Browne Academy

  • Browne Academy is a diverse independent day school committed to developing the whole child through extraordinary teaching, exceptional academic programs, and a nurturing community.
  • We empower students to be critical thinkers, inspired innovators, engaged peers, and ethical leaders prepared with the confidence to thrive in a dynamic world.
  • Browne Academy began as one of the first integrated schools in Virginia.
  • Today that spirit of inclusion endures, as our core values excellence, diversity, character, and community are an integral part of our school`s tapestry.
  • By encouraging all members of our community to exemplify these values every day, we are building a foundation of empathy and respect that will serve our students throughout their lives.
  • We believe in providing our students with experiential learning opportunities that encourage thoughtful questioning, personal engagement, use of the greater community, and a deeper understanding of the world.
  • Through our inquiry-based approach, we strive to foster our students` natural curiosity and develop their lifelong love of learning.
  • We intentionally keep our class sizes small to nurture each child`s academic, social, and emotional growth.
  • Students feel safe and cared for in such an environment, and as a result, we see them thrive.
  • Our graduates are equipped both academically and personally to navigate life after Browne Academy with confidence.

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Browne Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Other school association(s)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1941

Student Body

Total Students205 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
59%
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Browne Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers38 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
61%
Average Class Size14 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Khaki bottom, Polo top - different colors allowed)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 30 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$29,110
Tuition NotesPreschool Tuition: $16,757- $25,565 (dependent on Preschool 3 or JK, and half or full day PS3) Kindergarten Tuition: $29,110 Grades 1-4 Tuition: $31,490 Grades 5-8 Tuition: $31,850
% on Financial Aid
30%
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJohn Bonhom
Admissions AssociateElise Morrow-Schap

Sports

Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and FieldBasketballCross Country,
SoccerTrack and Field,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Science

Club or Organization:
Cooking

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Private Music Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery, Spartan Training, Tae Kwon Do

School Notes

Our Program:

Each student at Browne Academy is an individual, with a unique complement of talents, interests, abilities and experiences. Our purpose is to nurture those individual qualities as the basis for excellence and achievement. Education at Browne emphasizes creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills with an interdisciplinary curriculum that respects multi-cultural perspectives and promotes an open-minded view of the world. Our outstanding faculty works with students and families to foster a dynamic learning experience, inside and outside the classroom, that stimulates curious minds and keeps them working.

Browne Academy`s teachers share a love of subject matter in their respective specialties and an abiding interest in children and their development. Each teacher`s goal is to make every student in a class feel capable and confident, working with each child as an individual to give them the tools for success in the next chapter of their education.

Browne Academy At-a-Glance

Grades served: Preschool  3 - 8th Grade
Average Class size: 12
Core values: Excellence, Diversity, Character, Community
Inquiry-based approach to education
Hands-on learning opportunities
High- and low-tech maker spaces provide hands-on experiences for Preschool through 8th Grade students
Individualized instruction
Learning specialists on site
Full-time nurse on site

Curriculum includes:
  • French and Spanish beginning in Preschool
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Library
  • Technology
    • 1:1 iPads, Grades 3-4
    • 1:1 MacBooks, 5th-8th Grade
    • Smart boards in every classroom,  Kindergarten- 8th Grade
Year-round opportunities for busy families
  • Before and After Care
  • After-school enrichment classes
  • Winter and spring break camps
  • Summer camp
11-acre campus
  • Conveniently located in Alexandria, just outside the Beltway
    • 1 mile from the Huntington Metro
    • 2 miles from King Street Metro
    • 7 miles to George Washington`s Mount Vernon
    • 4 miles to Kingstowne
  • Sustainable gardens
  • Multiple play lots and sports fields
  • Basketball court and climbing wall
  • Center for Athletics and Performing Arts
  • Preschool building
  • Lower School building
  • Middle School building
  • Innovation Center
  • Greystone administration building
  • Lower School fine arts building
  • Campus creek and habitat restoration sites
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Archery range

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Alexandria
    Grades: PK-8 | 265 students
    0.7 miles
    3700 Burgundy Road
    Alexandria, VA 22303
    (703)329-6968
    0.7 PK-8
    265
  • Alexandria
    Grades: NS-8 | 224 students
    2.8 miles
    2400 Russell Rd
    Alexandria, VA 22301
    (703)548-4804
    2.8 NS-8
    224
  • Falls Church
    Grades: NS-8 | 344 students
    6.5 miles
    3229 Sleepy Hollow Rd
    Falls Church, VA 22042
    (703)533-1064
    6.5 NS-8
    344
  • Annandale
    Grades: NS-8 | 241 students
    7 miles
    3819 Gallows Road
    Annandale, VA 22003
    (703)256-3620
    7 NS-8
    241
  • Mc Lean
    Grades: NS-8 | 480 students
    11.6 miles
    1411 Balls Hill Road
    Mc Lean, VA 22101
    (703)356-1920
    11.6 NS-8
    480

