Nysmith School For The Gifted is located in Herndon, VA. It is a private, special program emphasis school that serves 532 students in grades PK,K-8. Nysmith School For The Gifted is coed (school has male and female students) and is nonsectarian in orientation. The school belongs to the National Independent Private Schools Association.
Gifted programs in Loudoun County are just as good. Teachers are paid little at Nysmith,(a lot less than in public schools), receive few benefits, and new teachers are not given any training or support. Teachers are especially not supported when there are behavioral issues with a student that need to be addressed for fear of losing the money that the parents pay. Morale is low. I would never send my kid to this snobby overpriced school.
As a parent, we have watched our son grow to love school in ways we did not think was possible. While he is not at the top of the class as there really are some truly gifted students in his class we love the fact that he just loves school and is doing very well. His progress has been constant and his love for learning has improved greatly from his last two years in public school. We love it!
The school isn't inexpensive but your child will receive a strong educational foundation in a very clean, positive, challenging atmosphere in return from Nysmith and I think that makes it worth it for those who make the investment. I frequently take my child to school to drop her off and she is always very excited about going. All the other children I see at the school all seem very happy being there and the school's academic results as far as getting into the area's public GT tech highschool I believe speak for themselves.
by a Parent
on Dec 11, 2008
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