Loudoun School for Advanced Studies

Loudoun School for Advanced Studies

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Teaching the Civil War class on line has been made a lot easier given the wealth of digital resources provided by the American Battlefield Trust. Their IN4 videos, four minute videos that cover a wide range of topics on the Civil War have been perfect to align with student reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning book BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM by James McPherson.
While teaching online I have had GREAT success with the high school Civil War class using the tremendous digital resources from the American Battlefield Trust. We've been watch a good number of their IN4 videos which cover different topics of the Civil War that align perfectly with the students reading of James McPherson's Pulitzer Prize winning, BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM.
SO glad you changed the school's name!
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Loudoun School for Advanced Studies is the private day school designed to inspire and challenge advanced students in grades 6-12. Loudoun School for Advanced Studies offers an academic program that engages and challenges students with real-world problems as well as a learning environment that promotes curiosity, self-reliance and citizenship.

Operating as usual

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 10/25/2021

LSAS HALLOWEEN fun thanks to one of our very special families. Our ground floor was transformed into a Haunted Carnival full of scary surprises for everyone who dared to enter! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this a great event for our students. #halloween #hauntedhouse @loudoun_school

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 10/08/2021

CREATIVITY: Our Spanish 2 class recently completed a project where they got to write and act out their own scene about shopping at a store while learning about that vocabulary this unit! In tandem with our school-wide efforts to be more eco-friendly this year, students were challenged to make their own outfits using recycled materials. Props to our amazing teacher, Ms. Moreno, for always making class so much fun!

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 10/08/2021

JOLLIFICATION: One of our favorite biweekly advisory activities is Jollification, a competition of mini-games and challenges between grade levels. This week's competitions involved catching markers in buckets on top of our heads and shooting soda cans hung by toilet paper with rubber bands. It's definitely a way to add a little extra fun to our day. The 8th graders are in the lead right now, but it's a long year, so it's anybody's game! Stay tuned for more challenges!

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 09/22/2021

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT at LSAS for parents and teachers to meet and share a day in the life of our students. #backtoschool #greatteachers #awesomefamily #greatstudents @loudoun_school

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A DAY IN THE LIFE come see how school is different at LSAS. Our courses emphasize research, problem solving and collaboration. Curious students who aspire to positively impact the world belong at Loudoun School for Advanced Studies. #greatteachers #collaborativelearning #stem @loudoun_school

08/26/2021

Day 1 the beginning of another inspiring year at LSAS thanks to our extraordinary teachers, students and families. #greatteachers #mentors #ashburnvirginia @loudoun_school

Day 1 the beginning of another inspiring year at LSAS thanks to our extraordinary teachers, students and families. #greatteachers #mentors #ashburnvirginia @loudoun_school

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 08/26/2021

BACK AT IT students and teachers are back in the classrooms and enjoying lunch outside by the LSAS garden. #firstdayofschool @loudoun_school

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 08/26/2021

BACK TO SCHOOL after a long summer of planning, preparing and looking forward to the exciting return of our students. #firstdayofschool @loudoun_school

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 08/05/2021

DESIGN CHALLENGES fort building, water rockets and mousetrap cars. Learning is messy! #summercamp #designchallenge @loudoun_school

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FORT BUILDING design challenge begins! #designchallenge #fortbuilding #summercamp @loudoun_school

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 08/04/2021

GEOMETRY of bubbles using Zometool, developed to ignite the imaginations of future architects, scientists and engineers. #geometry #creativity #greatteachers @loudoun_school

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 08/02/2021

DR SOHL explores geometry with our summer campers. #geometry #summercamp @loudoun_school

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LSAS SUMMER CAMP August 2-6 from 9-4 Join Mr. Romero, Dr Sohl and Coach Dan for a peek into life at LSAS. Sports in the morning with Coach Dan. Water rockets, mousetrap car design competitions, bubble math and triangle tricks are just some of the activities planned for afternoons full of fun. Perfect for rising 6-9th graders! Text us at 703-956-5020 to learn more. #summercamp #STEM #summerfun @loudoun_school

2021 Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Awards 07/04/2021

So great! Congratulations

The Loudoun School for Advanced Studies was recognized with a Pace Setters award.

