Private School Reopening Plans During COVID-19

Amanda M. Socci Education

The state of Virginia began its Phase 3 of reopening on July 1, 2020. Since then, both public and private schools have grappled with the issue of starting the school year with in-person instruction in the fall. While many of the local public school districts have chosen to adopt a strict virtual learning model for the first quarter with plans …

Fairfax County Public Schools Proposes a Back-To-School Plan

Amanda M. Socci Education

On June 23, 2020, the Fairfax County School Board of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) system met and agreed upon a plan to deliver educational instruction to the 189,000 students of Fairfax County for the 2020 – 2021 school year, which is scheduled to begin on August 25, 2020. This plan is radically different than anything the county has …

The Montessori Difference

Amanda M. Socci Education

When we think about education of children, it is common to call to mind the vision of one teacher in front of a large group of students, actively showing materials on a blackboard, talking, asking questions, giving tests, and otherwise taking on the central role of instruction while the child is primarily a passive listener or note taker. Montessori education …

STEM Passions Lead to Competition and Education

Amanda M. Socci Education

Neha Bhat and Nithya Chintalapati are two young ladies whose passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has driven them to pursue opportunities in the field to inspire others to love it as much as they do.  Currently, they are students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) in Alexandria.  Bhat, a senior, and Chintalapati, a …

Preparing for the SAT: Helping your teen achieve academic success

Susan Baldani Education

Getting a good education is often the precursor to a successful career. Parents want to ensure that their children have the best preparation for life after high school graduation. For many, this often means an advanced degree. However, getting into their top choice college can be difficult. One important factor is the SAT score. Most universities use it as a …

The Montessori Way with Brooksfield School

TysonsToday Staff Education

Founded in 1987, Brooksfield School is a private school in McLean dedicated to the gentle explorations of Montessori education. Its logo is a simple series of loops that forms a tree. The interconnected loops drop down into the trunk of the tree which joins the “K” in the school’s name. Its purposeful choice of logo efficiently marries its prime woodlands …

Extraordinary Teens

TysonsToday Staff Education, Talk of Tysons

VivaTysons Reston Lifestyles magazine and TysonsToday is thrilled to present our readers with a selection of exceptional teens from our local area we found through personal recommendations and Internet searches. Teen Participants from (the) Unruly Theatre Project Hometowns: mostly McLean, Vienna, and Herndon VivaTysons Reston Lifestyle magazine called both the McLean Community Center as well as the old Firehouse Teen …

Keeping Classroom Sizes Small For Higher Student Achievement

Susan Baldani Education

When choosing a school for your child, many factors have to be considered. For example, the teaching style, the location, and the curriculum are important criteria to take into account. Another crucial factor is class size. Many studies have shown that the lower the student-teacher ratio, the higher the student achievement. The article, “How important is class size?” published on …

Ashburn teen wins US Women’s Chess Championship

Michael Dranove Education

On March 30th, 17-year-old Jennifer Yu became the first teenager in 18 years to win the US Women’s Chess Championship, marking another milestone in Yu’s ascendant career. A junior at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Yu began playing chess at the age of 7 after joining a club at her elementary school in California. As The Washington Post reports, …