Loudoun Country Day School

Loudoun Country Day School Photo #1 - Third grade classes traditionally collect food and provide gift cards for Interfaith Relief as part of their community service projects. Their goal is to collect enough food and gift cards for 100 complete Thanksgiving dinners.
Loudoun Country Day School Photo #2 - Middle school students participate in the traditional Blue and Green Games in September after bonding in a week of activities, including using zip lines, rock climbing, and river rafting. The middle school is divided between blue and green teams throughout the year. Here they pose together after a day of outside activities.
Loudoun Country Day School Photo #3 - At Loudoun Country Day School the Buddy Program is very popular. Older students read to the younger students and participate in various activities with them. Graduates of LCDS fondly remember this program long after attending our school.
Loudoun Country Day School Photo #4 - In 2015, Loudoun Country Day school added a three-year old preschool class, with grades now ranging from preschool through eighth grade.
Loudoun Country Day School Photo #5 - Another tradition at LCDS is our yearly celebration of Veterans Day, with our librarian and one of our music teachers coordinating a program that honors our veterans and active members of the armed forces by inviting them to our school, where they attend a flag raising ceremony and enjoy an assembly filled with music and tributes to them. Afterwards they visit the classrooms and talk about their experiences.
Loudoun Country Day School Photo #6 - Loudoun Country Day School always holds a graduation ceremony for its eighth grade class. This includes remarks by the chair of the board of trustees, tributes to each graduate by the headmaster, awarding of diplomas, music, and a reception afterwards. Our graduates go to both private and public high schools, including Flint Hill, Foxcroft School, Middleburg Academy and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, among others. When our young alumni visit, they report that LCDS prepared them well for high school.
Loudoun Country Day School Photo #7 - We moved to our current location in 2009 off of Evergreen Mills Road just outside of Leesburg, accessible by the Shreve Mills Exit of the Greenway. We are located on 69 acres with playing fields, a cross-country course and 6 tennis courts. We are accredited by VAIS (Virginia Association of Independent Schools) and are members of NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), AISGW (Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington) and NVAPS (Northern Virginia Association of Private Schools). We have been educating students for over 60 years in Northern Virginia.
Loudoun Country Day School Photo #8 - Loudoun Country Day School offers soccer, field hockey, cross country, basketball, tennis, and lacrosse as well as other sports and activities for students. Teamwork and collaboration is stressed. Play dates and competitions with other independent schools occur throughout the year.
Loudoun Country Day School Photo #9 - Foreign language begins in prekindergarten and is offered through eighth grade. Spanish is taught in the lower school and French and Spanish are taught in middle school. Our foreign language department hosts a school-wide International Day each year to expand awareness of other cultures and nations.
Loudoun Country Day School Photo #10 - Music and the arts are an important part of the educational offerings at LCDS. Our goal is to have students appreciate music and music and movement starts in prekindergarten and some form of music is taught through eighth grade. In fourth grade students choose a stringed or band instrument and continue with their choral classes, too. They have the option to join Show Choir. All classes participate in musical performances while they attend LCDS.
Loudoun Country Day School, an accredited, independent, coeducational school, educates students in preschool through eighth grade.
We pride ourselves on our rigorous core curriculum, nurturing environment, and exceptional foreign language, arts, technology, and athletic programs.
We cultivate the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and creative growth of each child and develop a foundation that inspires excellence, builds character, and prepares each child for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Institute for Independent Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Educational Records Bureau
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1953

Student Body

Total Students330 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Loudoun Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers70 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Dress Monday for Grades 4-8; khaki or navy pants or skirts, navy blue, white, or forest green polo shirt or white or light blue button down other days for Grades 1-8; Pre-K, JK, K are casual)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$28,835
Tuition NotesPreschool tuition = $6,955 Prekindergarten = $16,680 (half day), $20,050 (full day) Kindergarten: $27,500 First - Eighth Grade: $28,835
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMrs. Susan Hower


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyLacrosse,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Before school care available starting at 7:15 a.m., Bowling, etc., Show Choir for 6th through 8th Grades, sign language, Student Council

Club or Organization:
After School Programs until 6:00 pm, Chess, Friday Clubs for 6th-8th Grades such as Community Service Club, Knitting, Lab Rats After School Science for Grades 2-5

Arts and Music Programs:
drama, Short offerings throughout the year such as: Hip Hop lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
After School Sports for Pre-K - 5

School Notes

  • In addition to core curriculum classes, LCDS students also take the following classes: foreign language: Spanish and French; Music: general music, band or string orchestra; technology, art, library, and athletics and STEM. LCDS also offers a wide range of curriculum-related field trips throughout the year for all grades. Located in such a historically and culturally rich area, the school strives to introduce students to many off-campus educational opportunities such as: performances at the Kennedy Center and George Mason University, trips to various museums and historical sites in Washington, D.C., visits to orchards and farms, caverns, the Waterford School House, Monticello, Mt. Vernon, etc. Starting in 4th Grade, students participate in overnight field trips to locations such as Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Baltimore, Key Largo (Optional), Williamsburg, and Richmond. Loudoun Country Day School also offers a wide range of summer camps, open to the greater community:  www.LCDS.org/camps. Please call 703/777-3841 to learn more about our school; please go to our web site: www.LCDS.org to schedule a tour. Loudoun Country Day School has been chosen Best Private School by readers for over 20 years in their annual "Best of" poll, as well as by readers for several years in Posh Seven's Best of Suburbia poll, Loudoun Now's "Best of Loudoun" poll, and Washington Family's "Best for Families" poll.
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School Reviews

Loudoun Country Day School has been a wonderful place for our son; he has flourished here. We find the faculty to be engaged and interested in each student. Our school librarian can recommend books that he enjoys. Our art teacher has encouraged creativity. Each day includes a mix of "specials" including orchestra, PE, Technology, and Spanish. We are glad to have found a school with such a well-rounded curriculum.
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