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 07/02/2021

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Julie Sohl received a B.A. in Chemistry and a minor in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College. As an undergraduate, she did research in Biochemistry studying enzyme kinetics and protein dye binding. Dr Sohl pursued a Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of California at San Francisco where she studied protein folding and published numerous papers before continuing post-doctoral research on proteins at UC Berkeley.

Dr Sohl has two children and learned to speak Swedish while living in Sweden for several years. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Sohl began teaching at the Academy of Science (AOS) in Loudoun where she taught Integrated Science (physics, Earth science and chemistry), and AP Biology, while also mentoring independent student research for over a decade before accepting a teaching position at LSAS. Dr. Sohl most enjoys teaching by answering questions with more questions in order to allow students to experience the joys of self-discovery. Her goal in the classroom is to develop the skills of a lifelong learner by sparking every student’s innate curiosity and then helping them develop the tools to collect and evaluate data in order to answer their questions.

Outside of school, Dr. Sohl enjoys riding her bike. Many years ago she rode through Indonesia, India, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya (with some flights in between!) and learned that the world is very different from Nebraska where she grew up.

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Mr. Romero
Department Chair: Science & CS

David earned his B.S. in Physics from Caltech. He is interested in condensed matter physics – specifically systems that demonstrate quantum effects at large scales, like superconductors and superfluids.

David’s been teaching since 2006. He served as an AmeriCorps member at Tenth Street Elementary in Los Angeles as part of Everybody Wins L.A.!, working with ELL students, organizing lunchtime read-alouds with downtown Los Angeles professionals, and facilitating a path-to-college workshop for parents. At Western New York Maritime Charter in Buffalo he supported struggling students, organized talks from University of Buffalo engineering students, and collaborated with other service sites throughout the region. For three years, David taught advanced students at BASIS Scottsdale, teaching physics and math. He coached the Science Bowl team to three state championships, with the team placing in the top ten at the national competition.

David feels the most whole when he is serving others. The joy of watching how quickly young people can learn and grow gives him hope for the future. LSAS’s optimistic and caring atmosphere is what drew him to move across the country just to work here. He hopes to explore what can and should be done to enable students to work hard and enjoy learning.

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 06/27/2021

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT our first middle school book club took place earlier this week. The discussion was based on Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. A fun way to stay connected with LSAS friends over the summer! #summerreading #bookclub #friends @loudoun_school

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CLASS OF 2021 is off to University of Virginia, William & Mary, Clemson, VCU, CNU Presidential Leadership Program, Ursinus, Bryn Mawr, GMU Honors Program, University of Tennessee and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Congratulations to our graduates. We will miss you! #graduation @loudoun_school

06/06/2021

CLASS OF 2021

LSAS GRADUATION procession on this beautiful day. Students, families and faculty celebrate our seniors!

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RESEARCH: This week, we got to listen to our high schoolers present their spring semester independent research projects and our 8th grade class present their semester group research project! With topics that ranged from mechanotransduction to Japanese architecture, it's safe to say we all learned a lot this week by listening! Major thanks to Ms. Gam, Dr. Sohl, and Dr. Clinton for serving as the faculty advisers for these students as they completed their projects throughout the semester. Great job, everyone!

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OPEN HOUSES in person at LSAS on Friday 5/28 and Friday 6/4. Curious students who aspire to positively impact the world belong at Loudoun School for Advanced Studies. Come see for yourself 9am-4pm. #greatteachers #stem #greatschool @loudoun_school

05/27/2021

Come Visit

OPEN HOUSES in person at LSAS on Friday 5/28 and Friday 6/4. Our curriculum empowers students to build confidence, discover their gifts, and thrive. We want students to be happy and optimistic—not anxious or overwhelmed. We invite you to come see for yourself. Grades 6-12

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FINAL COUNTDOWN to another LSAS graduation. Seniors creatively thanked the faculty for making their school experience unforgettable.

