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What’s Happening with Your First Grader—What Parents Need to Know

First grade is an exciting time for your child! For a child that’s 6-8 years old, words and reading comprehension take center stage in the classroom. A life-long love affair with books can really start to take root in first grade. Here’s a quick guide to where your child is at developmentally in first grade, as well as what they’ll …

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Your Child Is Not Just a Number—Personalized Attention Pays Off

Small class sizes have become a key selling point in private education, and with good reason. “Small classes” aren’t trendy—they are effective at fostering student success. In a private school setting such as Virginia Academy, you and your student become cherished members of the academic family. Your child is not just a number. Each student matters profoundly to the academic …

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Parents: Pay Attention to School Settings, the School Environment Impacts Learning

Does your child’s physical classroom setting matter? Isn’t learning learning, no matter where it takes place? Not necessarily. In fact, the classroom setting can influence more than you might imagine.  Researcher Annie Murphy Paul has uncovered that “the physical environment can have such an impact on students that it could affect a student’s academic progress by as much as 25%.”  …

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How Important Is the Right Kindergarten Through Third Grade Foundation?

Early elementary school isn’t just for dramatic play and recess anymore. The foundation your child sets in kindergarten through third grade can set the stage for the rest of their academic career. But don’t panic! There’s no need to feel heavy pressure. Early childhood education is an incredibly rich time for your child’s rapidly developing mind; their brains cannot wait …

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The “New” First Grade: What to Expect When Your Child Starts Kindergarten

“I just don’t understand this math homework,” my bewildered friend texted me late one night at the beginning of the school year. His oldest had just started kindergarten, and yes, he already had homework. Homework that was perplexing to even his bright, 30-something-year-old parents.  Kindergarten has changed in the last decade, and not everyone is happy about it. Today, pre-kindergarten …

Private School Teachers Can Offer a Personalized Education

According to our own Kellie Tuten, English Teacher here at Virginia Academy, the differences offered in a private school may benefit students strongly: “I believe that some, maybe even ​all​, students are better suited for a private school education.” Says Tuten, who was recently featured in LoudonNow talking about the advantages of a private Christian education. “Private school teachers have …

Class Size Matters – Research Shows

Did you know that your child’s class size can affect nearly every aspect of their education? Research shows that smaller classes can enhance academic performance across the board for some students. Middle school can be rough. Students in middle school are suddenly immersed in the perfect storm of adolescence, social challenges, and sometimes unsettling emotional swings. Add to that a …