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
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My child is in their third year at Browne, and is one of the best decisions we have ever made. It is a gorgeous campus, made even more beautiful by its culture of kindness. My entire family was embraced from day one (also literally, with a giant hug from Preschool 3 Teacher Janet Gomez.) I am eternally grateful for the stellar teachers who educate these small minds with their whole heart and soul. You could not find a higher caliber team of teachers, always passionate and effective. They are talented, tireless, and engaging. My daughter has developed as much socially and emotionally as academically. The curriculum is challenging, and I especially appreciate the character development. I've found the teachers to lead by example, and emphasize kindness, respect, and empathy. Life skills such as conflict resolution, personal responsibility, and creative problem solving are part of the daily life at Browne. You'll find yourself falling in love with the bright students there, and the awesome community of parents. The community is both diverse and involved, and reflects the best of the DMV area. While no school is perfect, the heads of school are always available for all feedback, questions and input. Browne Academy is a magical place for my family, and will forevermore be the place my daughter fell in love with learning.
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Our daughter, a four-year-old in Junior Kindergarten at Browne Academy said to us the other day "Mom and Dad, I Love, LOVE school". This is the true value of Browne Academy The Browne Academy learning process is a collaborative experience between our daughter and her teachers. Our initial hesitation was the challenging curriculum-would it be too intense for our daughter? However, we have observed that the small class size; talented and gifted teachers, creative and hands-on learning collectively provides a natural and fun learning environment. We are truly thrilled that our daughter LOVES SCHOOL!!!
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We have been a Browne Academy family for the last seven years. We love the community and the small class sizes. The faculty and staff are nurturing and caring and get to know each student's individual needs, strengths and weaknesses, so that they can always teach and support with the child's best interests and development at heart. My child is comfortable trying new activities at school, including various performance arts groups, sports teams, and enrichment classes. The community is genuinely caring and naturally diverse in many aspects. The leadership team of the school and individual divisions is always approachable and responsive, and is enthusiastic and progressive in enhancing the curriculum and academic approach as well as overall resources for the students. I feel that my child is receiving an excellent education in a wonderful environment, but more importantly, growing into a well-rounded person based on the school's core values.
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Two years ago, when I was searching for the best Private School in the Alexandria area, I went to various Open Houses to see which school would be good for my child. I was so impressed with the Browne Academy and chose this school as my first choice. Browne Academy is not just the best school of my choice, but I realized that this wonderful school is family oriented. It's a welcoming environment where all the Staff, Faculty and Parents all come together as one big family. The warm atmosphere and the dedication of teachers who strive to make sure each child succeed in their academic achievement, makes me feel I made the right decision for my daughter, and this is where we belong that is why I brought my younger daughter also who is starting the 5th grade this September. Her older sister is starting 8th grade and her experiences with Browne Academy has been marvelous. She's been playing the flute with the school's band and apart from various performances, they have performed twice at Kings Dominion. Her grades are high, thanks to the dedicated teachers who take their time to teach and make sure every student succeed. She loves learning French and comes home to teach us what she's been learning from her French class. I love to join the PTA because it is so much fun for parents and teachers to come together and organize fun-filled activities for everyone to enjoy. My favorite ones are the Family Fun Festival, Pasta Dinner, Teachers' Appreciation Day etc. I love Browne Academy because they give parents time off to rest and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere when the children are off to their Outdoor Learning curriculum. Two grades 5th and 6th were the first to go to this Mountain Camp for 3 days and 7th & 8th-grade students follow them also for their 3 days at the Camp.THANK YOU BROWNE ACADEMY FOR BEING THE BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL ANYONE CAN ASK FOR
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We moved to Browne this year for 3rd and 5th grade. We have been very pleased with the school- we have been particularly pleased with the numerous opportunities in the upper school for individual development- including sports teams, music programs such a string ensemble, community art programs, environmental programs and digital photography. We love the small academic classes (the 5th grade has 18 students but they break into groups of 9 for each subject class (and the 9 changes from subject to subject)) and the beginning of a middle school routine in 5th grade (i.e., changing classes for each subject). Students learn executive management and time management skills, are I have seen a marked increase in my son's maturity level. We've also been pleased with the lower school program, and appreciate the variety of experiences the school provides for our children every day; our children look forward to going to school; they absolutely love being at Browne Academy. We like the hot lunch program and we really like the people at Browne. We find the majority of people to be very kind and accepting of others. Like every school, there are small things we might like to see change (dedicated library time for older students), but overall we could not be happier.
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