05/27/2021

Conversations in the Classroom

GUEST SPEAKER: Teaching comes full circle for Mr. Percoco and his US History students as they Zoomed with Mr. Percoco's role model and former high school history teacher, Neal Adams. All of them have been reading THE PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY: THE PRESIDENTS ADAMS CONFRONT THE CULT OF PERSONALITY, by Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein. It proved to be an engaging conversation with students asking pertinent and well thought out questions.

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DIRECTOR OF AWESOMENESS Our seniors created an elaborate tribute to faculty, but especially Mrs McCrae who makes all of our students feel special everyday! #mentors #greatteacher @loudoun_school

05/26/2021

Mrs Derr sets the stage for Friday’s mock trial

MOCK TRIAL: Let the record show that LSAS middle school students will be putting Jack Merridew, from William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, on trial this Friday! Stay tuned.....

05/26/2021

STRINGY QUADS

GEOMETRY Sidewalk art meets geometry. Students review quadrilaterals. Dr Sohl engages with students on the patio talking about quadrilateral properties.

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 05/26/2021

ESCAPE ROOM: LSAS students “escape” from chemistry using their knowledge as the key.

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 05/21/2021

Our Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 students spent the day presenting the data they collected and learning the importance of statistics.

05/21/2021

COLLECTING DATA How many countries can you recognize on a map? How many unread emails do you have in your inbox? How many minutes (on average) do you read per day? Our Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1 classes gathered the data and crunched the statistics. #math #data @loudoun_school

COLLECTING DATA How many countries can you recognize on a map? How many unread emails do you have in your inbox? How many minutes (on average) do you read per day? Our Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1 classes gathered the data and crunched the statistics. #math #data @loudoun_school

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FIELD TRIP to DC with moms and dads. Mr Percoco would be very proud! #history #dcmonuments #greatfriends @loudoun_school

Loudoun School for Advanced Studies 04/24/2021

Loudoun School for Advanced Studies

CONGRATULATIONS to all our inductees to the National Junior Honor Society and National Honor Society. Thank you to Miss Ellen Broetzmann for her leadership as faculty advisor for both programs. #nhs #njhs @loudoun_school

Loudoun School for Advanced Studies Loudoun School for Advanced Studies is a private school designed to inspire and challenge students in grades 6-12.

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 04/24/2021

MOVIE NIGHT and pancakes! Thank you Mrs McCrae for making Friday night for our middle schoolers so much fun! #greatteacher #movienight @loudoun_school

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MUSIC: Students in Ms. Ellen's middle school music class are currently discovering the effect that music can have in movies and how it contributes to the storytelling of the film. Students are stepping into the role of both the director and actor as they write and act out their own mini-movies while supplying them with a soundtrack that enhances the mood of their scene. This week, we are finishing up our scripts, making costumes, and starting to film!

Photos from Loudoun School for Advanced Studies's post 04/20/2021

BALANCED curriculum, from conversations about nuclear reactions and fascism to exploring craft projects and playing capture the flag. LSAS empowers students to build confidence, discover their gifts, and thrive. Learn more: https://www.loudounschool.org/our-mission. #greatteachers #stem #creativity #activekids @loudoun_school

Our Story

WHERE BRIGHT MINDS THRIVE
Founded in 2008, Loudoun School for Advanced Studies 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.

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CLASS OF 2021
Come Visit
Conversations in the Classroom
Mrs Derr sets the stage for Friday’s mock trial
STRINGY QUADS
LSAS: In Person Classes with Extraordinary Teachers

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20577 Ashburn Road
Ashburn, VA
20147

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm
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