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.

Congratulations to the new members inducted into the LSG National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, and National English Honor Society today! We had such a nice lunch and ceremony to celebrate. Here are photos of our new inductees joining our current members.

Today, we'd like to give a shoutout to our middle schooler, Case. He is currently on an Odyssey of the Mind Team that just won first place in their division at the state competition and will be moving on to compete in the world competition in May!

If you are just hearing of Odyssey of the Mind for the first time, it's an international program that teaches kids how to solve problems creatively. Competitions engage teams in solving problems in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts. Some examples of past problems include: designing mechanical dinosaurs, inventing new factory machinery, building working vehicles, writing a new chapter to Moby Dick, putting a twist on classic artworks, turning Pandora’s Box into a video game, and so much more. Congrats to Case & his team - we are so proud of you!

Earlier this week, our CyberPatriot club got the chance to attend the final round of the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition in Baltimore. The competition teams are given sets of virtual images representing operational systems and are tasked to find and fix the cybersecurity vulnerabilities. This year, LSG formed a team and practiced so that we will be able to register and compete next year. It was a great learning experience for us to see the final stage of the competition to learn from the teams that competed this year and prepare ourselves to enter the competition next year.

Interested in building a computer? One of our middle school students has put together a workshop, Build Your Own PC, that he is teaching at LSG. Participants will choose a system, then work with Michael and his team to build it.

Michael's first class has already filled up, but he is hoping to offer at least one more workshop this spring. Please complete the interest form at https://www.loudounschool.org/build.

The cost for the class is listed on the flyer below.


Build Your Own PC Workshop - LSG

We are so proud of our middle schooler, Michael, for teaching a workshop at LSG later on this month. The workshop is called Build Your Own PC and it will take place on our campus on Friday, April 26th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Participants will get to choose the type of computer system they want to build, build their own computer with the help of experts, and then actually take the computer home to keep!

Michael still has room in the class if you'd like to register. To register, view the computer system options, and pricing information, please visit this link: bit.ly/byopc-lsg

Great work, Michael!

signupgenius.com Register for the Build Your Own PC Workshop on April 26th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at Loudoun School for Advanced Studies (LSG).

Getting closer to move in day ❤️

Some real progress is being made in Ashburn for The Loudoun School For The Gifted. The building is getting closed in so the interior work can start taking off.

Using insulated concrete forms (ICF) is one of the things that we have done to make sure that our new campus is an environmentally responsible space.

The Loudoun School for the Gifted is expanding its campus to better meet the needs of their students. To achieve their goal of building an environmentally responsible space, the new facility is being built with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) with concrete supplied by VRMCA-member Vulcan Materials Company. Learn more: http://ow.ly/4YaI50oRTpy #BuildVirginiaStrong! #concrete #concreteconstruction

Come on, spring weather! We are crossing our fingers that more warm weather is coming so that we can have more class field trips like this one. Check out our middle school ecology students enjoying their trip to Pavilion Lake to observe migratory waterfowl.

This past weekend, we had our middle school social! We played paintball in the morning at Hogback Mountain and then enjoyed a nice dinner at Sidebar in Leesburg in the evening. Thanks to everyone who came out. It was a full and wonderful day for our middle schoolers!

Yesterday, we celebrated Pi Day at LSG! Our AP BC Calculus students did a great job leading us in activities throughout the day. We had pie during lunchtime, a bracelet making activity throughout the day, and a Pi Day themed jeopardy competition during our advisory period. Hope everyone else enjoyed their Pi Day, hopefully with some pie as well!

It's always a neat experience when we can take trips off campus that build on work we're doing in the classroom. Yesterday, students enrolled in our history class on Thomas Merton took a trip to St. Anselm's Monastery in Washington DC. We took a tour of the monastery, observed their 15 minute daily midday prayer, and discussed Merton's prayer life and experiences inside the abbey. Trips like these help bring our classes to life and give us real world context for our studies. Here are some pictures of our trip!

Work on our new campus is progressing nicely!

Our Iranian Delegation (Model UN club) left LSG early this morning for the trip to New York and the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN). Good luck, team!

It is so great to see our new building getting a roof - we can't wait to move in!

Getting close to putting the roof on The Loudoun School For The Gifted building in Ashburn. The building will be enclosed soon.

LSG Announces Scholarship for Qualified Local Students

LSG seeks to enroll promising and motivated students. In particular, we are excited to reach out to students with the ability and drive to flourish in an academically challenging environment, but who cannot afford the school without substantial financial assistance.

LSG is now offering the Lola Jackson Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarship is named for the beloved teacher who worked for decades at the historic Ashburn Colored School, a local landmark situated on LSG’s new campus and recently restored as a part of a student-led project (https://www.framersprojects.org/ashburncoloredschool). The scholarship covers up-to-full tuition, depending on need. For recipients who remain in good standing, the scholarship will continue from admission until graduation.

The scholarship application deadline for 2019-2020 is March 31st. For more information on this scholarship, or to apply, please visit https://www.loudounschool.org/admissions.

As part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty program, Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer, a mathematical scientist at George Mason University, spent the morning at LSG talking with us about using mathematics to solve real-world challenges. These included understanding the spread of Zika, stopping poaching of elephants in Africa, finding solutions for access to clean drinking water and understanding gang violence in Puerto Rico.

Thank you very much Dr. Seshaiyer for your fascinating presentation and thank you to the Nifty Fifty speaker program for making this event possible!

Two LSG seniors were recently named Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations Katie and Layla!

Happy Valentine's Day❤️

On Saturday, we had our High School Social, the LSG equivalent to the prom. Our high school students enjoyed dinner at Clyde's in Georgetown and then saw "Admissions" at Studio Theatre.

Loudoun School for the Gifted


Announcing the 2019 Gold Key Recipients! – Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Two of our students received multiple gold (and silver) key awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the Southeast Region! They will now move on to Nationals where winners will be announced in March.

Kashvi won two gold keys and three silver keys for her writing submissions.

Mira won three gold keys, nine silver keys, and three honorable mentions for her artwork.

Congratulations Kashvi and Mira - amazing!!

artandwriting.org Art & Writing

The Uplift

No school tomorrow - you're welcome😉

HALLELUJAH: To announce a snow day, these school officials sang their own rendition of "Hallelujah" – and their voices will blow you away ❄️ https://cbsn.ws/2CQVpcU

Uplifting Content - Because The World Needs More Of It

Some uplifting content on a Wednesday afternoon - "Treat yourself like someone you loved".

If you've ever felt incomplete watch this.

Some deep insight about loving yourself first from poet Adam Roa.

Semester finals are over and the middle school PE class headed out for some ice skating.

We're looking forward to the X-STEM Symposium on March 19th, 2019!

On November 13th, the AMC 8 math competition was held throughout the United States. This annual competition is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America and provides a competitive opportunity for students up through 8th grade to test their math skills. Students work 25 questions in 40 minutes, and several LSG students took the exam.

Our highest score was achieved by Patrick Duggan, a 6th grader, and he scored in the top 5% of all students taking the test nationally. Congratulations to all of our participants, and a particular shout-out to Patrick for his success!


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!

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44675 Cape Ct, Ste 105
Ashburn, VA

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