About This School
In 2010, Nysmith School For The Gifted had 5 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Virginia average is 18 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
Student Ethnicity (2008)
Students Per Teacher (2010)
Nysmith School For The Gifted Reviews
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.
My two children have attended Nysmith for 8 years. My children love the teachers and I amazed every day with what they have learned.
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!
I used to work for Nysmith and I can tell you that pay compared to public schools is very LOW and employees get terrible benefits, therefore teachers every year are forced to leave because they cannot take care of their OWN families on what they get paid. As a parent with 2 teens that make mostly straight A'sI can tell you Loudoun County Schools have just as much to offer gifted, smart, driven kids as Nysmith, in fact it has MORE and you aren't paying the price of a college to go there! Also, the kids at Nysmith are not any nicer or better behaved because they are "gifted" and come from "good familes" they were just wealthy kids with problems just like any other kid. DON'T let the name of the school fool you........ it is not really all that "gifted".
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.
Washington Virtual Academies
Tuition-free online school for Washington students.