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Loudoun Country Day School
School Name:
Loudoun Country Day School
Street Address:
20600 Red Cedar Drive
Leesburg, VA 20175
Dr. Everett Randall Hollister
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Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
Day / Boarding:
Day Only
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Admissions Contact:
Ms. Susan Hower
Admissions Email:
7/30/2015 11:04:05 AM Nondenominational School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:

Mission Statement

Loudoun Country Day School, an accredited, independent, coeducational school, educates students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. We cultivate the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of each child. We pride ourselves on our rigorous core curriculum, nurturing environment, and extensive programs in foreign languages, arts, technology, and athletics. LCDS inspires excellence and builds character, preparing each child for the challenges ahead.


The purpose of Loudoun Country Day School is to educate and develop each student academically, physically, artistically, socially, and emotionally. We believe that the formative elementary and middle school years of a child's development are vital, and we are privileged to engage the process during the period when an individual's potential for learning is at its highest. Our goal is to discover each child's potential and develop it as much as possible through a robust educational program, an excellent student-teacher ratio, attention to individual needs, teaching methods that vary according to instructional objectives, and an atmosphere of respect and love.

Our academic program emphasizes the development of strong basic skills in communication: reading, writing, speaking, listening; reasoning: mathematics, science, technology; culture: history, art, music, drama, and foreign languages. We strive to develop our students' abilities to think creatively and critically, and to become independent thinkers and effective problem solvers.

Believing in the ancient Greek idea of a sound mind in a sound body, we are proud of our physical education and athletic programs, particularly our emphasis on skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship, and the importance of excercise in leading a healthy, productive life.

The major strength of our program resides in the faculty. Our teachers are chosen for their talent, experience, professionalism, dedication, and ability to promote a nurturing environment, imbued with respect.

We expect Loudoun Country Day School students to develop as principled individuals, who respect and enjoy learning, who seek to acquire skills necessary for those higher pursuits, and who care for others, their community, and the larger world. 

Statement of Objectives

I. To attract students of above average abilities;

II.To promote the intellectual, artistic, social, emotional, and physical development of the child; 

III. To provide a safe and nurturing environment, and promote a sense of community; 

IV. To provide well-qualified and dedicated teachers who inspire a joy of learning for its own sake; 

V. To provide a rigorous core curriculum; 

VI. To provide excellent programs in foreign languages, computers, art, music, and athletics;

VII. To enable each student to reach his or her potential through small class sizes and attention to individual needs; and

VIII. To cultivate in each child self-esteem, a sense of moral responsibility, a love of  learning, and a passion for excellence.


School Fast Facts:

What distinguishes your program?

Having an educational program that is academically robust and challenging, yet is well rounded in celebrating the arts, technology, and physical education, contributes to our distinction. In addition, we recognize that future leaders are not only well prepared academically but have the social skills to make the most of their talents by getting along with others, forging partnerships, and working together to solve problems. Our program invests in developing the character of our students, particularly through considerable community service opportunities, public speaking and dramatic presentations, and leadership opportunities.


Can you meet my child’s advanced academic needs?

Yes, we have a long tradition of educating exceptional students. We have increased our ability to meet the needs of exceptional students by providing an additional resource teacher in our prekindergarten to fifth grade classrooms, allowing one faculty member to work exclusively with students with advanced abilities. Our graduating classes frequently include students who have been accepted at the Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology or the Loudoun Academy of Sciences, both of which are extremely competitive.


How easily do students make the transition to LCDS if they did not begin in prekindergarten or kindergarten?

We enroll new students each year and often enroll students at various grades throughout the school year. The most common theme we hear from students and parents is that the school feels like a family. When students visit during the school year, as part of the admissions process, they often comment that they wish they could return permanently the next day. Our family atmosphere and welcoming spirit help our new students make the transition to their new educational home easily.


How do parents participate in their children’s education at Loudoun Country Day School?

The partnership between parents and teachers is among the essential ingredients for a highly successful educational experience. Although the curriculum is the charge of the administration and faculty, and the instructional process is the responsibility of the teachers, parents have the opportunity to become part of their child’s classroom experience by volunteering to attend field trips, offering to serve as a Parent Association classroom representative, and attending special performances, presentations, and athletic activities in which children are involved. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their children’s education at LCDS through open and ongoing communication with their child’s teachers.


Where do your graduates go to high school?

Graduates of Loudoun Country Day School are accepted at the top private and public high schools, including boarding schools in the Northern Virginia and Washington metropolitan area, and to elite boarding schools in New England.  Our graduates always report to us that they arrive at high school very well prepared for all of the academic and social challenges.

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