn, VA

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